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When to plant Red Campion

Devon, United Kingdom Gb

I bought a couple of smallish plants and have potted them up for now. Should I keep them in pots until next spring or plant them now?
Also I got them for a clay shady spot because I read on a few websites that they like clay. But now i find that some say they don't like clay. My RHS book says fertile, well drained soil so I guess I'll have to find another spot for them, unless anyone here can advise me otherwise.


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You can plant in autumn - this one needs partial shade, its a woodland plant, and likes fertile, well drained soil. If you want to put them where its really heavy clay, I wouldn't without working in some sharp grit and organic matter to try to break the clay up a bit first, if its that bad.

25 Aug, 2009

 

Thanks Bamboo. I won't risk planting in clay even with the soil improvement. The area does get waterlogged during the winter and I can find a happier spot with better drainage.

25 Aug, 2009

 

as they are in pots you can plant them anytime. they do prefer dappled shade and in a woodland setting they get lots of leaf mould too.
I have them in the borders where the beech tree and beech hedge are. I still have a few in flowers too.

25 Aug, 2009

 

Thankyou SBG, I'll make sure to add some leaf mould too. i just love learning these useful tips!

25 Aug, 2009

 

I sowed some red campion seed as part of a wildflower mix in my horses field hedgerow a few years ago and they took off amazingly well! I'm on sandy soil and there are hundreds of plants now.

26 Aug, 2009

 

Thanks Alquamarim. That's interesting.

26 Aug, 2009

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