Gardening jobs for February

by | Jan 29, 2023 | Uncategorized

Plant snowdrops, pick out your favourite cultivar and plant them in the green, when they are in full leaf. These will establish much better than dry bulbs planted in the autumn.

Prune roses, you can prune most shrub roses now. Remove one or two stems from the base and take the rest back by a third. Feed with organic granular feed afterwards.

Move shrubs. As long as the ground isn’t waterlogged or frozen you can move most deciduous shrubs now. Dig them up with as much root as possible and replant immediately.

Prune apples and pears. Start with branches crowding the centre and remove no more than a quarter of the canopy.

Cut back late flowering clematis in pruning group 3 (such as Viticellas). Cut all growth to healthy buds 15-30cm above soil level.

Protect your soil. Keep off the soil to avoid compaction, which can lead to water logging and creating challenging growing conditions.

Sow peppers and chillies. These need a long growing season so sow now in a heated propagator or on a sunny windowsill.

Prune citrus plants. Thin out overcrowded branches and if growth has become straggly cut back by up to two thirds.