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5 key gardening jobs Jan 20-26

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Not-so-tropical bed - Echium pininana and windmill palm
Not-so-tropical bed - Echium pininana and windmill palm, December 29

1Check Group 3 clematis for buds

Group 3 clematis Mme Julia Correvon

If late summer-flowering clematis are showing signs of growth. you can prune them – if not, leave them until February. To prune Group 3 clematis, keep them small and to rejuvenate old plants, cut back hard to about a foot off the ground. if you want to keep them taller, just prune last year’s flowered shoots.

2Cut back rampant climbers

Ivy Paddy’s Pride

Ornamental vines, ivy, Virginia creeper and Boston ivy can be cut back now – keep them away from windows, doors, gutters and roof tiles.

3Tidy up alpine beds and troughs

Alpine gentian

Clear alpine beds of debris and cover bare patches with gritty compost. Remove weeds before mulching in spring.

4Check hedges for coral spot

Coral spot on a dead branch

Coral spot is often noticed on twigs from deciduous hedges, shrubs, and trees, connected with poor ventilation and congested, twiggy growth inside clipped hedges.

5Treat cacti mean to keep them keen

Keep cacti and succulents almost dry for the winter

Cacti need very little water, and no feeding, during winter. Keep them barely moist until spring.

For more relevant gardening tasks, see my January jobs page.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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