Pot up penstemon plants and grow them on in frost free conditions until plants are well grown. Pinch out the growing tips while plants are still small to encourage bushier growth. When plants are well developed, acclimatise them to outdoor conditions over 7 to 10 days before planting them outdoors into borders and patio containers. Grow penstemon in a sunny or semi shaded position on fertile, well drained soil. Penstemons can tolerate dry soils once established but dislike heavy soils that are particularly cold and wet in winter. Improve heavy soils by adding plenty of coarse grit prior to planting.
Feed and water penstemons regularly until they are fully established. Once established they are reasonably tolerant of drought and will require little maintenance. Deadhead faded penstemon flowers to maintain the plant's vigour and encourage further blooms to be produced. In cold areas apply a dry mulch of bark chips of straw around the crown of each plant in autumn. Leave the old foliage intact until spring to protect plants during winter.
Seeds and garden supplies will normally be delivered within the time period stated against each product as detailed above. Plants, bulbs, corms, tubers, shrubs, trees, potatoes etc are delivered at the appropriate time for planting and will be stated on the product page or in your order acknowledgement page and email.
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By Paul Ormesher 22-10-2014
I agree with Pauline, these do not travel well. I ordered 48 plugs on the 25th Sept and they arrived a week later. They did not look very healthy when they arrived but I potted them up anyway, a week later most of the plants have died.
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By Monica dowland 24-09-2014
My begonias have been brilliant, a mass of yellow, apricot and orange blooms. I'm hoping to be able to keep some corms over winter. i would agree with the reviews about condition on arrival though. There were a few dead and damaged plugs on arrival which I was going to complain about but never got round to it. In my opinion T&M could put in a small percentage of extra plugs to cover the potential loss in transit. Cheaper than losing customers.
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