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Many also self-clean, so that when the flowers finish, the old blooms just fall off and new flower stems appear. These geraniums thrive in sunny, dry spots, and are ideal for those of us who may forget to water their pots. 5 WAYS TO USE GERANIUMS 1.  Patio pots, planters and window boxes. They thrive as container plants and, in most regions, flower from October until winter knocks on the door in June. 2.  En masse. Create colourful bedding displays. Allow 50cm between plants. 3.  Hanging baskets. The tumbling and ground-hugging varieties make brilliant basket cases. Make sure the basket has plenty of root room. 4.  Walls of colour. Look for the climbing varieties to cover banks and walls in cloaks of colour. Initially, they may need support to help them cling. 5.  Indoor plants. Every now and again, rinse them under the hose or shower to freshen up the leaves and they will more than likely bloom all year round. TREAT THEM MEAN Sounds terrible, but the less you feed geraniums, in terms of fertiliser, the better they seem to bloom. Therefore not a lot of extra food is required. GERANIUMS FOR FREE Geraniums easily root from cuttings or snippets taken from plants. Simply remove the lower leaves and place into a glass of water or pottle of seed-raising mix and within four to six weeks roots will appear. OFF WITH THEIR HEADS Pluck the tips out of new plants to encourage more side branching. These tips can be used as cuttings. DID YOU KNOW? Numerous types of geraniums exist, well over 400 species; a few include ivy, zonal, regal, cranesbill and numerous cultivars and named hybrids. CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT ‘Fairy White Blush’ is a pretty wee gem. It commands your attention with its multi-toned blooms; Look for tumbling types to plant in baskets and window boxes; ‘Vancouver Centennial’ has bright carmine red flowers and wonderfully contrasting green and plum coloured leaves; Pac geraniums are bred to flower for a longer period, making them reliable container options. OPPOSITE PAGE Flowering for over nine months of the year, geraniums pack a punch when planted en masse.

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And hopefully it brings with it some warmer and sunnier days. The downside to this weather however is that our gardens can pack a punch with a serious lack of rain, hot days and the potential for water restrictions. If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to get the garden sorted for the summer heat. Keep on top of the watering A good soak of water every few days is ideal. A light sprinkle each day is pretty ineffective and can cause the plants to only search near the surface for the water. Deep watering helps to encourage the plants to search further down for the water, which reduces the chances of the plant’s roots drying out.

These are also on our website, so have a look on there, or better still, come and see us and we can show you what we have! Planting Veggies! Growing your own veggies is great. Not only is it really handy to just pop out the door and grab some when you need them, you also have the satisfaction of knowing you have grown them yourself, in top growing mixes. Our Veggie Garden Mix is an excellent option, as is our Garden Soil Mix. Have a chat to our team and they will point you in the right direction for what growing mix you need for the types of veggies you are planting.

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add the bark! Adding a decent layer of bark mulch to your garden will be a huge benefit to your plants. The main reasons being it will help to reduce the weeds, conserve moisture in the soil (which is especially important through our hotter, drier months) and protect your plant’s roots from the weather extremes. All of this helps to give your plants the best chance at healthy growth, as well as improving the overall look of your garden. Intelligro have a great selection of barks and mulches, come down and have a look for yourself, or head to our website www.igro.co.nz. If bark isn’t your thing, then we have a great range of stones, chips and pebbles.

Have a go planting some of these: • Radishes • Herbs • Sweet Corn • Lettuce • Tomatoes • Beans • Courgette • Carrots • Beetroot • Peppers • Cucumber • Broccoli

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For more information, check out our website: www.igro.co.nz or visit our facebook page: www.facebook.com/igro.co.nz

There are plenty of options available, so head down to your local garden centre and have a talk to them about some other varieties that you can grow at this time of year!

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