Each variety of plant will arrive wrapped in damp newspaper and packed in a plastic bag or tub with an identifying label. Unpack your plant as soon as possible after arrival by cutting off the plastic outer covering, carefully easing the plant out, and removing the newspaper (taking care to keep the right label with the right plant). The plant should ideally be planted up immediately. If this is not possible, it should still be unwrapped, and placed in a bucket of water with its roots under the water and its crown and leaves out, in a cool but frost-free place out of direct sunlight.
Your plant has been grown outside, so it can go straight into the ground in your garden. Remove any weeds from your chosen site and dig over the ground. If you have very heavy clay or a very poor soil, consider adding a little organic matter, such as compost, leaf mould, or well-rotted manure, to improve it. Make a hole and place the plant in it, spreading its roots out. Holding the plant at the base of the growing point, carefully fill the hole with soil, firming it up as you go. The base of the plant’s growing point should be just above the soil level when you have finished. Use a watering can to thoroughly wet the soil and water the plant in well. If the weather is hot, check the plant regularly – marsh plants do not need to be continually wet but they will not tolerate bone-dry soil for more than short periods.
If you would prefer to pot your plant, you do not need any special type of compost, although we would advise against anything that is composed purely of peat (this is not nourishing enough for marsh orchids) or that contains mostly clay (this can be too heavy for Marsh Woundwort and Ragged Robin). We generally recommend that each variety of plant is potted individually, so that they are not competing for space in one pot. You can find more specific information on each plant's page on our website. If you are keeping your marsh plant in a pot, check it regularly to ensure it does not get too dry.
Most marsh plants like a position that is sunny to partial shade.
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