In this article you will discover:
- Seeds or plants, what to choose?
- Which plants will grow best in your home
- What to plant in the vegetable garden in April
- Homework for the month of April
Seeds or plants, what to choose?
You often ask us what is best to start and the answer is easy: buy plants, you will save time and work, it will allow you to fill your pots and planters with colors quickly and to enjoy their flowering over a long period.
This does not mean that we don’t like preparing seedbeds, on the contrary! In many cases, it is the only way to get some horticultural plants or varieties that are not usually marketed.
Which plants will grow best in my house?
This is the million-dollar question because everything will depend on the light or direct sun that they will receive and the space available for their growth. Therefore, we recommend that you enquire about the needs of each plant variety before buying it.
There is nothing sadder than seeing a plant that should grow in the sun decay in front of a dimly lit window (for these cases, you can understand which plants to grow in low light ).
For full sun areas we recommend:
– geraniums – carnations – roses – Gazans – lantana – petunias – zinnias which are also available in many colors.
We encourage you to try some of the ones you have never cultivated before, they are likely to pleasantly surprise you!
In interiors we prefer:
- kentia ,
- sansevieras or
Not all plants need large pots, so if space is limited, why not try guzmania for example?
What to plant in the garden in April
We can start transplanting most of the summer fruit and vegetables: tomatoes, peppers, pumpkins and courgettes, cucumbers and aubergines, as well as strawberries and other red fruits such as raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, and currants.
Again, the advice is the same as for ornamental plants: choose them based on the amount of sun they will receive and the space available.
Tomatoes, for example, need a vase of at least 20 liters, therefore it is absurd to plant 3 plants in a balcony planter.
There are also many “wild” vegetables that we can plant everywhere, such as onions or salad.
They need very little space, a little volume of land and for this reason, we recommend them if you have a small balcony.
On the other hand, if you are planning what to plant in a roof garden, leave them last.
It is much more important to leave room for plants that need more land (such as peppers, tomatoes, aubergines, and courgettes). Transplant them first and place the lettuces in the middle, as their growth is much faster. By the time they are ready to harvest, the tomatoes are going to put the first flowers.
Homework for the month of April
- Add fertilizer to your plants. In this way you will bring all the nutrients they need to start growing.
- If you like bulbs, you can remove those sown in the autumn (daffodils, hyacinths, and tulips) and sow the spring ones (amaryllis, calla, gladioli, dahlias or canes)
- Transplant indoor plants into larger pots, if possible, or add some fertilizer. They may need a change of position now that the sun is starting to warm up.
- It’s time to air the lawn and add fertilizer to stimulate its growth. As soon as it starts growing at a good pace, you can cut it every week.
- Remember to increase the watering frequency for most plants as temperatures rise.
- It is normal for some of the usual parasites like aphids or the whitefly to start appearing, even for them it is spring!
- Check the underside of the leaves and the new shoots because that’s where they usually hide and use a specific insecticide.