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Selwyn Times: October 03, 2017

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32 Tuesday October 3 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi SELWYN TIMES Gardening BLOOMS: If pink isn’t your colour try a mixed bundle of petunia seedlings. It’s hard to go past pretty petunias If you’ve got an area in your garden where you want to create a mass of colour, you can’t go past petunias. They are prolific bloomers that, if looked after, will continue to flower all summer. You can choose from plain purple, red, pink or white. How about purple with dashes of white like on the primetime violet star? Or the duo red and white variety which, like the name suggests, produces a beautiful mixture of red and white flower? Not sure what colour to select? Then try a mixed bundle. Don’t have a big garden to fill with bedding flowers? Don’t worry about that either. All petunias really need to flourish is a sunny, free-draining spot. They grow equally as well in pots and hanging baskets making them perfect for just about any garden. Once you’ve selected your seedlings and sunny spot to plant, simply dig small holes, around 3cm deep and 25cm apart, and plant. Be sure to watch out for slugs or trying using our beer bait. It also pays to keep an eye out for aphids. If you spot these pesky pests, a general insecticide or spray of organic alternative, neem oil will sort that problem. And make sure to keep them watered. If you’re not sure how thirsty they are, stick your finger in the soil 2cm deep. If the soil is dry, they will need a drink. Then sit back and wait just four to six weeks for your beautiful petunias to bloom. Remember to pick off dead heads to encourage re-flowering. Planting out veggie seedlings If you have been growing seedlings inside, it will soon be time to plant them out into the garden or raised bed that you have prepared. Firstly we need to do something called “hardening off”. This process is used to slowly introduce your seedlings that have been growing inside, to the elements. This process helps to give them a better chance at survival, and adapting to the big changes from being inside. At this time of the season, about 3 to 5 days outside in a sunny spot is enough to harden-off plants before transplanting. The sunlight will What is transplant shock? Transplant shock is a term that is used to describe the stresses that can occur on plants that are being transplanted. It includes failure of the plant to root well in the ground, meaning that its chances of survival are reduced. Here are some tips to help reduce stress: • Disturb the roots as little as possible • Bring as much of the root system as possible • Water thoroughly after • Always make sure the root ball stays moist strengthen the stems and cell walls, which will reduce transplant shock. It is best to then plant the seedlings into the garden or planter in the early evening. Make sure you give them a water once you have finished planting. This process will be great for the seedlings such as corn, zucchini, pumpkin, cucumber, tomatoes, and lettuces. LET’S GET GardEninG INTELLIGRO OFFERS: 3 Expert gardening advice 3 High quality products 3 South-Hort growing mixes 3 VIP rewards 3 Buy in-store and online 3 Handy delivery service For more information, check out our website: www.igro.co.nz or visit our facebook page: www.facebook.com/igro.co.nz Got a question that you want answered? Send us an email to info@igro.co.nz or post it on our Facebook page! NEW ENTRANCE: 261 Manion Road, Weedons Access to Intelligro from Manion Road is now available from both the Weedons Ross Road end, and Curraghs Road entrances. Manion Road is the new road built between Weedons Ross Road & Jones Rd www.igro.co.nz | Phone 03 347 9415

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Tuesday October 3 2017 33 ANNUAL SALE of PLANTS Dahlias for summer colour • By Paul Hoek DAHLIAS ARE one of the best value garden plants for summer colour. Planted in spring, they will flower from December right through summer to late autumn. Native to Mexico and first introduced into Europe in the 1600s, dahlias have been so extensively cross-bred over hundreds of years that the dahlia family now includes a large range of flower types, plant sizes and every colour imaginable. Dahlias are sorted into main groups according to their flower shape. The most common types are the cactus dahlia, with a spiky appearance and decorative dahlias which include a range of forms from tight ball-shaped flowers through to more open forms called water lily dahlias. As well as these two, other common types include dwarf forms ideal for borders or potting, and single flowered forms. Dahlias prefer a full sun location, but will tolerate some shade. Drainage is very important as the tubers do not like being water logged for any length of time. In high rainfall or wet areas they can easily be grown by using slightly raised beds to help with drainage. Plant the tubers with the crown just below the surface of the soil and water in. Little attention is required during growing other than to make sure they’re watered if conditions get quite dry. Removing old flower heads will keep the BOLD: Dahlias come in a large range of types, sizes and colours. plants looking tidy and helps the plant to keep flowering to the end of the season. The flowers can be picked for indoor use but will not continue to open off the plant, so should be picked only when they are open already. Dahlia plants go through different stages of growth depending on the day length. During long day length in mid-summer the plants produce a lot of top growth and flowers. Decreasing day length during autumn triggers the plants into tuber production below the ground. The tubers prepare the plant for winter dormancy and store energy ready for growing again next spring. Lincoln University Nursery (Farm Road) On Wednesday 11 th October Continues Thursday if plants still available Time from 12.15pm Range Shrubs, trees, indoor plants, bedding plants and vegetable seedlings. Directions Access via Gate Two (off Ellesmere Junction Road) and right at ‘Horticultural Nursery’ sign EFT-POS available MAINSCAPE Garden Supplies Making your great outdoors greater SPRING SPECIAL Mushroom Compost $18 scoop Come and see our range of garden supplies FREE loan trailers available. OPEN 6 DAYS Mon-Fri 8am - 5pm, Sat 8am - 3pm 1543 Springs Rd Phone 021 241 7908 EFTPOS Available www.mainscapegardensupplies.co.nz Mainscape Garden Supplies SPRING SALE Open WEEKDAYS 8:30–5PM OCTOBER 6 TH –23 RD Labour Day Monday! Closed Weekends. *While Stocks Last. UP TO 60% OFF PLANTS* SPECIMEN TREES 20-60% off Purchase any large grade tree over $80 and receive two timber stakes and tree tie free! SHRUBS up to20% off A large selection of shrubs available for 20 EVERGREEN MAGNOLIAS were $110 1.4 – 1.6m grade now $75ea HEDGING GROUNDCOVERS FLAXES WWW.GREENLINC.CO.NZ Buxus, Corokia, Escallonia, Griselinia, Teucrium plus many more - 15cm pot grade Griselinia - 22cm pot grade Pittosporums - pb28 grade nice and bushy $4 .00 ea $12 .00 ea $18 .00 ea Acaena, Ajuga, Mondo Grass, Phlox, Scleranthus, plus many more varieties to choose from... up to40% off Black Rage, Dark Delight, Evening Glow, Golden Ray plus many more... only $7 .00 ea or 8 plants for $50 .00