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.

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1. Is a velvet hydrangea the same as a plate hydrangea?

The velvet hydrangea (Hydrangea aspera ssp. Sargentiana) is a wild species. It's called that because its leaves are hairy on the underside. In contrast, the leaves of the hydrangea (Hydrangea serrata) are not hairy. The flowers seem quite similar, but on closer inspection you can see that the flowers of the plate hydrangea are larger and more developed than those of the wild velvet hydrangea.

2. When is the right time to get the geraniums from the cellar and drive them?

Winter geraniums can be replanted into fresh earth from the end of February and grow up in a bright, cool window seat. In cold regions geraniums are only after the Eisheiligen - mid-May - set in good Balkonblumen- or Geranienerde. At the end of March / beginning of April they can definitely be taken out of the cellar.

Geranium trend lavender

Geraniums are actually perennial, but are often disposed of after a garden season. By wintering you save the new purchase in the spring

3. What types of vegetables can I pull in the balcony box? Are purple potatoes also growing there?

In a balcony box can not pull potatoes. But there are so-called pots, so stable green or black planters, in which you can grow potatoes of any kind on the balcony or the terrace. Strawberries, peppers, lettuce, radishes, beetroot, chard, spinach and most herbs grow wonderfully in the balcony box.

4. When can you plant tomatoes in the unheated greenhouse?

Tomatoes can move into the unheated greenhouse from April, but the night frosts remain critical. To avoid this, you could still wait for the icy saints, but that would not be until mid-May. Stand the tomato plants in a bucket in an unheated greenhouse, they can be protected with polystyrene plates under the planters from the cold. To do this, take a plate at least three centimeters thick. How many degrees of frost the tomatoes endure depends on the cultivation.

tomato house

A tomato house is also recommended in warmer locations. Even a simple, self-built foil roofing offers sufficient protection against wind and rain

5. Do fruit trees thrive on extremely clayey soil?

Yes, but the loamier and heavier the soil is, the larger the planting hole for the fruit tree should be, so that the new roots can find optimal conditions and spread easily. It should be three to four times as wide and deep on such a ground as the root ball. For light, sandy soils, a half-sized planting hole is sufficient. Compacted soil layers of clay are broken and loosened with sand. Fill the planting hole with compost rich, humus soil.

6. When is the best time to replant magnolia?

Magnolias have a sensitive root system. Therefore, transplanting they tolerate only bad. If it threatens to become too big at its current location, then the magnolia should be transplanted in the fall. Strong cutbacks are to be avoided as far as possible in the Magnolia, because it drives out of the older branches only very hesitant again. Rejuvenation cuts are usually not necessary because of the harmonious crown structure.

tulip magnolias

The popular tulip magnolias (Magnolia soulangeana) form very large crowns in old age. Growth widths up to eight meters are not uncommon

7. Can you pull blood plums over cuttings?

No, one prolongs blood plums by refinement - either by the so-called copulation in the spring or by Okulation in the summer. Two to three-year-old seedlings of the wild cherry plum are used as treatment documents. At the copulation one can also try as a layman, because the success rate is usually very high. However, you need a sharp finishing knife, because the wood of the blood plum is very hard and tough.

8. We have a lot of clover in the lawn. Should I apply the weed killers before the first lawn cut or only after that?

If you want to use a chemical clover / weed killer against clover in the lawn, it is best to deploy the agent first. Because the active ingredient is absorbed by the leaves and deliberately destroys dicotyledonous plants such as the clover.In addition, you should be careful to spend the remedy on a day when no rain is expected. A sunny day is ideal. If the lawn is already dry, it should be moistened beforehand. After the treatment, the lawn can then be mowed and fertilized.

Blooming White Clover (Trifolium pratense) in the lawn

When Klee spreads through the carefully groomed lawn, this does not trigger happiness among the least hobby gardeners

9. Which flowers last longer if you scratch them a little under the flower on the stem?

The flowers of cut flowers will not last longer because of the scratching, as the plant is injured. It is important to cut the flowers fresh from the stems and not only fill the vase, but to exchange the water every now and then. So the flowers last longer.

10. Does nasturtium also grow on loamy soil?

Nasturtium needs only a moderately humus rich, not too nutrient-rich soil, like with loam or sand content. A loamy soil is therefore even contrary. In too nutrient-rich soil, it tends to form more leaves than flowers. Who wants to sow nasturtium directly into the field, should wait at least until mid-April, since the plants are sensitive to frost.

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