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You can never have too many flowers in your life (and the birds and the bees will love you for it too!).
Autumn is the perfect time to plan your late winter and spring flower show and sowing flowers from seed is an easy and economical way to achieve masses of colour.
Here are some beautiful flowers that can be sown in Autumn:
Yates Aquilegia ‘Columbine’ – sometimes called ‘Granny’s Bonnet’ these delightful cottage style plants have unusual and very attractive flowers in cream, pink, yellow and lavender combined with dainty fern-like foliage.
Yates Calendula ‘Pacific Beauty’ – taking only 10 weeks to flower, calendulas put on a bright show of apricot, yellow and orange flowers. Calendula flowers can also add some pizzazz to a salad.
Yates Cornflower ‘Mystic Blue’ – creating a beautiful cottage meadow feel, this is a hardy, easy to grow variety that produces an abundance of beautiful double flowers in rich shades of blue.
Yates Cornflower ‘Double Mixed’ – if you can’t decide which cornflower colour to grow, this mix of pinks, blues and whites creates a gorgeous display of flowers that also makes a great cut flower.
Before sowing or transplanting flowering plants into a garden bed or pot, enrich the soil or potting mix first with some Yates Dynamic Lifter Organic Plant Food.
Once the flower seedlings are around 5 cm tall, start feeding with potassium fortified Yates Thrive Roses Flowers Liquid Plant Food, which contains a balanced blend of nutrients to promote healthy leaf growth as well as lots of colourful flowers.
Another potted plant that makes a beautiful gift on Mother’s Day are the very popular (and traditional) chrysanthemums.
Chrysanthemums are a type of daisy that come in a wide variety of very pretty colours, from white and cream through almost every shade of pink and even light green. They can have open, simple flowers or have masses of petals.
Chrysanthemums are often treated as a short-lived plant, but with the right care they can grow for several years. Here are some tips on how to keep your special chrysanthemum thriving:
Keep the pot in a bright position indoors where you can admire the flowers.
Water the pot regularly but not so that the saucer is full of water. It’s best to water the potting mix rather than over the foliage – this helps to minimise diseases.
Trim any spent flower heads regularly to keep the chrysanthemum looking tidy and help promote more flowers.
After a few weeks the plant can be moved outdoors and planted into a sunny garden bed or transplanted into a slightly larger pot, with good quality potting mix such as Yates Premium Potting Mix.
Feed each week with Yates Thrive Roses Flowers Liquid Plant Food throughout Autumn to promote a flush of new foliage and flowers.
Regularly prune away any dead stems and leaves and start feeding again in Spring.
Pest Control Tip: Chrysanthemums can sometimes be attacked by aphids, which are tiny sap sucking insects that often hide along stems and underneath foliage. They will deplete the plant and need to be controlled to help keep the plant healthy. A quick spray of ready to use Yates Super Shield Rose Spray concentrate will control the aphids you can see, as well as the aphids you can’t!