When to plant bulbs

The best time to plant Spring flowering bulbs in Melbourne is during April and May. Tulip bulbs are best when put in the fridge on April 1st and planted in the garden on Mother’s Day.

Planting depth and position

Plant bulbs twice as deep as the bulb is high (tall) with the pointy end facing up in free draining soil in a sunny position.

Watering and feeding

When planting add Fertiliser and water in, after that they prefer it rather dry while dormant but start watering as soon as the green shoots appear above the soil. Bulbs benefit most when they are fertilized when flowering has finished and they are taking up nutrients for next seasons flowers.

If you would really like to grow bulbs but don’t have a sunny area, the following bulbs will grow and flower with a minimum of 3 hours of full sun a day. ¬†Anemones, Tulips, Daffodils, Hyacinths, Bluebells, Lachenalias, Dutch Crocus, Cuban Lilies and Grape Hyacinths.

 

Autumn flowering plants

Who¬†wouldn’t love flowers in the garden all year round. Here are a few plants that will give you flowers in the garden in Autumn. You can select plants from our other lists for Summer, Winter and Spring flowers.

Shrubs & grasses

Sedum, Aster, Anemone, Plectranthus, Salvias, Miscanthus, Kangaroo paw, Camellia sasanqua, Eucalyptus Macrocarpa, Tibouchina,

Climbers

Thunbergia alata (Black-eyed Susan)

Autumn garden tips

Autumn’s here and it’s a great time to propagate Australian native plants. Most gardens in Melbourne would be hydraphobic and in need of an application of soil wetting agent after our hot summer to let in the the rain we will be getting soon. Being the start of a new season it’s also a great time to fertilise, dig in compost water and mulch garden beds, this will give winter dormant plants a good pick up before Winter comes.
Enjoy Autumn it’s the best time of the year to be planting.

  

Autumn garden advice

  • If you have ever wanted an deciduous tree, late March is the best time to head out to your local nursery and choose one. The leaves are just starting to turn and you are able to see the beautiful autumn leaf colours in there full glory.
  • Its a good time to collect some ripe seeds, harvest those Summer vegies and start preparing your patch for your Winter crop, such as peas, lettuce, broccoli and cauliflower and carrots.
  • Keep an eye out for black aphids on your camellias new growth and psyllids on your Lilly-pillys new growth both of these problems can be treated with horticultural oil.
  • After a long hot dry Summer lawns will appreciate a feed now, do it just before it rains and sweep fertiliser of paths to avoid iron stains.
  • Its a good time to plant as plants have a better chance of establishing a good root system before Summer.

Happy gardening !

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