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Senetti care tips

by User Not Found | Mar 24, 2014

Senetti are one of my favourite plants at this time of the year. They add a great splash of colour to the garden, and are perfect for pots or in borders. With a little bit of care they will bloom all Summer long and even the worst Irish summer won’t dampen this little plants vibrant colours.

Senetti Care Advice

  • Senetti like to be planted in full sun or partial shade and need to be sheltered from that cold easterly wind
  • Unlike us, senetti love the cool wet weather of an Irish Spring - however, they will need some protection from late frosts as they can really only handle temperatures as low as 0C degrees
  • Soil with a pH of 5.6 using a peat based compost is the best home for a healthy senetti
  • Senetti are thirsty and can dry out quickly in planters or containers, so it is important to keep an eye on them
  • You should aim to water  your senetti around midday, and make sure the water isn’t too cold to avoid shocking the plants
  • Senetti will bloom from spring to early summer but you can prolong the flowering period with a little maintenance
  • Deadheading as you go will lengthen the life of your senetti and it will continue to flower throughout the summer
  • Cut down faded flowers to approximately 6 inches & give a liquid feed of a potash based food
  • Senetti are hungry plants - feed them every two weeks with a tomato or all-purpose feed
  • When you feel your Senetti has finished its first bloom cut it back to about half its size and it should trigger a rebloom within 3 – 4 weeks

Senetti are the perfect plant to add some long lasting colour to your pots and planters in the summer.  If you want to get more from your planters and really make them pop, our guide,  How to plant colourful boxes and containers this summer, is a great place to start! 

Fergal's Bio

Hi my name is Fergal, I have been a horticulturist with CountryLife since April 2009 in the New Ross branch . I have a BSC in horticulture which I received from WIT and Kildalton College . Before joining CountryLife I worked in Ballymaloe cookery school in Shanagary Co. Cork were I was involved in fruit and vegetable production for the cookery school and also the farmers Market in Middleton every Saturday. After Ballymaloe I went to work in Mount Congreve Estate in Kilmeaden, Co. Waterford where I worked on the grounds of the estate maintaining the gardens. I love planting seeds and taking cuttings of plants, giving them a little bit of care and attention and watching them grow into mature plants. Fergal