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Tips for February

  • Plants for February – Euonymus x fortunei ‘Silver Queen’ (variegated evergreen), Camellia x williamsii hybrids, Viburnum x bodnantense ‘Dawn’ (fragrant blooms), Helleborus orientalis and Erica (winter-flowering heather).
  • Watch young seedlings under glass for drying or scorching.
  • Revive stored dahlias in damp compost for cutting.
  • Take basal cuttings from strong young perennial shoots like achillea, campanula, gypsophila and lythrum.
  • Start off tuberous begonias, gloxinias and achimenes in damp compost.
  • Force spring bulbs indoors for early colour.
  • Prune late flowering shrubs like buddleia, hardy fuchsia, Hydrangea paniculata and santolina..
  • Prune late flowering clematis to a few inches off the ground.
  • Re-shape conifers after snow and frost damage.
  • Start pruning roses mid-month.
  • Sow vegetables under cloches for early crops.
  • Plant shallot bulbs late this month.
  • Plan tomatoes and other tender greenhouse crops.
  • Force rhubarb for early pickings.
  • Plant currants, gooseberries and raspberries.

Posted on Friday, February 1st, 2019

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