Traditionally spring has been thought of as the planting season, but as summers get hotter, more of us have autumn planting on our minds. Almost any plant can be grown and planted in autumn, from lemon trees to Aussie natives, as well as seasonal vegies like broccoli, cauliflower, peas and broad beans and cool-season flowers like pansies and violas.
Why Plant in Autumn?
When you get plants into the ground in Autumn, you’re giving them plenty of time to establish a good strong root system before summer hits. Well-established plants are more able to cope with the heat and stress of summer. It’s also a great time for planting because the air temperature is cooler but soils are still warm so plants can focus on creating a good, sturdy root-system.
Seasol helps plants to cope with transplant shock, so before taking the plant out of its pot give it a good watering with Seasol, or if the container is small, put the plant, pot and all, in a bucket of Seasol solution to soak, while you dig the planting hole. Dig the hole as deep as the root ball and roughly three times as wide, loosening the soil around the planting zone.
Carefully position the plant in the hole and backfill with soil, ensuring that you plant it at the same depth as it was in the original container. Gently but firmly compress the soil around the plant and water in well with Seasol. It promotes strong healthy roots and increases the plants tolerance to heat, drought, frost, pest and disease.
Continual Planting Care.
Apply a layer of mulch to help conserve moisture and suppress weeds. Then apply Seasol again one week after planting and continue to apply it fortnightly throughout the year to boost growth and performance. For more gardening tips and fact sheets, go to our website www.seasol.com.au.