Category: grow & maintenance

Coastal favourite, the Aloe plycatilis are blooming!

Dracula, (above) as my Mum used to call him- (is Dracula ever a female?) used to reside at Matapihi, lording it over the Waipu Bay and his minions, the bromeliads & smaller succulents. He was impressive, gnarly and quite an elderly gent when Dad finally chopped him out. Around 30 years old and had never…

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Maintenance checking your plants

Now, in the depths of winter when there is very little to do other than frost protect your tenderest plants, is a great time to do a maintenance check. This can involve a fungal spray. a good weed. a pruning of dead fronds. an aeration of the soil surrounding the root zone and base of…

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Big Bromeliad Sale

I am clearing out the glasshouse after many years of cultivatiing Bromeliad stock. There will be some exceptional savings, particularly with the $8.50 sale price on many mature bromeliads which will have several pups attached. An excellent way to purchase colourful and tough bromeliads en masse. Check out the savings in the Bromeliad category of…

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Are you overwatering?

Managing your plant, lawn and garden irrigation needs isn’t rocket science — mostly it involves using common sense. But you do have to understand and pay attention to some basic facts: Different plants have different water needs. Soils have different water-holding capacities. Sprinkler systems differ. Some plants have a protective layer of mulch, and As…

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Seriously sized new stock

Big news on very big stock. We have a range of boxed Ponytail palms, Kentia, Dwarf Date, Quito Mountain Coconut, Majestics, Dragon and Black Bamboo which are coming into the nursery at heights between 2 metres and 5 metres. These trees are all at a mature landscape grade height, age and size ideally suited for…

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Get a jump on Spring pest control

Spring is only 6 weeks away and it’s time to take stock on your plant health before the temperatures ramp up and there’s an infestation which could require a chemical control. Here are some links below to a couple of archived posts on mealy bug and scale. Two of the most common examples of insect…

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