Successful Autumn Planting Tips with Seasol Planting Gel
Before winter comes knocking on your door, now is the time to get planting. Getting plants into the ground now gives them plenty of time to establish strong healthy root system over winter, so they can burst into life in spring.
Why do you plant in Autumn?
Autumn is the perfect time to plant for a blooming garden in spring.
In autumn the soil is still warm enough to encourage young root systems to take off and the weather is cool enough not to stress new plants out.
Plants are able to settle into the ground and establish themselves above and below the ground with a strong healthy robust growth before summer temperatures hit and rainfall is low.
Autumn is also a good time for gardeners to plant or transplant plants, as the soil is usually moist from autumn rain and holes are easier to dig.
Here are a few autumn planting suggestions:
- Vegie seedlings – broccoli, cauliflower, cabbages, onions and peas.
- Colourful annuals – pansies, begonias, nasturtiums and violas.
- Hardy Australian natives – correas, grevilleas, liriopes and acacias.
- Flowering plants – hellebores, daphnes, roses and camellias.
- Colourful spring bulbs – daffodils, tulips, hyacinths and freesias.
- Larger trees – japanese maples (Acer palmatum), willow myrtle (Agonis flexuosa), ornamental pears (Pyrus calleryana) or a silver princess gum tree (Eucalyptus caesia).
Soil Care and Planting Positions
Good soil preparation is essential, so before you plant, if you haven’t prepared your soil, please follow our tips on autumn soil care.
Please click on the following link: Soil care for Autumn Planting
Make sure you have picked the right position in the garden for the plant.
- Does the plant have enough room to grow?
- Will the plant be shaded by other plants?
- Is the plant too close to your house? Plant roots can upset the footing of your house or even get into sewerage and water pipes.
- Check the plant tag, as this will let you know its ideal growing situation. Is the position in the garden shady enough or too shady?
Steps to planting.
Step 1 – Weed the area thoroughly before planting. Weeds compete with precious plants for water and nutrients.
Step 2– Dig a planting hole as deep as the root ball and roughly three times as wide, loosening the soil around the planting zone.
Step 3– Put a scoop or two of Seasol Planting Gel at the bottom of the planting hole or mix it through the backfill soil.
Seasol Planting Gel is a blend of semi-hydrated water storing crystals, Seasol and essential nutrients, designed to give new plants the best start possible. The water storing crystals absorb, retain and deliver water for up to 5 years and the added Seasol helps to promote strong healthy roots, reduce transplant shock and boost growth and performance in all plants including natives.
Application rates can be found on the back of the container, but generally for potted colour apply 1/4 scoop (5 grams) to the planting hole, 1 scoop (20 grams) for a 20cm pot and up to 5 scoops for large shrubs and trees.
Continual Planting Care
Step 4– 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.
Step 5– Apply a layer of mulch to help conserve moisture and suppress weeds.
Step 6– Apply Seasol again one week after planting and continue to apply it fortnightly throughout the year to boost growth and performance.