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Posts Tagged ‘June’

Summer citrus care

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There are a few timely jobs to do if you want a good crop of citrus fruit this year, says Kris

REMOVAL OF larger branches is best done in winter, but to encourage a bushy habit and increase branching lower down, new growths should now have their tips removed as they reach 4-6in (10-15cm) in length

Watering and feeding
WATER PLANTS at least…

22 May: Streptocarpus leaf cuttings

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Old streptocarpus plants begin to lose their flowering potential. Fortunately they’re easy to propagate by taking leaf cuttings; this should be done in spring or early summer
How to do it…
Place the leaf on a flat surface and cut along each side of the midrib using a sharp knife. Discard the midrib. Fill a tray with cuttings compost, water and…

How to grow: Streptocarpus

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Once you’ve grown one Cape primrose successfully you’ll be hooked forever, says Anne Swithinbank
There are literally hundreds of varieties of streptocarpus and they are very collectable. As the common name Cape primrose suggests, streptocarpus originate mainly from South Africa, where they grow in wooded areas, enjoying moist soil and light shade.
This is an easy environment to replicate indoors. Normal room…

3 Jul: Dahlia care

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Big blooms can be achieved with some varieties of dahlia, Amateur Gardening’s Emilie Griffin explains how

Dahlia shoots can be very brittle at their base, meaning whole stems are easily broken out in windy conditions.
Ideally, plants should have been staked at the time of planting…