Author: Michael

Herbs

herbsHerbs have been grown for many thousands of years and used as remedies, preserving food, dyeing, as repellents, purifying the air and of course in cooking.

We have listed the Herb plants that we attempt to keep in stock but due to seasonal conditions, some may be temporarily unavailable. These lists are intended to be fairly comprehensive, however some other varieties are available on occasions and may not be listed below. Remember always seek advice from your medical professional before taking a plant for medicinal purposes.

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Cymbidium Orchids

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Cymbidiums are easy to grow and readily available in the temperate regions of Australia. Their spectacular long lasting blooms can occur from May through to December and make an excellent gift or display for indoors.  There are a wide selection of colours available and a range of habits such as upright or pendulous and even the number of flowers on each spike. The life span of flowers can be anywhere from 4 – 12 weeks and up to 3 weeks as a cut flower.

Growing Conditions

Providing a few basic conditions are met Cymbidiums do well in our temperate climate. A lot of growers provide shade houses to protect their orchids from the summer sun or winter frost and hail. 50% shade cloth is suitable, although some further shade may be needed in extreme temperatures. Place the orchids on raised benches with gravel underneath. This helps provide the humidity that orchids enjoy in summer. If you have only one or two plants or don’t have room for a shade house, placing under a deciduous tree also works well as long all the other growing conditions are met.

Cymbidium Orchids 02If you have a large collection of orchids an overhead sprinkler system helps maintain your orchids in peak condition. For smaller collections hand watering is adequate and also helps you monitor your plants health. Space your plants to receive maximum light and air flow.

One of the main reasons for lack of flowering in cymbidiums is not enough sunlight. When there is enough light the leaves tend to be a golden green rather than a darker green which indicates not enough light. Plants can be placed out in the winter sunshine being careful to protect them from frosts and watch out for snails and slugs that love the developing flower spikes. The more light the plants receive the sturdier the spikes and blooms will be. Make sure you stake the spikes and face towards the strongest light source.


Potting Mix and Repotting 

Cymbidium Orchids 01Cymbidiums are semi-terrestrial with fleshy roots therefore the potting medium needs to be free draining, but also able to hold moisture to nourish and support the plant.  Heynes sell a range of good quality potting mixes to suit your needs.

The best time to repot your Cymbidiums is just after flowering has finished. This gives them a long growing season before next years flowering. Small plants can be repotted most of the year, avoiding times of extreme heat. Cymbidiums do best when potted with room for one or two years growth. Plants will not thrive if potted in too big a pot. Repotting can be done every 2-4 years depending on growth.

Before repotting your plants carefully untangle the root system shaking off all the old potting mix. Large plants with extensive root systems can have the bottom quarter of the roots cut off making it easier to untangle the roots with minimal damage. Remove any shrivelled dead roots. Try to keep each division to 3-4 bulbs with leaves on them. This will give you the best chance of flowering next year. If your new divisions throw up multiple growths, remove all but one to allow for maximum bulb development and better flowering.

Cymbidium Orchids 05Back bulbs, which are the old leafless bulbs, can be removed, cleaned up and planted in small pots to produce new plants. New growth should be seen anywhere from 3-6 months.  It takes about 4 years for these new plants to flower so patience and space is needed if you choose to go down this path. Some sources suggest leaving an old back bulb on your divisions for better flowering.

Your newly potted plants will need some extra shelter for a few weeks before returning to their usual growing position.


Watering

Cymbidium Orchids 04Cymbidiums need to watered well during the warm weather and also kept evenly moist throughout the cooler months. Orchids left to dry out will most likely survive but will not flower well, if at all the following season. Rainwater is preferable as you will get less leaf burn, but Adelaide’s saline water is perfectly acceptable. When using tap water be sure to water each pot several times to flush out all the salts that can accumulate at the bottom of the pot. Even if you can occasionally collect rainwater to flush out the salts, this will benefit your plants. Don’t forget to group pots according to their size for ease of watering. Small pots will dry out quicker than larger pots. Water on the flowers can greatly affect the quality of the blooms so it is a good idea to put your orchids under cover or inside when flowering.


Fertilising

Cymbidium Orchids 06To get the best from your cymbidiums apply a slow release fertiliser suitable for orchids in spring. From spring through to may you can use liquid fertilisers such as Thrive Orchid Liquid Plant Food or Manutec Orchid Bloom booster while spikes are forming. At other times of the year you can use Manutec Orchid Food.  Alternating with organic fertilisers such as Powerfeed or Charlie carp at any time of the year should give great results. There are many different views on fertilising which you may want to explore, choosing the routine that gives the best results. Watering mid to late afternoon in the hot weather decreases the temperature of the plant which can encourage flowering.

 

 

 

 

 

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Hydrangeas TEA TIME

Tea Time Hydrangeas are easy to grow and will reward you with a wonderful flower display on a compact hardy shrub. The excellent branching ensures a well-balanced neat compact habit with enables plants to produce more flowers than other Hydrangea varieties. Flowers are medium sized mopheads.

Tea Time will grow to 30cm in a pot; to 1.5m after 5 years when planted in a garden.
Hydrangeas prefer a dappled shade position and moist conditions. Regular watering is recommended during the warmer months.
FLOWERING: Late spring to summer. As with all Hydrangeas the soil acidity will contribute to the flower colour. SEE HYDRANGEAS FACT SHEET
CARE: Fertilize with a complete fertilizer in spring, prior to the flowering season. After flowering prune back into the green stem, this will encourage plant growth and flowering for the next season.

 

Hydrangeas

Our great range of Hydrangea includes many varieties including rounded (Mop heads), Flat-top (Lacecaps) and some conical in a full range of colours and sizes. Whites, reds, pinks, purples, blues and all shades in-between.  These plants provide quite fabulous colourful flowers during Spring and Autumn and can be planted in part shade to full sun. Quite hardy and reliable, a must for any garden.

Tea Time Hydrangeas are a new varietiy that Heyes is now stocking. Tea Time Hydrangeas are easy to grow and will reward you with a wonderful flower display on a compact hardy shrub. The excellent branching ensures a well-balanced neat compact habit with enables plants to produce more flowers than other Hydrangea varieties. Flowers are medium sized mopheads. Tea Time will grow to 30cm in a pot; to 1.5m after 5 years when planted in a garden.

Strawberries and Cream/Blueberries and Cream are a lacecap Hydrangeas with a difference, blooms surrounded by cluster of lacy white buds. Are free flowering and very compact in habit.

 

FLOWERING: Late spring to summer. As with all Hydrangeas the soil acidity will contribute to the flower colour. SEE HYDRANGEAS FACT SHEET

CARE: Hydrangeas prefer a dappled shade position and moist conditions. Regular watering is recommended during the warmer months. Fertilize with a complete fertilizer in spring, prior to the flowering season. After flowering prune back into the green stem, this will encourage plant growth and flowering for the next season.

 

 

Button Squash

SquashButton Squash, are small vegetables, although available in other colours, the most common are the pale green and bright yellow ones. They are a great source of Vitamin C and the whole vegetable is eaten when cooked, including the skin and seeds. They have a delicious mild creamy flavour.

Button Squash are related to zucchini, pumpkins and melons and like these they grow on a vine with large leaves which shade their fruit from the hot sun. Vines will trail across the ground or climb a trellis if one is available.

CARE AND MAINTENANCE 

Squash like a sunny position, at least six hours of sun. Before planting prepare the bed by digging in some compost and some Blood and Bone, Dynamic lifter or Rapid Raiser.  Plant seedlings about 60cm apart, this will allow room for the vines to spread.  If there is not much space, it’s best to provide the squash with a trellis or fences for the vine to grow over. If room is at a premium button squash can always be grown in a large pot, just make sure there is scope for the vine to spill over the edge and always use a premium potting mix. Water as required, remember that Button Squash like to be kept moist. If leaves start to go a little yellow fertilise.

HARVESTING

Button Squash are a summer squash and as such should be picked when under-ripe because if left on the vine too long they become very tough.  Harvest when 5-10cm in diameter also picking the fruit will encourage new squash to grow.  Store them unwashed in a plastic bag in the fridge, as a summer squash they don’t have a long shelf life.

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Sedum

The Sedum “Blob” range are a versatile and low maintenance group of plants and are the perfect solution for a small space.sedum crop

There are five great colours to choose from, all with ornamental, fleshy foliage providing year-round interes

t. These plants form a
cushion-like mound, creating a highly textured ground cover which also looks effective spilling between rocks and over rock walls.

These plants prefer a sunny location and well-draining soil. Once established, water sparingly. These plants are succulents

and typically only require watering during extended periods of heat. A slow release fertiliser during spring would be beneficial.

 Suggested Uses.

  • Ground cover or edging for paths/driveways.
  • Rockeries, gravel or dry garden landscapes.
  • Pots/Containers
  • General garden use.

 

 

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TOMATOES

Please check for availability of tomatoes by giving us a calling, e-mailing or visiting the Nursery.

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APOLLO IMPROVED – Produces crops of smooth, round fruit of a medium size. Early to mid-season variety that requires staking.

BEEFSTEAK AND BIG BEEF – These varieties produce large flat, globe shaped fruit. Staking required.beef steak tomatoe

BLACK RUSSIAN (HEIRLOOM) – Produces round, smooth fruit with a creamy texture and an unusual dark plum colouring.

BURKE’S BACKYARD – Voted Best Home Garden Tomato by a panel of food and gardening experts. An early fruiting and tall growing variety requiring staking, which bears large and juicy tomatoes in abundance. Single plants can be grown in large pots or containers. Note: this variety may lack some disease resistance in South Australia.

BURNLEY BOUNTY – Vigorous and tall growing plant requiring staking. Produces green shouldered globe shaped fruit of a medium size. Late season tomato.

COCKTAIL – A vigorous plant that has tasty golf ball size fruit. Tomatoes are produced in abundance per truss, which are best picked when fully ripen.

FIRST PRIZE – Very sturdy and compact plant suitable for tubs. Produces round to oblate fruit of small to medium size.

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NEW RELEASE STRAWBERRIES

For something a bit different why not try “Berry United” a new and innovative range of yummy strawberries. This rang currently consists of three new yummy varieties.

straberry1Pineberry Strawberry is a hybrid cross variety with fragrant, white flesh fruit, with red seeds and white blooms. With flavour notes of strawberry and pineapple, best when consumed cold. When grown in full sun, fruit may have a blush. PINEBERRY NEEDS A POLLINATOR TO PRODUCE FRUIT. Any RED strawberry will act as a pollinator for this variety.

strawberry2Strasberry strawberry produces plump, juicy deep seeded fruit. Has a raspberry like appearance, it is a sweet tasting, hardy strawberry with a mild, raspberry flavour. STRASBERRY NEEDS A POLLINATOR TO PRODUCE FRUIT. Any RED strawberry will act as a pollinator for this variety.

strawberry3Bubbleberry strawberry is a high yielding, heirloom variety with fragrant, soft pink uites. Sweet tasting in flavour with a bubble gum/ berry nixed undertone. BUBBLEBERRY does not need a pollinator but may produce better when grown with a red strawberry. BUBBLEBERRY can act as a pollinator for STRASBERRY and PINEBERRY.

Natives

natives7Not only are they sustainable, with lower maintenance requirements than other gardens, but native plants are surprisingly easy to maintain and propagate, they’re fauna friendly and are generally less water hungry than other plants.
Many people think Australian native plants are difficult to grow, but they aren’t really.

As with all plants, it mainly depends on matching suitable plants to a particular garden environment. The diversity of the Australian landscape means there are native plants to suit almost any garden situation. Australian plants are great for adding color and texture to provide year round interest.

So bring a little bit of the bush into your garden. With a wide selection of Australian native plants available at Heynes. Choose from, Acacia, Alyogyne, Banksias, Callistemon, Correa and Grevilleas and many more.

 

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Potting Mix and Soil Media

General Potting Mix

Heyne’s Neutral 28lt and Heyne’s Acid 28lt

POT Heynes Neutral 28LPremium potting mix suitable for most pot plants.

  • Australian Standards Premium Red Tick approved potting mix.

Amgrow Terracotta N Tub Potting Mix 15kg

POT Amgrow Shrub n Tub 15LFor healthy active growth in large pots and containers. A quality blend of ingredients specifically designed to provide the healthy active growth of a wide variety of plants in large containers and terracotta pots.

Debco Organic Potting Mix 25lt

POT Debco Organic 25LContains premium-grade quality composted pine bark, composted with certified organic composting fertiliser and is perfect for growing of all vegetables, herbs, fruit and salad greens organically.

  • 100% NASAA certification.
  • Composed of natural organic ingredients.
  • Boosted with organic fertiliser (Biological Farmers Australia Certification)
  • Contains essential trace elements ensure strong, healthy growth without nutrient deficiencies.

Yates Gro Plus Professional Potting Mix 25lt

POT Yates GroPlus 25LPremium mix suitable for most indoor house-plants and outdoor pot plants. It can be used for potting up flowers, shrubs and ornamentals plants.

  • Australian Standards Premium Red Tick approved potting mix.
  • Contains Dynamic Lifter, which releases nutrients slowly, improves the structure and moisture retention of the mix.
  • Feeds for up to 12 months.
  • Added natural Bio Stimulant accelerates growth.
  • Contains trace elements to add extra vital nutrients.

Specialty Potting Mix

Brunnings Africa Violet Mix 5lt

POT Brunnings African Violet 5LIdea for African Violets and Cyclamens, and contains ideal nutrient for healthy plants.

  • Contains controlled release fertiliser.
  • Contains Granular wetting agent, help with and prevent drying out.

Debco Bonsai Mix 10lt

POT Debco Bonsai 10LSpecially formulated open mix, of pine bark and coarse sand great for shallow pots used to grow Bonsai.

Brunnings Cactus & Succulent Potting Mix 5lt

POT Brunnings Cactus Succulent 5LSpecially developed to promote healthy growth in all Cacti and Succulents in pots.

  • Suitable for most Cacti and Succulents.
  • Low nitrogen levels and excellent Drainage

Debco Cacti & Succulent Mix 10lt and 25lt

POT Debco Cacti Succulent 10LSpecially formulated open mix, perfect for drainage and growing conditions for all varieties of cacti & succulent.

  • Contains SaturAid Wetting Agent.
  • Contains Fertiliser for Cacti & Succulents.
  • Contains Trace Elements & Growth Stimulants.

Brunnings Orchid Potting Mix 5lt, 10lt and 25lt

POT Brunnings Orchid 5LA premium mixture designed for most Orchids and is ideal for Cymbidium Orchids. Provides an open medium with excellent drainage, whilst retaining moisture.

Debco Orchid Potting Mix 25lt

POT Debco Orchid 25LPremium potting and planting mix for Cymbidium Orchids and Bromeliads. Made from premium graded composed pine bark to provide an open free draining mix.

  • 5-10mm grade composed pine bark.
  • Trace elements and growth stimulants.

Brunnings Premium Growing mix 5lt

POT Brunnings Premium 5LPremium potting mix and is ideal for container plants in both indoor and outdoor situations. Contains slow release fertiliser, also easy to re-wet because it is blended with wetting agent.

Debco Propagation Mix 10lt, 25lt

PROP Debco Propagation 10LDebco Propagation Mix is designed and tested to give excellent moisture retention, whilst allowing adequate aeration and good drainage. It provides a firm, well-structured mixture, suitable for the propagation of cuttings.

  • Contains Trace Elements & Growth Stimulants.

Debco Seed Raising Mix 10lt

PROP Debco Seed Raising 10LThis mix provides a light, well textured mix ideally suited for effective seed germination and the propagation of cuttings.

  • Contains SaturAid wetting agent.
  • Contains Controlled release fertiliser.
  • Contains Trace elements & growth stimulants.

Media Additives

Brunnings Coconut Fibre 5lt

PROP Brunnings Coconut 5LA natural fibre ideal for lining baskets, can also be used for decorative mulch to over pots.

Brunnings Horticultural Charcoal 5lt

PROP Brunnings Charcoal 5LCharcoal sweetens the soil and is a medium for improving drainage in pots or in mixes. Ideal for terrariums.

Brunnings Peat Moss 5lt

A proven natural soil conditioner which improves soils that are deficient in organic matter. Has excellent water retention properties, making moisture available to plants. Idea for acid loving plants, like azaleas, camellias. Will increase the acidity of soil.

Brunnings Perlite 5lt

PROP Brunnings Perlite 5LPerlite, when mixed with soil or garden compost, forms space to allow water to move freely through the root system. Ideal for propagation and potted plants to improve the aeration and drainage in soils.

Brunnings Propagating Sand 5lt

PROP Brunnings Sand 5LCourse grade sand which is ideal for cuttings, cactus and orchid back bulbs.

Manutec Sphagnum Moss 5lt

PROP Manutec Sphagnum 5LUsed for propagation, moisture retention and great to use as a basket liner.

Brunnings Vermiculite 5lt

PROP Brunnings Vermiculite 5LVermiculite is a clean, sterile material which provides an excellent medium for propagation. It also helps moisture retention in sandy soils and aeration of clay soils.

Pebbles/Rocks

rocksWashed river rocks or coloured gravel idea for driveways or decoration around plants and garden beds.

WORMWOOD TREE – Artemisia arborescens

Dry

An evergreen shrub which reaches 2m in height and about 1m wide. Frost hardy. Used in gardens as a colour contrast as it has brilliant metallic silver foliage. It can be used as a hedge. These plants are very tolerant of summer droughts. Full sun is essential and in an open position with well-drained soil. A strong infusion of the leaves sprayed onto vegetables or ornamentals repels caterpillars and snails; just having the plants nearby will drive some pests away. Repels clothes moths. Prune regularly to keep its shape.

Medicinal uses: Different parts of different types of wormwood have various medicinal uses but do not take any of these herbs without the supervision of a trained herbalist.

THYME WOOLY – Thymus languinosus

Dry

Edible but used for groundcover purposes. An evergreen, mat-forming perennial with small woolly grey-green leaves which are strongly scented when crushed. Small heads of rosy-pink flowers in summer. Useful in rockeries, borders and containers.

THYME TURKEY – Thymus ‘Westmoreland’

Dry

An edible perennial thyme reaching a height of 25cm. Frost hardy. In spring there are masses of mid pink flowers. Thrives in moist, well-drained soil in a sunny, open position. It has the common thyme flavour and therefore can be used in dishes where this flavour is wanted.

THYME PIZZA – Thymus nummularius

Dry 

Edible. A spreading perennial low growing plant reaching a height of 25cm. Frost hardy. Will provide a dense groundcover for a dry sunny spot. It has discreet pink flowers. Strong flavoured leaves combine the taste of oregano and thyme. Ideal for many Italian dishes including pizza, pasta and tomatoes.

THYME GOLDEN – Thymus serpyllum ‘Aureus’

Dry

Edible but mainly used in groundcover situations. A prostrate, mat forming thyme grown for its golden, aromatic foliage. During spring this hardy perennial herb bears masses of tiny, lavender flowers. Thrives in moist, well-drained soil in a sunny, open position but will tolerate most soils and conditions. Ideal for rockeries, herb gardens and containers, and makes a great groundcover or lawn substitute.

THYME COMMON – Thymus vulgaris

Dry

Thyme is one of the most common of garden herbs, essential for all kitchens. Most thymes are low, creeping plants although Common thyme will grow up to 30cm high. Frost hardy. Best grown in warm dry climates in a full sun position. Light, well-drained soil which is not too acidic is the best type for thymes. Thyme is a classic component of the French bouquet garni. Both leaves and flowers can be eaten fresh in salads or used as garnishes or as a flavouring to honey, vinegars, stuffings, butters or teas. Great in casseroles, breads and on pizza. Thyme holds its flavour well so can be added early in the cooking.

TARRAGON FRENCH – Artemisia dracunculus

Dry

The two best culinary varieties grown are French tarragon and Mexican tarragon. French tarragon is a perennial herb that spreads by rhizomes or underground stems, sending up erect stems to a height of 40-50cm or more. It dies down over winter and regenerates in spring. Tarragon needs to be replanted every few years as plants lose their vigour over time. The Mexican tarragon reaches 90cm in height and is said to be the best substitute for French tarragon. The flowers attract beneficial insects. Prefers full sun or partial shade. With its mild aniseed flavour it goes well with chicken, fish and egg dishes. It is one of the herbs used to flavour Béarnaise sauce.

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