Autumn is a great planting time

Dear Fellow Gardeners

Autumn is a great planting time! The plants settle in better with the cooler weather and do not feel the shock of transplanting as much.
Plant now the 3’P’ namely Pansies, Poppies and Primulas and of course the ever popular Viola. You can still place orders for bulk trays flower seedlings with Jacky my daughter at 033 -267 5025, her cell. No. 082 4477 821 or jacky@midlandsgardencentre.co.za . The bulk tray sizes are as follows 45 or 98 plants in a tray. Obviously the bulk trays are more economical to buy especially if you have a large garden or area to plant up. I find that the sooner you plant your Winter and Spring seedlings the stronger they grow before Winter settles and therefore will flower during the Winter months and not only in Spring.

You should also sow your African Daisy (Namaqualand) seed as soon as possible. When sowing the seed, just cover with a thin layer of Compost and water well. If you still see some seed, cover lightly with more compost and the seed should germinate within 5 to 10 days.

There are also many different winter and spring bulbs available from your local nurseries. Sparaxis, Tritonia and Ixia are very easy to grow and grow between 30 and 40cm in height. Plant them close together +-8cm apart to give you a good show. Rununculus is to me one of the showiest bulbs on the market and make good cut flowers that last long in the vase. The flowers grow on 50cm stems. Plant the bulbs +-12cm apart.

Another exciting bulb is the Narcissus (Paperwhite) they look best group together in a flat, low not too deep pot or as a group in your flower bed. Plant those 12cm apart. They all should flower during July and August.

Freesias with their strong fragrance and Dutch Iris make beautiful cut flowers and are easy to grow.

The Hyacinth bulbs can be planted in glass jars filled with marbles or decorate with stone chip without any soil. They are nice to grow on the window sills in the kitchen.

The biggest secret in growing bulbs successfully is by never letting the soil dry out, keep moist at all times!!!

The Daffodils should be arriving soon and the Tulips only during May and June.

Happy autumn planting!
Kind regards.
Chris Koch – 082 7877473