WEEKEND WORK

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Indoor plants such as azaleas, pelargoniums, ivies and Easter cacti can be sent outside for a holiday now until early September. Continue to feed them as usual.

Take cuttings of African violets. Choose strong, healthy leaves and cut them from the parent plant with about two inches of stem attached. Sink the stalks into compost made from equal quantities of peat and vermiculite and keep moist and warm (about 65F). When rooted, pot them up singly. Stem cuttings of bougainvillea - clianthus, philodendron and stephanotis can also be taken now.

Cut back weigela when it has finished flowering, taking out a couple of the pants' stems entirely at ground level. Deutzia responds well to the same kind of treatment.

At last you are allowed to cut down daffodil leaves. Leaving them until now maximises the benefit to the bulb and will help it give a good account of itself next year.

Nip out the central growing point of May-sown sweet williams and wallflowers to make them bushy. This will eventually result in greater flower power. Spray chrysanthemums also benefit from being pinched out.

Pinch out tomato plants. Not the growing tips, but the side shoots that appear in the leaf axils of cordon types such as 'Gardener's Delight', 'Alicante' and 'Ailsa Craig'. Outdoor bush tomatoes such as 'Red Alert', 'Tornado' and 'Sleaford Abundance' should not be pinched out at all.

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