Terrace and balcony: The best tips in July


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Potted plants have only a limited root area available. Therefore, they are more dependent than regular garden plants on regular nutrient inputs. Provide balcony flowers and potted plants at weekly to fortnight intervals with a suitable liquid fertilizer, which you administer as irrigation water. Our garden tip: To ensure that the fertilizer optimally mixes with the water, you should first fill the watering can with half water, then add the fertilizer concentrate and finally fill in the remaining water.

Maintain olive trees

Olives are evergreen plants that are normal for having single yellow leaves throughout the year. However, if you lose many yellow leaves at once, the reason is probably a lack of water in the last ten days, because olives react with a time delay. Therefore, pay attention to warning signs such as rolled-up leaf edges, which indicate dryness, and pour immediately. To maintain the shape of a compact crown, you can now reach for the scissors in July and cut over long shoot tips that do not bear any fruiting. To do this, place the pruning shears three to five millimeters above a leaf or a bud that points to the outside of the crown. For general care is also the regular removal of weeds in the pot.

Prepare withered flowers

Many balcony flowers are self-cleaning - this means that they discard their withered flowers without further help from the hobby gardener. However, some species are unable to do so. The dry inflorescences not only look ugly, but also prevent the formation of new flower buds. Therefore, during the flowering period, you should regularly clean out all faded inflorescences by simply pinching them out with your thumb and forefinger.

Repot perennial herbs

Sage, lavender, thyme and other perennial herbs remain vital for many years in pots. In order for them to form lush bushes and not grow poorly, the woody herbs as well as mint, chives and other perennials should occasionally get larger planters with fresh soil. In the summer is a good opportunity to repot. The plants grow well until winter.

potted herbs

Herb pots are a must on the summery terrace

Free mini ponds of algae

Algae often settle in the small mini-pond on the terrace. Regularly fish out the thread algae using, for example, a hand rake. This makes the water clear again without having to change it.

Dissolve onion flower pots

Flower boxes or bowls planted with colorful onion flowers are a nice eye-catcher in spring. By midsummer, however, all spring flowers have retreated into their onions or tubers, and the arrangements are not much more visually. You should now empty the jars and store the bulbs and tubers cool and dark in a box of wet sand until autumn. In autumn you can replant the pots with fresh soil.

Agapanthus: Remove withered flowers

The jewelry lily (Agapanthus) is one of the most popular potted plants and is generally quite undemanding. In order to make many blue flowers during the summer months, you should cut out the entire flower stem until it starts to wilt as its flower buds begin to wither. Garden tip: If your jewelry lily shows little flowers, a too big pot could be the problem. The plants put the flowering back so long in favor of vegetative growth until the entire potting soil is again deeply rooted. Frequent fertilizer application and heavy watering are rather counterproductive for intensive flowering. Fertilize at most once a month and allow the potting soil to dry well before the next watering.

Cut off Agapanthus withered flowers

Cut the flowered inflorescences from the Agapanthus

Mulch pots

If the pot bales of the container plants dry out quickly after casting, you can cover the surfaces with a mulch layer. The best anti-evaporation agent is normal bark mulch, but for aesthetic reasons you can also use pebbles or expanded clay.

To multiply potted plants by cuttings

Container plants such as Fuchsia and Oleander can be easily propagated by cuttings. Cut pieces about seven centimeters from the new shoots just below a leaf or pair of leaves and remove the soft tip and lower leaves. Then insert the shoots into a humidified soil in a cultivation tray and cover the container with a transparent hood. Then ventilate regularly and keep the soil moist.Root formation usually begins after ten days to two weeks. After three to four weeks you should remove the hood and fertilize the rooted cuttings. After about three to four more weeks, the young plants are cultivated in individual pots.

Fuchsia pot

Fuchsias are easily propagated by cuttings

Sowing two-year-old flowers

For the two-year-old summer flowers, pansies, little darlings and forget-me-nots are very popular. The plants are now sown so they can develop into vigorous specimens by the fall and survive the winter easily. This also applies to the orange-yellow Schöterich (Erysimum x allionii). This gold varnish is also sown in July best in bowls or small pots and planted in the garden bed in the fall. In winter, a slight frost protection is recommended.

Preparing plants for the holidays

The plants on the balcony and terrace are also dependent on regular watering during your holiday. Therefore, look in good time before your departure in the circle of relatives and friends for helpful people who can take over the watering. To avoid them having to come every day, you should set the pots a bit more shady before your holiday, provide them with a little higher coasters and cover the bale surfaces with bark mulch.

Avoid casting defects in geraniums

Geraniums, also called geraniums (Pelargonium), are among the most popular balcony flowers. When casting, the soil should be kept evenly moist. Waterlogging does not tolerate geraniums at all, this favors a fungal infection. A fluctuating water supply combined with changing outside temperatures can lead to cork spots or growths on the undersides of the leaves. These are torn stomata that scar. While this is not harmful to the plant, it does mean stress for it. Therefore, adjust the pouring habits: pour little in cool weather, pour more on warm days.

Thirsty angel trumpet

The container plant thrives best in a partially shaded place. In the summer months you should protect them from direct midday sun. Then her water needs are high and she leaves the leaves hanging quickly. On hot days, penetrating watering in the morning and evening hours is recommended. Waterlogging should be avoided. Angel trumpets love lime water, but who only pours with lime-poor rain water should regularly add algae lime.

Pour angel trumpet

Angel trumpets need water regularly

Warm irrigation water

Balcony and bulbous plants need a lot of water in July. Use stale, warm water on hot days. It is best to refill the cans immediately after each watering. So the plants get no cold shock from cool tap water.

Small rock garden in the pot

House sausages form numerous subsidiary rosettes, which are easy to pick and root easily. To do so, remove daughter rosettes, mix potting soil and sand in equal parts. Use a pot with a drain hole. Cover the hole with a shard and fill a three to five centimeter thick drainage layer of grit. Then fill the pot with the soil - sand - mixture. Form small holes, insert the rosettes and press down. Finally, pour the planted pot and place the houseleek sunny.

Mini rock garden

For a small rock garden in the pot is also on the balcony space

Summer cut for laurel

Laurel plants can tolerate up to two cutbacks a year, as needed, in March and July. The slow-growing Mediterranean plant is very easy to care for. To shape the plant, cut off long shoots with pruning shears over a leaf or leaf bud. Single laurel leaves turn two to three years old before they fall off. To avoid unsightly results, you should not cut the leaves when cutting. To educate a laurel trunk remove all side shoots below the crown directly on the trunk. Cutted, healthy leaves need not be discarded. They are good for seasoning dishes. Tip: Regularly cutting out dry twigs and leaves facilitates pest control.

Trim the gentian bush

The gentian shrub (Solanum rantonnetii) grows very strong and forms many long, thin shoots. So that the crown remains compact, you should trim the container plant regularly with the pruning shears also during the flowering season.

Multiply rosemary by cuttings

Rosemary is easy to propagate through cuttings. Cut off some shoot tips in July, remove the bottom leaves and place the cuttings in a growth box with a damp peat-sand mixture. Cover the box with a transparent plastic hood, but ventilate and keep it regularly and keep the cuttings evenly moist. Within a few weeks they will form new roots and start to grow. The shoot tip should be removed when separating into pots, so that the young plants branch well.

Cut off rosemary cuttings

Cuttings can easily be removed from your rosemary

Outdoor season for indoor plants

Many indoor plants appreciate a fresh air cure in summer. But consider the site conditions and do not put the plants immediately in the full sun. The leaves are not used to the intense sunlight and burn very easily. Ideal is an initially shady and later partially shaded location without midday sun. Only cacti and other thick-leafed plants you can after a few days acclimation without hesitation in the full sun.

Video Board: Terrace Garden Chennai July 2016.

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