April in the Garden

Featured in the April 2009 handbook.

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Get Plants for Free take cuttings from tender plants You can take cuttings of new shoots of tender plants such as Busy Lizzie, Coleus, Fuchsia, Pelargonium, Trailing Petunia and Verbena.

• Remove shoots from the base of your chosen plant with a sharp knife, cutting just below the bottom pair of leaves.

• Trim the end of the cutting and dip it into rooting hormone.

• Put the cuttings into moist, gritty compost and place them in a heated propagator if you have one, or on a sunny windowsill.

• Spray with water regularly to prevent wilting until they root.

Tips for watering hanging baskets

Sink a small flower pot into the compost in the centre of your hanging baskets. When you water, fill up the pot so that the water drains straight down to the plants’ roots


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