Posted: 18/02/2015 at 18:15
Booker, if these had been annuals I would wholeheartily agree with you, but the OP is talking about perennials, totally different in my opinion.
This is the ideal time for perennial plugs, while they are still in their dormant state, you will need to pot them up though, put in 4inch pots and keep them inside cold greenhouse, cold windowsill, cold frame etc, dont keep them anywhere warm as no doubt they have been grown outside.
Plant them out in April or start of May, You may get flower buds on them this year but if they are not big plants, I pick them off as they cant grow strong roots whilst feeding flower.
Add a bit of bone meal or chicken pellets, just around the ground after planting.
So, to sum up, if you lose 30% you are still quids in, here speaks someone who only ever buys cheap bare roots or plugs, usually from J.Parkers sales.
Good luck with them, to me, its lovely to nurture little plants that you have actually grow rather than buy a big plant and plonk it in the ground, a bit of patience now and yoh will be rewarded.