Lift­ing plants

Amateur Gardening - - Toby Buckland -

CHOP back stems and fo­liage of can­nas, gin­ger and dahlias, leav­ing just 5in (15cm) stumps to use as han­dles when lift­ing. Prune twiggy tops of salvia and fuch­sia back by half, and on ba­nanas re­move only the outer leaves leav­ing the stem in­tact. Dig around the roots and heave to the sur­face, re­mov­ing the soil from around the edge of the root­ball – the rest will fall away when pot­ting up in spring – and place into wooden veg boxes or sim­i­lar (cover the slats with news­pa­per) pack­ing around the roots with dry pot­ting com­post. Keep in a light but dry shed/ green­house and wrap in fleece if se­vere cold is fore­cast.

Chop back stems of can­nas

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