General information

Bedding plants are easy to grow annual plants that require little care and attention but will provide lots of colourful flowers and foliage during the summer months. They prefer partial shade to a sunny location and will grow well in most soil conditions that are well drained.


  • Plant in a cool part of the day, having prepared the area to be planted to ensure the soil/ compost is damp with sufficient plant nutrients.
  • Use granular fertiliser and incorporate into the soil if required.
  • Avoid planting in hot sunny conditions where the plants could dry out quickly and if possible, plant in a cool part of the day.
  • Prepare a hole slightly larger than the root ball of the plant and after carefully removing the plant from the pack cell by pushing the plant upwards from the bottom of the pack place the plant in the hole to the existing level of the plant no deeper, being careful to place the soil or compost around the base of the plant and ensure plant is firmly in position.
  • Gently water the plant immediately after planting to ensure the root ball of the plant and the surrounding soil / compost is sufficiently damp.

General care

  • Water the plants regularly as required during the growing period incorporating a liquid feed every two weeks or as recommended on the fertiliser chosen.
  • Do not allow bedding plants to dry out.
  • Remove faded flowers to encourage new flowers to form.
  • Bedding plants do not require pruning as such but will benefit from removing dead or damaged leaves and occasional light trimming to encourage good shape of growth.


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