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Plant of the Month March- Spring Bulbs

 

With their delightful scent and gorgeous appearance, it’s perhaps no surprise that humans have been cultivating them for around a thousand years.  A member of the coffee family (Rubiaceae), they are native to the tropical and subtropical regions of Africa, Asia, Madagascar and various Pacific Islands.

 

Planting

Position

Grows best in full sun to part shade. Prefers free draining, slightly acidic soils that are rich in organic matter.

Planting

Dig a hole around twice as wide and deep as the current pot.

Backfill hole with a mix of your soil, Kings Compost and Sheep Pellets, leaving space to plant your vireya.

Carefully remove the pot and plant to the same depth as it was in the pot.

Care

Mulch with Living Earth More then Mulch to suppress weeds and reduce watering needs.

Fertiliser Feed with Kings Slow Release Rhododendron and Camellia Food. For a natural option, feed with Ocean Grow and Sheep Pellets.

If leaves start to turn yellow feed with Epsom salts or Sequestrian.

Pruning

Prune after flowering has finished to remove spent flowers and any untidy branches. Prune back either to a branch or a healthy looking bud. Ideally any cuts near a bud should slope away from the bud at a 45° angle. The bottom of your cut should be at the same height as the top of the bud.

Watering

Water each shrub deeply through the drier months

 

Our Top Varieties

 

 

Radicans

Low-growing Gardenia that produces delightful and richly fragrant, white flowers from late spring. 
Grows 0.30 x 0.75 m

 

 

Proffessor Pucci

Produces richly fragrant, double, white blooms from late spring. 
Grows 1 x 1m.

 

 

Veitchii

Fragrant, pure white,f ully double blooms during spring and summer.

Grows 90 x 90 cms

 

Golden Magic

Gorgeous gardenia that produces masses of white, sweetly scented double flowers, aging to gold. 

Grows 1m x 1m.

 

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