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August Conservatory & Greenhouse Tips

Cuttings

Now is the time to take cuttings from deciduous shrubs in the conservatory.   The ideal cutting is one which is not too soft and floppy and not too rigid and hard when bent by hand.   New growth will remain more soft and tender in the wet periods and firm up quickly in prolonged hot conditions.

Calcederia integrifolia
Calcederia_integrifolia  cuttings 1click for larger image
Calcederia_integrifolia  cuttings 2click for larger image
Calcederia_integrifolia  cuttings 3click for larger image
Daphne bholua
Daphne bholua  cuttings 1click for larger image
Daphne bholua  cuttings 2click for larger image
Erigeron 'Sea Breeze'
Erigeron 'Sea Breeze' cuttings 1click for larger image
Erigeron 'Sea Breeze' cuttings 2click for larger image
Eucomis 'Sparkling Burgundy' cuttings 2click for larger image
Eucomis 'Sparkling Burgundy' cuttings 2click for larger image
Eucomis 'Sparkling Burgundy' cuttings 3click for larger image
Eucomis 'Sparkling Burgundy' cuttings 4click for larger image
Eucomis 'Sparkling Burgundy'
Eucomis 'Sparkling Burgundy' cuttings 5click for larger image
Eucomis 'Sparkling Burgundy' cuttings 6click for larger image
Eucomis 'Sparkling Burgundy' cuttings 7click for larger image

 

Holidays

 

If you go away on holiday and there is no one to water your plants in your absence you can take precautions.

Stand all your larger pots in trays or bowls which can be filled with water before your departure.  

The plants can then water themselves for a while.

Plants on a trayclick for larger image
Water Plants on a trayclick for larger image
Plants watered  on a trayclick for larger image

 

Fuschia

Fuschia procumbens makes excellent groundcover in conservatory beds and now starts to produce upright edible purple fruits.   Fuchsia perscandens is one of the few climbing fuchsias.   Both make excellent floral contributions and will surprise your neighbours with their unusual flowers.

 

Gardenias

Gardenias continue to produce a regular succession of flowers. They should not be allowed to dry out but equally hate being too wet.  Feed with an ericaceous feed and cut off all flowers when they finish to encourage new growth.  

Pruning and tidying Gardeniasclick for larger image
Pruning and tidying Gardeniasclick for larger image

 

Punica

Punica granatum ‘Flore Plena’ (Pomegranite) is probably the best grown in a container for the conservatory or greenhouse.  It does like full sun and hates to dry out – keep it just most with an occasional feed.      


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