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11 Mar

Plant a flower day – planting mishaps and how to avoid them…

Posted 11/03/2016 by: Reeds Rains

RR FlowersIn a recent survey carried out by Reeds Rains Estate Agents we found that the nation’s most popular flower was a rose - which came as no surprise as they are a popular plant both indoors and outdoors and come in many beautiful varieties.

In the same survey we also asked ‘have you ever planted something you regretted and why’, so to celebrate plant a flower day we thought we would highlight some of these gardening mishaps and some top tips to avoid it happening to you!

Bedding plants

One of the biggest difficulties for participants in our survey was bedding plants, many people found theirs succumbing to disease and cold weather, take a look at these top tips to ensure your bedding plants last.

  • Start right – make sure your new bedding plants are well watered a few hours before you move them from their containers, a lot of the damage can arise from ‘transplanting stress’.
  • Pick the right spot – Do your research, do your bedding plants need to be planted in a sun soaked area of your garden?
  • Feed your plants – use compost full of nutrients and specialist foods to help your plants reach their full potential.
  •  Maintain – make sure you pick off any old flower heads to prevent the plant wasting energy.

Lilies

The flowers are beautiful and can transform the barest of gardens but many people are unaware that certain plants are hazardous and toxic to their beloved family pets…

The most poisonous plants for cats include; Amaryllis, lilies, acorns, aloe vera, clematis, daffodils, sweet peas and for dogs plants like foxgloves, bluebells, onion are also incredibly hazardous – these are just a few of the poisonous plants out there  so make sure you do your research.

However, if you don’t have pets and are partial to growing lilies, make sure you sow the bulbs around 6 inches below the top of the soil, lilies also like bright/indirect light so ensure they are planted somewhere that gets a lot of light, if you are growing them indoors be sure to place near a sunny window.

Top tip: Use sticky tape to remove pollen stains from clothing and carpets as it’s a dusty substance.

Geraniums

A popular plant, even winning awards at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show1 the geranium is an adaptable plant and there’s one for every type of garden whether it be sunny, damp or dry.

It is essential to routinely prune your geraniums to prevent them from taking over your garden; a geranium is a naturally ‘leggy’ plant so keeping on top of this helps prevent them from spreading. Another cause of this is excessive moisture so ensure they’re planted in well-draining soil and only watered when the soil is dry to touch.


Did you enjoy this content? Take a look at our regular gardening blogs.

March – read the blog here.
February – read the blog here.
Make your home beautiful with flowers - read the blog here.


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1 http://www.crocus.co.uk/features/_/articleid.1132/

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