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Selwyn Times: January 10, 2018

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SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at Wednesday January 10 2018 23 Gardening Local News Now Are you passionate about passion fruit? Fire rages, homes at risk • By Henri Ham PASSION FRUIT are a delicious summer fruit that can be enjoyed in salads, desserts, drinks, sauces and of course eaten fresh. They are a sub-tropical plant, which basically means they need a lot of sun (at least six hours a day) and also like water. And they also need something to grow on – like a trellis or similar strong structure. If you think you’ve got just the spot to grow passion fruit, then buy some seedlings. Passion fruit like well-drained soil and they are also heavy feeders, which means they need more nutrients than your average plant. So before you start planting, dig in some organic matter to the soil. It’s also a good idea to pour some slow-release citrus fertiliser in the spot your going to plant. Next plant each seedling around 2m apart. Once planted, spread some mulch to help retain moisture and heat in the soil. And don’t forget to water. Ideally with passion fruit, you want to get a good network of vines growing across your support and producing fruit. To do this, start by pinching off any laterals that grow off the main vine. Once your main vine (leader) is in a good position on the support structure, pinch out the top bud to encourage lots of side shoots to spread sideways and then train them across your support. Give the plants a couple more feeds of citrus fertiliser during the year. And be sure to water regularly, particularly when they start fruiting. When the fruit are ready to harvest they will go from green to a black/deep purple colour and you can start picking them off. TROPICAL: Passion fruit will need a supporting structure, train the vines to spread across the supports. Right: Passion fruit in flower. The magazine for gardeners who like To geT Their hands dirTy 100% WHOLESALE SCREENED SOIL MAINSCAPE Garden Supplies “Making your great outdoors greater” • Soil • Compost • Aggregates • Bark • Decorative stone We deliver 6 days a week or pickup from our yard Mon & Fri 8am–5pm, Sat 8am–3pm Eftpos available Call us on 021 241 7908 1543 Springs Rd, Lincoln View our range of products on our website Happy New Year from the intelligro team We hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and managed to have some R&R with family and friends. We are geared up for another great year, and look forward to seeing you all throughout the year. As the Southern Motorway Stage 2 changes continue, we will keep you as upto-date as we can when new information is released. Please keep an eye on our website for these changes, or give us a call before you plan to come out and see us. Got a gardening question? Send us through any of your gardening questions and you will go into the draw to win a $50 Intelligro voucher! All questions are answered, and the winner’s question and answer will be published here in the Selwyn Times. For more information,check out our website: or visit 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. | Phone 03 347 9415