Gerberas

Gerberas have such bright happy flowers, with their blooms sitting high and proud on upright stems and making a very popular and striking cut flower.

Yates Gerbera Colour Mix contains a colourful blend of pink, white, yellow and light to dark orange flower colours.

Growing Tips:

  • Gerberas are perennial plants that can be grown in both pots and garden beds in a sunny position that gets at least 6 hours of sunshine a day.

  • When grown from seed, gerberas do take a while to flower (30 – 50 weeks), but they are a very economical way to grow lots of plants.

  • Start seeds off in trays of Yates Black Magic Seed Raising Mix by just lightly pressing seeds into the surface (the seeds require light to germinate).

  • Water by misting and cover the tray with some plastic cling film to help retain moisture.

  • Seedlings will emerge in 2-3 weeks and can be transplanted when they are large enough to handle.

  • 2 weeks after transplanting, start feeding with Yates Thrive Flower Fruit Soluble Fertiliser, which will encourage healthy foliage and lots of gorgeous flowers.

  • Trim off spent flowers regularly to promote a longer flowering period.

  • Gerberas can be susceptible to sap sucking aphids and diseases like powdery mildew. Regular sprays of Yates Rose Gun Spray Ready to Use will control these insect pests and diseases as well as caterpillars, which can also attack marigolds.

 

Marigolds

Yates Marigold Crackerjack is a tall marigold variety with bright double deep gold to pale lemon-yellow flowers. Yates Marigold Safari Mixture is a beautiful blend of yellow, orange and scarlet colours. Sturdy semi-dwarf plants carry a profusion of large, double blooms 4-5cm across. Excellent border, pot or window box variety.

Growing Tips:

  • Marigolds are hardy annuals that flower for many weeks and are great for filling a sunny garden bed.

  • Seedlings can be raised in trays or seeds can be sown direct where they are to grow.

  • Marigolds attract bees and other pollinators into the garden, so they are great for including in and around the vegie patch.

  • 2 weeks after transplanting, start feeding gerberas and marigolds with Yates Thrive Flower Fruit Soluble Fertiliser, which will encourage healthy foliage and lots of gorgeous flowers.

  • Trim off spent flowers regularly to promote a longer flowering period.

 

Camellia Care

Camellias laden with flowers bring gorgeous colour to our gardens from Autumn to Spring. Bees and birds love the flowers, and they are a great food source during the cooler months.

Whether your sasanquas have finished flowering, or your japonicas are about to burst forth into beautiful bloom, August is an ideal time to give camellias a good feed. This can help them replenish their reserves after busy weeks of flowering or nurture them while they flower and help set them up for a fantastic spring of fresh leaf growth.

Yates Thrive Camellia, Gardenia Blueberry Granular Plant Food is a specially developed fertiliser to feed acid loving plants like camellias. It contains extra potassium to promote lots of flowers as well as nitrogen and phosphorus to encourage healthy leaf and stem growth and a strong root system. Scatter Yates Thrive Camellia, Gardenia Blueberry Granular Plant Food around the root zone of camellias after they’ve finished flowering and water in well after applying.

Camellias can be susceptible to attack from scale insects, which can appear as white, grey, black or pink bumps along stems and leaves. Ants crawling up and down stems and sooty mould (a black or dark grey ash-like covering over leaves and stems) can both indicate the presence of scale insects, as they’re attracted to the sweet honeydew that is excreted by scale.

Scale can be controlled with regular sprays of Yates Nature’s Way Organic Citrus, Vegie Ornamental Spray Ready to Use. Ensure all stems and leaves (including the undersides) are sprayed to the point of run off and repeat every week if required. Dead scale may remain on the plant for a few weeks after spraying.

Pruning tip: if you need to prune camellias, prune just after flowering has finished. Pruning later than this can lead to reduced flowers next season.


Related products

Yates Black Magic Seed Raising Mix

Specially formulated for trouble-free seed raising in trays (or outdoor seed sowing direclty into the ground) and propagation of cuttings.


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