WHAT TO DO IN THE GARDEN IN JANUARY
JANUARY 8th to 14th
Great All-Round Climber
Campsis radicans (Trumpet Creeeper or Trumpet Bloom) is a
great climber, large flowers, lovely foliage and easy to grow once
it has germinated. If you want an all-rounder climbing plant, this
is for you!
The "Trumpet" part of the name of this plant comes from
the trumpet-like flowers which look really spectacular. Make sure you
get the correct type of this plant, it must be the hardy type of Campsis
(i.e. Campsis radicans). Thompson and Morgan stock them and their page
for this plant is:
Fill a small pot (7.5cm / 3in) with potting compost, sow three
seeds per pot and cover very lightly with potting compost. Don't
cover the pot with anything.
Now the stratification part which will help it germinate. Place
the pots outside somewhere where it's not too windy and leave them
there for 4 weeks. Then bring them inside the house, conservatory
or into the greenhouse at a temperature of about 21�C (70�F) for
When the last frost has passed, the pots can be kept in
a protected semi-shade position. In August, plant them in their final
positions making sure they are kept watered.
Campsis are hardy in many parts of the UK but can be
killed if a very hard frost gets to them. They do well in open ground
but also do well in largish (25cm plus) pots. In the first year, remove
all flower buds as they appear to help the plant concentrate on creating
a good root system.
Pruning Fruit Trees
Apples, pears and quince can be safely pruned at this time of year. See
the appropriate fruit pages for more details.
Vegetable Plot Rotation
It's important not to grow some vegetables on the same ground
year in and year out. This will cause the build up of disease. At this
time of year it's good to design a crop rotation plan.
Click here for
our pages which will help you plan a crop rotation system.
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