The best place to be during these wild and wet February days is in your Marston & Langinger conservatory.
Use this time to make a careful study of all your plants.
- Start by removing dead leaves and flowers.
- Notice any signs of pest and disease while inspecting the plants and spray with SB Plant Invigorator.
- Always water in the morning during winter.
- Close windows and vents in the early afternoon to trap heat from the sun before the temperature drops.
- Start to feed plants from mid-February to October. I use Vitax 111, which seems to be a good all-round fertiliser. Follow the instructions on the packet.
A few of my favourite conservatory plants
- AMARYLLIS – A really easy showy plant to have in your conservatory at this time of year when colour is scarce. After it has flowered, cut back to the top of the bulb. Keep watering and fertilising for 5-6 months and you may be lucky and get further flowers.
- CITRUS TREES – Now is the ideal time to tend to your citrus trees. If needed, you can repot them in the spring, before they start active growth. You will not need to repot your citrus plants every year, only when the roots have outgrown the pot – on average a plant will need repotting around every 4 years.
- JASMINE – The perfect space for your jasmine is in the conservatory, where it will be exposed to full sunlight. It can get quite lanky so cut back previous year’s growth to keep it under control.
- BOUGAINVILLEA – Prune last year’s spurs growth to about 1 inch (2.5cm) of main woody frame. Also, check for mealy bug and remember, the temperature must be above 10 celsius (50f) for the bougainvillea to flourish.
This is the time to sit back and enjoy sitting in your lovely conservatory, before all the hard work begins.