June 2018

Stepping up strawberry production

This year we have stepped up our strawberry plant production numbers. Last year we had 50,000 and it wasn’t nearly enough so we have increased to 70,000 this year. We don’t grow them from scratch. What we do is buy in bare-rooted plants. The roots and leaves are trimmed and then we plant them in potting mix. When new leaves pop out, the plants are ready for sale. We used to just on-sell bare rooted plants but customers had mixed success with them, with this method the plants have a fantastic rate of survival. If you plant strawberries now you will be eating them by Christmas.

Happy gardening,
Henri Ham

Win with Awapuni and Tui

We’re excited to have a fantastic strawberry gardening prize pack to give away. The lucky winner will receive six bundles of strawberry seedlings and some Tui Strawberry Food, Tui Strawberry Straw and Tui Organic Seaweed Plant Tonic. To be in with a chance to win the prize in this picture head here before the 10th of June. Good luck! 


Orchard action plan

Fruit tree expert Sarah Frater from Edible Garden has pulled together her action plan for taking care of your fruit and nut trees and plants at this time of year. Visit here for her tips including what and when to spray pip and stone fruit with and other great advice. And don’t forget her ever-popular guide on how to control leaf curl in your peach trees.

Stop slugs in their slime

If you’re having trouble with slugs in your garden, don’t forget to try ‘beer bait’. We’ve been harping on about this for years now but it really works. Go here for instructions on how to create your own. Our big tip would be to make sure the top of your container is level with the ground so the slugs can get in easily.


Cute and cottagey cornflowers

If you’re after a cottage-garden or wildflower vibe in your garden then look no further than cornflowers. Their ruffled and colourful flowers will add an easy-care, pretty look to any home and garden.

Typically cornflowers are blue but we also sell a mixed bundle of seedlings which includes pink, lilac, white, purple and blue flowers. You can order a bundle of cornflower seedlings from our online shop.

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Hard-to-beat, home-grown strawberries

In my opinion, strawberries, like many fruit and veg, just seem to taste juicier and better when you’ve grown them yourself. So, every winter I like to ensure we have a good strawberry patch set up to enjoy in summer. Sometimes that means creating a whole new strawberry patch and other years I just top up my existing patch with new plants.

This year at Awapuni Nurseries we have three varieties of strawberries available to order.

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Rose pruning - learn from the experts

It’s almost time to start pruning your roses. Depending on where you live late June to mid-August is when to prune. If you’ve never pruned roses before we highly recommend attending one of the NZ Rose Society’s free demonstrations.

Go here for a list of all the locations and dates.


June is a good time to...

Tidy up your strawberry and asparagus patches. Grow garlic and strawberries. And plant calendulas, cineraria, Canterbury bells and carnations.

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Burning question

How can I make sure my pepper and chili plants don’t die over winter?

We keep our ghost pepper and Carolina reaper plants growing year-round. We keep them in a glasshouse and give them a regular feed a top dressing of NPK fertiliser. And we also water when the plants start to look dry. If you wanted to over winter the plants at home and you don’t have a greenhouse you could move the plants inside (if they are in pots) put them in a conservatory or by a sunny window. If the upper branches are looking scrappy you can prune the bush back to healthy growth and the plants will take off from there. Make sure you feed the plants if they start to look yellow. 


Get growing garlic

Traditionally the shortest day of the year - 21 June, is the time to plant garlic but anytime from May through till the end of July is usually fine. However, last year a lot of people struggled with rust. Rust doesn’t cause too much of a problem if the garlic bulb is well-established before it gets the rust but it can cause stunted plants if your garden gets hit with it early. So, this season we recommend getting your garlic plants in as early as possible and if you had rust in the last 2-3 years on your garlic or onions, make sure you plant them in a different spot this year. Dig in some compost, and a good general fertiliser or use a potting mix if you're planting in baskets or pots. Dig a little hole and place each garlic plant inside it. Fill it in with soil so the leaves stick out the top.

For tips on harvesting go here.

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Awapuni Nurseries Ltd, Pioneer Highway,
PO Box 7075, Palmerston North 4443, NEW ZEALAND
Phone: 64 6 354-8828 Fax: 64 6 354-8857

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