Growing Indoors or under glass in April


This is a month for getting overwintered plants started off for another growing year.

This is likely to entail re-potting,increasing watering and feeding.


Week 14 - 2nd Apr. to 8th Apr.

When growth on Aethiopica appears, water moderately.

Apply a weak liquid feed to Sprekelia every two weeks from flowering time until the leaves die back.

Re-pot Alpine plants as necessary.

Pot up new Cymbidium / Orchids, Fuchsia, Gladioli.

Re-pot and tidy up Ferns, and divide if necessary.

Deadhead Amaryllus if flowers have faded.


Week 15 - 9th Apr. to 15th Apr.

Pot up mature Billbergia, Gardenia, Schlumbergera, Vriesea.

Start Cactus and Succulents into growth.

Commence feeding Ranunculus.

Gradually withhold water from Cyclamen plants that have finished flowering.

Week 16 - 16th Apr. to 22nd Apr.

Pot on Aloe, Canna, Echevera, Ficus plants.

Prune / Trim Aucuba if necessary.

Feed Chlorophytum with a general fertiliser.

When Grapes come into flower, keep the greenhouse fairly dry to encourage good pollination.

Week 17 - 23rd Apr. to 29th Apr.

Re-pot Crassula, Draceana.

Prepare beds to receive Tomatoes.

Continue watering and feeding Hyacinth bulbs that were forced into early bloom, until the foliage shows signs of turning yellow.

If the leaves have already yellowed, lift the bulbs and store them in a cool airy space until autumn.


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