pests and diseases

  1. Gardening 101: Indoor plant pests

    Gardening 101: Indoor plant pests
    Many new gardeners are amazed to discover that pests can seek out and attack plants growing indoors, or even out on a balcony of a high-rise building. One way or another, pests find plants - even when they are inside and away from the natural environment. They may already have been present when you purchased the plant, or hitched a...
  2. What’s that pest or disease?

    What’s that pest or disease?
    When pests or diseases attack garden plants, the first step to fixing the sick plant is to identify the cause. Start by working out whether the problem is caused by an insect pest or a plant disease. Next, narrow it down further by either identifying the specific pest or disease, or working out how the pest is damaging your plant...
  3. Pandorea

    Pandorea
    Botanical name: Pandorea jasminoides var and Pandorana var Common names: Wonga Wonga Vine or Bower Vine A little bit about Pandorea Pandorea is an evergreen native climber with tubular or funnel-shaped flowers. Foliage is either dark green and glossy or bright green and growth is vigorous.  Flowering will occur mainly through spring and summer but will spot flower throughout the year. Jasminoide var can produce...
  4. Frangipani facts and favourites

    Frangipani facts and favourites
    A little bit about Frangipani The frangipani is an iconic tropical tree bearing clusters of colourful and scented flowers during the warmer months of November through to April. Flowers appear in clusters at the end of branches and have a very distinctive fragrance. The petals are waxy and the centre of the flower is a different colour - just like the...
  5. Hibiscus

    Hibiscus
    The flamboyant flowers of hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis) light up summer gardens. They are such generous shrubs unfurling new flowers day after day so there’s always something bold and colourful to enjoy amid the dense green of our summer gardens. With flowers in tones of red, pink, yellow, orange and even purple, and single or double, choosing a favourite is one...
  6. Heartbreaker Tomato

    Heartbreaker Tomato
    What's not to love about juicy tomatoes shaped like hearts! The Heartbreaker tomato plant, nick-named “love-apple”, produces delicious cocktail tomatoes with a bright red colour and heart-shaped tip. The skin is soft and the juicy fruit balances sweet and sour perfectly making them a delicious choice for soups and salads or on their own as a healthy snack. Growing tips You can...
  7. February Fungus

    February Fungus
    In Sydney, February and March are generally humid and wet months. While most plants and lawns will thrive with a bit of this muggy humidity, sometimes it’s a little much, and can result in fungal problems. Some plants are more affected than others like turf and edibles. Lawns Fungal issues in lawns usually manifest as little blacks spots. They appear...

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