Colourful perennial a repeat bloomer
SENETTI (Pericallis hybrids) are upright perennials that grow to about 30–40cm tall and come in a number of beautiful colours.
Baby Magenta Bicolour has bright mauve pink petals with a white ring around the centre and Baby Blue has vivid blue-mauve flowers.
Senetti are prolific flowerers and can be covered in as many as 200 blooms.
Once the flowers have faded, trim the plant back to half its height and in about six weeks it will be covered in flowers again.
They can grow singly or spectacularly en masse in garden beds and they make a fabulous container plant.
They do best in full sun and like consistent light moisture. To promote healthy plants that are smothered in flowers, feed regularly with a fast-acting liquid fertiliser.
Mandarins are in season during the cooler months, and provide sweet and juicy pre-packed parcels of goodness.
Imperial mandarins are the first to ripen, followed by puffy-skinned and easy-to-peel Emperors. Growing these two different varieties at home will give months of delicious fresh mandarins. Dwarf varieties only grow to around two metres tall, so don’t take up much room.
Mandarins also grow successfully in pots.
Find a sunny spot that receives at least six hours of sunshine a day and use a pot that’s at least 40cm in diameter and fill it with quality potting mix.
Mandarins, particularly when grown in pots, require lots of nutrients to promote healthy growth and a great harvest.
Pericallis Senetti can provide much colour in a winter garden.