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David Donomey’s top tips for conservatory plants during a heatwave

David Donomey’s top tips for conservatory plants during a heatwaveDavid Domoney is a huge fans of big conservatory plants, and he reckons they bring a touch of elegance to every orangery and conservatory.

He has also pointed out, however, that in extremely hot weather they need some extra TLC, a timely warning as parts of Britain bask in temperatures of over 30 degrees.

David says that although the hot spell has been wonderful considering the wash outs of the last few summers, it is worth remembering that conservatory plants are in greenhouse conditions during the hot weather and need some extra care and attention.

Currently appearing in the ITV1 hit series Love Your Garden with Alan Titchmarsh, David is a big fan of conservatory plants, which he says add a touch of class to any conservatory or orangery. As Britain’s biggest home improvement company and a leading installer of conservatories and orangeries, Anglian Home Improvements asked David to pull together some top tips to help you keep your conservatory plants in great shape during the hot weather.

• Conservatory plants need humidity to help them thrive during the growing season, so simply use tepid water to mist plants in the morning.

• Group plants together to increase moisture around them, as moisture is evaporated from compost and transpired from the leaves, creating a perfect environment for healthy plants.

• House plants in South or West facing conservatories will require some form of shading, such as blinds or UV filters, whichAnglian conservatories have. Choosing the right plant for your conservatory is key. If you are in a South or West facing conservatory use plants that like bright conditions and for East or North facing conservatories choose shade-loving plants.

• Too much heat can put plants under great stress, which requires increased watering and maintenance. Keep your conservatory well-ventilated during a hot summer’s day to stop plants wilting and drying out.

• Check regularly for bugs and watch for sticky deposits or black mould, as these are your first signs of pests! Quarantine the infected plant for two to three weeks and try to get into the habit of turning over leaves regularly when checking plants.

• Feeding should take place during the growing season when water frequency is higher (although there are exceptions to this rule when you have plants showing pale, yellow leaves, slow, weak growth or experience lower leaves dropping off). The three main constituents of plant food are Nitrogen for leaf growth, Phosphates for root growth and Potash for fruit and flowers, and most plants will require a feed once every two to four weeks. Garden centres have a good selection of slow-release fertilizer, pellets and sticks, or use a liquid feed which is an instant pick-me-up for tired houseplants!

• Prune your conservatory plants – don’t be afraid to prune plants if they get leggy or too big. The general rule is to prune after flowering or late winter/early spring, just as growth is starting.
To view more of David’s garden tips, including hints on how to make a great first impression for your home using hanging baskets and window boxes, visit the Anglian Home Improvements YouTube channel.

Established in 1966, Anglian Home Improvements is the UK’s biggest double glazing window, door and conservatory specialist. With almost 50 years’ experience, Anglian offers an extensive range of home improvement products, including double glazing windows and doors, Rooftrim, conservatories, orangeries, driveways, solar products and garage conversions. Further information on the full range of options and styles available can be found at www.anglianhome.co.uk.

 



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