Pay attention to your patio or balcony all year round. Check out the tips to celebrate spring.
Buy your pot plants from florists and garden centres at the start of the season while there is still a full range of varieties to choose from. Preferably buy recommended species so that you know what you are buying and how to look after them.
Not enough space on your balcony? Make optimum use of a small space by putting all your colourful plants on a little table or etagère. Plants with a ball on a stem can be underplanted, enabling you to combine a variety of species and colours in 1 pot.
Enjoy the sunshine on your face. Create your own atmosphere using pot plants with different shaped flowers and in a variety of colours. Watch out for night frosts which can still occur during this period. After the Ice Saints’ feast days from 11-14 May, there will be no more risk of night frosts. Did you keep your pot plants indoors during the winter months? If so, now is the time to put them outside. However, don’t immediately place them in direct sunlight all day long. Start off by putting them in the shade and keep moving them to a slightly sunnier spot so that they can get used to the heat and light.
You should also water your pot plants frequently as they are now in a period of growth and will need more water. It is preferable to use rainwater at a normal temperature for this. Do you use a garden hose to water your pot plants? If so, never aim a hard jet of water directly at a plant. It is better to use the spray head and let the spray fall on your plant.
Give a pot plant in a colourful pot as a gift for Mother’s Day this year!
June is the time for carrying out general maintenance on your pot plants. Remove dead and faded flowers and cut off any seed pods as they will sap a lot of your plant’s energy. Don’t forget to feed your pot plant frequently as this will encourage it to produce new flowers.
Is the lighting on your patio or balcony satisfactory? A lantern or candles will allow you to spend more time enjoying your space on summer evenings.
At the height of the summer, it’s great to spend as much of your spare time as possible outdoors. Enjoy a good book along with a snack and a drink on your patio or balcony.
When the weather is hot, you should water your pot plants every day. Make sure that excess water can drain off from the pot. A hole in the bottom of the pot will stop water from standing in the pot. The best time to water your pot plants is in the morning.
You should keep your eye on the weather forecast too. Bring vulnerable pot plants indoors if the weather forecast is for heavy thunderstorms with heavy rain and wind.
During the summer, your patio or balcony becomes an additional living space. Enjoy the balmy summer evenings during the month of August. Celebrate the summer on your own patio.
Give your pot plants extra food again this month. Meanwhile start watering them a bit less. Prune the long branches hard once more to help your plant retain its shape.
Still want to make the most of the good weather? A patio heater will keep your outdoor space cosy so that you can enjoy your beautiful flowers for longer.
Keep watering your pot plants regularly while they are still flowering and keep removing faded flowers.
At the end of September, take your pot plants indoors for the winter. During the winter, they should be kept in a spot which is frost-free, cool and dark. A minimum temperature of 7 °C is recommended. If light levels are low, your plant’s leaves may fall off. However, that doesn’t mean that the plant is going to die but rather that it is going into a type of hibernation. Water your plants as required and check them regularly for fungi or rot.
During this dark, winter month, your patio or balcony could do with some colour. Why not put out a tray of winter pansies in surprisingly bright colours?
You can also help the birds at this time of year. Hanging up a peanut feeder or bird seed feeder will bring winter visitors flocking to your patio.
Want to feel that spring is in the air? Then go outside on a beautiful day. It’s time to get cleaning. Clean old pots ready for the spring. Sweep up the leaves from your patio, remove algae from paving slabs and clean your garden furniture. Now everything is clean and tidy.
Flowering bulbs such as hyacinths, daffodils and blue grape hyacinths will give you the feeling of spring.
Haven’t tidied up your patio or balcony yet? Then now’s the time to do it. Take out plants that have not survived the winter in order to make room for future atmosphere creators on your patio: pot plants.
Do you already know what colour combinations you want this year? Need new pots? Take a look around you. Be inspired.