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Houseplant Check Up
Houseplants make great gifts and you may have received some over Christmas. You need to ensure your houseplants continue to give you the best displays by keep them away from radiators and checking regularly for water. All plants need watering, but often mixed arrangements are given as gifts which contain plants with differing needs so check these carefully to ensure you do not over or under water. Flowering houseplants should be picked over and any faded flowers removed to encourage new flowers to be produced. A liquid feed given every two weeks will help to encourage new growth and flowers and misting the foliage with water will help keep the leaves from browning at the tips.
Bring Life to Your Home
After the Christmas tree has been disposed of, your home can seem a little empty without the dash of greenery so January is an ideal time to fill the void with a large foliage houseplant such as a kentia palm or Dracena. Houseplants help to clean the air and are a relaxing influence in the home so why not treat your self today?
Spring is the time for flowering bulbs to start making an appearance. If you didn’t have chance to buy some spring flowering bulbs in the Autumn, then you will find many varieties are available now in pots which can be planted out straight away in pots, tubs or in a garden border. Spring bulbs such as snowdrops are often the first flowers to appear and are a welcome sign of the warmer weather to come and the nodding heads of large flowered daffodils look great planted in groups and bring a cheery dash of colour to your garden.
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Across the Crowders website we offer a large range of metal framed garden furniture which is mostly easily to assemble but having the instruction manual will certainly help. In the event your manual is missing please download a copy from the selection below. If you require any further help to assemble you furniture or cannot find a manual for you set please contact by email on firstname.lastname@example.org
Metal Furniture Resources
Helicopter Swing/Dream Chair from Suntime
Assembly and operating instructions for Dream Chair from Suntime
Download here Suntime Dream Chair Manual
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Colourful Christmas Houseplants
During December there is an assorted array of colourful houseplants available such as Poinsettias, Cyclamen and Azaleas. Poinsettias offer a traditional Christmas feel to your room but require a little extra care to keep them looking good. Nowadays you can pick up Poinsettias in different colours rather than just the traditional red such as red, salmon and cream and even bi-colours. Poinsettias require a warm room away from cold draughts and do not like being to dry or wet. Many people make the mistake of putting houseplants on a windowsill and closing the curtains during the evening leaving the plant trapped in a cold zone. Cyclamen are much easier to keep and will thrive in a cooler room ideal for hallways and windows sills along with Azalea plants that will do just as well in the colder rooms of the house. Just remember to keep a check on the watering as the extra heat from radiators and fires will soon dry out the plants.
Don’t forget! Houseplants make great presents at Christmas.
December Tips and Snips
Solar lighting has become very popular for marking paths and border edges and you can even use easy to install low voltage sets. Lights are available in assortment of styles to match you garden from traditional carriage style designs to modern looking stainless steel sets. Why not add a set to you Christmas list?
Clear crisp days in December are ideal for cleaning out the junk in the shed and cleaning and repairing any broken or damaged tools. If you are lucky enough to own some old fashioned gardening tools new handles are easy to replace if the old one are snapped. Unfortunately many of the newer styles have none replaceable parts so will need to be thrown away. Why not ask for some new tools for Christmas such as a good pair of Secateurs or stainless steel spade.
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How does Frost Damage Plants?
Frost Causes the water in the plant cells to freeze which damages the cell wall and as a result the inside structure of the plant is damaged. When the ground is frozen, roots cannot take up any water to feed the plant and as a result dies.
Don’t be caught out!
Be aware, early frosts may occur From September onwards or late in spring. When an early frost occurs, not only have you not prepared your garden for cold weather and frost, the plants themselves may not have prepared themselves either and an unexpected frost can occur when they are not ready. Plants prepare themselves for the winter months by:
- Materials and chemicals – some plants store extra chemicals and materials that act as an anti-freeze lowering the freezing point of cell contents. This process usually starts when the days become shorter in autumn.
- Antifreeze – this is where the plant is able to prevent water in the cells from freezing even below freezing point. In order for this to happen, plants have to be in a cold environment for about a week or so before freezing conditions occur.
- Bark – this insulates the plant to prevent water freezing inside the plant cells
During spring there will be new growth and buds appearing, which is vulnerable and has no resistance against sudden freezing conditions.
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Protect Tender Plants
Tender plants such as Mediterranean plants like Olives and Abutilon will suffer if they are left out during the winter. If they can’t be moved into an unheated greenhouse or conservatory, cover with fleece and place a thick layer of bark mulch or garden compost around the base of the plant to protect the roots from the cold. For more information on protecting your plants against the cold weather this winter, check out our ‘How to protect your plants from the frost this winter’ guide.
Mahonia Media Charity Shrub for November Colour
Plant Bare-rooted Hedging
From November through to early spring you can buy ‘Bare root hedging’ plants, these are hedging plants which have been grown in fields and dug up when grown to the required size meaning the growing cost is much reduced making the hedging cheaper for you. Bare root hedging plants are delivered in bundles and should be planted as soon as possible before the roots dry out. To find out more information about bare-root hedging, have a look at our Guide to bare-root hedging and the Advantages of Bare-root Hedging.
Ideal houseplants for November are flowering Azalea and Cyclamen which besides being easy to grow, will flower right up till Christmas if kept in a cool room. Feed your plants with a flowering houseplant fertilizer and keep the compost moist, but ensuring you don’t over water them.
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Your Hedging Plants
Your Hedging plants are supplied as fresh as they can be, as we dig them to order from our own nursery. The majority of plants are delivered in black and white co-extruded plastic bags as recommended by the Forestry Commission or in our specially designed plant boxes to keep them secure throughout their journey to you.
Hedging Plants Tips and Snips
Storing your Hedging Plants
On the plants arrival if you are not going to be planting them straight away they can be stored for up to two weeks without detriment in a barn or shed, although the quicker they are planted the better. For storage beyond two weeks, you will need to ensure that their roots remain moist; it is recommended you put them in a trench and cover the roots with soil to help preserve them.
If you have removed your plants from the plastic bags when they arrived, you will need to wrap the roots up again either back in the same packaging or bin bags to keep the roots well protected. You can store your plants standing upright or on their sides.
If the weather is freezing please do not move you plants if they are frozen. Although roots can survive when completely frozen, it does mean they can easily become broken and snapped, so moving your plants around in this weather can be damaging, so leave them where they are.
Please ensure you do not:
-Store them in a warm and/or sunny place
-Stand the roots in bucket of water as that will drown them!
-Stack your plants on top of one another or put weight on them as this could damage the roots.
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What is the difference?
Bare-root plants are only delivered in the winter season when they are dormant, between November and March. Potted plants can be delivered and planted all year round (except in frozen ground).
Pot Grown Trees on Our Nursery
Advantages of Bare-root plants:
• Bare root plants are cheaper plants when compared with pot grown plants of the same size.
•There is often less maintenance once planted for the first few months as they require less watering than pot grown plants.
•They often require fewer fertilisers & fungicides, less water and fuel compared to pot grown plants.
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To most people at Christmas time one of the hardest things alongside buying presents is choosing your perfect Christmas tree. There are so many different options to choose from at this extremely busy and stressful time of year, but choosing the tree can be a fun day out for the family as there are a large number of places you can go to find one.
How To Choose Your Perfect Christmas Tree
Before going out to buy your Christmas tree one very important thing is to make sure you measure the space where you want your tree to go as it could be a big problem if you buy the tree first and then is either too big or small. Other than the height of the tree you also need to take note of the space as to whether you need a full, wide tree or something narrower.
One place which is a brilliant place to choose your tree are garden centres as you can see the trees for yourselves and also ask members of staff for information about the tree, so you know what tree type you are buying. There are also many Christmas tree farms around the country; Christmas tree farms are a good option as there are usually thousands of tree’s which are all different in their own way making it ideal for finding the perfect one for you.
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