What should I do when I get my perennials?
As soon as you get your plants open the box up and remove them from the packing. This stops them from 'sweating'. Depending on what time of year, and the weather conditions, in most cases our plants are sent out in 9cm pots and the pots can be let for quite a time before planting as long as they do not dry out.
Things To Do
Remove the plants from the packaging and give them a good watering.
It is best to plant them as soon as you can, especially if you are buying plants during the summer months. If you are buying perennials in spring they are most likely to have been in the pots since the summer which means many of the nutrients in the soil will have been used up. Therefore it is important to plant them as soon as you can, especially if they are just starting to grow.
Things Not To Do
Don't put any plants in a greenhouse or polytunnel. Even in cold conditions a greenhouse will warm up in the sun and plants can dry out. The warmth will also promote new growth which can be soft and when put outside this new growth is likely to be damaged. Sometimes the plants can die through the stress of changing enviroments.
Unless this is to be the final destination, don't pot plants into a larger pot especially in winter. Unless the pot is standing on a professional standing ground, the soil is a pot can become waterlogged and if the soil freezes, the plant can die.