If your veggies arrive before you are ready to plant them out, or during a cold spell in your area, you can plant them temporarily in the punnets that they arrive in or into a grow bag or bag of compost. Simply follow the 5 steps below and you can keep your plants for up to 2 weeks before needing to plant them out in their final positions.
As soon as possible after your plants arrive, carefully unpack them all. They may look a little tired after their journey but this is usually nothing to worry about. If any are badly damaged or failed to survive the journey, please contact us so that we can arrange replacements or a refund/credit note.
The roots may be dry, so give them all a good drink of water by standing the plants upright and submerging the roots for a few minutes in a container of clean water.
Option 1: stand the plants up in their punnet and loosely cover with a handful or two of compost. Place them on a sunny windowsill or porch, or if you have a greenhouse you can put them in there. Option 2: Cut open the top of a grow bag or bag of compost, and loosely plant the plugs in there - you can do this in groups (you don't need to space them out) - just make sure their roots are covered with compost and their leaves and stems are exposed to daylight.
Water them every few days until you are ready to plant them out.
When you are ready to plant them out it should be easy to gently tease them out of the punnets/compost without damaging their roots. Once planted, water them in well and they should be just fine.