Look at pyra­can­tha

Kentish Express Ashford & District - East Kent Property - - OUTDOORS -

The mild win­ter has brought things into flower ear­lier than ever this year, it’s lovely to see glimpses of colour al­ready teas­ing me that spring is only just around the cor­ner.

Well I’m also hop­ing for early flow­ers on my straw­ber­ries by bring­ing them in­side my un­heated green­house now. This should mean an early crop of tasty fruits for my straw­berry-mad fam­ily.

To fruit well, straw­berry plants need a pe­riod of cold or flow­er­ing/ Con­sider pyra­can­tha as an ex­cel­lent ev­er­green hedge.

Com­mon name firethorn, it ticks many boxes; not only is it ex­tremely spiky so an ideal in­truder de­ter­rent but it also has fra­grant flow­ers and mag­nif­i­cent red, yel­low or or­ange berries, a real eye catcher at this time of year.

Reach­ing an ul­ti­mate height and spread of 4m x 4m they do well in any soil type, in sun or par­tial shade in­clud­ing free-drain­ing and heavy clay soils so you re­ally can’t go wrong.

Try pyra­can­tha con­c­cinea ‘red col­umn’ for firey red, pyra­can­tha or­ange glow for or­ange or pyra­can­tha soleil d’or for yel­low berries. fruit­ing will be weak.

So they have been out­side in con­tain­ers and I will now bring them in, re­mov­ing any dead leaves and giv­ing them a top dress­ing of new compost.

Pol­li­na­tion can be a prob­lem when forc­ing so I will keep the green­house doors open when the weather is mild and sunny to lure in some in­sects or when they start to flower I take a soft paint­brush and run it over each flower once a day to en­sure good pol­li­na­tion.

Prim­roses in the sun

Feel­ing like spring

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