Look after your ten­der trea­sures

Gardeners' World - - What To Do Now -

By Novem­ber we can no longer risk leav­ing any ten­der plants out­side. If we have not al­ready had our first sharp frost, it is just around the cor­ner, and at Long­meadow that can eas­ily mean tem­per­a­tures of -10°C or be­low. So both the green­houses are now full of plants, some of which, like Salvia el­e­gans, are just hit­ting their flow­er­ing stride. I wa­ter them to keep them go­ing, but start to rad­i­cally re­duce the wa­ter­ing of other pot­ted plants like cit­rus, pelargo­ni­ums and fuch­sias, and I do not feed them at all. The green­houses are heated, but only to keep them frost-free, with the ther­mo­stat set at 7°C. This re­duc­tion in wa­ter, feed and heat means that, although the plants are pro­tected from the worst of the weather, they can slow down and rest over win­ter.

Keep salvia blooms com­ing with oc­ca­sional wa­ter­ing

Bring ten­der plants, such as stan­dard fuch­sias, in­doors be­fore frosts

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