Plant Care Tips
The plants we grow have been selected by us because they are suited to our climate and sporadic rainfall, they make eye-catching garden or pot plants, and because they are troubled by relatively few pests and diseases. This makes them all easy to grow, but here are some tips that might help you.
When your plants arrive
Most of our plants are mailed or freighted bare-rooted. They will have had all of their soil removed and their roots will be washed and wrapped in damp paper.
If you can't plant them immediately, just unpack them and put them in a cool, shady area and keep the paper aroud their roots moist. They will be happy like this for several days.
Planting your new plants
All of our plants prefer a well drained soil or potting medium. If you're planting in the garden and your soil is not well drained, consider digging in some compost or raising the beds. If you are growing your plants in pots don't let them sit in saucer of water as this will rot the roots and impede air flow through the soil.
Water your plants well after planting them, and keep them moist over the first summer until they are established. In most areas garden plants will survive on rainfall after that, and potted plants will be fine with occassional watering.
Spacing your new plants
We often get asked how far apart should I plant. It is up to you. For example, with the Clivias many will grow to 60cm tall and at least that wide, and if you are buying large plants you may wish to space them that far apart. However, you might want to space them further apart and wait for them to multiply and take up the room, or you might want them closer to make an instant thick border.
None of our plants require much fertiliser, but all benefit from a bit of extra nutrition during peak growing times.
Controlled release fertilisers, like Osmocote, are fine for all of them, as are organic products like fish emulsion, blood and bone, and composts or manures. With strong organic products just make sure that the product is not too close to the crown of the plant as that can encourage crown rot.
Seasol and other sea-weed products are beneficial to the soil and therefore to your plants, but they are soil-conditioners not fertilisers so if you choose to use them remember that they are in addition to, rather than instead of fertilisers.
Also remember that if your plant is taking on extra nutrition, it will need extra water at the same time to grow well.
We've compiled some information pages on some of our main plant varieties.