With spring in full swing this month, the birds are chirping, bees are buzzing, and spring flowers are about to be in full bloom. We recently visited Pot Plants Direct in Multiflora Flower Market for spring gardening advice.
Bulbs: Feed bulbs a high potash fertilizer for maximum flowers and continue to water
until the leaves turn yellow.
Roses: Feed roses with 3:1:5 or 8:1:5, water regularly and replenish mulch (ever wondered what all those fertiliser numbers mean? Visit us at Pot Plants Direct for a better understanding of the different fertiliser applications).
Phalaenopsis orchids: Keep in very bright light, but keep them out of direct sun. The
ideal temperature is between 15 and 22°C. Water the orchid’s roots infrequently. Fertilize
every 1-2 weeks, but not during the flowering phase.
Pot Plants: Re-pot container plants into a larger pot if necessary and feed a high nitrogen
Look out for leaf gull on Azaleas, rust on Geraniums, blight on Tomatoes, aphids on rose
buds, slugs and snails around new planted seedlings, thrips on Ficus and Gladioli and Citrus psylla on lemons.
Two tree options are:
1. Sclerocarya birrea (Marula Tree), which is an iconic African symbol and is found in the
warmer parts of southern Africa. Marula is a medium-sized to large deciduous tree with
an erect trunk and rounded crown.
2. Philenoptera violacea (Apple-leaf), which is a medium- to large-sized, deciduous to
semi-deciduous tree up to 15 m tall with a wide-spreading, dense and rounded crown.
Details: Pot Plants Direct, Multiflora Flower Market, City Deep, 011 610 1134,