Lift­ing plants

Amateur Gardening - - Your Gardening Week -

■ Ten­der peren­ni­als such as pelargo­ni­ums and gaza­nias are un­likely to sur­vive win­ter out­side, so they need lift­ing, pot­ting up and bring­ing un­der­cover be­fore the first frosts.

■ Un­earth healthy plants with plenty of soil around the roots and pot them in a con­tainer of multi-pur­pose com­post that’s large enough to take all the roots with­out swamp­ing them.

■ Cut back all the stems to 4in (10cm) and re­move any dead or dam­aged leaves. Re­move pests and spray with a fungi­cide to de­ter botry­tis moulds.

■ Wa­ter, then only wa­ter again when the com­post is dry.

■ Store plants some­where light, frost free and well ven­ti­lated. Wa­ter spar­ingly and don’t feed un­til spring, when they start to grow again.

Lift the plant with plenty of soil around its roots

Re­duce stems to 4in (10cm)

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