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.

The top questions of the calendar week 27

1. Can I cut off the cross-leaved spurge and dispose of it in the bio-waste bin?

The cross-leaved spurge (Euphorbia lathyris) is a biennial plant. That is, the green-yellow, inconspicuous flowers show up only in the second year. The poisonous plant is also called vole wolf milk, because it is said to drive away the pests. The plant should be removed with the whole root, even before it drips in the bed. Once the spherical fruits have matured, they can hurl their seeds several meters. It is best disposed of in residual waste, not in the bio-waste bin. Invasive neophytes should generally not be disposed of on compost or in organic waste in order to avoid their spread.

2. Can I plant a new climbing rose on the Rosebud in the fall where my 'New Dawn' has frozen to death this winter?

We advise against replanting a rose to a place where a rose or other rose plant (for example apple tree or strawberry) was previously grown. The new rose will not grow well, because the site has a so-called soil fatigue, which is typical of rose plants. The soil is drained and takes about seven to ten years before you can replant a rose in the same spot. Alternatively, you can replace the floor at the desired location to a depth of about 40 centimeters. It is advisable to put a new rose in a place where you did not have any roses before.

Plant roses

Roses are susceptible to soil fatigue - so if possible plant the flowering shrubs to a place where no rose plants used to be

3. My Stenley plum tree is four years old and has not flowered or planted since it was planted. What's wrong with 'Stenley'?

Some varieties of plum and plum take a few years to catch fruit before they start. So it may be that he is just too young. In addition, late frosts may have played a role this spring so that it did not flower at all, because the roots have already frozen. Maybe the tree disc is too small. Especially in young fruit trees, a large tree slice is important, which is kept free of fouling. Because small-sized trees develop a weaker root system, good water and nutrient supply is important for crop success. That's why, especially in the first few years after planting, you should generously distribute compost on the tree-pulley and often water during dry periods.

4. How are red currant high trunks cut?

Red currant high trunks are cut as follows: For a beautiful crown, five to six evenly distributed main shoots are selected. These scaffold drives drive annually at the top and develop side shoots. In the following years, you should derive the framework spikes to a lower side shoot and shorten worn out fruit shoots annually on cones. The scaffold shoots should not be longer than 30 centimeters. At their side shoots form the fruit shoots.

red currant high stems

Redcurrants (Ribes) are very robust and easy to cultivate berry bushes. They are also gladly pulled as Hochstamm refinements

5. I have a garden hibiscus and a hydrangea in pots on the terrace. I am not sure if I should plant them in the garden or cultivate them in the tub. Against bucket says that I do not have a cool, frost-free place, against the planting speaks our clay soil...

On the balcony, both plants need a pot as large as possible, which must be well insulated against the cold in winter. If you have a sheltered, windless place without direct sunlight, for example directly on a wall, you can overwinter both shrubs with appropriate protection outdoors. A permanent solution is planting in the garden. Even if you have loamy soil in the garden, you can supplement it with some sand and humus and plant the hibiscus. The shrub marshmallow wants a full sun, protected place, for example near the terrace, and tolerates loamy soil very well, as long as it is not too wet and impermeable.Hydrangeas require a humus rich, moist soil with pH values ​​between 5 and 6. Here you should bring rhododendron earth into the existing soil.

6. Which hydrangeas can be placed in the blazing sun?

There are actually species that tolerate a little more sun, such as the hydrangea paniculata. It is considered the frostiest and most sun-tolerant of all. In addition to the pure white, filled variety 'Grandiflora', there is the cream yellow 'Limelight' and in the blooming pink variety 'Unique'. The Rosaton is even more intense with the new variety 'Vanilla Fraise'. And also the snowball hydrangea 'Annabelle' tolerates sun and partial shade.

Hydrangea paniculata 'Grandiflora'

The hydrangea Hydrangea paniculata 'Grandiflora' grows to a height of two meters

7. My lavender is not blooming this year. He has not expelled even after pruning and looks lanky. What did I do wrong?

If the lavender looks lazy and does not drive out, it probably was not cut properly. After flowering, it is cut back by one third, in spring by two thirds. When cutting the spring, it should be noted that last year's shoots are preserved with a few leaves, so that the lavender shrubs drift well again. In your case, the only way out is probably to take out the old lavender, to plant new plants and to comply with the mentioned cutting rules in the future.

8. With which plants can I combine an African Violet in a planter for the table?

The African Violet is a great choice. With its shallow roots, it will feel well in a planter. However, important is a high humidity. Therefore, add a small bowl of water if the humidity in the room is very low. Optically, orchids would fit very well. However, they should always stay in their pot. For example, herbs such as mint or basil are suitable for the planter. Combined with ferns and mosses it gets a modern touch. Colorful ornamental cabbage with its blue-red foliage also goes very well with the violet blue of the African violet. Even the blue Lieschen is a pretty planting partner.

African violet in planter

African violets like a high humidity, but should not be sprayed directly with water under any circumstances

9. Can I use mulch to loosen up the hard garden soil for growing vegetables?

You should not necessarily use bark mulch, because it is very nutrient-poor and can lead to a nitrogen deficit in the soil. Heavy loamy soils are repaired with coarse sand and mature compost. Also brick chippings, which you get cheaply in brick-picking at pickup, loosens the soil permanently. Compost also enriches the soil with nutrients and increases the soil's ability to store water.

10. We have lupines in a pot. Now they look very poor. Should we let her move in or cut her back?

If you want your lupins to gather, you can just let them stand. But if the plants are not very attractive, you can cut them down now or at least remove the inflorescences. They usually drive easily again and some species remount even, so in late summer to flower again.

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