Growing Young Plant food demos


Plants under the grow light I love this time of year. The plant and seed catalogues are arriving through the letter box and it's great fun planning the garden and placing orders for the coming season.

I stick to QVC for most of my bedding and perennials, as they're cheaper than the catalogues and, crucially, tell you precisely when the plants will be sent to you, but I do dip into the catalogues for a few other varieties.

As I've mentioned on the gardening shows, don't be tempted to buy plug plants from garden centres at the moment. The light levels are too low and the plants, however well cared for, are likely to struggle. It's far better to wait until early March when the natural light levels improve, which is why most mail order companies start sending them out then.

Having said that, I need a few plants to show on air to demonstrate how well Young Plant food works by boosting plug plant root, leaf and flower development, so I've started growing a few plants under grow lights in my greenhouse (pictured above). I'll give everyone an update on them towards the end of the month.

The sad news this week is that Anthony Heywood is leaving QVC on Friday. We've had some really good times together,  presenting gardening shows, at customer events and filming in his garden. He's a great guy and we'll really miss him. Bon voyage, Ant, and best wishes for your exciting new career on the high seas.


  1. Cathy Holmes January 16, 2011 at 7:44 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard,
    I just love watching your shows, especially this time of year. Please can you tell me if it is possible to have plug plants delivered to France. The post is the same so they would not dry out. They are always advertised as UK only. Is this due to Plant Health Regulations?

  2. Margaret Harwood, 25 CF14 7BZ July 10, 2012 at 1:39 pm -  Reply

    Richard help !!, I recently received the Lupins
    I ordered, but they were in a sorry state 2 had one stem in leaf
    on them the others just brown stems, I have poted them
    on, will they regrow? a similar thing happened to the first
    blue poppy’s I had, I ordered more of them the foliage was healthier. I have fed with flower power, and keeping fingers crossed.

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