Cardinal flower-(Lobelia cardinalis)
WHAT IS A PRE-ORDER?
These plants are not yet ready for dispatch from the nursery, the British weather being favourable, we should be dispatching them by the end of the month on the product page. Pre-ordering reserves you a plant and payment is taken at the time the order is placed.
WHEN DO YOU TAKE PAYMENT FOR MY PRE-ORDERED PLANT?
Payment is taken at checkout. This reserves a plant for you from the growing stock in the nursery. In the unlikely event we are unable to supply the plant, then we will contact you and offer a suitable alternative or provide you with a full refund.
THE PLANT I WANT SAYS AVAILABLE SOON, WHEN WILL THAT BE?
For the 2022 season we are releasing plants in 3 groups and will take pre-orders for plants as below. Each plant on the website will state which group it falls into. Some varieties of plants will fall into two groups due to different pot size.
Stage 1 - Early Season Plants - these plants will be available in March and April. We will have all plants in this section shipped by the end of April. Pre-orders for these plants are open now. Plants in this group include Water Hawthorn, Marsh Marigolds, Iris and some waterlilies.
Stage 2 - Late Spring Plant - these plants are available in May and we will have all plants in this section shipped by the end of May. Pre-orders for these plants will open on 15 April. Plants in this group include Loosestrife, Frogbit, Brandy Bottle and Pygmaea Waterlilies.
Stage 3 - Summer Plants - these plants are available in June and we will have all plants in this section shipped by the end of June. Pre-orders for these plants will open on 15 May. Plants in this group include Pickerel Weed and Powdery Alligator Flag
Not Available for Pre-Order - these plants are not available for pre-order and will be released for general sale once they are ready.
I WANT SOME PLANTS THAT ARE READY NOW AND OTHERS ARE PRE-ORDER, WILL YOU SEND THEM SEPARATELY?
No, if you mix the plants in your shopping cart then the whole order will be held until all the plants are ready.
We suggest you do two separate orders in this case, one for plants that are ready now and one for the plants that are on pre-order. This will ensure you get the plants that are available now sooner.
The 'Normally Available From' is a guide only and based on when this plant has been ready for sale in previous seasons.
This is subject to change as our greenhouses are not artificially heated, so we rely on the British weather to be kind to us!
WHEN WILL MY PLANTS BE READY?
We offer an estimated date range on each product page but cannot give an exact date as each plant grows at a different rate. The nursery that supplies our plants grows them in the UK in unheated greenhouses and in cold water, this produces stronger plants for the UK climate but also means that our plants can take longer to mature for sale if the spring weather remains cold.
We are in daily contact with the nursery from mid February and as soon as the water starts to be heated by the sun, then we see big changes in plant growth on a daily basis.
We will only send out plants once they have established a sufficient root system, to ensure they travel well and reach you ready to be put straight into your pond.
Although it may be frustrating waiting for a plant, we want to make sure we send you the best plant we can. They grow quicker, stronger and develop a better root system under the glass in the greenhouses, so please be guided by us and our experts at the nursery, who will only allow us to send plants once they are strong enough.
Your order will be dispatched once all the plants are ready. Please note we will take payment at the time of order to reserve your selection.
Please do not hesitate to contact us for an update.
Do your plants arrive potted?
The 1ltr, 3ltr, 5ltr, 10ltr and 30ltr Marginals, Deep Water, Waterlilies and the potted oxygenators arrive pre-planted in a Finofil aquatic basket, potted with aquatic compost and aquatic fertiliser.
9cm plants need repotting. They will arrive in solid pots and therefore will need repotting into aquatic baskets before placing them in your pond. Aquatic Baskets and Aquatic soil can be found in our Essentials section.
Floating plants arrive loose in tubs. The plants can be placed straight onto the waters' surface.
Bunched and loose Oxygenators, can be dropped straight into the pond.
What are the dimensions of your planted baskets?
1 ltr Plants - Finofil 1 ltr square 11cm x 11cm x 11cm high
2ltr Plants - Finofil 2 ltr round 17cm dia x 13cm high
3 ltr Plants - Finofil 3 ltr hexagonal 18cm x 18cm x 16cm high
5 ltr Plants - Finofil hexagonal 3 ltr 18cm x 18cm x 16cm high
10 ltr Plants - Finofil 10ltr Square 29cm x 29cm x 19cm (weight 12 kgs)
30 ltr Plants - Finofil 30ltr Square 40cm x 40cm x 28cm (weight 50 kgs)
For further information on planting your pond - click here
What is the difference between a potted oxygenator and a bunched oxygenator?
Potted Oxygenators simply come pre-potted in 9cm, 1ltr or 2ltr pots and can be placed straight in the pond on your marginal shelves or as deep as the plant allows (see individual product page or care label).
9cm packs of potted oxygenators will need repotting, so please purchase suitable aquatic baskets, we suggest 1ltr or 2ltr size.
Bunched oxygenators usually can go far deeper and will require silt, soil, clay, gravel or some other substrate to root into. They come with a soft lead weight which is used to take them down to the bottom of the pond where the weight holds them there while they root. The exception to this is Hornwort, which is a free-floating oxygenator
A soft lead weight strip is used to bunch the plants together, if you do not want lead in your pond then you can either re-pot the bunches into aquatic baskets filled with gravel and soil (each variety is different, so see product page), or re-weight them with other heavy materials. These small lead weights have been used for many, many years by the industry.
How many plants do I need for my pond?
A rough guide to planting your pond, see Planting your Pond for more detailed information.
5 x 1ltr per linear metre or 7 per square metre
3 x 3ltr per linear metre or 5 per square metre
Potted Oxygenators - 5 x 1ltr per linear metre or 7 per square metre
Potted Oxygenators - 3 x 3ltr per linear metre or 5 per square metre
Weighted Bunches - 2-3 bunches per square meter
1 x 1ltr per 1 sq metre
1 x 3ltr per 1/2 sq metres
1 x 10ltr per 2/3 sq metres
1 x 30ltr per 4/5 sq metres
2 to 3 per sq m
Deep Water Plants:
4/5 x 1ltr plants per sq metre
2/3 x 3 ltr plants per sq metre
1 x 3ltr plant per sq metre for large ponds of 20+ sq metres
Plant as you would a normal dry flower border
How many Snails or Mussels shall I buy?
Swan and Painter Mussels
1 per cubic square metre
Swan Mussels are only suitable for large ponds, they can grow up to 17cm long. Swan Mussels help are filter feeders and will feed off pond debris. Painter Mussels are slightly smaller.
Ramshorn and Trapdoor Snails
1 to 2 per square metre
Ramshorn snails live on the sides of your pond and feed off plant debris and algae. Trapdoor Snails live on the bottom of your pond.
How deep do I place my new plants?
Marginals and potted oxygenators:
Depths vary with each variety, this information can be found on the the product page on our website and your plant will be delivered with a care label too.
Depth is measured from the top of the pot to the water's surface.
Waterlilies and other deep water plants
Water Lilies like still water, they also like to keep their leaves dry, do not place them too close to fountains or other splashing water.
Place the water lily in your pond so that the current leaves remain on the surface, gradually lower over the season as the leaves grows outwards across the surface, making sure the leaves remain on the surface.
Depth is measured from the top of the pot to the water's surface.
Pruning - Deadhead, removing yellow and brown leaves regularly throughout the growing season.
Will fish and ducks eat my plants?
Koi and other varieties of carp find all pond plants very tasty - so we cannot recommend any plants for your pond unless they can be protected by some form of barrier.
Gold fish will nibble at oxygenators and softer leaved plants in your pond. They are omnivores so will also eat larvae, insects and tadpoles.
Wildfowl will also eat plants, we suggest buying more mature plants with established root systems and protecting the roots/rhizomes as best as you can to prevent damage from eating and nesting.
What are the planting baskets made from?
Finofil aquatic baskets are made from 100% recycled plastic and manufactured in the UK.
I have pre-ordered plants, do you take payment immediately?
Yes, you will be charged at the point of order for all items, whether they are on pre-order or ready to leave the nursery immediately. This payment reserves stock for you. If you change your mind or we are unable to provide you with that variety we will offer a substitution or a full refund.
- Standard Shipping - £5
- 30ltr Plants from £35 (calculated at checkout based on postcode) ***
- From £16 to £35 (calculated at checkout based on postcode)
- Light Parcel (under 1.8kgs) - £6
- Standard Shipping £10
- 30ltr Plants from £50 (calculated at checkout based on postcode) ***
- From £16 to £50 (calculated at checkout based on postcode)
Shipping to Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland.
Unfortunately due to Brexit and new EU regulations and protocols on plants, we are not able to ship to Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland.
- Orders Under 1.8kg are sent Royal Mail First Class (untracked)
- Orders sent by APC. You will receive a tracking number once orders have been dispatched from the nursery. Please make sure you supply your mobile number at checkout to receive these updates.
- Scottish Highlands and UK Islands - orders will be sent by Parcelforce 48 hour service. You will be sent a tracking number on the day of dispatch.
- *** Pallet Delivery - 30ltr plants will be delivered via a pallet network. Your order will arrive on a pallet and may be delivered on a large truck (up to 18/24 tonne), please advise us in the note section if you will require a small delivery vehicle due to access restrictions.
Orders are dispatched once a week on a Tuesday.
Orders received by midnight on Sunday will be dispatched that same week expect orders which include Pre-Order plants, these will be held until all items are ready for dispatch. Please check individual products for 'usually ready from' dates.
Orders are dispatched twice weekly on a Tuesday and Thursday.
April to July
We aim to dispatch your order as quickly as possible. During the high season, we dispatch on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, unless there is a bank holiday on a Monday or Friday. (please allow 2-4 working days before contacting us).
Orders are dispatched twice weekly on a Tuesday and Thursday, unless there is a Bank Holiday on the Monday.