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Dead heading - what, why and how?

Posted by Piers Lavan on

Dead-heading is much less brutal than it sounds! Basically flowers are a plants way of having sex! Plants produce flowers in order to attract insects who will either bring pollen from another flower to them or take their pollen away to fertilise another flowers. Once successfully fertilised, the flower starts to make baby plants - seeds. Have you heard to expression "going to seed" - often used by people about people - and often in a negative context? Well this is where the expression comes from. If a plant goes to seed then it stops flowering and put the energy...

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Plants need food just like Dogs do!

Posted by Piers Lavan on

I think the difference between a good and an "unsuccessful" (I don't want to say bad) gardener is plant food. Good gardeners use it. Never was this more obvious that with houseplants. Anyway - Here's why... Plants are about 90% organic - this is to say made up of Carbon, Hydrogen and Oxygen (C,H&O) - and 10% mineral (other elements like Nitrogen). The 'organic' bit is taken care of from Watering (the Hygrogen and Oxygen) and Photosynthesis (remember GCSE biology) - basically turning Carbon Dioxide into Sugars for energy. So, they get the CH&O from watering and the air but...

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What does the pot size mean?

Posted by Piers Lavan on

We wanted to write this post first, while we were setting up our web shop, but the whole 'plastic' thing had to be addressed before this explanation. If you missed it click here. The pot size is included in most items and it is really important. Plant roots on a plant are roughly the same size as the visible plant so (usually) the bigger the pot, the bigger the plant.  Lots of online plant sellers show you a lovely picture and say its in a 9cm pot and £6.99 In most garden centres sell 9cm pot plants for about £2...

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What is Hortico doing about plastic?

Posted by Piers Lavan on

Since 2019 all Hortico production is in special pots than are made from kerbside recycled plastic AND they are kerbside recyclable. They are mostly a distinctive blue colour but more recently they're being made in grey, brown and green too. We reuse pots when we can and reuse carry trays many many times. Even the black plastic that isn't recyclabel isn't quite that bad, the reason it's black is because it's been recycled so many times before its now too poor to reuse. Many black plastic pots are made from old tyres.  

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