Care & Cultivation Guides

Cultivation & Care Information

Here we have provided useful information to assist you in making suitable choices and caring for your products.

Hamamelis

Hamamelis

The spider-like flowers of Hamamelis (Witch Hazel) look delicate and frail but for six or eight weeks from late December through to mid-February they are perhaps the toughest of all winter flowering shrubs. The thin, strap-like petals form a profusion of flowers...

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Sweet Peas

Sweet Peas

Sweet peas are usually highly scented and rated for their beautiful flowers which come in a wide range of colours. As annuals, they only live for a year. PLANTING: The recommended time for planting sweet peas is from mid-March onwards. Plant in an open sunny site,...

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Japanese Maples

Japanese Maples

Known for their graceful habit, often with attractive coloured foliage, and many with finely textured leaves, Japanese maples come into their own in autumn when their foliage turns stunning shades of golden-yellow, orange or fiery red. They are slow-growing and...

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Raspberries

Raspberries

PLANT GOOD STOCK: The canes we have available have been passed by Ministry inspectors. USE FRESH GROUND: Where possible plant new canes in ground which has never cropped raspberries before, and avoid wet or boggy areas. PREPARE THE GOUND: Remove...

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Poinsettia

Poinsettia

TEMPERATURE: To keep the plant in bloom, maintain it in a temperature of 15-21C (60-70 F) during the daylight hours and, if possible, move it to a cooler place at night. Because root disease is more prevalent at temperatures below 15C (60 F), do not put the...

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Orchids

Orchids

TEMPERATURE: Varies between different types of orchids, but generally a day time temperature of 20°c in summer and 15°c in winter is ideal with a drop 3-4°c at night. Avoid cold draughts, they can be fatal. LIGHT: Orchids will require 10-15 hours of good...

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Olive Trees

Olive Trees

OLEA EUROPA (Olive Tree) is a slow growing, evergreen tree and is the only species in cultivation. Small, fragrant, white or cream flowers are produced in axillary racemes from July-August, followed by fruits from September-October. The fruits are green at...

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Magnolias

Magnolias

Magnolias are the true aristocrats of the tree and shrub world and are relatively trouble-free to grow. Most are deciduous and produce spectacular displays of goblet or start-shaped flowers in spring before their leaves have emerged. An evergreen form, M. grandiflora,...

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Hydrangea macrophylla

Hydrangea macrophylla

IN THE HOUSE: LIGHT: Bright light but not direct sun. TEMPERATURE: Keep cool. The cooler the plant is the longer the flowers will last. WATERING: Keep the compost moist but NOT TOO WET at all times. Do not allow to dry out. AFTER FLOWERING: Cut...

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Heathers

Heathers

Hardy and adaptable, heathers and heaths provide colour and interest for twelve months of the year. they are at their best when grown en masse at 5 plants per square metre but their range and adaptability provides much versatility. They can be grown individually, such...

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Cyclamen

Cyclamen

POSITION: Bright light away from direct sunlight. TEMPERATURE: Place in a cool and airy situation, 14-16C, avoiding sudden temperature change. If the temperature is too high the leaves yellow and the flowers wither. In warmer houses place close to the...

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Citrus Trees

Citrus Trees

COMPOST: Citrus trees need a slightly acid environment the pH should be between 6 and 6.5 (Lemons slightly lower pH than Oranges) so use a peat-based compost with an additive to keep the compost open, such as horticultural grit, which will give the pot more...

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Tips from our Nursery Team

Jobs for September

Jobs for September

· Continue the colour by replacing summer bedding with autumn flowering plants and spring bulbs.  · The days may be getting shorter and cooler but new plants will still need watering. ...

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Gardening & Plant Fact Sheets

Planting Potatoes for Christmas Harvest

Planting Potatoes for Christmas Harvest

It is possible to plant and grow some varieties of seed potatoes in late July/August and harvest them, just in time to enjoy at Christmas. First and second early varieties such...

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September Plant of the Month
Japanese Anemone

Japanese Anemone

Few plants can upstage the Japanese anemone when it comes to autumn elegance. Flowering from August until late October their flowers, range in colour from white to dark pink and almost every shade...

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