The Cultivation of Half-Hardy Annuals

WHILE the cultivation of half-hardy annuals calls for slightly more attention than hardy annuals, there are no very great difficulties, and the extra facilities required can be confined to modest proportions. As their name suggests, half-hardy annuals will not tolerate frost, especially during the seedling stage, but they can be sown in the open in May, when the danger of frost Read more [...]

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Zygocactus

Known as the Christmas Cactus, Zygocactus truncatus is one of the most interesting of indoor plants, being easily grown and propagated, and its attractive cerise-pink flowers, which are borne in winter, make it one of the best of all indoor plants; and preferring semi-shade it could be more widely grown. It is a cactus, being one of the Epiphyllum group, the plants being almost Read more [...]

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Zenobia

Closely allied to vaccinum and requiring the same acid soil conditions, Zenobia speciosa ‘Pulverulenta’ is a handsome shrub growing 3-4 ft (1 m) tall, its leaves and stems covered in glaucous ‘bloom’. It blooms in midsummer, bearing its scented bell-shaped flowers of waxy-white all along the branches. Plant in March, in full sun or partial shade and prune only to Read more [...]

06. June 2017 by admin
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Saving Your Garden Seeds

THE fact that most annuals are raised from seed (a few can be propagated from cuttings) adds a greater significance and value to seed collecting. Practically every annual produces a rich harvest of seed, and collecting, drying and storing it can be instructive and interesting. Purity of strain will be lost from home-collected seeds, while novelties and new varieties must of Read more [...]

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Annuals for Special Purposes

The Cool Greenhouse Few people have facilities for growing large quantities of annuals under glass and the cultivation of such plants in pots in the cool greenhouse involves a lot of work, but it pays handsome dividends and some magnificent effects can be obtained. The remarkable exhibits of pot-grown annuals which the leading British seedsmen stage at Chelsea and other Spring Read more [...]

03. June 2017 by admin
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Bringing Chrysanthemums into Flower

THE aim of this phase of culture is not so much to put more into the plant, but rather to allow what is already in to come to fruition without hindrance. As a result of careful treatment from the cutting stage onwards, the plant has enough strength to produce its crop without further feeding. Many growers do continue a modified feeding programme after housing, but there are Read more [...]

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Getting the Best Blooms from Your Chrysanthemums: Building the Framework

THE months of May, June and July and into the early days of August is the period of greatest growth, and the aim is to further that growth without promoting soft and sappy stems. The best blooms are produced on well-ripened wood, and the mid-summer culture is designed to give just that. Plants which have been hardened off may be moved out of the frames in early May in most Read more [...]

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Caring for Chrysanthemums

Watering The aim should be to make that one watering sufficient for three weeks, during which period many cuttings will root. Don’t water again unless it is essential, and then give one good dose and leave it. Constant dewing over and trickles of water given every other day spell disaster. To prevent pots from drying out too quickly, stand them on a layer of damp peat. After-care Read more [...]

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Garden Annuals

The plants mentioned in this website are, with certain exceptions, true annuals. That is, their seeds can be sown, they will germinate, reach maturity, bloom and produce seed again within a year or less, and then die. The period between seed sowing and seed collecting varies from a few weeks to several months, and this brief life makes annual plants particularly suitable for Read more [...]

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Special Treatments for Chrysanthemums

THE programme outlined is a basic one, suitable for most purposes, but there are certain variations and refinements which may be applied in special cases. Firstly let us examine the four main types of bloom in respect of their individual requirements. Large Exhibition On the whole these require a long period of growth and should be rooted in December. A few exceptions will Read more [...]

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