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YOUR GARDENS: HOT POTS; Now's time to take care.

HOUSE plants deserve special attention at the moment.

They brighten our homes all year and now that spring has arrived, they are too often forgotten as we spend more time outdoors.

Rather than ignore them, pay some attention now and they will continue to look great.

Leaves collect dirt and dust over the winter. This clogs the pores and prevents them from functioning as well as they should and makes them look lacklustre.

Wipe each one (except those with a very furry surface) with a rag soaked in tepid water and you'll be amazed at how much better they look.

Repeat until the rag is clean and they will be transformed. If the problem is really bad, wrap each plant's pot in a polythene bag, set the shower to tepid and give them a spray.

Next pick off all browned leaves. House plants soon put on new growth so they can afford to lose their grottier leaves. If the plant has been in its pot for a while it may well benefit from a new one full of fresh compost.

Finally, don't forget to feed them. Now they are growing they need more water and food.

Feed regularly until autumn and all should be blooming on the window sill as well as your garden.
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Title Annotation:Features
Author:Greenwood, Pippa
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 29, 2000
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