Caring for your plants

How to take care of your Brachychiton rupestris (Queensland Bottle Tree

Bottletrees prefer well-drained soil, full sun/part sun and feeding in Spring & Autumn.

If you have clay soil, you can either raise the garden bed where planting to avoid rotting during the cooler months or when backfilling replace a quarter of the clay with a mixture of compost to assist in better drainage for the plant.  Please note the tree is not to be sitting in water over the winter months.

If you have sandy soil we recommend adding compost to your soil also to enrich the soil.

A rough guide for hole dimensions for your tree is dig the hole twice the depth of the pot and twice the width of the pot.  Backfill a third of the hole and begin planting.  For both soil types we recommend adding some swollen water saving crystals to the bottom of the hole prior to planting.  General rule would be half a large handful of SWOLLEN water saving crystals per 20cm pot.  Eg  100 litre bag – Add 2-3 large handfuls of SWOLLEN water saving crystals.

Be sure to swell your Water saving crystals up prior to planting the tree as you will kill your plant with kindness otherwise!

When planting, apply some Seasol according to directions and then again in 2 weeks and then 4 weeks later, making sure you are still watering between these sessions according to the weather.  This assists in treating transplant shock.

Always best to solid water than a sprinkle now and then.  If unsure whether watering is required, place a spade in the soil making a crevice and put your finger down into the soil.  If it is dry, give a good watering.  If moist, wait a bit longer.  Best to dry out between waterings.

We recommend fertilising in Autumn and Spring.  This can be done with a general fertiliser like Seamungus, Blood & Bone or Osmocote.  If using manures like Rooster Booster or manure of any sort, make sure it is well rotted before placing around the tree.  You will also need to apply some Blood & Bone – additional nutrients. 

Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions.

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How to take care of your newly purchased Palm

This applies to outdoor palms in the Geelong and surrounding region.

Syagrus romanzoffiana (Cocos), Chamaerops humilis (European Fan Palm) Phoenix canariensis (Canary Island Date Palm), Phoenix roebelenii (Pygmy Date Palm) Washingtonia robusta (Mexican Fan Palm), Trachycarpus fortune (Chinese Windmill Palm), Butia capitate (Wine Palm) Beaucarnea recurvate (Ponytail Palm), Cycas revoluta –( Sago Palm).

Please note Archontophoenix cunninghamiana (BanggalowPalm) does not like frosty areas.  The top can be bitten each year by the frost preventing height to be obtained. 

If you have clay soil, you can either raise the garden bed where planting to avoid rotting during the cooler months or when backfilling replace half of the clay with a mixture of compost to assist in better drainage for the plant.  Please note the tree is not to be sitting in water over the winter months.

If sandy soil we recommend adding compost to your soil also to enrich the soil.

A rough guide for hole dimensions for your tree is dig the hole twice the depth of the pot and twice the width of the pot.  Backfill a third of the hole and begin planting.  For both soil types we recommend adding some swollen water saving crystals to the bottom of the hole prior to planting.  General rule would be half a large handful of SWOLLEN water saving crystals per 20cm pot.  Eg  100 litre bag – Add 2-3 large handfuls of SWOLLEN water saving crystals.

Be sure to swell your Water saving crystals up prior to planting the tree as you will kill your plant with kindness otherwise!

When planting, apply some Seasol according to directions and then again in 2 weeks and then 4 weeks later, making sure you are still watering between these sessions according to the weather.  Seasol assists in treating transplant shock.

Always best to solid water than a sprinkle now and then.  If unsure whether watering is required, place a spade in the soil making a crevice and put your finger down into the soil.  If it is dry, give a good watering.  If moist, wait a bit longer.  Best to dry out between waterings.

We recommend fertilising during the growing season.  Would recommend a fertiliser like Richgrow Organic Palm & Fern Plant Food or Seamungus.  Either of these are good palm foods.  Follow directions on packets.  If you use fertilisers like animal manure you will need to apply additional nutrients.

Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions.

Happy Gardening