Introduction

As part of our pledge to provide products of exceptional quality and excellent levels of customer service we aim to equip you with as much information and as many tools as possible around the growing and care of the products that form part of our range.

Many of the most common questions that we are presented are answered in easy to understand and graphic forms.

We hope that you find this site a useful and valued tool and would value your feedback.

Please note that we are a wholesale producer and our products are sold through a number of retail nurseries, we do not sell directly to the public. Feel free to contact us should you wish to establish your closest retailer stocking our range of products.

 

 

PLANT CARE

 

WATERING

 

  • In Summer, Seedlings should be watered every morning at about 09H00, and again in the afternoon, but only if needed
  • In Winter, Seedlings should only be watered in the morning between 09H00 &10H00 as water in the soil can freeze at night in low temperatures

  • Bigger plants need more water than smaller plants, Rotting can occur if very small plants are over-watered.
 
 

  • Plants in sunny areas need more water than those in the full shade, as evaporation occurs due to the Sun’s heat.
 
 

 

Over Watered     Under Watered
   

Signs of over-watering include

  • The plant is wilting even though it has plenty of water
  • Leaves turn brown and are soft and limp
  • Stunted slow growth with yellowing leaves
  • Odema - plant absorbs too much water and “blisters” form on leaves.

Signs of under-watering include

  • The plant is wilting
  • Leaves turn yellow and brown and are crispy
  • The soil is dry (feel below the top level of soil as although it may seem wet it may be dry lower down)
  • Plant growth will slow
 


Using a good spray nozzle which has multiple holes as well as the correct spray angle, as pictured above, will help ensure optimal coverage and avoid excessive water pressure causing damage to the plant.


 

SOIL

 

Most of our crops are grown in soil compiled from different blends of the following media. Each medium has different characteristics as detailed below.

 Composted Pine Bark

 

 

 

 

 

Organic material used with no harmful effect on garden soil
Improves soil structure

 

 

 
 

 

 
      Peatmoss  
 
 
 

Peatmoss retains water (water saving)

Prevents compaction of soil, provides air for plant roots

Retains nutrients for uptake by plants

 
 

 

 
 
    Coir  
 
 
 

Coir is a renewable resource

A by-product of coconut production (environmentally sustainable)

Improves soil drainage and also prevents compaction in heavy clay soils

 
       

 

 


FERTILIZER

In order to ensure our crops continue to remain appropriately fertilized, once they leave our premises, we blend a controlled release fertilizer into our soil. This helps to increase healthy shelf life within the retail environment as well as once planted in the customer’s garden.

 

 

 Osmocote

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

Controlled release fertilizer
Supplies plant with nutrients on a continual basis

 Plants are healthier and can resist disease more easily as they are well fed even during long periods of rain

Osmocote pellets release nutrients

 

 

 
 

 

 
      

Osmocote in plant soil

 
 
 
 
 

 The yellow/cream colour pellets in soil (visible in picture on the left)

 Controlled release fertilizer

 Sometimes incorrectly confused with snails eggs

Unlike snail eggs, Osmocote has a hard outer shell with diluted fertilizer within it once wet

 
 

 

 
 
   

Perlite

 
 
 
 
 

You may, on occasion, find perlite in crop soil, it is however not always necessary

Improves aeration and drainage, Neutral pH.

Weed Free

Loosens water logged soil