- When deciding where to place your plant, consult the little information card that comes with the plant (it usually tells you how much sun/shade is required).
- Make sure that the hole that you dig in the ground is deep enough to fit the whole plant (basically place your store bought plant in the hole and see if it fits).
- Remember to leave room for some compost so that your plants have all the nutrients they need and they feel comfortable in their new home!
- When removing the plant from its pot be gentle, loosen the roots before placing it in the ground!
- Put more compost around the plant, mixing it with soil, until the plant’s roots and stems are covered (IT HAS TO BE AT THE EXACT SAME LEVEL AS IT WAS IN THE POT!)
- Give the plant an ample amount of water and you should be set!
The main tip for planting tropicals in Melbourne is to give it a go! Although it may seem counter-intuitive in our climate, there are tropical plants that are more resistant to colder climates as well as cultivated for it, such as the ones we planted and our Goldfinger bananas. Creating a favourable climate also increases the chance of living a tropical plant life, such as creating a tropical microclimate against a sun baked wall (like us) with wind protection.
Aside from our very exciting planting adventures, we removed our tomato plants (sniffles), cleaned up the garden and composted all the beds! We would like to thank all our volunteers who stopped by today and lent a hand with digging, picking up leaves and cutting up branches. We truly appreciate your help and hope to see you there next time!
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