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Retailing water plants can seem daunting even for someone with a good plant knowledge. Although they do have specific requirements, they are not much more difficult or time consuming than any of the other perennials in the garden centre.
Marginal plants are supplied in 1L, 2L, 3L (mix) or 5L baskets. They must be placed in water as soon as possible after delivery; they require around 3-5cm of water. Our Maxi Table provides a water holding tray for optimum conditions. Plants should be arranged with tall species such as irises and reed mace at the back of the display, grading down to low growing plants at the front.
A partly shaded situation is preferable which will suit all species, best sheltered from the wind or tall plants could have their leaves snapped over detracting from their appearance.
These are Aquatic Plants – keep the bench topped up with water, but make sure the water level is below the top of the smaller pots or it will be difficult to control algae. Keep the water clean for an attractive display. Marginal Tables should be drained down, cleaned and refilled once a week.
Do not allow algae to build up in the water.
Trim dead leaves off weekly. Tall plants, irises etc., may have their leaves snapped over by wind or careless customer handling; trim off just below the break, using scissors and cutting at an angle for a pleasing effect. Rafting plants such as brooklime and mint are vigorous and have a tendency to grow into neighbouring pots and for the roots to matt together. Do not leave plants for more than two weeks in summer without removing them individually to separate the roots and top growth. Trim back shoots as necessary.
Watch out for slug and snail damage – they particularly like lobelia cardinalis! Pick off these pests and destroy them.
Bunches are supplied in plastic bags of 100 weighted bunches. They must be removed from the bag as soon as possible after delivery, spread out, and submerged in shallow water. They must be kept submerged at all times. Do not allow algae to build up in the water or it will make the bunches unsaleable. Rough handling by customers may cause some bunches to come apart. They can easily be re-bunched using the pliable lead strip that has come off. Short broken pieces of plants can be fed to the water snails.
Nets: The modern, more professional way to market oxygenating plants. Hook-on hanging colour labels allow the plants to hang submerged but are easy for customers to take out. Potted oxygenators are dry grown for convenience of retailing. They are available in 1L pots, or 2 litre baskets with large colourful labels. They should be displayed in shallow water around 3-5 cm deep. Once submerged in the customer’s pond, they will grow up into a balloon of submerged leaves and commence their work in oxygenating the pond water.
TUBBED OXYS - Offering a dry and clean way to retail loose oxygenators, very little maintenance is required, however we suggest changing the water in each tub if the product has not been sold within 1 week.
Potted plants must be kept with the bench topped up with water, but make sure the water level does not exceed 5cm or it will be difficult to control algae. Keep the water clean for an attractive display.
Trim dead shoots if necessary. Do not leave plants for more than two weeks in summer without removing then individually to separate the roots and top growth.
Waterlilies and deep waterplants are supplied in 1L, 2L or 3L aquatic baskets with strong aquahandles. These are very popular as they save the customers from having to get their hands wet! Our unique full colour labels are affixed to the handles on named varieties, giving a true representation of shape, size and colour of the waterlily flower, together with information on the plant and optimum planting depth.
As soon as possible after delivery waterlilies should be submerged in at least 30cm of water. The Beaver waterlily display table provides optimum conditions, or use a stock tank with 30 to 45 cm of water. Make sure that you rotate your lily stock, placing new stock at the back of the display and bringing the old stock forward. Waterlilies require a lot of light and should be displayed in a sunny position. Keep your display well stocked to prevent algae growth.
Waterlily display tables should be kept topped up with water at all times and should be drained down and cleaned out weekly. Do not allow spilt gravel to build up in the table. Take care not to allow algae to build up. Stock tanks should be kept topped up with a minimum of 30cm of water.
Take dead leaves off weekly. Gently pull off filamentous algae, taking care not to damage the lily leaves. Check for water snails and remove them from the lily tank – put them in the snail container to be sold!
Watch for waterlily beetles – small grey insects on the top or under the leaves. They must be removed, or the leaves will be badly damaged. A vigorous spraying with water from a hose will dislodge most of the beetle larvae, or brush them off by hand; they can then be flooded off the tank and washed away.
Moisture loving plants are supplied in 1L, and 2 litre pots, or larger specimen size containers. They require damp soil at all times, but must not be flooded or they will fail. Plants should be arranged with tall species such as cannas and irises at the back of the display, grading down to low growing plants at the front.
A partly shaded situation is preferable which will suit all species, best sheltered from the wind or tall plants could have their leaves snapped over detracting from their appearance. Full sun all day is not recommended as it could cause the soil in the smaller pots to dry out between watering.
These are moisture loving plants and should be watered daily but not flooded. The soil should always remain moist, or alternatively sit in no more than 3cm of water. If in doubt – check the pot label; moisture loving plants are colour coded brown.
Trim dead leaves off weekly. Tall plants, irises etc., may have their leaves snapped over by wind or careless customer handling; trim off just below the break, using scissors and cutting at an angle for pleasing effect. Low growing plants such as mazus have a tendency to grow into neighbouring pots, and irises etc. for the roots to matt together.
Watch out for slug and snail damage – they particularly like hostas. Pick off these pests and dispose of them.