Overwintering Red Banana

For a tropical, exotic plant there are few better at making an impression then the Ensete ventricosum 'Maurelli' or Red Banana. But this time of year you need to consider how best to protect this half hardy perennial from the approaching cold weather. So before the first frosts arrives here's what to do. It's nice and easy for the smaller potted plants they can be brought inside a greenhouse or conservatory and enjoyed as a houseplant over winter, before being returned to the...

Cordyline or Cabbage Palm

Cordyline – to prune or not to prune?

Cordylines don't need to pruned regularly but can be tidied up, you can do this by simply removing the old leaves.  You should be able to gently pull at the leaves to remove them but any that don’t come off easily can be removed with a good pair of secateurs. When you take the brown leaves away you reveal more of the trunk giving a more neat and tidy appearance whereas if the leaves are left on, especially on taller...

Water, water every.. where??

Planting out in the warmer summer months is absolutely fine, but the one thing you must make sure of is watering well after planting. Roots need to establish in to the surrounding soil for a plant to become self sufficient, and this can take upwards of several weeks, until that point the plants are reliant on you for a regular drink. For potted plants watering is an ongoing requirement, and it's especially important through the summer months. A well draining pot will not...

August – Jobs to do

August is supposedly one of the hottest months of the year therefore making watering essential.  This is especially important for potted plants. Drying out is by far the most common cause of plants losing condition this time of year. Keep your Camellias & Rhododendrons well watered at this time of year as that will help to ensure that next year's buds develop well. Prune wisteria and shrubs after flowering. Also lavenders and hebes can be given a light prune after flowering. Missing this prune will cause the...