February, we often wonder what gardening jobs we can do
that won't give us heatstroke. In fact there are several
important tasks we can undertake to ensure our gardens stay
beautiful in autumn, one of which is to give our pot plants
During spring and summer, pot plants put on a lot of rapid
growth and often become a little leggy in appearance. Now
is the perfect time to tip prune them back into shape to
ensure they remain vibrant and compact. Pruning pot plants
at this time of the year will encourage them to burst into
new growth for autumn. When pruning, take the opportunity
to check for any pests and diseases and treat accordingly.
Late summer is also a good time to repot containerised plants
for the coming seasons. Repotting is best performed in the
early morning, in shade to avoid heat stress on both plant
and gardener. After removing the plant from its container,
check for signs of root rot and prune away any damaged material.
For best results select a large enough container to allow
for future growth and repot your plants into a top quality
mix such as Searles® Premium Potting Mix. Position the plant
into the new pot so the surface of the rootball is at the
same level as it was in the old pot.
When repotting, it is a good idea to incorporate a controlled
release fertiliser, such Robust®, into the mix to
boost growth for the coming months. Simply dibble a little
Robust® around the root ball or sprinkle generally
throughout the mix to feed plants for the next six months.
After repotting water the plant well, washing off any stray
potting mix from the foliage.
Tip prune pot plants
Repot pot plants with Searles® Premium Potting
Fertilise with Robust® Controlled Release
Gardening with Searles from the Searle family.
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