Terrace & Balcony: The best tips in August


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In August, it mainly means pouring, watering, pouring on balconies and terraces. In midsummer, potted plants, which originate from areas with moist soil, such as oleander or lily, need a lot of water. Oleander is even grateful on hot days when he still gets a footbath by remaining water in the coaster. The most thirsty are also angel trumpets and hydrangeas, which release a lot of water through their large, soft leaves. During long periods of heat, it also helps the plants in a shady place at lunchtime - provided they are on a coaster. In addition to irrigation are on the balcony & terrace but still work on. Which ones are, read in our gardening tips for August.

Garden tip: cool the potted plants

Potted plants tend to overheat in the blazing sun and quickly leave the leaves hanging. Therefore, for example, large leafy plants such as the trumpet tree (Datura) and figs in the evenings enjoy a refreshing shower with the garden hose. So that the leaves are not injured, break off the plants with as soft a drizzle as possible. Shadow-loving potted plants like fuchsias are equally thankful for a fine rain. A nice side effect is that it also cleans the leaves.

red fuchsia

From time to time, fuchsias need a cold shower in summer heat

Do not rely on casting balls

Decorative, water-filled glass balls are nice eye-catchers - but you should not overestimate them as water dispensers for potted and tub plants. They usually hold hardly half a liter and can supply your plants on full sunshine days only for a few hours.

Cover the potting soil

To reduce the evaporation of water, you can also mulch pots and planters. Just as in the bed, the gravel, grit or bark mulch layer applied to the soil also prevents the germination of weeds. Last but not least, such a cover can be very decorative. Since gravel or chippings release the heat stored during the day in the evening, they also help cool-sensitive plants through the first cool nights. Over the winter months, however, you should remove all mulch layers, because then you can better control the soil moisture.

Multiply fuchsias

Mid-August is the best time to cut so-called summer cuttings. Soft cuttings are cut by vigorous shoots of the mother plant below the third pair of leaves just below the knot with secateurs. Carefully pluck the lower two leaves. Dip the ends of the fresh cuttings in rooting powder (for example Neudofix) and place in potting soil. Cover the pot with a glass or transparent plastic bag and place in a bright, warm place. Keep soil moistured.

Increase fuchsias by cuttings

Fuchsias can be propagated by cuttings

Discover spider mites

Check plants in pots or pots for spider mite infestations in dry, warm summer weather. This is recognizable by the silvery discoloration and the typical webs.

Extend the flowering of the eruption

The easy-to-dry Lantana flowers in protected locations until autumn. All you have to do is take a small hand. The green berry-like fruits form after flowering and should be cut off as soon as possible. For with seed formation, the plant has achieved its goal of procreation and stops flowering.

Lantana berries

With the removal of the berries, the flowering time of the Wandelröschens can be extended

Summer cut for Solanum

Throughout the season, the potato shrub forms new flowers and shoots. These are cut back at least halfway through the season several times, so that the crown of the HochstÀmmchens remains spherical and compact. From the trunk also drive out again and again new side branches. They are removed with the pair of scissors or plucked with the fingers when they shoot.

Gentian shrub (Solanum rantonnetii)

Pulled out as a stem, the gentian shrub (Solanum rantonnetii) grows to a magnificent flower head. The nightshade likes sunny to partially shaded and has a high water requirement

Sow the rocket now

In late summer is another good time to grab the seed bag or to the seed disc and sow the salad rocket (Eruca sativa) also known as rocket salad in a pot. The tasty leaves can be harvested about six weeks later, when they reach a height of about 15 centimeters. Just before use, cut them off about three centimeters above the ground. When growing, it is important that the plants always get enough water, otherwise the leaves will quickly become too hot. Fertilization is not required.

Flowers for the fall

While most onion blooms come into the soil in October, there are exceptions, which are put already end of August / beginning of September. These include the autumn timeless (Colchicum autumnale), which reminds of the crocus with its pale purple flowers and flowers in the same year from September to October. The onions are placed in a sufficiently large bucket about 20 centimeters deep and placed in a sunny to partially shaded place. Cover the soil with a layer of moss - it will not dry out so quickly. If you often have children in the garden, you should keep in mind that autumn blooms are highly poisonous.

Autumn timeless (Colchicum autumnale)

The autumn timeless prefers a moist, nutrient-rich, partially shaded location

Water figs regularly in summer

Figs tolerate dryness and blazing sun without any problems. However, in midsummer potted plants need vigorous watering once or twice a week for fruiting.

Summer care for leadwort

Because the flowers of the South African plumbago (Plumbago) are not discarded after withering, but stick together sticky, they must be removed regularly, otherwise they provide a breeding ground for mushrooms. When cleaning the flowers, overlong shoots are trimmed at the same time. Just before grazing you should clear out the leadwort or cut back hard.

Leadwort (Plumbago)

Sky blue flowers make the leadwort (Plumbago auriculata) indispensable on the balcony and terrace. Her long shoots first grow up and later hang over like a cascade

Allow begonias to dry

Water tuber begonias from the end of the month more sparingly so that the leaves wither slowly. As a result, the energy reserves are removed from the leaves and stored in the tubers. If tuberous begonia are allowed to flower too long, they lose their vigor and hibernate worse or grow weaker the following year.

Autumn pile for flower boxes

Towards the end of the month, many balcony flowers are no longer very attractive - a good opportunity to clear the first flower boxes for the autumn pile. Dispose of the withered summer flowers on the compost and plant the boxes with, for example, autumn flowers such as gentian, heather and chrysanthemum. Be sure to use fresh potting soil, as the old potting soil is now drained and too deeply rooted.

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