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Undercover - March

  • Start 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.

  • Take cuttings from dahlias. Cut the new shoots when they are about 10cm. (4 inches) long. Trim below a leaf joint and remove the lower leaves. Place the cuttings in a perlite and compost mixture as described above.

  • Continue to re-pot over-wintered plants into your favourite J Arthur Bower’s or New Horizon Multi-Purpose Compost.

  • Prick out seedlings of summer bedding and vegetables sown last month into J Arthur Bower’s Seed & Cutting Compost. Always handle seedlings by their leaves, not their stems as these are very fragile.

  • Sow tomatoes in J Arthur Bower’s Seed & Cutting Compost and cover seeds with a layer of J Arthur Bower’s Vermiculite or Fine Vermiculite. Place in a propagator or keep on a warm (but not sunny) windowsill.

  • If you can grow tomatoes why not try your hand at other fruiting vegetables such as aubergines, peppers and chillies. They need to be kept warm like tomatoes, so don’t allow them to get chilled at night.

  • Pot up tiny plug plants in your favourite J Arthur Bower’s or New Horizon Multi-Purpose Compost.

  • 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.

 

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