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Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Auriculas - time to tidy them up for spring!

I've just written a short article about the early spring tidy-up for Auriculas, you can read it here, at GreenPlantSwap (a great place for swapping plant info as well as plants!) and if you have any of these in your garden, now is the time to get out there and tidy them up.

Last  year's leaves are all slimy and brown now: you can see (left).

Here's a close-up of one of the shoots - you can see clearly all those dead brown leaves.

They are not doing any good at all - they are not protecting the new leaves from frost or damage, all they are doing is providing a nice hiding place for slugs and other nasties, while also providing them with a mid-snooze snack.

So out come the scissors!


There, much better!

And here is the finished article: all old brown leaves removed, any weeds etc ejected, pots all top-dressed with compost nuts to keep the weeds at bay, and to make them look fresh and clean for the spring.

They should be starting to flower in April - weather permitting, ha ha - and they will be for sale then, as I like to sell them when they are actually flowering, so people know what they are getting.

To buy these plants, or to see all of my plant listings, pop over to this page at GreenPlantSwap.

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