The 10 Facebook questions of the week


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Every week our social media team reaches a few hundred questions about our favorite hobby: the garden. Most of them are quite easy to answer for the editorial team of MEIN, but some also require some research effort to be able to provide the right answer. At the beginning of each new week we put together for you our ten Facebook questions of the past week. The themes are mixed - from the lawn over the vegetable patch to the balcony box.

Facebook: The top questions of the calendar week 12

1. Why can it be that my Bergenie has beautiful leaves, but does not bloom?

If the Bergenie does not bloom, it can have different causes. It may have an unfavorable location. In the deep shade, where it is really dark, it does not make flowers. Or the plant is too old - then you should divide and replant it. A fertilizing gift in spring thanks them with flowers.

2. Can oleander be multiplied by seeds?

The proliferation of oleander succeeds by cutting, refining or growing seedlings from seeds. Collect the seeds, put them on a damp, warm paper kitchen roll and let them soak for a few hours. During this time you can prepare the planter. As substrate we recommend you potting soil. Lay the seeds in there about five centimeters away, cover them lightly with soil and then put them in a bright, warm place (best in the greenhouse, if you have one). Now you should lightly spray them every day with a little water. After only a few days, the seeds germinate and a few weeks later you will recognize the oleander sprouts with cotyledon.

3. My garden soil is not so good for roses. That's why I would like to have some in the pot. Is that permanent?

Many varieties of roses grow in the pot as well as in the bed. The right vessel size is important for potted roses, because the long roots need a lot of space. The pots should be at least 40 centimeters high and have a drain hole for excess pouring and rainwater. Put the roses in container potting soil because it is not contaminated and nutrient-rich. Every two to three years is repotted. Practical tip for the winter: Potted roses spend the cold months outdoors, but the pots are packed with bubble wrap or fleece. Protect the branches with fir-tree sprigs. Pour now and then.

potted roses

A harmonious color combination offers this arrangement of various potted roses

4. I have a trellis fruit hedge in which there are still large gaps between the trees. With which climbing plants could I fill in the gaps without disturbing the trees?

Everything that is planted between trees takes root space and nutrients from them. Often their growth is weakened without realizing it. That's why you really always have to keep the climbing plants very small. However, you can plant low-growing clematis like the variety 'Ashva' well in between. Alternatively, it can be placed in the bucket between the trees.

5. When can my money tree go outdoors?

During the day, a tree of money (Crassula ovata) can be released into the open air when temperatures are in double digits to get used to the outdoor temperatures. At night, however, it will be a bit too fresh outside in March and April. The Crassula tolerates temperatures up to a minimum of 5 degrees Celsius. You should wait with the final clearing therefore better until mid-May, when no frost is to be expected.

Crassula ovata 'Hummel's Sunset'

Crassula ovata 'Hummel's Sunset'

6. At what distance do I have to plant the apple rose to form a dense hedge? And how big should the distance to the sidewalk be?

The apple-rose (Rosa rugosa) should be planted at a distance of 0.80 meters. Over time, the individual plants grow together to form a beautiful, dense hedge. Since this wild rose can be 1.50 meters high and wide, a distance of 0.70 meters to the sidewalk is necessary. So it has enough space to spread without poking past passers-by.

7. Where in the garden do you plant wild garlic the best?

Look for a tree or shrub in whose shade you can put the wild garlic. That can also be quiet on a meadow. For starters, it is advisable to mark this spot with a chopstick, because after the wild garlic has withered or harvested, it retreats into the ground and does not drive out until next spring. Thanks to the stick, you can always find it there and do not accidentally ruff it or mow it.

Harvest wild garlic in your own garden

Freshly harvested wild garlic tastes best

8. My yucca has brown spots. What can be the cause?

The brown spots indicate a fungal disease, which is due to excessive moisture in the winter months.Yuccas are quite robust, with the warmer days they should recover. In the near future you should not pour it additionally.

9. My lemon got wormwood and red lice on the underside of the leaves in winter quarters and is now losing its leaves. What can I do against it?

In the case of citrus plants, the infestation with pests is often an indication that the location is not optimal or there are care errors. The plants are therefore stressed and susceptible to diseases and pests. The webs and red lice indicate spider mites. On the other hand, corresponding preparations, for example from Neudorff, help. Covering the entire plant with a large foil bag increases the humidity and limits the vitality of the spider mites.

Spider mite Tetranychus

Spider mites (Tetranychus)

10. How do I cut my blueberry planted in the pot to be rich?

The blueberry produces best on the two-year shoots. The older the branches are, the smaller the berries become and the later they ripen. Regular pruning is therefore one of the most important care measures. Just once every three to four years, cut off the old branches in the spring just above a young runner. Strongly forgotten shoots are taken out completely and, similar to blackcurrants, they are followed by one or two strong shoots. By the way: blueberries in the pot should be placed in fresh substrate about every two years.

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