Plants & Trees & Plant of The Month

Plants & Trees

Our new and enhanced outdoor plant area carries a comprehensive range of trees, conifers, shrubs, roses, perennials, climbers, alpines, heathers, bedding plants, aquatic plants, grasses, fruit trees and statement plants for that instant impact in your garden.

Our plant area is set out in alphabetical order for easy garden planning. We have published our own plant guide leaflets to show you what we have available on offer. They are designed to assist you in achieving all year round colour.

Please find in store 28 leaflets for you to pick up free of charge.

We are proud to supply top quality plants at very reasonable prices and a one year guarantee with proof of purchase*.

We offer a wide range of summer and winter hanging baskets to enhance your garden.

Please visit our friendly plant area team for all your garden questions and if you are not able to find the plant you are looking for, then we will do our up most to source our suppliers, to provide you with the plant you're after.

Anne Covell

Plants & Trees Manager

Hardy Plant Guarantee - Our hardy outdoor plants are covered by a 12 month guarantee, which begins from the day of purchase. Proof of purchase in the form of our till receipt must be produced. A plant label alone does not qualify. We will replace the plant or provide a full refund. The guarantee does not cover sale or discounted items. The guarantee does not cover plants that have not been properly cared for. The plant must finally be returned to the garden centre for inspection.

Seed Potatoes Now in Stock

We have just received a new delivery of early seed potatoes ready to plant out for that perfect harvest. All seed potatoes are £3.99 each or 2 bags for £7.00 (Offer excludes Pink Fir Apple which are £4.99 each)

GROW YOUR OWN POTATOES

Is there anything more rewarding than stepping out into your outdoor space and harvesting your own potato crop straight from the soil.

If you have no real garden space, then use an old but clean tub or large bucket or even a compost bag to grow your own. Choose either a first or second early potato variety, as they are quicker to develop into your edible treasures and have a suitable plant size that is just right for growing in a pot or trug.

We would suggest Sharpes Express with an Award of Garden Merit (AGM). Trailed and for its consistent qualities of good growth in the correct conditions and general disease resistance. As a first early potato it is so versatile. We are talking boiled, chipped or used in salads. Charlotte (AGM) and Which magazine recommended 2017, a second early potato variety. Think of this garden to plate in half an hour, lightly buttered for your alfresco meal, to share with family and friends.

Get your youngsters involved at every step from planting to cooking and eating. They can watch the seed potatoes growing lovely shoots as you 'chit' them in a cool light place. perhaps use an old egg box to stand them upright, indoors on a windowsill. There are no special skills or magic required to plant your seed spuds, just make sure they are planted nice and deeply and earthed
up once the new stems start to emerge above the soil / compost. Keep nicely watered as needed.

Had problems with blight? How about trying something else this year? Sadly there are no chemicals currently available on the market to treat blight. Other ways to approach the blight problem is to choose first an early cropped seed potatoes or look out for the new Sapro potato varieties, bred for their high natural resistance to blight and common viruses. Lots of spud per
plant with good drought tolerance and excellent for storing after harvesting to keep your family well fed. We have got Sapro Mira (AGM). Think roasted, chipped or baked potatoes, or Blue Danube with bright blue skins and lovely white flesh, making them perfect for your Sunday roast potato.

Come along and see what varieties and choices we have to offer. Ask one of our Plant Area Staff for any help or advice with selecting or planting your seed potatoes. Perhaps you would like to come along, later in the season to visit our show vegetable garden and talk to our resident gardener about how to grow your fruit and vegetables. Happy gardening and eating everyone.

Have you got any great tips for growing potatoes you would like to share with our customers? Have you got a particular favourite variety and why? Get in touch via Facebook or email. We look forward to hearing from your experiences.

Plant of The Month For April - Bedding Plants

Nothing completes a spring and summer garden without the enhance of beautiful coloured bedding plants. Visit our friendly outdoor plant area team, who will assist you with you choice of hanging baskets, and border bedding plants.

This year Monty Don has nominated bedding plants as being monumental in changing the face of gardening. And certainly just like fashion there are trends in bedding plants even today. Bedding plants go back to the 16th century in the UK, where people grew oranges and lemon trees in pots. Placed outside in long rows during the summer and put back into the orangery for the winter months. According to Dr .D.G.Hessayon bedding schemes really kicked off in the 1840s to 1850s where popular plants such as Petunias, Alyssum, Geraniums, lobelia and verbena were used to create massive colour displays.
Still today there is huge amount of choice with regard to the type of plants available for pots and containers as well as garden borders and hanging baskets. Buy your summer bedding in packs of 6 or 8. This will help reduce the overall cost and allow you to plant in 3’s to produce a more cohesive colour scheme. How about sowing a few annuals yourself to fill those annoying gaps which appear later in the season? Cheap and easy to try with just one packet of seeds. Why not get your children involved?
Plant breeding and on-going trails by growers means there is extensive testing of bedding selections and varieties looking for qualities of great flower power and longevity as well as being able to withstand some normal weather conditions.
Remember it is still very early in the season, so make sure you protect your new bedding plants from any frost and keep them in a light bright place as they grow on into bigger plants. Many basket plants such as lobelia, petunias, diasicas, nemesias, and fuchsias will benefit from having their shoots pinched out when they are young plants. This promotes more flowering stems and branches to be produced, boosting flower power and inducing compactness. Keep your plants well watered and feed regularly with a high potash feed /tomato feed or as an alternative use slow release fertilizer granules and add some to your potting up compost.
Finally make sure you gradually introduce your tender plants to the outdoor environment with a process called ‘hardening off’. Gradually allow your plants to be outside, making sure you protect them from any frosts by fleecing or keeping them in a heated greenhouse.
Then let the colour begin. With themed colour areas within our plant area we will help you make those difficult choices. From Norfolk chic, Norfolk Glamour, Pink Sophistication or Fiery flame there are colours for everyone. Come and see what you think........................


Grafted Vegetable Plants

Grafted vegetable plants.
Tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and aubergines.
• Coming this week by popular demand and new to Bawdeswell Garden Centre grafted vegetable plants.
• Ideal to grow in a large pot, glass house or in your garden. Use a grow bag but stand the bag on its end for a deeper root run.
• One single plant can produce 75% more fruit in comparison to the traditional varieties, fewer plants required so ideal for patios and even small garden areas. Initially more expensive to buy but well worth the investment.
• Grafted plants are stronger, grow quicker and are more disease resistant including resistance to blight problems. Choose ‘Crimson Crush’- the most blight resistant variety.
• Plant at same soil depth to the pot and no deeper with a stake or supports for those fruit laden branches.
• Plant outside when the risks of frosts have passed in an area with lots of sunshine and keep well watered and feed every 14 days with a high potash feed.
• The varieties of tomatoes and cucumbers have been breeder selected to cope with the fast growing root stock but selected for their delicious tasting fruits.
• Also coming this week are Sweet potatoes plus another first for Bawdeswell. ‘James Wong Lycopene-Rich’ tomatoes; standard and cherry varieties. Eat your tomatoes as part of a healthy Mediterranean style diet to promote good heart health.
• Come in store and ask one of our plant area staff for more details.