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Under Cover - April

  • Continue to sow fruiting vegetables such as tomatoes, aubergines, peppers and chillies (see March Calendar). When the seedlings are large enough to handle prick them out into individual small pots filled with J Arthur Bower’s Seed & Cutting Compost.

  • Sow tender vegetables such as courgettes, squash, melons and cucumber towards the end of the month in individual pots filled with J Arthur Bower’s Seed & Cutting Compost. Alternatively buy plug plants and pot them up. Don’t be tempted to start the seeds/plants too early as they will get leggy.

  • Continue to take cuttings from the new growth of over-wintered fuchsias, pelargoniums, salvias, diascias and other tender plants. The cuttings should be about 8cm. (3 inches) long, taken from the stem tips. Strip off the lower leaves, dip into hormone rooting powder and place the cuttings into a 50/50 mixture of J Arthur Bower’s Seed & Cutting Compost and Perlite (or Silver Sand). Water gently and keep in a propagator or cover with a polythene bag. The cuttings should root in about two weeks.

  • Continue to start cannas and begonias into growth in your favourite J Arthur Bower’s or New Horizon Multi-Purpose Compost. Begonias do best if you lay them in a tray of moist compost. Once the shoots show, they should be potted individually. Cannas are best started individually in small pots – do not over water at this stage. Keep potting them on as soon as the roots fill the pots. As they grow they will need more water.

  • Continue to pot on growing young plants as they fill their pots with roots. Use your favourite J Arthur Bower’s or New Horizon Multi-Purpose Compost. See our How To Guide. Pinch out the growing tips of young fuchsias, coleus and pelargoniums to make them more bushy.

  • There’s still time to sow some of the faster-growing tender annuals such as cosmos, tagetes, morning glory and French marigolds.

  • Get ahead by sowing winter-flowering pansies.

 

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