“To me a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug.”
~ Helen Keller ~
An easy to grow, vigorous plant that produces bright edible flowers that can be grown all year round!
Where to plant: Best grown from seed but can also be purchased as seedlings. There are a wide variety of hybrids that are grown as dwarf shrubs around 30-40 cm round or large trailing types which can span from 1.8m to 3m wide. They can be grown all year in warm regions, however in cold areas only plant in spring. The perfect location is a sunny spot that receives constant sunshine.
Watering: When growing from seed, keep them moist but not soaked until seedlings start to sprout, every couple of days is ideal. Once your plants are established keep the soil moist but don’t overwater.
Fertilising: When prepping your soil add some poultry manure pellets. We recommend a slow release product like Super Growth. A dose of Katek Neptune seaweed liquid every couple of weeks will keep the plants healthy.
Once flowering be sure to remove old flowers to encourage new blooms. Make sure to mulch around your plants with either sugar cane mulch or straw mulch to keep the soil and roots cool and weeds at bay.
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Orchid Grown using Katek Fertilizers!
The Dancing Lady Orchid (Oncidium) is an easy to grow common garden orchid which is perfect for beginners and produces long sprays of small, bright, spotty flowers that look like ‘dancing ladies’.
“I have had great success keeping this orchid healthy and growing strong through the use of organic based fertilisers from the Katek range and grow this beauty in a greenhouse year-round until it begins flowering.”
“Each year I repot the orchid after flowering has finished, using a natural bark base, with a small handful of organic fertiliser with a balanced NPK ratio like Katek’s Super Growth pellets and add a little sphagnum moss to the top of the bark level in the pot to keep the roots moist but not soaked, especially during the hotter months.”
“I keep a regular fertiliser regime, feeding at the re-potting stage and at the start of Spring. I give it a regular water with added Neptune Seaweed Liquid in a watering can every 3 weeks in the warmer months and during the cold months leave the roots to dry out completely before watering.”
“Katek Fertilisers have worked wonders to keep the plant growing strong and healthy throughout the year and my Dancing Lady sends out 2 or 3 sprays at the start of November that come alive for around 6 weeks.”
What to Plant:
Ageratum Alyssum Cleome
Cyclamen Iceland Poppy Linaria
Malope Marigold Pansy Schizanthus
Stock Verbena Viola Vinca Wallflower
Ageratum Aster Balsam Celosia
Gomphrena Impatiens Marigold
Salvia Sunflower Torenia Vinca Zinnia
Balsam Celosia Coxscomb Coleus
Gomphrena Impatiens Marigold
Petunia Salvia Sunflower
Vegetables & Herbs:
Beetroot Cabbage Cucumber
Leek Lettuce Pumpkin Radish Silverbeet
Artichoke Beans Eggplant
Lettuce Silver Beet
Sweetcorn Sweet Potato
Artichoke Beetroot Capsicum
Celery Lettuce Pumpkin
Shallots Spring Onion Tomato
Did you know? The common Agave plant, a desert succulent, can be juiced making a sweet nectar. It is used in the making of Tequila!
Super Chicken’s Top Tips!
- Give all herbs, vegetables, shrubs and flowering plants a dose of Neptune Seaweed to keep them healthy from root to tip.
- Use a higher cutting height when mowing your lawn to provide extra shade for the soil and roots and avoid moisture loss!
- Trim back herbs to prevent fungal infections from humidity and keep the offcuts to dry and use in cooking and as home remedies.
- Neaten up hedges and evergreen trees to encourage bushy growth.
- Re-mulch your gardens after a good watering with Not Just Mulch about 7cm thick. This will keep the soil & plants hydrated.