Your Guide To Garden Bulbs And Plug Plants
While many people love the ease of using bulbs for their garden, there are an equal number who swear by plug plants. In order to understand the differences, you first must know what each one is and how to plant them.
Plug plants are just what they sound like. Plants you plug into the garden. These plants come in a variety of containers that resemble egg cartons or trays. The plug plants are grown from seed or cuttings in trays. When they’re big enough to survive re-plant, they’re sold. You can get all sizes of plug plants. Of course, the older and more developed the plant, the more it costs you.
However, with these types of plants you will often find that you don’t have to wait long to have beautiful flowers or a hardy vegetable plant. The larger plants do not require as much attention as the smaller ones.
You plant bulbs long before you’ll expect to see a beautiful plant. Most spring flowering plants need to be planted in the winter of the year before. Those that flower in the fall need to be in the ground early in the spring. The major difference these two plants also depends on the gardener, because if you simply decided you must have a garden and want it now, then a plug plant is perfect for you. These plants flower long before a bulb has time to grow shoots.
Plug plants can create an instant garden for you in one weekend, but there people who would prefer bulbs over plug plants. Some plants are only available as bulbs. If you want spring flowers and you live in a cold weather area, most of the time you’ll need to plant bulbs. The bulb flowers are normally the first to show their heads through the ground and bring a bit of cheer on a spring day. They hail the onset of warm weather. A garden potting shed can often help with these plug plants.
Another reason that many people love garden bulbs is for the convenience of planting. You don’t have to put the bulb in the ground immediately. While you can nurture the plug plants and keep them moist until you want to plant them, you can’t hang about that long or they’ll die. Bulbs, on the other hand simply need to be put in before the end of the planting time, which could give you a month or more.
One of the biggest factors that make a difference to gardeners is the plant itself. Some plants come as bulbs and some come as starts or plug plants. If you have a preference for a specific plant, then you’ll have the decision made for you in advance. For those that love daffodils, don’t expect to find them in a plug plant. If you want pansies or snapdragons be aware that they are not available as plug plants.