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A Vibrant Display

by Malachy - Horticulturist CountryLife Dungarvan | Apr 06, 2017
A vibrant display

When you start to think of summer many gardeners conjure up images of lush gardens full of vibrant flowers. This week my mind started to wander to images like these as we got our first delivery of Senetti into the CountryLife Garden Centre. 

To me Senetti is a great plant to have in a garden to add a major injection of vibrant colour. Our Senetti plants are Irish grown and come from a nursery in Wexford. However traditionally the plant originates from much more tropical locations which means it is a tender plant that does need protection from frost and cold weather. 

In terms of position in a garden Senetti can work extremely well in full sun and also in partial shade so can be used in lots of different situations to add interest where it is needed the most in a garden. No matter where it is planted in the garden it is important to keep it sheltered from strong easterly winds which can scorch the flowers and leaves on the plant. 

In my own garden I like to use Senetti to add colour around the house in containers and planters. It is a great plant to mix with foliage plants in large containers for rather impressive displays. The most important thing if you are growing them in containers is to ensure they do not dry out and that they have a regular supply of water. Particularly in spring it is a good practice to water Senetti at midday instead of very early or very late in the day. By watering at around midday you are avoiding the chance of shocking the plant and causing damage to the plant.

 Senetti can flower from now right through to the end of summer if not longer if we have a good autumn. As with all flowering plants in the garden there are a few tricks to help prolonging your flowers throughout the seasons. As soon as the first flush of flowers starts to fade I get my clippers out and cut back faded flower stalks down the leaf level and then within four weeks or so you will have another flush of flowers to enjoy. 

To get the best results from your Senetti I always recommend using a good quality liquid tomato feed, as this will supply the plant with all the nutrients it needs to grow successfully. In my own garden I normally feed it every two weeks to ensure optimum results.  

Written by Malachy

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Malachy's Bio 
I have been gardening since I was 5 years old when my mother gave me a part of our garden as my own. I have studied horticulture in the National Botanical Gardens in Glasnevin and was a winner in the young horticulturist of the year competition. I have worked in Several plant nurseries and garden centers such as Mount Congreve in Co. Waterford. My special interests are plant propagation and Cacti!

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