P260 CEEFAX 260 Tue 15 Nov 20:00/01   1/4 :.   ::.   vvvvvvvvvvvvv((((((((((((((((((((((  By gardening expert Colin Hart. TIMELY REMINDERS PLANTING Set out bare-rooted roses, shrubs and trees while the soil's warmth will encourage early root growth. Progress may be slow in poor ground, so fork in fertiliser and peat or compost, after digging deeply. CHRISTMAS 2OSES The waxy-white flowers of Helleborus Niger are easily spoilt by frost and rain unless cloches protect their opening blooms. Spare, mature plants can be potted now for greenhouse decoration. More GreenTips Home+Away Telecred MoneyFile
P260 CEEFAX 260 Tue 15 Nov 20:20/11   2/4 :.   ::.   vvvvvvvvvvvvv((((((((((((((((((((((  By gardening expert Colin Hart. TIMELY REMINDERS RHUBARB Frosted clumps quickly produce tender stems when light is excluded in a warm greenhouse. Lift now, leaving them uncovered on the ground for a few weeks to become thoroughly chilled. GREENHOUSES Conserving heat is a priority during the winter. Replace missing glass, seal cracks and gaps and double glaze with polythene sheeting or bubble insulation. Check that heaters function correctly and calibrate thermostats with a max-min thermometer. More GreenTips Home+Away Telecred MoneyFile
P260 CEEFAX 260 Tue 15 Nov 20:00/00   3/4 :.   ::.   vvvvvvvvvvvvv((((((((((((((((((((((  By gardening expert Colin Hart. SEASONAL PRIORITY AMARYLLIS The bulbs on sale now can produce their showy trumpet-like flowers within 6-8 weeks of potting if kept in a warm, bright position indoors. Rest the fleshy roots in a saucer of water overnight before potting the bulb with its shoulder above the compost. Keep the compost slightly damp and encourage deeper rooting by standing the pot in a saucer and adding water. When leaves appear, water normally. More GreenTips Home+Away Telecred MoneyFile
P260 CEEFAX 260 Tue 15 Nov 20:01/00   4/4 :.   ::.   vvvvvvvvvvvvv((((((((((((((((((((((  By gardening expert Colin Hart. SEASONAL PRIORITY AMARYLLIS Lengthen the flower life by transferring the plant to a cooler room and snipping off the anthers. Remove the individual flowers as they fade, eventually cutting off the old stalk. When flowering is over, strengthen the leaves by regularly watering and feeding until they yellow in the autumn. Then, cease watering and store the potted, dormant bulb in a warm place until restarting into growth again with water in January. More GreenTips Home+Away Telecred MoneyFile