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5 gardening jobs November 24-30

Lavender's last gasp
Lavender's last gasp
Beech hedge on the turn – you can start renovation when dormant

Start to renovate some trees, shrubs and hedges

Pruning and renovation of some deciduous trees, shrubs, and hedges, such as beech, can be carried out from now – you can see the framework more easily. Exceptions are tender plants, and also Prunus species (e.g. ornamental cherries, plums, and almonds), as these are vulnerable to silver leaf if pruned in the autumn or winter. Evergreens are best left until the spring.

Philodendron, Monstera and Dracaena

Cut back watering of houseplants

Reduce watering and feeding of houseplants as the days shorten.

Christmas cactus

Give cacti and succulents a dormant period

Cacti and succulents need a period of dormancy over the winter: keep them barely moist, and do not feed. Start them back into growth next spring. Christmas cacti can be managed in the same way as other cacti, or in reverse, for flowering at Easter or Christmas.

Canker on old apple tree

Look for disease when pruning

When pruning trees and shrubs, examine branches for signs of disease. Small cankers, dieback, and rotten, hollow stumps are best removed before they spread.

Ready to plant… my five Amaryllis bulbs

Pot up Amaryllis bulbs

Indoors, pot up Hippeastrum (Amaryllis) bulbs, and bring them back into active growth with regular watering and feeding. Watch out for red marks on leaves – this is a sign of red blotch disease.


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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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