A gardener has issued a warning to British green-thumbed enthusiasts ahead of the growing season.
The colder months of spring are the perfect time to get shrubs established before warmer temperatures set in.
Tim Marshall, Raby Castle’s head gardener, has reminded Britons that watering is pivotal for the growth of all living plants, whether they’re growing in the ground or inside a container.
There are various ways to water plants, however, with each method offering its own set of advantages and disadvantages.
Watering is essential to the overall well-being of all plants
What’s more, watering mistakes can cause plants to dry out or develop root rot, giving them slim chances of growing into healthy blooms.
Tim explained to GB News that watering plants deeply at the root could be the answer for luscious blooms as it encourages healthy root development.
“Regular and proper watering is the most important gardening task to ensure luscious blooms in plants,” said the expert.
“Adequate water supply is essential for plants to carry out vital processes like photosynthesis, nutrient uptake and flower production.
“Water plants deeply and at the root level to encourage healthy root development.”
The expert went on: “Avoid shallow watering, as it promotes shallow-rooted plants that are prone to stress and drying out.
“Additionally ensure proper training to prevent waterlogged soil, which can lead to root rot and other issues.”
Aside from watering plants precisely and effectively, gardeners should also consider pruning plants to maintain their shape.
Tim explained that February is an ideal month for such a ritual, giving plants a new lease of life ahead of spring.
Deep watering will ensure the optimal health of your plant roots
By trimming back foliage and flowering shrubs, energy is redirected into the root system, which turbocharges growth.
“Heavy pruning should be done in late winter or early spring before new growth begins,” explained Tim.
“This allows the plant to allocate energy to new buds, resulting in enhanced flower production.
“Remove dead, diseased, or damaged branches first to promote overall plant health.
“Then, focus on pruning to thin out dense growth and improve air circulation within the plant. This facilitates greater sunlight penetration, leading to increased flower production.”