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New products at Crocus

by Sarah - December 2nd, 2009.
Filed under: Crocus, New Products.

New lines today at Crocus

grower-frame £36.99
Made from tubular, powder-coated, black steel rods, which slot together to make a sturdy, rust-resistant frame measuring 3 metres long by 1 metre wide by 1 metre high. It can be used with either the polythene or micromesh covers (sold seperately), which fit snugly over the frame to give the best protection and shelter throughout the year. The frame comes with pegs to secure it to the ground and easy to follow instructions on how to put it together.

grower-frame-micromesh-cover £26.99
This cover has been designed to snugly fit over the 3 x 1 x 1m Grower Frame, which is sold seperately. It is made from an award-winning Micromesh that will protect your plants from many airborne pests including aphids, carrot fly, cabbage roots fly to name just a few. With four large side zips for easy access, the ultra-fine mesh allows air and water to easily pass through, whilst protecting from scorching and other weather damage.
grower-frame-polythene-cover £26.99
This heavy-duty, clear polythene cover is ideal for using in conjunction with the 3 x 1 x 1m Grower Frame (which is sold seperately), to create a temporary greenhouse. It provides ideal cover for overwintering tender plants, where they will be snugly protected from the harsh weather, as well as keeping off many pests. As the warmth and humidity will be retained inside the frame, it also encourages quicker growth, so plants will get off to a flying start in spring. It has four large side zips for easy access and ventilation may be controlled using the insect-proof flaps at either end.
slim-soft-tie-woody-maxi-reel-40m £14.99
No need for fiddly knots anymore with this Slim Soft-Tie as it can be cut to size with a pair of scissors and secures easily with a couple of quick twists. It has a thinner gauge than the original Soft-Tie, which makes it ideal for using with plants that have more delicate stems such as climbing annuals, young vegetables and shrubs, tall perennials and houseplants. As the plants grow it can quickly be adjusted and if you put a twist between the support and the stem and you have a ready-made spacer to prevent damage from chafing. Soft-Tie is long-lasting, does not rot, and can be washed and re-used. This extra value maxi reel holds 40m of brown Slim Soft-Tie, which will ensure all those tying jobs wont get forgotten.
hellebore £10.99
Position: partial shadeSoil: heavy, neutral to alkaline soilRate of growth: average Flowering period: February to AprilHardiness: fully hardyAn unusual variety of hellebore, with gorgeous, nodding or outward-facing, sauce saucer-shaped red, double flowers with curved petals from late winter to early spring. The handsome evergreen foliage is leathery, deeply cut and dark green. This lenten rose is grown from seed, so colour variations may occur. It looks best planted in groups at the front of a partially shady mixed border, or under shrubs among spring-flowering bulbs. In former times, hellebores were planted close to cottage doors to prevent evil sprits from crossing the threshold.Garden care:A top tip from the Crocus crew is to cut back the old leaves down to the ground in January or February. This will show off the new emerging flowers to best effect and it also helps to get rid of foliar diseases such as Hellebore leaf spot. Add lots of well-rotted leaf mould or organic matter to the planting hole. Apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted organic matter around the base of the plant in autumn and provide a top-dressing of general fertiliser each spring.
slim-multi-purpose-soft-tie £4.99
Slim Soft-Tie is designed for use with the thinner, more delicate stems of climbing annuals, young vegetables and shrubs, tall perennials and houseplants. Also, it’s indispensable for all those little jobs around the home and garden. It’s easy to secure with just a twist (no need for fiddly knots) and can be cut with a sturdy pair of scissors. Soft-Tie is long-lasting, does not rot, and can be washed and re-used.
double late tulip
double late tulip £1.99
Position: full sunSoil: fertile, well-drained soilRate of growth: averageFlowering period: early MayFlower colour: pinkOther features: excellent cut-flowersHardiness: fully hardyBulb Size: 12+Delicate, soft pink, double, bowl-shaped flower, flushed with both paler and darker shades of pink in April and May. From a distance, you could easily mistake these tulips for peonies and they are usually one of the last tulip into flower – so a good one to choose if you want to extend a bedding display.Garden care: In September to December plant bulbs 15-20cm deep and 10-15cm apart in fertile, well-drained soil. Alternatively, allow 7-9 bulbs per 30cm sq. After flowering dead-head and apply a balanced liquid fertiliser each week for the first month. Once the foliage has died down naturally lift the bulbs and store in a cool greenhouse.