Trees & Shrubs

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Fragrant frangipanis

A frangipani can create a lush tropical look in your garden, make a superb shade tree and of course the flowers are beautiful and heavenly scented. Frangipanis come in a range of gorgeous colours, from the traditional white through to apricots, pinks, yellows and rich burgundy, with many varieties having multi toned blooms.

Here are 3 tips to help keep your frangipani healthy and looking fantastic:

1. Feeding – frangipanis will appreciate a feed in February with a fertiliser that will provide a good blend of nutrients for encouraging lots of flowers and healthy leaf growth as well as enriching the soil with valuable organic matter. Yates® Thrive® Natural Roses & Flowers Organic Based Pelletised Plant Food is a complete, organically based fertiliser that gives frangipanis and other flowering plants a nutrient boost as well as nourishing the soil with concentrated, composted manure. Apply around the root zone of both in ground and potted frangipanis and water in well.

2. Watering – if the weather is hot and dry, frangipanis will appreciate deep watering once a week, especially if the tree is still young and the root system is small. There’s no need to keep the soil constantly moist, as frangipanis do best in slightly drier conditions. Regular watering is particularly important for potted frangipanis, as pots can dry out very quickly. A 3 – 5 cm layer of mulch over the surface of the pot will help minimise moisture loss and an application of Yates® Waterwise™ Soil Wetter will help reduce water repellency which can develop in potting mix over time.

3. Disease & pest control – one of the most common problems with frangipanis is rust. Rust appears as yellow or orange coloured pustules underneath the leaves with corresponding yellow spots on the upper leaf surfaces. It ruins the look of the foliage and can cause the leaves to drop prematurely. Damage can be minimised by spraying early infections regularly with Yates® Rose Shield which contains a systemic fungicide that travels through the plants sap system to control rust.

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Shrubs like buddlejas and hibiscus that have finished flowering can be trimmed now to keep them tidy. Prune off spent flowers and give plants a quick and easy feed with a fast acting liquid fertiliser like Yates® Thrive® Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food, which will help restore the plants energy reserves after a busy few months of flowering.
Don’t waste any leafy prunings! Turn pruned pieces of stems into cuttings, so you can grow some more plants for your garden. Here are the easy steps to propagate plants from cuttings:


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