En­joy Longer-Last­ing Blooms

Woman's Weekly (UK) - - Gardening -

To keep plants pro­duc­tive, pinks are al­ways best trimmed back im­me­di­ately af­ter flow­er­ing. But re­mov­ing just the spent bloom is not enough to en­sure a re­peat dis­play, as the plants al­ways bush out from the base to pro­duce more flow­er­ing shoots. For strong, vi­brant flow­ers, it’s im­por­tant to feed the plants too. Give them a dose of to­mato fer­tiliser ev­ery two weeks dur­ing the grow­ing sea­son.

Re­gard­less of feed­ing, plants quickly be­come ex­hausted, so they should also be re­placed ev­ery three years or so, be­fore they be­come too strag­gly. To en­sure a suc­ces­sion of young plants, you can use the trim­mings from th­ese leggy plants to raise re­place­ments from cut­tings, or ‘pipes’ as they are some­times called.

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