What to do if... If you’re not ready to plant yet

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If your veggies arrive before you are ready to plant them out, or during a cold spell in your area, you can plant them temporarily in the punnets that they arrive in or into a grow bag or bag of compost.

Simply follow the 5 steps below and you can keep your plants for up to 2 weeks before needing to plant them out in their final positions.

  • Plant temporarily

1. Unpack your plants

As soon as possible after your plants arrive, carefully unpack them all. They may look a little tired after their journey but this is nothing to worry about.

2. Give them a drink

The roots may be dry, so give them all a good drink of water by standing the plants upright and submerging the roots for a few minutes in a container of clean water.

3. Pop them in the punnet

Stand the plants up in their punnet and loosely cover with a handful or two of compost. Place them on a sunny windowsill or porch, or if you have a greenhouse you can put them in there.

4. Water them

Water them every 2-3 days until you are ready to plant them out.

5. Plant out within 14 days

When you are ready to plant them out it should be easy to gently tease them out of the punnets without damaging their roots. Once planted, water them in well and they should be just fine.