(Pot) size matters…!

We are often asked for ‘tubestock’, because tubes (being small plants) cost less. However, beware… it is very likely false economy.

The 140mm pot (which is larger than a tube) is the smallest size (and hence the cheapest plant) that will ensure survival and success at planting. Buying your plants in tubes is false economy if they don’t grow, or worse still if they die.

That is why the bulk of Yuruga’s plants are sold in 140mm pots, and why only a small range of our plants are available to you in tubes.

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Planting your Grass Tree

Xanthorrhoea johnsonii
is one of 28 species of grass trees in Australia, best suited to QLD and NSW climates.

Your purchase of these stunning trees will enhance your outdoor space and give you years of pleasure. An impressive feature, your grass tree will add value to your home and lifestyle experience.

Grass trees are extremely hardy if well cared for in the initial stages of transplanting from the wild. Only a small number of reputable companies successfully transplant grass trees and our supplier is one of them.
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In the garden… in July

What a great time of year to be out in the garden!

For a start, it’s cool. What a blessing here in the tropics – it’s amazing how much more physical you can get when you don’t overheat within the first five seconds of sinking the spade into the ground. It’s just wonderful to be able to get down, dirty and physical out in the fresh air and sunshine without running the risk of heat exhaustion and sunstroke. Make the most of it. In just a few short weeks it could very well be hot again.

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When Plants Drown

About two months ago I planted a Daintree Penda close to my driveway as a feature tree. You see, this hard-to-get plant produces an artificial-looking flush of almost blue leaves every time it grows, and for that reason alone deserves to be seen. Unfortunately it’s dead now, and instead of being blue, its foliage is yellow and limp.

However I’m not blaming the tree because I know what I did wrong and I’m 100% at fault. My mistake was that I planted this poor little tree in an area that I knew would get waterlogged for much of the wet season. So basically I drowned it.
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Deep Planting – a north Queensland perspective

There’s an idea doing the rounds that the latest thing in gardening is ‘deep planting’. And by ‘deep planting’ we mean really deep, as in digging a hole up to half a metre deep and burying the poor plant up to its eye-balls.

So, we’ve been doing a bit of research here at Yuruga to find out where the idea came from and whether it has any merits or applications to us up here in north Queensland.

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Planting with a Mattock

Over the last 10 years I’ve dug a lot of holes for a lot of plants, and after enough failures and trying out enough methods I’ve settled on one method and one tool.

And it’s not a spade or an auger. Spades are just too much work and when the ground is hard, rocky or full of tree roots they are a heck of a lot of work. Motorised augers aren’t much better unless you’re on soft loam or previously worked ground. And if you happen to get the auger snagged on a tree root you’ll end up on a downward spiral.

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