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Can you spot a good plant?

charlesworth june17 5Oh my goodness I can’t believe we are in June already, I know everyone feels this way but I really cannot believe where this year has gone. Luckily, we have had a steady run into to summer but obviously, the warmth is with us again and it’s time to enjoy your garden. It’s a little late in the year to be thinking about planting now but a bit of information beforehand is always good to have in your head.

We have supplied plants for many customers directly and via our website Flores Garden Centre Online. In the process of doing this we have sometimes run into some problems because unfortunately not everyone knows as much about plants as us.

charlesworth june17 3Our plants come to us from the very large growers who grow on a massive scale and then supply to us and garden centres in general. We have always been very pleased with the quality and sizing of our plants, and as we don’t have the overheads of a large garden centre we can then supply them at a very competitive price. But where the problem comes in is mostly to do with height. This may sound a little strange but when you look at my diagram you will understand.

We have often had the conversation where a customer will say, “I can buy taller ones at the garden centre”. This may be true, but as we know plants, we don’t only look at how tall they are, we look at the quality of the growth, shape, the quantity of stems on the plant and the size of the root ball. You may be able to get a plant that is a little taller for the same money, but I guarantee it won’t be of the same quality. To get it to the same standard as one of our plants would require a further one to two years of growth with correct pruning to make it the same plant.

A quick break down of what to look for.
1. A larger pot size, obviously if a plant has a larger pot, it is normally logical to say it has a larger root ball. The part of the plant that is responsible for collecting nutrients and moisture for the plant to grow, so if its roots are bigger and more established it will grow quicker.
2. Not long leggy stems, but shorter sturdier and a larger quantity of stems, similarly to roots. Leaves are responsible for photosynthesis which helps the plant convert its food, so the more leaves, the more growth.

3. Thirdly and mainly because of points 1 and 2, a full healthy plant. When a plant is leggy and you can see through it, the only way to make it full is to prune it, this will then increase the number of stems you have and the number of leaves making it bushy and, providing it is fed and watered, healthy.

charlesworth june17 4But many people are reluctant to cut back. So why start yourself on the back foot, buy a plant that is strong and healthy and sets you off in the right direction.
So, as I have hopefully now explained, just because a plant is taller than another, it doesn’t mean it is healthier or better in anyway.

If you need any help with sourcing plants, or if you want a planting plan or plant lists for your new or existing garden, this is all part of the service we provide our customers, so give us a call or send an email, I am always happy to help.

Plant of the month.

This month’s plant of the month is….. love them or loathe them….. Lantana.

charlesworth june17 1This may be a bone of contention for some people but for me they are such a great plant, that offer so much and ask for so little in return, they are drought tolerant and offer such a good flowering period, that for me a Garden on the Costa Blanca just isn’t one without them. There are two types, there is Lantana Camara which is the shrubby variety and then Lantana Delicatissima which is the one which droops over walls. They come in a variety of colours, are cheap and very easy to look after, give them a good pruning post cold weather and watch them literally bounce back into life. Also you can trim them a couple of times through the year if they are getting a little large and normally they will flower again. What more can you ask for.