Fantastic 5in1

Fantastic 5in1

If you’re like us and love your garden, you want to give it the best. Our favourite organic pellet fertiliser for general use is 5in1 from Searles. Here at Austraflora, surrounding our greenhouses are beautiful display beds with plenty of established plants growing. These are very important for breeder and development trials, propagation cutting collection, photography for our labels and website, and staff/customer outdoor enjoyment. Lots of our plants are Austraflora natives, but we also have other plants for our propagation nursery. An organic pellet fertiliser is ideal for us as it’s quick and easy to use, lasts a long time, and is safe for the environment. 5in1 comes in generous bag sizes of 2.5kg, 5kg & 15kg. You just grab handfuls and throw it on, taking care not to leave it on the foliage. Always wear gloves to protect your hands. A quick watering in will enable the pellets to begin breaking down, and wash off any leaves. It contains everything the plants need to grow and thrive – a full range of major nutrients, trace elements and minerals. It’s an advanced premium blend with over 10 major ingredients, and completely organic. It also has the bonus of adding long life humus to build up to the soil; This will encourage healthy microbial and earthworm activity. We were able to use it on lots of our shrubs and trees, as well as our lawn areas. We did have to take care avoiding our native plants with this particular fertiliser, as the P levels didn’t suit. We’ll have to use a native feriliser such as Searles Native Organic Kicklalong. You can...
Thank You 2018

Thank You 2018

In the blink of an eye 2018 was over! Thank you to everybody who shaped our year. We continued to have our wonderful online community active and growing, with the added excitement of the Austraflora Photography Club establishing as a group running alongside our page. Each month we received approximately 1,000 photos posted on our page and delighting our followers. We often had members commenting on how friendly, welcoming and relaxed the group has been, as well as how beautiful and impressive the photos are. The club now has over 3,500 members, so together with our Facebook page we’re reaching out to over 41,500 people. We hope that in 2019 it’ll continue to be a hive of activity. It’s been an absolute pleasure to run. Our annual Photography Competition launched for the seventh time, and we received 1,400 photos of Australian flora, nature and landscapes. Photographers of all skill levels entered; it was a great mix of professional and amateur. There was a terrific range of prizes this year, including flights, accommodation and tickets to the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show for the first place winner, Beth Baker. We look forward to seeing her at MIFGS 2019, and it was great meeting up with our 2018 winner David Ashley this year. The 12 winning photos were featured in our 2019 Austraflora Calendar, with proceeds going towards MS Australia. Well done to our shortlisters, finalists, and winners! Again, the quality of photography was absolutely outstanding. The Austraflora website continued to be a popular source of information for growers, retailers, landscapers and home gardeners. Our articles page “Dishing The Dirt” reached over 160...
A Snippet Of Fiskars History

A Snippet Of Fiskars History

I received my first pair of Fiskars secateurs 13 years ago for my eighteenth birthday, and they have been an integral part of my gardening experience. They’ve moved 3 houses with me, and snipped a variety of plants throughout the years. If you’re like me and get really sentimental about your garden tools, you’ll understand that quality and history matters. Fiskars offers an extended 25 year warranty on it’s premium ranges. That’s comforting to know! Their products have been crafted using advanced technical manufacturing and materials. They have been tested and perform excellently for the activities and environments they were created for. You can purchase them in confidence knowing that they’ll last. The history of Fiskars is an interesting and lengthy story. Fiskars is Finland’s oldest company, and in 2019 will be celebrating it’s 370th birthday. Created in 1649, it is recognised today as one of the oldest businesses in the western world, and began when some ironworks were established in Finland. “Fiskars” is in fact a village, located 1 hours west Helsinki. Now, Fiskars’ global headquarters are located in the Arabianranta district of Helsinki. Their iconic orange-handled scissors (designed by Olof Bäckström) are having their 50th birthday celebrated with a special exhibition at the Helsinki Design Museum. Over a billion pairs have been sold worldwide, so they’ve definitely been a part of many homes and families over the years. Owning a Fiskars gardening tool really makes you feel part of something special. You can see the level of engineering that has gone into each product and feel the quality and strength. And, it’s reassuring to know that if a random error has occurred...
Super Soil Wetter For A Sensational Summer

Super Soil Wetter For A Sensational Summer

At Austraflora, we’ve been busy building our brand new covered deck and BBQ area (just finished and opened a fortnight ago!) A beautiful display garden surrounds, with some established Austraflora plants growing. These are very important for breeder and development trials, propagation cutting collection, photography for our labels and website, and staff/customer outdoor enjoyment. Before we mulched, we thought it was an excellent opportunity to treat our gardens with Super Soil Wetter and Conditioner from Seasol. Being quite established, the soil needed a good pick me up. Also, with the works being carried out on the deck, the soil had been moved and disturbed a fair amount. The aim of the Super Soil Wetter was to improve water penetration and ensure that the soil would retain moisture and minimise drying. It contains liquid composts which improve and condition the soil, as well as Seasol which promotes healthy root growth and overall plant health. Super Soil Wetter also plays a role in stimulating the growth of beneficial soil microbes, which enhance the fertility and disease resistance of the soil and also helps to oxygenate the soil and improve retention and plant uptake of essential nutrients. After being blanketed with some good quality mulch, you can already tell that the plants are getting some great nutrient uptake with their healthy roots and vibrant growth, and water is definitely being locked in the soil – Great for watering efficiency and having less run-off and water wastage. It will remain active for many months, which will see us through the heat of summer. It was very easy to use and covered the soil...
Summer Stunners

Summer Stunners

Looking to add some sparkle to your garden this summer? These are our top picks that’ll shine in the sun. Eucalyptus Summer Scentsation (pictured) The name says it all, doesn’t it! Around the festive season until early autumn, glorious large yellow flowers will bloom with a lovely scent. They are bird, bee and butterfly attracting. You can also enjoy them indoors as a cut flower in a vase. The tree grows 4-6 m high x 3-4 m wide so will suit a small garden as a feature. Callistemon Summer Days This gorgeous shrub has an arching habit, and the flowers bloom on the ends of the branches. This means that you can really appreciate the display of dark red bottle brushes. The flowering time is quite late compared to other Callistemons, making it the perfect plant for Christmas… and gifts! Hibbertia Sun Shine The aptly named Hibbertia Sun Shine! A soft lush-foliaged compact shrub. We especially love the year round, lightly perfumed golden flowers which cover the plant, attracting butterflies on warm days. Bright and oh so beautiful! Remember as the weather gets warmer to give your plants plenty of attention. Water in the early morning and late evening, and be sure to mulch your garden beds! Sprinkle some Penetraide re-wetting granules on your pots, garden beds and lawns. It lasts up to 12 months and contains added fertiliser. The benefits include: 💧 Increased water penetration 💧 Increased water holding capacity 💧 Reduced water run-off A controlled-release fertiliser is ideal for a slow feed over the year, and for this Searles Robust Native Plants Fertiliser is our pick. It also contains an...