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February early sowings

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There’s frost outside and we’re still very much in the depths of winter, but it’s not too early to start your first sowings. If you haven’t yet ordered your seeds yet then you should do so now to avoid disappointment. Once you’ve got all the seeds you’ll need for the year, it’s time to order them to create a sowing calendar through spring. 

 

First sowings

Slower-growing plants like half-hardy annuals and perennials will need planting as early as February. They can take up to two or three weeks to germinate – by which point we’ll be in March when temperatures will be rising and we’ll be seeing more sunlight. At the Ideal Home Show Shop we recommend that you sow your pelargonium, begonia and osteospermum in plant pots now – place on a warm lighted windowsill or a heated area of your greenhouse for the best results. 

 

Roses and winter shrubs

Now is also an ideal time for planting roses to make sure you have a beautiful, colourful flower display in your garden come summer. Make sure you plant roses in a sunny position in your garden to encourage growth. Don’t prune any existing roses until next month as this will encourage growth too early – and the February frost can burn new cuts. However, now is a great time to prune fuchsias and winter-flowering shrubs such as Mahonia, which will have finished flowering.

 

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