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Price reductions at Crocus

by Sarah - January 25th, 2014.
Filed under: Crocus, Price Reductions.

Crocus has cut the price of these products

potato 'Vales Emerald' (potato - first early, Scottish basic seed potato)

potato ‘Vales Emerald’ (potato – first early, Scottish basic seed potato) was £2.49 now £1.24
These come in a ‘taster’ pack of 5 tubers. Position: sun-partial shade Soil: fertile, well drained Rate of growth: fast-growing Harvesting period: June to July Hardiness: protect tubers from frost An RHS ‘Award of Garden Merit’ recipient, this first early potato is the result of crossing Maris Peer with Charlotte. With such illustrious parents, there is little wonder that this is an award winner. The creamy skin and flesh is ideal for boiling and it makes a particularly good salad or baby potato. It is also known to be extremely high yielding, which makes it exceptionally good value for money. Garden care: As soon as the potato tubers have been delivered you should unpack them and start the chitting (sprouting) process. Place them in single layer in a seed tray without compost and leave in a light, cool area protected from frost. This can be started about six weeks before you intend to plant them. Early varieties can be planted out under frost fleece protection, but the later varieties should be planted after the worst frosts have passed in your area – this is generally mid March to mid April. Dig a trench 8 – 13cm (3 – 5in) deep adding a general purpose fertiliser to the bottom of the trench. Plant the potato tubers in the trenches about 30cm (12in) apart, being careful not to knock the shoots off the tubers, and keeping the shoots facing upwards. Then lightly cover with soil. As the plants get to around 20cm (8in) tall you need to bank up the soil around the plant, so the soil covers the bottom two thirds of the plant. Watering your plants well will help improve crop yield and discourage potato scab.

Fleece cold protection

Fleece cold protection was £9.99 now £5.99
Frost Fleece protects from cold winds and frosts warms up soil and protects aga inst insects and birds. 17gsm It provides -6oc protection and is porous to enable wa tering without removal. Retains heat in winter and gives shade in summer.

Parthenocissus quinquefolia (virginia creeper)

Parthenocissus quinquefolia (virginia creeper) was £7.99 now £5.99
Position: full sun or shade Soil: fertile, well-drained soil Rate of growth: fast-growing Flowering period: June to August Hardiness: fully hardy Justifiably popular thanks to its unrivalled autumn colour, this vigorous creeper none the less needs to be handled with care. Its five-pointed, deeply divided, mid-green leaves turn brilliant shades of crimson-red in autumn and there are occasionally dark purple berries to add to the mix. It’s a showstopping plant that will quickly romp across a large wall but it needs lots of space, regular pruning and will smother other plants it finds in its way. All of this make it an unsuitable choice for small gardens or for laissez-faire gardeners. Garden care: Provide some support until the plant is well established. (This may take up to two years). Once established, tie in stray shoots and prune in autumn or early winter to keep the plant within bounds, paying particular attention to stems that are encroaching on windows, guttering or roofs.

Sarcococca hookeriana var. digyna (sweet box)

Sarcococca hookeriana var. digyna (sweet box) was £12.99 now £9.99
Position: partial to deep shade Soil: moderately fertile, humus-rich, moist, well- drained soil Rate of growth: slow-growing to average Flowering period: December to March Flower colour: creamy-white Other features: the flowers are followed by spherical, black or blue-black berries Hardiness: fully hardy Clusters of small, creamy-white, tassel-like flowers and slender, mid- to dark green leaves. This compact, thicket-forming shrub is perfect for planting below a window, close to an entrance or path. Excellent evergreen groundcover for a moist, shady spot, the unassuming flowers are deceptive – their vanilla-like scent is one of the headiest winter fragrances. Garden care: In late-winter or early-spring lightly trim or prune back shoots that spoil the plant’s symmetry. After pruning apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted compost around the base of the plant.

Helleborus 'Pirouette' (PBR) (hellebore)

Helleborus ‘Pirouette’ (PBR) (hellebore) was £12.99 now £9.99
Position: partial shade Soil: neutral to alkaline, freely draining soil Rate of growth: average Flowering period: December to April Flower colour: shades of dusky pink with a green flush Other features: all parts of the plant cause severe discomfort if ingested; the sap may cause skin irritation Hardiness: fully hardy A fab new hellebore, which is noted for its ability to produce an abundance of flowers over a prolonged period from mid-winter to mid-spring. Once established, it is tolerant of dry shade, so it is an ideal woodlander, and is perfect for underplanting deciduous trees and shrubs, where it will provide low-growing, early interest before the overhead canopy of leaves emerge. Plant it with ferns, hostas and early flowering bulbs to complete the effect. Garden care: 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.

Rosa Eglantyne ('Ausmak') (PBR) (rose Eglantyne (shrub))

Rosa Eglantyne (‘Ausmak’) (PBR) (rose Eglantyne (shrub)) was £17.99 now £12.99
Position: full sun Soil: fertile, humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil Rate of growth: average Flowering period: June and September Flower colour: light pink Other features: excellent cut flowers Hardiness: fully hardy Beautiful, light pink blooms which are large and exquisitely formed – the petals turn up at the edges to form a shallow saucer filled with smaller petals. One of the most beautiful, repeating flowering English roses available with a strong, old rose fragrance. An excellent garden shrub that is medium in height and bushiness with attractive foliage and suffers very little from diseases. All our roses are grown in an open field and then dug up when the weather conditions are right in October or November. Some suppliers send out their roses as ‘bare root’ plants (ie without pots or compost), but we pot ours up as it helps to keep the roots hydrated and in good condition. As they are dormant throughout the winter, they will not produce any new roots until spring, so don’t be surprised if the compost falls away from the roots when you take them out of their pots. The roses can be kept in their pots throughout the winter provided they are kept well fed and watered, however ideally they should planted out as soon as possible. They will already have been cut back so no further pruning will be required, apart from snipping off any tips that have died back. Routine pruning can begin in late winter the year after planting. Garden care: If planting in winter, choose a frost-free spell when the soil is not frozen. Roses are quite deep-rooted plants so dig a deep hole roughly twice as wide as the plants roots and mix in a generous amount of composted organic matter. A top-dressing of a general purpose fertiliser can be worked into the surrounding soil and we also recommend using Rose Rootgrow at this stage to encourage better root development. This is particularly important when planting into a bed where roses have previously been grown as Rose Rootgrow is said to combat rose sickness (aka. replant disease). Remove the plants from their pots and gently spread out the roots before placing them in the centre of the hole. Try to ensure that the ‘bud union’ (the point where the cultivated rose has been grafted onto the rootstock, and from where the shoots emerge) is at soil level. You can judge this quite easily by laying something flat, like a spade handle or bamboo cane, across

4 Tier growhouse (includes a polythene cover + FREE winter fleece cover)

4 Tier growhouse (includes a polythene cover + FREE winter fleece cover) was £29.99 now £26.99
Any garden can accommodate this multi-tier mini greenhouse that can be positioned on a deck, patio or balcony. It has a sturdy tubular steel frame and clear plastic cover with a full- length zip for easy access. Inside, there are removable shelves for pots and seedtrays. Then in winter there is a fleece cover to help provide winter protection down to temperatures of -8. (at 120gsm it is a heavy weight fleece fabric) Dimensions: 69 width x 49 depth x 160cm height

Phyllostachys glauca (bamboo)

Phyllostachys glauca (bamboo) was £39.99 now £29.99
Position: full sun or partial shade Soil: humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil Rate of growth: average Leaves: dark green Canes: blue-green Hardiness: fully hardy A rare clump-forming, then spreading bamboo. The new canes are an attractive shade of greenish-blue and look like they have been dusted with white powder. Later they lose the blue flush and become greener as they canes mature. The leaves are glossy and dark green though glaucous underneath. A superb specimen plant, it looks great in a contemporary, minimalist garden or a town garden. To prevent the plant from colonising adjacent plantings restrict the roots using a rigid, non-perishable barrier. Garden care: Plant in a large container or surround the roots with a non-perishable barrier that restricts the plant’s spread. If potted up, it is important that this plant is watered regularly.

Wooden cold frame

Wooden cold frame was £79.99 now £64.99
The solid timber construction and twin-wall polycarbonate glazing surrounds a generously sized growing area, that can be used to protect your more tender plants from the worst winter weather. It also makes a great space to grow your seedlings, so they can get off to a flying start early in the season. The hinged lid has locking stays, which means they can be left ajar on warmer days and then shut again when the temperatures drop. It comes as an easy to assemble flat-pack. Measures: 1000mm deep x 650mm x 400mm high at the back.