Spring is a great time to get you garden in order
The middle of spring is a wonderful time for gardeners.
Plants are smothered in fresh foliage and flowers, many fruit trees show the promise of their summer harvest and the vege patch is humming.
If home grown, freshly picked blueberries sound tempting, then it’s time to find a spot at your place for a blueberry bush or two.
‘Climax’ is an early season variety with medium to large dark blue berries with a very good flavour. The bush has an open and upright habit.
Climax is a ‘Rabbiteye’ type so is self fertile, but will produce heavier crops if cross pollinated with another Rabbiteye variety like ‘Tifblue’ or ‘Centurion’. Rabbiteye varieties grow well in all areas of New Zealand and are partially deciduous.
Blueberries prefer an acidic, well drained soil. In areas with alkaline soil (a pH higher than 7), applications of Yates Soil Acidifier Liquid Sulfur every month will help lower the soil pH. Some blueberries can also be grown in pots. Choose good quality potting mix such as Yates Premium Potting Mix and a large pot to give them enough room to grow.
Blueberries will benefit from regular applications of a complete plant food during spring. Yates Thrive Strawberry & Berry Fruit Liquid Plant Food is ideal for blueberries as it’s fortified with extra potassium to encourage fruiting.
Snails can crawl up into citrus trees and damage and skeletonise young leaves. A light sprinkling of Yates Blitzem Snail & Slug Pellets around the base of citrus trees will control snails before they crawl up into the canopy.
Citrus trees have a shallow root system which can be prone to drying out. As citrus trees are flowering and setting their new crop of fruit during spring, it’s important not to let citrus dry out as trees can drop their fruit if drought stressed.
Soil which is rich in organic matter is better able to retain moisture. Regularly applying Yates Dynamic Lifter Organic Plant Food around the root zone of citrus will help increase the soil’s organic matter content and its ability to store moisture. After applying Yates Dynamic Lifter, adding a layer of organic mulch around the roots will also help to reduce moisture loss and as it breaks down will add further important organic matter to the soil.
it’s important to keep citrus well fed during spring, as they are working hard growing their new fruit. Yates Thrive Citrus Liquid Plant Food contains a complete and balanced meal for citrus, helping to promote healthy green leaves and a great harvest.