Posted: 07/03/2017 at 15:18
I usually grow everything for my baskets and tubs from seeds, as well as watching them grow, I just couldn't afford to buy that much, but this year I want surfinia and tumbelina petunias, they don't grow from seeds, well, I think surfinia do but very expensive, so I have given in and ordered the small plugs, I can bring them on, plenty of time as I won't be planting out until end of May.
So no, it's not really cheating to buy plugs, you still have to treat them right to get them to grow for you.
dont expect an instant garden from them though, if you follow Obe's advice, they will be good for the summer.
I don't buy bigger plants as I know I can grow what I need from seed and cuttings, may have to wait for a year in the case of perennials, but I can wait.