Grow Plants From Plugs
Inexpensive "plugs," seedlings that you pot up once before planting out, are ideal if you don't have the space to sow seeds yourself and are the simplest option for plants that are hard to germinate.
From: DK Books - How to Grow
When to Start: Spring
At Their Best: Late spring to autumn
Time to Complete: 1-1/2 hours
- plug plants — begonias have been used here
- dibble or pencil
- potting soil
- large modular trays or small 3-inch plastic pots
- watering can
Most popular bedding plants, including geraniums, busy Lizzies, begonias, lobelia, snapdragons, dahlias and fuchsias are available as plug plants, although many companies also offer a selection of newer and more unusual varieties. Order in early spring for a late spring delivery.
Order Your Plugs
When ordering plugs, make sure you will have time to pot them up soon after they arrive— most companies specify when they will be delivered. Plugs are also known as "miniplants" and companies may offer them at different stages of development. The youngest plugs will be cheapest.
Remove Plugs From Container
When the plugs arrive, water well and store them in a cool, frost-free place. Fill large modular trays, or small 3-inch pots, with good-quality potting soil, designed for seedlings and young plants. Using the blunt end of a pencil or a dibber, gently push the plug plants out of their original containers.
Plant Up in Modules
Make a hole with your finger or a pencil in the compost in the modules, and insert a plug plant in each. Firm the soil around the plug lightly with your fingers, taking care not to compact it or to damage the roots.
Keep Plants Watered
Water the plugs using a can fitted with a fine rose, and keep them in a cool, light, frost-free place. Water regularly, harden off and plant out in pots or in the ground when all risk of frost has passed.