P260 CEEFAX 260 Wed 30 Dec 21:20/11   1/4 :.   ::.   vvvvvvvvvvvvv((((((((((((((((((((((  By CEEFAX's gardening expert Felicity Bryan. Houseplants are lovely to give away at Christmas. But they can so often die. This is often because they received poor treatment before they reached you so there is little you can do. If buying, go for plants from a good local florist who is more likely to have tended them than the market selling them off cheap. Try to avoid extremes of heat or cold. A temperature of 55 degrees is ideal. More
P260 CEEFAX 260 Wed 30 Dec 21:31/16   2/4 :.   ::.   vvvvvvvvvvvvv((((((((((((((((((((((  By CEEFAX's gardening expert Felicity Bryan. Azaleas will easily dry out in hot rooms. Regular spraying helps, and keep testing the soil with your finger. When you water, give them a good soak standing in a bowl of water, but ensure they do not get overwatered and water- logged as they will rot. Cyclamen are very prone to rot. Be sure to avoid wetting their stems when watering. Give them as much light as possible and avoid standing them in draughty places. More
P260 CEEFAX 260 Wed 30 Dec 21:31/12   3/4 :.   ::.   vvvvvvvvvvvvv((((((((((((((((((((((  By CEEFAX's gardening expert Felicity Bryan. Jobs for the Month Poinsettias, with their lovely coloured bracts in red, cream and salmon pink, are much easier to tend. There again, be sure to keep them moist but not too wet. A dry period will mean all their leaves will drop. If you have a heated greenhouse, you can keep your poinsettias for years. When the leaves drop, cut the branches back to four inches and leave in the greenhouse. When growth begins, repot and give a feed after eight weeks. More
P260 CEEFAX 260 Wed 30 Dec 21:30/02   4/4 :.   ::.   vvvvvvvvvvvvv((((((((((((((((((((((  By CEEFAX's gardening expert Felicity Bryan. Tip for the week If you want to grow mistletoe, collect berries now. Put a sprig in a polythene bag in a cool place. In early March place the seeds in little cuts in the bark of mature trees Mistletoe is a parasite which likes living off apple, plum or pear trees. Plant at least 20 seeds, using sticky soil to keep in place. That way you are more likely to get the male and female plant required to produce white berries More