Mother's Day

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Mother’s Day flowers

Chrysanthemums

Potted plants are a beautiful gift on Mother’s Day and one of the most popular, and traditional, are chrysanthemums. Chrysanthemums are in the daisy family and 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:

Pest control tip – chrysanthemums can often be attacked by aphids, which are tiny sap sucking insects that hide along stems and underneath foliage. They will deplete the plant and need to be controlled to help keep the plant healthy. Regular sprays of ready to use Yates Rose Gun® will keep aphids under control.

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Cyclamen Indiaka
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Cyclamen are a gorgeous potted plant for a Mother’s Day gift. They come in a range of beautiful flower colours, from pinks and purples through to white, scarlet and magenta, with some varieties having two toned flowers or a light fragrance. Cyclamen’s heart shaped leaves are also attractive and can have mottled colours.

New from Ball Australia are Indiaka® Cyclamen They make a vibrant statement and come in 4 fabulous colours – Bright Purple, Magenta, Rose and Salmon.

Indiaka is a ball game similar to volleyball that’s played using your hands and feet. The flashy feathery shuttlecock used in the game brings to mind the energetic colours of the Indiaka cyclamen.

Beautiful potted cyclamen become available in autumn. With a little care, cyclamens can flower for many months and can be grown outdoors on a sheltered patio or deck or indoors on a cool, well ventilated, brightly lit windowsill. They prefer cool overnight conditions, so don’t leave cyclamen near a heater.

Cyclamen can also be planted into protected garden areas under trees, creating a wonderful woodland effect.

When watering cyclamen, only water the soil surface, avoiding wetting the flowers and foliage (to minimise disease) and only water when the soil feels a little dry. Remove any spent flowers by twisting them off at the base and feed each fortnight with a potassium enriched liquid fertiliser like Yates® Thrive® Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food. Potassium is a key nutrient in promoting flowering.

When cyclamen leaves start to turn yellow in late spring, reduce watering and allow the pot to dry out in preparation for their dormant phase during summer. You can keep a dormant cyclamen in a sheltered spot outside in the garden (underneath a shrub is ideal) until new shoots start to emerge at the end of summer. The cyclamen can then be re-potted using fresh, good quality potting mix, like Yates Premium Potting Mix, to give it a new lease on life.

Indiaka cyclamen information and images courtesy of Ball Australia


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