Tortoise edible wildflower plug plant collection
- The Tortoise edible plug plant collection will contain a selection of 9 species chosen by us from the following list with 3 plug plants of each:
- Common Knapweed, Greater knapweed, Red clover, Field scabious, Harebell, Evening primrose, Small scabious, Musk mallow, Ribwort plantain, Nettle leaved bellflower, Small teasel, Salad burnet,
Our Tortoise friendly collection is a tray of 27 plug plants, for those customers who wish to plant wildflowers in their garden for their Tortoise to forage safely. Growing your own wildflowers is a great way to provide a safe and healthy diet for your Tortoise whilst supporting the local wildlife too.
The Tortoise edible collection includes a range of wildflowers to provide a varied low protein, high fibre diet. It is ideal for the herbivore Tortoise such as the Hermann’s, Horsfield, Spur-thighed, Marginated, Sulcata and Leopard Tortoises which all feed on plants and leaves.
As a collection, there are 9 species from the list given, selected in multiples of just 3 of each, so each wildflower can be planted in a group of 3. If you prefer to choose your own species and numbers of plugs, you can of course order from the plant sections of this website, where each are sold in multiples of 6.
Our native UK wildflowers, are grown at the Plant Wild nursery in peat free compost. We propagate our wildflowers using seeds harvested from our own plants or from regulated suppliers sourced in the UK. You can be sure our plants are free from chemicals and neonicotinoids therefore safe to grow for your Tortoise to forage, as we work with nature and are aware of environmental sustainability. We allow the natural biodiversity of the nursery and our rural surroundings to balance pest control within our ecosystem and only when absolutely necessary, do we use targeted organic pest control.
A Tortoise edible collection can be planted at any time, providing the ground is not waterlogged or frozen and if regular watering can be maintained to help the plants establish. If purchasing during your Tortoise’s hibernation, the plug plants can also be potted on, to plant out in the Spring ready for early foraging.
If planting as plug plants, we recommend planting 6 plugs / sqm depending on the species and the site. Our 59ml square plug plants grown in peat free compost are a good size for water retention which will help their survival rates after planting. Regular watering is advised if possible until they are established, but is not essential depending on the weather and location.
These plug plants are also ideal to attract a range of bees, butterflies and other insect pollinators to the garden.
For more help see our article How to Choose and Use Plug Plants or contact us with your enquiry and we are always happy to help and advise.