To have lush green lawns,their timely irrigation and frequent mowing is vital. The irrigation of lawns through sprinklers is best for getting excellent results, emphasised floriculturists of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU). Equipping farmers and the general public with useful tips for the maintenance of ornamentals in the coming month of April,the experts advised them to keep irrigating permanent plants regularly and not to allow weeds to grow.
In case of large flowered chrysanthemum,encourage the growth in beds by regular watering. In case of small flowered chrysanthemum,branching may be encouraged by pinching back to 10 cm from the ground,they said.
PAU Head of the Department of Floriculture and Landscaping Dr Kushal Singh said that the major flowering of rose will be over during April. He suggested,Keep on removing the faded flowers and suckers from the root stock. Timely irrigation,weeding and hoeing will keep the plants in good conditions. From this month onward,the rose plants have to be prepared for good flowering in coming season.
The foliage plants in pots will have resumed growth activity,he informed,while stressing that the delicate ones should be moved away from the positions exposed to the direct sun.
PAU floriculture expert Dr Ranjit Singh advised that the bulbs of Caladiums, Football Lilly and Tuberose may be planted early in the month of April. The bulbs of nursery may also be drugged up for planting in coming months.
Dr Singh said,The borders and beds intended to be used for summer flowering annuals should be cleaned and prepared for the purpose. As soon as the summer flower seedlings of Cosmos,Gaillardia,Gompherena,Kochia and Zinnia are ready,these may be transplanted approximately one month after bed sowing in the well-prepared beds. Transplanting work may be preferably carried out in the evening followed by light irrigation.
He also suggested the farmers that the seeds collected from the selected winter flowering annuals,after proper drying and cleaning,may be stored for the next season in the air tight containers.