Any plant which is to be planted outside (HA, HHA, HHP, HHSh.) should be well hardened
off beforehand. This is best achieved by placing the plants outside in a cold frame
for around a week before planting out. The frame can be left uncovered during mild
weather but always replaced at night. Alternatively if no frame is available move
the boxes outside to a sheltered spot during the day and bring indoors at night.
Our aim is to provide you with outstanding quality seeds, specially selected to fill
your garden with height, depth and especially colour. We provide you with sowing
instructions for each packet of seed you purchase. If you are concerned about your
abilities do not panic, instead have a look at our germination guide to see how easy
the ‘special treatments’ really are, and remember most seeds just require being put
in a pot of compost and watered occasionally. Each packet has a generous amount inside
except a few, where the rarity or actual seed size restricts our supply and in these
cases we state the amount.
The majority of our seeds are field grown and as these are open-pollinated occasional
variations may occur and we can not be held responsible other than for replacement
seeds. The coloured leafed varieties sometimes produce a few pure green leafed plants
amongst the many true ones as a matter of course. The variegated ones do not tend
to show through until after the 3rd or 4th leaf is produced.
Many seeds can be sown indoors at almost any season of the year. Others, for example
bedding plants, have a much limited sowing season because the plants need to be at
just the right stage when planted out. We therefore offer the following general guide
to sowing times. Your actual time of sowing will depend a great deal upon the steady
temperature you can maintain in your greenhouse/propagator, soil, local conditions
Don’t forget to take a look at the special offers page for our current savings and
the small print which will give you the low down on our charges and terms.