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    This was 3 years ago, they're doing well now
    I didn't have to store them for months though, I think they arrived in early April and I had them stored for a couple of weeks before planting out.
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    Excellent, Thanks for the advice Bario1, I'll get them into compost.

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    From my experience, I would not let them dry out , however keep them cold so stay dormant as you said. Couple years ago had some delayed in post and were dry sticks when arrived, only got 50% to grow, but no idea if that was drying out or something else I did. Best results I have had is planting seeds at xmas, then potting them up and planting in the bed May time. The fern size and number of them was by far the best this year, dispite being in effect 1 year younger, so in theory will be best producers when take first real harvest from all this year
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    Thanks for posting about these, after reading the thread I bought a couple of bags. Mine definitely look a bit ‘sprouty’ so I suppose id better find a decent box for them to keep them in the dark.

    Now for prepping the bed... ive a raised bed they can go into, but I’ll probably move it, so whats the best thing to fill it with? I can get hold of a load of sand and manure if I need to.
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    None in my local Wilko, so considered ordering online, but realised that they will charge too much for home delivery of compost. I guess it'll be a weekend trip then
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    Quote Originally Posted by SarrissUK View Post
    None in my local Wilko, so considered ordering online, but realised that they will charge too much for home delivery of compost. I guess it'll be a weekend trip then
    you can order online and pick up from your nearest willko and its free delivery ! atb Dal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bex2012 View Post
    Thanks for posting about these, after reading the thread I bought a couple of bags. Mine definitely look a bit ‘sprouty’ so I suppose id better find a decent box for them to keep them in the dark.

    Now for prepping the bed... ive a raised bed they can go into, but I’ll probably move it, so whats the best thing to fill it with? I can get hold of a load of sand and manure if I need to.
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    Manure for sure but its needs to be well rotted, if not its best to put it underneath first mixed with your original soil so you dont create a root barrier and also so roots dont touch it at planting and get burnt to start with. I found they tolerated my clay soil mixed with sharp sand and compost with manure below, but our rainfall is higher here, sand for drainage would no doubt be less of an issue for you. From my experience i would also plant the bed flat with the roots say 2" below the surface and when they come through and get some fern, then create the small potato type baulks if that makes sense to get the depth you want according to the size of spears you prefer. That means here rainfall tends to run off the baulks into the lows so crowns to some degree are drier in winter but again less of an issue for you.

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    Ps forgot to say they dont like acid soil so if thats the case may need some lime mixed in
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