Mind Your Own Business Plug Plants

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5x Mind-Your-Own-Business

Soleirolia soleirolii (syn. Helxine soleirolii)

4cm Plug Plants

Best known as an indoor plant but also makes a great alternative lawn for smaller areas.

 

 Mind your own business or ‘baby's tears’ is a creeping perennial and makes an attractive and maintenance-free ground cover in moist, shady areas.

It will tolerate sun or shade.

Frost hardy, its leaves are killed by winter frost, but it will recover to grow vigorously in spring.

The masses of tiny leaves clothe slender spreading stems that root as they run, forming a dense deep-pile carpet. As it covers the ground it will run over rocks, fallen logs, and so on, clinging to their shape so the features of the landscape are picked out.

Quick to establish, it survives periodic dry spells and recovers quickly afterwards. It is a superb substitute for moss in a Japanese garden or shady courtyard. Propagate by division from spring to mid-summer.

Despite looking pretty in cracks in paving, it re-grows from the smallest stem sections and can soon get out of control. It is especially difficult to control in the lawn so the best use is for an area dedicated to the plant.

This plant is a native of Corsica and Sardinia and is occasionally grown in rock gardens.

It has a number of other common names, including angel's tears, bits and pieces, bread and cheese, Corsican creeper, Corsican curse, friendship plant, mind-your-own-business, mother of thousands, Paddy's wig, and pollyanna vine.

Common Name: Mind your own business

Genus: Soleirolia

Species: soleirolii

Skill Level: Beginner

Exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Hardiness: Hardy

Soil type: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Dry, Moist, Boggy, Sandy

Height: 5cm

Spread: 90cm

Time to divide plants to increase your stock: April to May

Images

Please note the plants grow and develop all of the time so sometimes they don't look exactly like the images.... sometimes they are better :)

Delivery

The plugs will be dispatched by first class post in an envelope with moist tissue. I'll pick the plants on the day you purchase and put them straight in the post. Please allow an extra day from the estimate on the postage page as the package is coming from Northern Ireland.

Please open the pack as soon as they are delivered. It is important to take the plants out of the container on delivery as they could rot with the lack of air circulation.

 They might look a bit stressed but will soon pick up when planted.

Quality Assured If you have any problems with the plants or need any more advice about planting or aftercare please contact me.

First Class delivery and recycled packaging is included in the price. The last posting of the week will be Thursday evening then I'll resume on the Monday morning. this will ensure the plants don't sit in the sorting office for too long.

Plants will vary slightly from the images.

I offer a money back guarantee if the plants don't arrive in good condition. Please send me a photograph of the plants and the postal arrival date for my quality assurance.

 

UK mainland and Northern Ireland only

Rupturewort - Herniaria Glabra

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Rupturewort - Herniaria Glabra  

12x 2cm Plug Plants

 

These small ground cover plants make an excellent alternative to grass for a lawn or between paving slabs.

The tiny leaves create a dense evergreen carpet, becoming bronze in winter.

The plants have tiny, vibrant green leaves and little clusters of tiny green flowers

Features

Insignificant green flowers.

Easily divided in spring.

Tends to need watering during periods of extreme drought.

Sometimes used in formal carpet bedding schemes. Growth rate is fairly slow and easy to control.

In colder/wetter areas they are grown as an annual or short-lived perennial

Prefers well drained compacted sandy or gravelly soils, often with chalk or limestone fragments.

Native to the UK

Prefers full sun

Height x Spread / Trail: 6 x 15 cm

Temperature Tolerance: Can withstand winter conditions in well protected gardens.

 

More Information

Rupturewort contains Herniarin, which is a natural chemical compound. Chemically, it can be considered a methoxy derivative of coumarin or a methyl derivative of umbelliferone. People take rupturewort as a diuretic to treat urinary tract disorders, lung problems, nerve pain, gout, arthritis, fluid retention, and muscle and joint pain (rheumatism); and for “purifying the blood.” Consult a doctor or medical professional before processing the plants for internal use.

 

Delivery

The small plug plants will be dispatched by first class post in an envelope with moist tissue. I'll pick the plants on the day you purchase and put them straight in the post. Please allow an extra day from the estimate on the postage page as the package is coming from Northern Ireland.

Please open the pack as soon as they are delivered. It is important to take the plants out of the container on delivery as they could rot with the lack of air circulation.

 They might look a bit stressed but will soon pick up when planted.

Quality Assured

If you have any problems with the plants or need any more advice about planting or aftercare please contact me.

The plants will be picked, packed and shipped on the same day, usually the day you order (if it's still light).

First Class delivery and recycled packaging is included in the price. The last posting of the week will be Thursday evening then I'll resume on the Monday morning. this will ensure the plants don't sit in the sorting office for too long.

Plants will vary slightly from the images.

I offer a money back guarantee if the plants don't arrive in good condition.Please send me a photograph of the plants and the postal arrival date for my quality assurance.

 

UK mainland and Northern Ireland only

Ear of Mouse - Dichondra

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6 x Ear of Mouse Plug Plants- 4cm

Plants available around the middle of April 2020

 dichondra

Dichondra (or ear of mouse) is not really a lawn, but a trim ground cover for full sun in cool coastal climates, or shady spots inland.

Dichondra loves the conditions between stepping stones, sending it roots toward the cool moist soil underneath the stones, and pointing its tiny, lily pad-like leaves toward the sun.

In some places dichondra, a low growing plant and member of the morning glory family, is seen as a weed. In other places, however, it is valued as an attractive ground cover or even a substitute for a small lawn area.

Dichondra (Dichondra repens) is a perennial ground cover plant that has a somewhat upright, creeping habit with circular leaves. It is not usually over 2 inches in height and retains its bright green colour in temperatures as low as 25 F. (-3 C.).

When this ground cover becomes full, it appears as a dense carpet-like grass and is often planted in places where other turf-type grass does not grow well.

Proper preparation of the seedbed is essential to growing dichondra plants. A weed-free raked area is best. Dichondra prefers loose, clod-free and well-drained soil in partial shade to full sun.

Once plants are established, a deep and infrequent watering is necessary. It is best to allow the plants to dry out slightly between watering. If using as a lawn alternative, the dichondra can be mowed to a suitable height. Most people find that mowing to around 1 ½ inches in the summer is best and requires cutting every two weeks.

All dichondras spread by runners and fill in fast for lawn areas. A healthy lawn consisting entirely of Dichondra is fairly difficult to start, grow, and maintain. It could be the challenge of the summer!

A nitrogen high lawn fertilizer is recommended

Delivery

The small plug plants will be dispatched by first class post in an envelope with moist tissue. I'll pick the plants on the day you purchase and put them straight in the post. Please allow an extra day from the estimate on the postage page as the package is coming from Northern Ireland.

Please open the pack as soon as they are delivered. It is important to take the plants out of the container on delivery as they could rot with the lack of air circulation.

 They might look a bit stressed but will soon pick up when planted.

Quality Assured

If you have any problems with the plants or need any more advice about planting or aftercare please contact me.

The plants will be picked, packed and shipped on the same day, usually the day you order (if it's still light).

First Class delivery and recycled packaging is included in the price. The last posting of the week will be Thursday evening then I'll resume on the Monday morning. this will ensure the plants don't sit in the sorting office for too long.

Plants will vary slightly from the images.

I offer a money back guarantee if the plants don't arrive in good condition.Please send me a photograph of the plants and the postal arrival date for my quality assurance.

 

UK mainland and Northern Ireland only

Catnip - Nepeta cataria

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catnip

5 X fresh and tender Catnip plug plants.

catnip for sale

Each plug contains a few plants so can either be divided and replanted upon arrival or kept as a clump and repotted into 7cm pots.

The plants will benefit either way by being trimmed by nipping the tops off occasionally to promote a bushy growth habit.

The cut off pieces can be given to your cat to play with until the spring comes and faster growth starts

As the winter is approaching the seedlings will need protection from the elements, a sunny windowsill indoors or greenhouse/polytunnel protection will be ideal. Please note the different coloured leaves, the colder the weather the more purple they become.

Catnip or Catmint (Nepata cataria) is a perennial is a greyish plant with whitish purple flowers. Cat's find it hard resist the intoxicating scent of this plant, and it will need protecting from them. The leaves have a mint-like smell. Use leaves fresh or dry in tea and cat toys. Native habitat is on roadside banks.

 

Catnip is the best known plant for a cats pleasure, many a toy has been stuffed with the dried leaves which in turn sends the cat into a frenzy. It affects cats in various ways, from a soft nuzzle to a fully blown euphoric meltdown.  Only about 80% of cats are effected but they might be partial to some other type of plant that contains Nepetalactone,  an organic compound that is the active ingredient. Nepetalactone also repels cockroaches and mosquitos so it’s a win win for you and the cat.

Catnip (Nepata cataria) is a perennial. Cat's find it hard resist the intoxicating scent of this plant. The leaves have a mint-like smell.  Catnip can be grown in pots or the garden. Like most herbs in the mint family, catnip can easily spread and take over outside if allowed to. Responsive cats enjoy a psychosexual reaction that lasts up to 15 minutes, after which cats lose interest in the herb for at least an hour. The stems are as easy to dry as any other mint, and dried catnip retains is psychoactive powers for many months when stored in a cool, dry, dark place. Catnip flowers attract pollinators and other beneficial insects in droves so maybe I won’t let them flower in the house.

Growing

Catnip can be grown for several years in the same place with only minimal weeding required. Like most herbs in the mint family, catnip can easily spread and take over a garden if allowed to.

IT'S SLUG TIME!  Protect the plants from slugs and snails.

 Quality Assured If you have any problems with the plants or need any more advice about planting or aftercare please contact me.

The plants will be picked, packed and shipped on the same day, usually the day you order (if it's still light).

First Class delivery and recycled packaging is included in the price.

The last posting of the week will be Thursday evening then I'll resume on the Monday morning. this will ensure the plants don't sit in the sorting office for too long.

Plants will vary slightly from the images.

I offer a money back guarantee if the plants don't arrive in good condition.Please send me a photograph of the plants and the postal arrival date for my quality assurance.

 

 

 

 

UK mainland and Northern Ireland only please

Sagina Subulata - Irish Moss

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Sagina Subulata plug grown plants irish moss

Ready for planting straight into weed free soil or to grow on in larger pots

Makes a great grass lawn substitute.

Grows well on dry sandy or gravelly soils Use around walkways and between paving stones.

Sagina subulata is also known as pearlwort, Irish-moss, awl-leaf pearlwort, or Scottish moss.

Sagina plants are native to Europe, from Iceland south to Spain, and east to southern Sweden and Romania.

A low-growing prostrate perennial plant forming a thick, dense mat with stems less than 10 cm long, and slender subulate (awl-shaped) leaves up to 1 cm long.

Sagina subulata is one of the best low growing ground covers that is both decorative and low maintenance and has small white flowers to 0.5mm across take form from spring to late summer all over the plant.

Hardy to about -15°C (5°F), it spreads slowly to surround paths and stones with a dense, evergreen, emerald green carpet of tiny, soft feathery leaves that are studded with a swath of white flowers for a short time in mid-summer.

During winter some perennial plants die back to ground level and become dormant, and evergreen perennials can look untidy. The Irish Moss stays green and just gets compact in winter ready for a burst of growth in spring

This compact, dainty ground-cover is one of the most versatile and easy plants to care for.

The plant quickly forms a dense mat of bright green, low growing evergreen foliage that is able to withstand light foot traffic. Once established, these need very little attention with no trimming or cutting needed.

The ground will need to be weed free before planting and check often for weeds trying to take a hold.irish moss sagina

Soft and spongy to walk on.

Growing Conditions Appearance and Characteristics-

Evergreen Sun Exposure- Full Sun, Part Shade

Flower Colour- White

Soil Type -Normal, Sandy, Loamy

Blooming Time Late Spring – Late Summer

Soil -pH Neutral, Acid, Alkaline

Foliage Colour Shamrock Green

Soil Moisture- Any

Height 5-15cm

Care Level- Easy

Spread 15-30cm

The plugs will be wrapped and fitted into an envelope and sent 1'st class pots. Please take the plugs out of the plastic when they arrive as they might get a bit soggy. I'll delay posting from Friday until Sunday night to ensure the plants don't sit at the sorting office for too long.

 

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