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How to Grow Sunpatiens®

SunPatiens® offer unrivalled three-season flower power as the first impatien to thrive in FULL SUN plus withstand heat, humidity, rain and shade! These remarkable plants represent a breeding breakthrough and are a cross between a wild Impatien species and a New Guinea Impatien. Delivering continuous colour from spring through to Autumn, SunPatiens are unaffected by downy mildew and less prone …

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Easy as! Strawberry Planter

Don’t let having a limited space hold you back from trying your hand at home grown strawberries. Strawberries are great container growers, you can plant your crop in pots, hang in baskets, potting mix bags or even this specially designed strawberry planter bag! These strawberry bag planters are ideal for those with balcony or courtyard gardens, as they are light …

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How to Grow Potato – The Super Tuber

How to grow potato the super tuber

The potato originated in the Andes Mountains where it was cultivated by Pre-Columbian Indians. It was taken to Spain by the Conquistadors, but because of its association with poisonous plants (it is a member of the nightshade family) the potato didn’t come to prominence in Europe until introduced into Ireland in the 17th century. Being so nutritious and easily grown in poor soil, …

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How to Grow Cooler Climate Tibouchina

Tibouchina are no longer restricted to the more tropical states of Australia, with the release of the Tibouchina ‘Cool Baby’ and Tibouchina ‘Groovy Baby’.  Not only do they perform well in cooler climates, they are hardy, beautiful in full flower and being compact are ideal for pots.   General Care Tips Tibouchina ‘Cool Baby’ and Tibouchina ‘Groovy Baby’ perform best …

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How to Grow Crotons

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The large, glossy and vividly coloured leaves of the croton (Codiaeum variegatum) bring year-round colour and a tropical look to warm climate gardens. They are easy to grow and require almost no maintenance once established. How to position crotons Give crotons a warm, sunny position for best leaf colour. They also grow well in shade but with less sunlight they …

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How to Grow Ginger in Pots

Fresh ginger brings a touch of authenticity to any Asian stir-fry and makes a cool, soothing cordial on a summer afternoon. Growing ginger in your home kitchen garden can be easy. Ginger can be grown from the fresh ginger available at your grocery store, which is actually the underground runner, or rhizome, of the plant. For best results, use pieces …

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How to Care for Bromeliads

How to care for bromeliads the tropical wonder

Bromeliads can bring an instant touch of the tropics to the coldest and driest climate gardens. Their lush, tropical foliage brings year-round colour and the colourful bracts they bear periodically can make them show-stoppers. This, combined with their easy- care nature makes them quite irresistible! A little history Bromeliads come from the tropical Americas where they grow as forest under …

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Summer Colour with Native Daisies

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Native daisies are equally at home in cottage-style gardens as they are in native gardens. They can be more in harmony with the natural environment than other plants and of course, they’re also adorable! Here’s how to grow native daisies for summer colour… Bracteantha (Bracteantha bracteata) Also called everlasting daisies, bracteanthas are famous for their dry, crackly petals that do …

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Part 2: Growing Asian Herbs

Asian cuisine encompasses the refreshing and often pungent flavours of Burmese, Vietnamese, Lao, Cambodian, Indonesian and Thai cooking. Dishes are mostly an amalgamation of four contrasting flavours — hot, sour, sweet and salty and herbs and spices play an important role in this fusion. Here are some commonly used herbs of South-East Asia.   Chilli Chillies are really just tiny …

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How to Grow Avocado

Avocados are easy to grow in warm-temperate to tropical gardens and are a nutritious power house of vitamins, minerals, beneficial fats and antioxidants. Low in sugar and containing no starch or salt, planting an avocado tree can be the best way to grow your way to good health and nutrition.   Planting position Give trees full sun and shelter from …

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