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Planting Questions and Answers
At Gardeners Delight Nursery we pride ourselves on quality, with both Garden Plants and Gifts. Over the 20 years, Hannah and Nick have gained a wealth of knowledge and are happy to share this knowledge with you. This page is for frequently asked questions and answers as well as advice with the more tricky areas. Please get in contact if there are any questions you may have. Enjoy your gardening!


Q. What is MET52?
A. MET52 is a naturally found fungus which attacks root pests such as vine weevil grubs.We incorporate this into our compost mixes to protect the plant, enabling us to guarantee our plant quality. See the plants which contain this in our features section on each listing.
For further information Click here.

Q. What time of year is best to plant fruit trees?
A. Fruit trees can be planted either bare root or from a pot. Bare root trees need to be planted when they are dormant, normally between November and February. Pot grown trees can be planted from September to May. Avoid the frost!! DO NOT plant during the summer months as this reduces the chances the tree has to establish itself.

Q. What does the RHS Award of Garden Merit mean?
A. The RHS AGM is the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit and helps gardeners make informed choices about plants. This award indicates that the plant is recommended by the RHS. For more information visit the RHS website by clicking here.

Q. What are the Clematis Pruning Groups?
A. Regular pruning of clematis encourages strong growth and flowering and keeps the growth in check. If left unpruned, clematis can turn into a mass of tangled stems with bare base and flowers well above eye level. The pruning groups indicate when they should be pruned.
  • Group 1 - Prune mid- to late spring, after flowering and once the risk of frost has passed.
  • Group 2 - Prune in February and after the first flush of flowers in early summer.
  • Group 3 - Prune in February.
  • For more information visit the RHS Clematis pruning website by clicking here.

    Q. What is the difference between Clematis and other climber pruning groups?
    A. Knowing how to keep climbers and wall shrubs in shape will prevent them becoming a bushy or straggly mess. Pruning at the right time of year will result in a good display the following flowering season. Such plants fall into RHS Plant Selector pruning groups 11, 12 and 13, whereas Clematis have their own specific pruning groups.
  • Group 11 - Vigorous climbers, for example Honeysuckle Lonicera.
  • Group 12 - Moderately vigorous climbers, for example Solanum crispum.
  • Group 13 - Wall trained shrubs, for example Pyracantha.
  • All should be mulched and fed after pruning.
    For further information visit the RHS Climbers and wall shrubs: pruning established plants page by clicking here.
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