Top 10 Summer Houseplants

Did you know that certain houseplants can aid in cooling your room?

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Peace Lily

A graceful plant that pleases the eye as well as your lungs! The bigger the Peace Lily, the better the plant power. Their lovely green leaves transpire releasing a large amount of oxygen and moisture into the air. Keep your peace lily in indirect sunlight and water whenever the leaves droop.

Spider Plant

Spider Plant, also known as Chlorophytum comosum or Airplane Plant makes for an excellent low maintenance choice. This hardy houseplant is fantastic for cooling the room and even absorbing toxins such as formaldehyde and xylene from your home. Keep it in a semi-shaded spot and be sure to use a well-drained potting mix to avoid any rotting roots.

Aloe Vera

A houseplant with many uses! Its ability to cool and soothe sunburn is one reason that makes it a perfect Summer addition, but also, Aloe Vera has a high water content making it one of the top plants for cooling! As long as you keep this little plant watered during hot weather, you can enjoy its benefits all summer long.

Boston Fern

The Boston Fern! This plant is a powerhouse at removing volatile organic pollutants such as formaldehyde and Xylene (commonly found in tobacco smoke, paper towels, and printing ink) as revealed by a study conducted by NASA. They’re also amazing humidifiers.

Golden Pothos

Also know as Devil’s Ivy or Epipremnum aureum, these low maintenance plants are a great choice for humidifying and cooling down the room. Like a few plants listed above, this heart-shaped beauty is great at removing toxins like benzene, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde and xylene.

Jade Plant

The Jade Plant is believed to bring good luck and fortune to your home. These succulents are perfect for the warmer season with their love for sunlight and need for little water.

Your July Garden: Top Tips & Advice

We’re officially halfway through the year! The sun is shining and the BBQs are out. Lets get the garden ready for some summer fun…

July Gardening Jobs

  1. Deadhead bedding plants and repeat-flowering perennials to ensure continuous flowering
  2. Ensure care for houseplants while on holiday
  3. Water tubs and new plant is dry, but be water-wise
  4. Check clematis for signs of clematis wilt
  5. Pick courgettes before they become marrows
  6. Treat apple scab
  7. Clear algae, blanket weeds and debris from ponds, and keep them topped up
  8. Order catalogues for next year’s spring-flowering bulbs
  9. Give the lawn a quick-acting summer feed, especially if not given a spring feed
  10. Harvest apricots, peaches and nectarines

Flowers

Deadhead flowers to prolong perennial plants and summer bedding for as long as possible. Doing so will encourage flowers to keep blooming and prevent them going into seed.

Keep hanging baskets, pots and containers watered and fed as the summer weather will quickly decrease nutrients in the soil.

Wisteria can now be pruned for summer by cutting side-shoots down to 4-5 leaves from the main stem.

Vegetables

Tomatoes – Trim tomato shoots each week (once the plant has reached around 5 trusses) and cut off those beneath the lowest ripened fruit to stop competition. Feed regularly and continue to pinch out side shoots.  Removing leaves beneath the first truss of tomatoes will aid in air circulation and prevent the build-up pets and diseases.

Potatoes – Second Earlies should be ready for harvest (if you’re not sure, wait until they have flowered and check). If they’re ready, pull them up on a sunny day and place the freshly dug potatoes out on the surface to dry for a few hours. Once dry, store your new potatoes in a hessian sack and keep them somewhere cool, dry and dark.

Harvest – Peas, carrots, beetroot, tomatoes, potatoes, salads should all ripen and be picked at this time.

 

Greenhouse

When temperatures at at their peak, prevent scorching by placing shading on the roof. Keep vents and doors open to keep a steady airflow.

Water either first thing in the morning or late evening to reduce evaporation and water loss.

Dampen down the greenhouse on particularly hot days to deter red mites and create humidity.

Keep fallen leaves and petals swept and tidied to decrease any chance of disease spread.

Fruit

Pin Strawberry plant runners to the soil and allow them to root. When they’re established, cut the runner from the main plant. You can also maximise your crop by removing runners to divert energy to fruit already present.

Harvest apricots, peaches and nectarines.

Trained apple and pear trees can also be pruned for summer.

Lawn Care

Mows lawn lightly and frequently. It is best to raise your mower blades whilst the weather is hot to prevent stress to the grass.

Remove any unwanted weeds with a weeding knife, trowel or grubbing tool but do keep in mind the wildflowers and flowering weeds benefit wildlife and add colour to your garden.

Water only if absolutely necessary. Grass can cope well with drought even if it dies, it will return and recover once rain falls. Watering is only needed if your lawn is new.

Pests & Diseases

Check squashes, courgettes and pumpkins regularly for signs of powdery mildew. If any is present, remove the infected leaves and dispose of off-site to prevent disease spread.

Hose off any pests like aphids, greenfly, slugs and snails. A good way to deter these pest is spraying garlic water around your plants (garlic is a great pest deterrent).

Remove any yellowing or fallen leaves as these can harbour hidden pests and disease.

Sustainability Roadmap

Our Sustainability Roadmap

Focus AreaEXISTING SUSTAINABLE MEASURESPLANNED MEASURESFUTURE MEASURES
UNDER CONSIDERATION
ENERGY – Electricity– LED lighting fitted in all areas
– LED bulbs in remaining areas
– Light sensors fitted where appropriate
– Green energy supplier used
– Energy efficiency rating of all new appliances considered
– Reducing electricity usage– Solar panels fitted
– Voltage optimiser to store
– Diesel– Electric Car
– Electric charging points for staff and company vehicles installed
– Research cycle to work scheme– Electric vans
– Gas– Consider new ways of heating new developments– Replace forklifts to electric
WATER– Capillary matting started
– Use water butts for plants at front of building
– Careful management/efficiency of irrigation system
– Educate and assist customers in reducing their water consumption
– Permeable carpark
– Water saving devices in bathrooms
– Increase usage of capillary matting
– Catching excess water from irrigation
– Rainwater harvesting/UV treating
WASTE
Metal
– Fully recycled
– Wood– Fully recycled or reusable
– Paper/
Cardboard
– Fully recycled
– Plastics– Fully recycled
– Refillable water bottle service in restaurant/re-usable travel mug incentive
– Food– Fully recycled
– Electrics– Fully recycled
– General waste– Hand sorted
– Zero waste to landfill
– Incinerated to produce power
– Minimise all waste
– Plants– Used in own grounds, given to staff– Composting on site
– Oil– Recycled – oil is sent to a refinery where it is repurposed for use in generators
– Cooking oil– Biodiesel
SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTS
Peat
– Reduced peat-free range: 50% peat-free, 25% reduced peat– 100% peat-free by 2024
– Organic– Comprehensive range of organic substitute products – Continue increasing the range
– Fairtrade – Range of Fair-trade products– Continue increasing the range
– Local– Comprehensive range of local products, always prioritised over non-local– Continue increasing the range
– General– Source products which are recycled/recyclable – especially packaging
– Large vegan menu/products offered
– Takeaway packaging compostable/recyclable
GENERAL –
Carbon
– Measure and improve our carbon footprint with net zero targets
– Team– Sustainability Action Group set-up within team– Look at volunteering options
– Community – Keep strong links working with community projects
– Biodiversity– Upkeep and encourage use of our woodland nature walk
– Educate customers about wildlife friendly gardening
– Own bug hotels, wild flowers, etc. in own grounds
– All cleaning chemicals use biotechnology where no harmful chemicals are used
– We will phase out all products containing glyphosate by the end of 2023
Thetford Garden Centre 2023