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How to Care for Staghorn and Elkhorn Ferns

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The spectacular staghorn fern is an epiphyte or ‘air plant’, which grows without soil. Native to Australian rainforests, the staghorn Platycerium superbum and closely related elkhorn Platycerium bifurcatum will grow just about anywhere in filtered light with protection from winds. Which is which? Staghorns are larger and have a large, shield-like frond at the front which curves outward to collect ... Read More »

Biodegradable Pots for Seedlings: Toilet Roll Method

Recycle old toilet rolls to germinate seeds!

Growing from seed is a cost effective way of getting your garden started, plus it’s a lot of fun for children to see how something as small as a carrot seed grows into a tasty vegetable for the kitchen table! Whilst you can purchase ‘seed raising trays‘ (which are very effective and great during colder months) recycling toilet rolls for ... Read More »

Easy as! Grow salad in a potting mix bag

How to grow vegetables in a bag of potting mix

There is nothing better than a crispy, fresh salad and growing your own is so easy! If you’re trying your hand at gardening for the first time or simply don’t have the time or space for a large garden bed, salad can be grown straight in a bag of quality potting mix. It’s as easy as that! Supplies – Searles ... Read More »

Easy as make a scarecrow

Scarecrows are traditionally a decoy to keep pesky crows away from eating crops. They are usually in the form of a human-shape and filled with hay or straw. Their eerie demeanour has made them a popular prop for Halloween celebrations and also Scarecrow Festivals around the country (check this  out – Scarecrow Hinterland Festival). Scarecrows are very easy to make and lots of ... Read More »

4 Solutions for common indoor plant problems

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SYMPTOM 1 – Leaves yellowing with margins Possible cause – Soil too dry Solution – Water thoroughly. If brown or dense tips and potting mix does not absorb water, apply Searles Penetraide® Re-Wetting Granules and water again. SYMPTOM 2 – Leaves gradually pale into yellow and brown, particularly on side nearest to light/window. Possible cause – Too bright/direct Solution – Sun scorch or light Relocate plant ... Read More »

How to Grow Poinsettia

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There is nothing finer than the sight of a poinsettia blooming naturally. The hot red colour of its bracts never fail to liven and its famous red and green foliage has become an important part of Christmas tradition. But did you know that in Australia the poinsettia is artificially coaxed into its flamboyant floral displays for Christmas, preferring to flower ... Read More »

2 great ideas for watering your pot plants when you go on holidays

two great tips for watering pot plants whilst your on holidays

There is nothing more disappointing then coming home from holidays to find your pot plants shriveled into crispy piles of organic matter and having to make the sad walk to the compost bin to say good bye. But there is hope ….. try one of these great ideas to keep your pot plants watered & happy whilst you’re away! Recycled ... Read More »

Top Plant Table Talkers for Christmas

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Decorating your dining table with a fresh, prettily presented flowering plant can add the perfect finishing touch to your Christmas dinner. Best of all they will make a fabulous addition to your garden after. Here’s our top 5 picks & how to care for them:  Poinsettia Associated with Christmas throughout the western world, these subtropical beauties need full sun to ... Read More »

Five Common Poolside Plants

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Poolside plants need to tolerate harsh poolside conditions and drop minimal amounts of fruit, flowers or leaves, because lets face it, who wants to be cleaning the pool out everyday. Most of all, they need to look great and make your pool area into that perfect getaway oasis, the envy of your neighbors. Here are our Top 5 choices:  You ... Read More »

4 Easy Steps to Propagating Bromeliads

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It’s not hard to convince you that bromeliads are fantastic plants. They bring to your garden a lush, tropical look and vibrant, year-round colour with little maintenance. As a further bonus however, they are also very easy to propagate in four easy steps. Four (4) easy steps to propagating bromeliads 1. Bromeliad ‘pups’ are the young offspring of the bromeliad which ... Read More »