A large genus of small alpine and woodland plants that are native to various parts of the globe. They differ greatly in flower, foliage and form but the majority of garden varieties either form a spongy cushion of leaves or a mat of leafy rosettes; above which a mass of tiny red, pink or white flowers appear in summer.
Most bedding plants are annual, which means they only grow and flower for one year. They are discarded at the end of the season, and the following year new plants will be grown. This gives you the freedom to change your bedding displays every year for a different visual effect.
To pot up your seedlings and plant plugs, first water the plants well. Lift them out of the soil, handling them by the leaves rather than the stems. If you damage a leaf, it will grow back. But if you damage the stem, you’ll lose the plant.
Plant them into their new pot to the same depth as before, then firm down the compost and use a liquid feed to water them in.
In late spring or early summer when all risk of frost is passed, plant out your new bedding plants to their final positions in your garden.