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. How do I overwinter a bougainvillea? So far I have never succeeded.

For winter you can shorten the shoots by a good third. As a result, Bougainvillea (Bougainvillea spectabilis) will be stimulated to flower growth next year. The frost-sensitive plant should best winter in a bright place at 10 to 15° C. By the way, Bougainvillea glabra loses all its leaves in winter; place them at 5 to 10° C in a light or dark place.

2. Can you also plant knight stars outside?

No, unless you live in an area where there is no guarantee of frost. On the Mediterranean with frost-free winters knight stars can also be cultivated as garden plants. Theoretically, you could plant the plants for the summer season here, but then you have to keep them artificially dry from late summer, so they move the leaves. This is possible due to the relatively frequent rains only with great effort.

red amaryllis

In the Mediterranean, knight stars can be kept as garden plants

3. Have the tubers of my dahlias and my flower tube already frozen, after several days of light frost?

Light frost usually does not affect the tubers of Dahlia and Canna. It is only important that the soil does not freeze to tuber depth. Frozen tubers can be recognized by the fact that they feel soft and doughy. Nevertheless, you should get the dahlia tubers and rhizomes of Canna as soon as possible from the ground and bring to the winter in the cellar.

4. My wreath sling has suddenly formed a kind of fruit. Is that a seed pod?

If one of the fragrant flowers of the wreath sling (Stephanotis) is fertilized, an impressive fruit is formed, which, however, is not suitable for consumption. You should not leave the fruit too long on the plant as it takes much strength from it. Sowing the seeds is usually not worthwhile.

Cross-sling (stephanotis)

The cross snare (Stephanotis) makes white flowers

5. I want to buy a room fir. Where do I best put it?

Also known as the Norfolk fir, the pine tree with the botanical name Araucaria heterophylla thrives in a temperature range between 7 and 23 degrees. In winter, they are best placed at 5 to 10 degrees in a bright, but not full sun, for example, in the cool staircase. During the summer, the north window or a shady spot on the terrace is ideal. The room fir should not be placed in dark corners of the room - there it certainly grows crookedly. A free location with sufficient light from all sides promotes symmetrical construction.

6. How do you pour blackberries?

Important is a vent hole in the bottom of the pot. You should not water the flower boxes too much in autumn and winter. In rainy weather phases, the planters should be protected, so they do not over-wet, otherwise the roots begin to rot. The blackberry tends to prefer a wetter soil rather than too dry.

Scheinbeeren as a table decoration

Scheinbeeren (Gaultheria procumbens) are popular potted plants with fruit decorations

7. Can I leave rosemary outside in the pot in winter?

Rosemary can tolerate frost to minus ten degrees. The winter quarters should be bright and zero to ten degrees cool. Just pour so much that the bale does not dry out. In mild climates, rosemary can be overwintered outdoors. The pot must then be protected with bubble wrap and coconut mats and the plant needs a shady and rain-protected location.

8. Should you cut back pampas grass in winter?

The pampas grass is cut back only in early spring before budding. However, only the flower stems are removed with scissors. The winter-green leafy head is simply "combed" with gloves to remove the dead leaves. Winter wetness can put the pampas grass sensitive: In order that rain water is derived from the moisture-sensitive heart of the plants, the leafy horns are tied up like a crust in autumn. In very cold regions, the clumps should be additionally packed in a thick layer of leaves. In spring, after the stronger frosts subsided, the crust is opened again and the foliage cover removed.

Pampas grass in winter

Do not prune pampas grass before winter.The stalks serve the plant as a natural winter protection

9. How can the growth of my pampas grass be promoted?

In the summer you should pour enough and also fertilize the pampas grass regularly. This is best suited for semi-mature compost, which is spread thinly in the root area every year at the beginning of sprouting. Until flowering, you can then provide the plant with horny meal once or twice.

Sedum 'Autumn joy'

The High Stonecrop (Sedum hybrid) is well suited for autumnal perennial flowerbeds

10. How do I properly take care of the fat hen?

There are many types of fat hens (Sedum) with slightly different claims, so the question can not be answered flat-rate. Sedum species are perennial, quite robust and can be cultivated in the rock garden as well as in the balcony box and, like the Hohe Fetthenne, in the perennial flowerbed. The perennials can also hibernate outdoors, but sometimes need winter protection in the rock garden. In the spring, the dead shoots are cut back near the ground. Fat hens are dry and heat tolerant, but do not like very humid soils. Therefore, put the plants in as permeable soil as possible and do without additional watering. Fertilizers do not need the perennials also.

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