Best gar­de­nias

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - LIFE | BUSINESS - Owner of Caloun­dra Gar­den and Pet Sup­plies WILL WATER­FORD

A PLANT with one of the most aro­matic per­fumes would have to be the gar­de­nia.

It can flower spas­mod­i­cally through­out the year, but it should be cov­ered in bud right now.

There are quite a few va­ri­eties, from the rad­i­cans to the mag­nifica.

Gar­de­nias can get scale on the leaves and stems as well as sooty mould, so spray them with Eco-Oil when you see them, and it will keep the scale un­der con­trol.

If you are think­ing of plant­ing one now, do a lit­tle prepa­ra­tion to your soil first, as they love acidic soil.

Get out your pH test­ing kit as it should be about 5-5.5 pH, then add some Aza­lea, Camel­lia, Gar­de­nia plant­ing mix to your soil be­fore plant­ing, es­sen­tial if us­ing a pot.

As your gar­de­nias are about to flower, don’t fer­tilise with an all round gar­de­nia fer­tiliser, use a liq­uid seaweed nu­tri­ent and some Po­tash to keep them flow­er­ing.

If the leaves be­come yel­low, add a cou­ple of ta­ble­spoons of ep­som salt dis­solved in 10 litres of wa­ter.

When they have fin­ished flow­er­ing give them a good feed ev­ery few months and they will give you a fan­tas­tic dis­play next year.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

GOOD BUD­DING: What a gar­de­nia looks like when in bud.

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