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 topics are mixed - from hydrangeas to potatoes to small pastures.

Facebook: The top questions of the calendar week 9

1. How robust are hydrangeas? Do they also tolerate dry summers when the ground becomes bone-hard?

Hydrangeas have a very high water requirement, the soil should be as humus rich and free of lime. So a very dry soil is not quite right for the plant. Endless Summer Hydrangeas can also be found in a sunny spot, unlike most other Hydrangea varieties, which prefer a bit more shady. In addition, the Endless Summer Hydrangeas are particularly hardy.

2. We have set up a plant shelf next to our garden shed. Which plants are suitable for the location in the blazing sun?

Here we would particularly recommend succulents - they are doing well in pots and do not have to be or very little to be cast. However, agaves would have to be wintered in the garden house, as most varieties are not hardy. Starwort, on the other hand, is hardy and, thanks to its unique shape, is also very beautiful to look at.

3. Which plants get along well with shadows and bloom pretty?

Ground cover like the Elfenblume (Epimedium) charms also in shady areas because of its bright blooms. Through a pruning in early spring, the new shoot and the beautiful, loose inflorescences come into their own. Wonderful in partial shade is also the garden-carpet primrose (Primula x pruhoniciana 'Wanda') with its bright pink flowers.

Red-green leaves of the elven flower

The leaves of Epimedium x rubrum show a pretty reddish-brown drawing

4. I bought a coffee plant. Do we care for you?

Coffee plants like it warm, but no direct sun. Keep the root ball well moist. As a pouring water rainwater should be used as possible, because the calcareous water reacts sensitively to calcareous water. Fertilize every fourteen days! If the coffee plant is too big, you can cut it back without hesitation. The first subtly fragrant flowers appear after three to four years, so you can harvest your own beans under optimal conditions.

5. We put potatoes on the balcony in big tubs. But the green of the potatoes is so high that you would think they are tomatoes. What are we doing wrong?

In principle, it does not hurt if the green of the potatoes grows slightly higher. For the cultivation in the pot we still have a few recommendations. Above all, a good water drainage is important. To do this, you should drill a few holes in the bucket - preferably a few at the bottom of the bucket and some in the bottom of the bucket. Then you put some gravel or potsherds about one hand deep into the bucket, then a layer of green waste - so a few small branches. Then on it comes the earth. Put the potatoes in it and cover the sprouted tubers with about ten centimeters of soil. Alternatively, you can only use normal garden soil. If the green is growing out of the earth, always add some soil and heap it on the plant until it grows out again. The plant is watered daily only very gently. So should soon be magnificent tubers develop.

Potato cultivation in the pot

For the cultivation of potatoes in the pot are large vessels with bottom holes. Fill up to half with potting soil and press a seed potato in the middle. Each time white sprouts break through the soil surface, fill another layer of soil

A pruning of the yellowwood dogwood ensures that the proportion of young shoots in the shrub is higher and it retains its golden yellow magnificent appearance. Therefore, we advise also in bucket attitude to a pruning.

7. What is the name of the beetle that already ate my peppermint last year?

This is probably the mint leaf beetle that causes a holey feed on the leaves of mint and other mint plants such as marjoram, sage or hyssop. In the spring, the beetles that overwinter in the ground are the first to damage the leaves. The females lay their eggs in small groups on the leaf underside. The larvae eat later on the leaves. To pupate, the larvae then migrate into the ground.The metallic green to blue colored beetles usually appear on the plants from May to August. If possible, collect beetles and larvae on the plant. You can also use Neem products.

8. I would like to use ice flowers for my rock garden. When can they be sown?

Ice flowers (Delosperma), also called midday flowers, are planted in spring, the seed should be sown in February or March. Particularly popular are reliably hardy Delosperma varieties such as 'Lucia', 'Golden Nugget', 'Letseng', 'Halda', 'Kelaidis' and 'White Nugget'. For the creation of a rock garden also upholstery perennials, which you get in the perennial nursery or in the garden center market.

Midday flowers, ice flowers Delosperma

Midday flowers are true dryers. The colorful sun children prefer permeable soils without jamming wetness

9. How fast does Isotoma 'Blue Foot' grow and at which distance should I plant it if it is to serve as lawn replacement?

You should put the plants at a distance of 20 to 30 centimeters to each other. They grow quickly, but it still takes about a year to form a closed carpet.

10. Which pasture is not so big and suitable for smaller gardens?

A short-lived pasture is, for example, the silver creeper (Salix repens argentea) or the hanging kitten willow (Salix caprea 'Pendula' / 'Kilmarnock').

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