Flowers, Gardening, George, Grow Your Own, How To, Planters, Planting

There comes a time when most plants will outgrow their pots. You may notice the flowers beginning to wilt or roots poking through the bottom of the pot. This means it’s time for the plant to move.

Here are three easy steps to repot your plant, along with a few pictures from our own attempts with the office plants at Primrose!

1. Prepare the new pot
When you know your plant is ready for a bigger home, make sure it’s well watered – this will help to ease it out. Choose a new pot that’s bigger than the old one. Line the bottom of the pot with a layer of compost and dampen it with some water.

Plant For Repotting
The roots are showing so this plant’s ready to go!

2. Take the plant out
This can be the tricky bit. You have to be careful not to damage the plant, so try to keep your palm placed over the soil with your fingers round the stem as you ease the plant from the pot. Give the pot a tap on a table or step to dislodge the roots. You may even need to break the pot away if they’re really stuck!

Taking Plant Out
And after a little work, the plant should just slide out.

3. Put the plant in its new pot
If the roots are especially compressed, you may need to work them out a bit – just use your fingers to loosen them up. Then place the plant into the new pot. It should fit in easily, with some free space around. Add a bit more compost to fill the gaps and give it all a good water.

Plant In New Pot
All settled in its new home!

So that’s it – 3 simple steps and your plant is repotted!

We particularly recommend our Miracle-Gro compost – you’ll only need a little because it expands up to 3 times with water. If you’re looking for plant pots we have a great range, starting from just 99p! And of course, if it’s plants you’re after, we’ve got you covered.

For more, visit primrose.co.uk.

George at PrimroseGeorge works in the Primrose marketing team. As a lover of all things filmic, he also gets involved with our TV ads and web videos.

George’s idea of the perfect time in the garden is a long afternoon sitting in the shade with a good book. A cool breeze, peace and quiet… But of course, he’s usually disturbed by his energetic wire fox terrier, Poppy!

He writes about his misadventures in repotting plants and new discoveries about cat repellers.

See all of George’s posts.

Cat, Media

Flowerpot man KeithThe Addiction Recovery Agency (ARA) is a voluntary organisation set up to treat addictions to drugs and alcohol in Bristol.

Recovering from an addiction requires making huge changes to all areas of ones life; behaviours, relationships, families and social networks in order to develop a quality of life.

Addiction strips away the joy and spontaneity from life – simple things can bring that experience back again! Flowers, getting hands dirty, watching things grow and thrive is a wonderful opportunity to express the change outside which has to take place on the inside.

Jo and plants doing 'Feelings'So staff and clients got together to brighten up the shared courtyard around which all the therapeutic work goes on.

The art group got stuck in making posters, laminated wall hangings and designs of ideas.

Primrose donated the planters that ARA chose for one of the darkest areas and Keda, Katrina (counsellors), Corrado (student counsellor) planted them up and Michael, Gary, Lisa, Dante. Ray, David, Stuart, Shelley, Keith posed and smiled and encouraged the counsellors to do some real work for a change!

wedding-meCat works in the marketing team and is responsible for online marketing, social media and the newsletter.

She spends most of her time reading about a variety of interesting facts, such as oddly named Canadian towns, obscure holidays and unusual gardening.

She mostly writes about Primrose news and current events.

See all of Cat’s posts.

Cat, Media

6 best planters

We were delighted that the Daily Mail chose to feature not one but two of our planters in their ‘6 of the Best’ series in the last Weekend Magazine!

redflaredplanter

Our fibreglass flared square planters come in striking colours and are sure to create a focal point in your garden. Whether you’re looking to create a Japanese style garden or just want a splash of colour, these high gloss planters are hard-wearing and come in a range of sizes. They start from £54.95.

zinc planter

Our zinc flower troughs can be used for special occasions, such as wedding centrepieces, as well as a herb or flowerpot on your kitchen windowsill. They are incredibly lightweight and are suitable for use both indoors and outdoors. They cost £6.45.

wedding-meCat works in the marketing team and is responsible for online marketing, social media and the newsletter.

She spends most of her time reading about a variety of interesting facts, such as oddly named Canadian towns, obscure holidays and unusual gardening.

She mostly writes about Primrose news and current events.

Promotions, Water Features

Easter Competition – Win an Easter Island Head!

We’ve got an exciting event going on over at our Primrose Facebook page – a prize draw for this lovely and unique Easter Island statue water feature!
Easter Island Head Solar Water Feature from Primrose
To enter, just visit our Facebook page and follow the instructions. Hurry, the competition closes on Friday the 13th of April!

Just what is an Easter Island Head, though? The statues on Easter Island are known as Moai and have been standing on the island for over 500 years. The statues are made of tuff, a type of volcanic rock, and the largest statue weighs 86 tonnes! Of the 887 statues known, a number have been transported off the island, including two on display the UK – one at the British Museum in London, and the other at the World Museum in Liverpool.
Easter Island moai statues on hill Rapa Nui
The statues sit on the island of Rapa Nui, known as Easter Island in English – so called because it was discovered by a Dutch explorer on Easter Sunday, 1722.

Now that you know a little bit about Easter Island and its statues, enter in our Easter competition to win one of your own! The competition is open to UK residents over 18, and it ends at noon on Friday, 13th April 2012.