Plant of the Week: Orchids
One glimpse of the delicate beauty of a butterfly-like orchid flower and you'll be smitten. These heartbreakingly lovely houseplants may look exotic but they're easy to grow if you follow a few simple rules.
In the wild orchids live in rainforests as epiphytes, taking nutrients from the air through fleshy roots. So never bury your plant's aerial roots and keep them warm - a minimum of 10°C, even at night - and humid (mist every day with tepid water). Give them a bright windowsill out of direct sunlight and water weekly, adding orchid fertiliser every third watering, and they should produce those ravishing flowers for many years.
Precise pruning for plums isn't necessary, however you will need to thin old wood from now until July. Cover pruning in this period to keep your tree free of the silver leaf infection.;
When you're just starting out, full of enthusiasm and keen to get going, it can seem an age to wait before you pick the first fruits of all your hard work. And it's true that some crops, like purple-sprouting broccoli or parsnips, can take all year to mature to harvesting stage – mind you, i…Read more »