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Tips for January

  • Plants for January – Skimmias (evergreen leaves with long-lasting berries), Hamamelis (spidery winter blooms), Pernettya (shade tolerant evergreen with showy berries), Hedera helix (evergreen ivy).
  • Sow sweet peas and annual bedding plants like salvias, petunias, busy lizzies and lobelia.
  • Take root cuttings from dormant perennials like acanthus, ceanothus, dicentra, echinacea, Japanese anemones, phlox and verbascum.
  • Protect alpines from excess dampness.
  • Stake new trees and check supports of older ones.
  • Shape young trees.
  • Prune trees and shrubs grown for their leaf colour like Sambucus nigra ‘Aurea’, Acer negundo ‘Flamingo’, Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple’ and Catalpa bignonioides ‘Aurea’.
  • Winter-prune wisteria by shortening sideshoots back to 2-3 buds.
  • Improve the lawn drainage by spiking with a fork.
  • Plan vegetables and herbs for an early start to the cropping year.
  • Set up early potatoes to sprout or chit.
  • Bring strawberry plants in pots into the greenhouse for forcing.
  • Prune hazelnut trees.

Posted on Wednesday, January 1st, 2020

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