I couldn’t have been more grateful for my double glazed Marston & Langinger conservatory during the washout Easter of 2018. I used this time to reflect on the late start to Spring and plan for the upcoming months. There is plenty to do now, as everything is on the verge of taking off.
New shoots should be beginning to make an appearance, making now the ideal time to do some pruning.
- Bougainvillea is a must for warm conservatories; they have long flowering periods and their pink magenta, purple and peach hues really brighten up the space. They are best potted in large containers with support from a trellis or pillar. Although February is the main month for pruning, they can be pruned lightly after each flowering. After the bracts have fallen, cut them back by half to encourage a second flush in the late summer.
- Dipladenia are easy to grow and will be in bloom all season. Placement of these plants are versatile, they enjoy hanging baskets, containers and garden beds. Trimming back should be done lightly, ensuring you cut off any stray tendrils.
- Clivia is another reliable plant, they have a long flowering period and give a vibrant boost of colour to spring. They are easy to maintain, requiring no need for pruning or training.
Start checking for bugs, really turn the leaves over – a quick inspection won’t do, but more on this next month. You can also begin to kick start growth by feeding plants with a high nitrogen feed.
Stay inside and forget about the sodden rose garden, use this time to really appreciate the huge potential that awaits you in your conservatory.
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