Terrace and balcony: The best tips in March

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Finally the time has come: The new garden season begins! In March, not only in the garden a lot of work, but also on the balcony and terrace are now the first preparations made, so that they present themselves in summer again from their best side. In our garden tips of the month we show you the most important works at a glance.

Sow magic bells

Magic bells, such as the variety Kabloom 'Romantic Mix', are not propagated as usual by cuttings, but seeded. The pre-culture is now in March in a sowing vessel at about 18 degrees. Do not cover the seeds with soil, because they are light germs. After three or four weeks, pimp the seedlings in small pots. From mid-May, the colorful Calibrachoa mixture will embellish beds and containers with their floral upholstery. Magic bells prefer a sunny to partially shaded spot with slightly acidic soil.

Cut the roses in the pot properly

In general, the same cutting rules apply to the pruning of rose stems in the tub as in the garden. For a clean cut, it is important to work only with a sharp rose scissors. First remove dead and weak wood. In the Hochstammrosen a beautiful crown shape is crucial, so the main shoots are hardly shortened. On average, they are cut back to a length of 20 to 30 centimeters. This promotes a compact crown. Take out small side branches that grow too close to each other.

Weed out garden furniture

From March you can enjoy the warm rays of spring sunshine again on the terrace in many regions of Germany. Bring your garden furniture out of the winter storage in good time and clean it thoroughly of dust and other deposits. Tip: If your teak furniture has turned gray after years of sun exposure, you can now restore the original color to the wood with a special refreshing paint.

Cut back the winter geraniums

Geraniums wintered in cool, bright rooms must now be trimmed. Cut the leaves without leaflets enough to leave two to four eyes (leaves or buds). This annual cut keeps geranium compact and floriferous. Then you should repot the plants into larger pots of fresh soil. Place the plants in a bright window seat and pour again regularly. Only when no more frost threatens, the geraniums may go outside.

Pruning geranium in spring

An annual pruning in early spring keeps geraniums compact. As soon as the first new buds appear, all dead shoots are removed

Harden container plants

After hibernation, solitary plants such as fuchsias and angel trumpets should stand in a shady, sheltered spot during the day in frost-free weather. This achieves a shortened, stable shoot growth. Gradually, the plants get used to the sun: first only for a short time (about an hour), then longer exposure to sunlight, preferably in the morning.
From the end of March, you can bring robust potted plants such as oleander and olive back out. For the plants to acclimatize well, cover them with a plastic fleece on cold nights. If some of your potted plants, which hibernate in the house, are already drifting, they should be set very bright and over 12 degrees Celsius. Otherwise the young branches and leaves remain pale and weak.

Pull fruit trees in tubs yourself

A fruit tree in the tub fits perfectly on terrace and balcony. You can grow it yourself by getting a two-year, very weakly growing tree in a nursery. For beginners, an apple tree is best. For pot culture, cut down on the main root so that new fine root plant can form. Healthy growth and good yields are the result of regular pruning.

Repot by rooting potted herbs

Like many other balcony plants, herbs do not necessarily have to be repotted every year. Only when the soil is completely rooted, you put rosemary, lavender or sage in the spring before sprouting in one to two centimeters larger pots. Herbs love nutrient-poor, well-drained soil. The best are substrates that consist of equal parts of sand, compost and potting soil.

Repot herbs

For herbs to regain their strength in pots, they must be transplanted into larger pots

Spring flair with goat clover

The slightly fragrant Clover (Cytisus x racemosus) flowers from March to May and is good for planting potted plants with early flowering plants such as filled daffodils.It is a cross between the Canary and the Madeira gorse and native to these islands. The perennial exotic is not hardy and prefers a mild, sunny spot. From April to September it stands as a container plant in the open air, in winter it feels most comfortable in a bright place at 12 to 18 degrees Celsius. The evergreen, densely branched shrub grows about a meter high and produces pea-like, poisonous fruits. Keep the soil evenly moist - Geißklee has a high water requirement.

For fans of nasturtium

In addition to the large nasturtium, there is a less well-known variety that thrills with orchid-like flowers. We are talking about Canarian nasturtium (Tropaeolum peregrinum) that grows up to three meters high. The name is misleading because the one-year climber actually comes from Peru. Striking are the fringed lemon yellow flowers that appear from May to September and how the leaves are edible. The Canary Cress should be brought into the pot in the spring before it comes outside. Swell the seeds in the water for a few hours beforehand. The plant is ideal as a privacy screen for balcony and terrace.

Spring cleaning on the terrace

In the course of the cold season leaves, branches and moss are deposited on the terrace pavement. Sweep up the dirt with a stiff broom and remove more stubborn dirt with a scraper or high pressure washer.

Get chrysanthemum into shape

Anyone who successfully hibernates the conditionally frosty garden chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum) after flowering in a sheltered place in the open air can bring it to flower again next year. Leave the dead as protection for the winter. Only when the young shoots sprout from the ground in March with the mild temperatures, it is time for the pruning. Cut off the withered with scissors as close to the ground as possible, without damaging the young shoots. An occasional pruning of the plant in the season promotes a dense growth. The same applies to the first flower approaches - the chrysanthemum branches more and flowers more lush.

Cutting chrysanthemum

Cut off all old plant parts in pot chrysanthemums

Driving summer blooming onion flowers

Summer-flowering bulbous flowers such as gladiolus, dahlia or flower can be found in well-filled pots in the house. At first they are only poured a little; only when leaves develop, you increase the watering. If you water too much initially, the onions will not form roots and start to rot.

Spring cut of spice bark

After a bright, cool winter, a vigorous pruning of the spice bark (Senna corymbosa) is necessary in March - even before sprouting - in young specimens one cuts even by a third. A cut into perennial wood is easily tolerated. An additional shortening of the plant in spring and summer, stimulates the densely branched growth and keeps the fast-growing plant in the bridle at the same time. Because the easy-care richly flowering bucket beauty can grow up to four meters high. Only from May, when the temperatures are mild enough, you clear the container plant for the outdoor season outside.

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Our garden tip: swelling flower seeds

Solid-shelled flower seeds germinate much better when soaked in a bowl of lukewarm water just before sowing for a few hours. For very hard, smooth bowls, it is also useful to roughen the surface with sandpaper before.

Help for caught frogs

Gratings in front of house entrances or via light shafts are easily caught by frogs, toads and other small animals. Using a self-made frog ladder, the amphibians can free themselves from their jail. Frog ladders made of metal and wood are also ready to buy.

frog Head

With a frog ladder you help downed frogs from their predicament

Sowing the morning glory now

If you want to enjoy the flowering, high-altitude morning glory (Ipomoea tricolor) in summer, you should now bring the seeds into the ground. Because in the spring months of March and April is the best sowing time. The seeds are two inches deep into the soil, ideally three to five seeds per pot. Always keep the soil moist. Important: Place the pots on the warm window sill above the heater. In the first few weeks, a soil temperature of 18 to 20 degrees Celsius is important. The seedlings are then pikiert and placed two to three seedlings in a pot.

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