The spring flowering plants are sold in mini-mottes from autumn onwards.
This saves time in relation to the seedlings.
But if you don’t want to skip the steps, follow these tips.
If you bought your plants in the middle of a cold snap, keep them in a frost-free room until you plant them in the spring. Remember to open the packages well so that they can breathe and see the light! Water them but don’t drown them. You can also plant them in planters kept at a temperature above ten degrees.
If you put them in the ground before frost, cover them with a winter cover or light mulch until they take root. After planting, it is always important to water copiously to expel air and bring the roots of the young plants into contact with the substrate (soil or compost). Speaking of potting soil, don’t skimp on your purchase, because the quality of the soil will determine the success of your crop.
In the spring
Watch for slugs that devour young shoots and trap them with beer or under tiles.
Do not hesitate to pinch the first buds to avoid exhausting the plants by flowering too early. The next ones will be even more beautiful. Often remove the wilted flowers that tire the plants out by going to seed. These pinches will also prolong the flowering period.
If you are dizzy and often forget to bring “flower” fertilizers, put a few granules of delayed fertilizer (Osmocote®) at the feet of the plants at the beginning of the season. Organic gardeners will prefer well-decomposed compost or humus. In too heavy (clay) soils, an addition of sand can be appreciated. In periods of drought, mulch to save water. Never water the flowers (which spreads diseases) but the base of the plants.
Pierrick Le Jardinier