THIS IS ONLY A SAMPLE OF WHAT IS AVAILABLE IN THE NURSERY. If YOU  ARE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING SPECIAL, CONTACT US AND WE WILL DO OUR BEST TO FIND IT.

Sproutwell Greenhouses now are on sale at Birches of Leura. We are offering the largest range of aluminium polycarbonate and glass greenhouses to suit the needs of hobby gardeners, to semi commercial gardeners. 

Sproutwell Greenhouse is perfect for growing herbs and veggies in winter

 NEW SEASON  ROSES


Position

  • All roses require an open, sunny and well drained position.
  • At least 6hrs of direct sun light over the day is required, preferably more.
  • Avoid planting too close to established shrubs and trees as they will compete for water with your roses
  • DO NOT replant into old soil where roses have been removed. Renew with fresh soil.

 Soil

Roses are adaptable to most soils except sandy soils
They require a good draining soil with a ph of 6.5.

 Planting Instructions
1.  Dig a hole about 30cm wide by 25cm deep with a small mound at the bottom to place the roots in a downward position.

2. Water plant before covering roots with soil, firming down lightly creating a moat. The graft or bud union should be 25mm above the soil level.

3. WATER again thoroughly.

4. Standard Roses should always be securely tied to a sturdy stake (as per diagram).

5. Mulch your roses. This reduce the water requirment as the mulch will retain a lower soil temperature keeping the moisture in, while reduce the weed growth in your garden. A good mulch for roses is sugar cane mulch or pea straw. 

6. Prune the branches to approximately 25cm in length from the graft, just above a good growth-eye (excluding climbers).



 'Heeling in' your roses
1. Select an open space in the garden and dig a large hole. Place bundled roses into hole and cover the roots with soil.

2. Keep well watered until you are able to plant. Ensure your plants will still be planted out into thier spot during the winter dormant season. Planting out after winter may cause plant failure.

 Rose care for newly planted bare root roses

WATER WATER WATER!!

One of the most common reasons that bare root roses do not shoot is due the roots drying out. Make sure that throughout the planting process and for the first year after planting, your roses are receiving sufficient water - that is 10 to 20 litres twice a week.


ORNAMENTAL TREES 

A large of ornamental and fruit trees are available in our nursery.

‘Winter is the ideal time to buy  bare rooted trees! Buying and planting dormant, bare root trees during winter means that they have late winter and early spring to start establishing in your garden.’ –
 Being dormant the trees are very hardy.  Before
you plant the tree, we recommend that you trim and prune out any broken roots, as clean cuts heal
faster than ragged edges. Don’t worry, dormant trees are not easily damaged.


Plant in well prepared and well drained soil keeping the budunion (elbow) above soil level (except for lilacs). Don’t plant the tree too deep. Do not dig into
clay, rather build up the site with top soil. Avoid adding fertiliser to the planting hole as this can ‘burn’
the roots.

Firmly pack the soil in around the roots. Make a small depression or well around the tree to direct
water to the root zone. Spread a handful of complete fertiliser around the tree, then add the water to get rid of air pockets anddisperse the fertilise.

Finally, prune the branches according to the instructions on the label. Cut to an outward
facing bud. This is the first step to creating a well shaped tree. Pruning the tree helps restore
the balance between the top of the tree and the root system, a proportion of which is lost when
the tree is ‘dug’ in the nurse 

Water the tree once or twice a week until December.
Using a bucket is a good way of making sure an adequate quantity
of water is applied. Make sure the water penetrates to the root zone.
Mulch is beneficial, but do not mulch right up to the trunk, as mulch
can divert water from the root zone.


Largest Collection of Succulents in the Blue Mountains!

Our ornamental terracotta from Tuscany are frost resistant

New Shipment from Tuscany just arrived!

We have a wide selection of  Herbs and  WinterVegetable seedlings  in the nursery including

  •   Mint
  •   Parsley
  •    Rocket
  •   Oregano
  •    Cat Grass
  •   Thyme
  •    Rosemary 




  •  lovage
  •  Chives
  • Parsley Italian and Curly 
  • DillThyme: orange sent, lemon sent,pizza and many more,


GREEN SMART SELF WATERING POTS

  • Lettuces
  • Brussels sprouts Tasty
  • Baby Spinach
  • Broccolette
  • Broccoli Green Dragon
  • cauliflowers
  • leek tasty
  • lettuce cos
  • lettuce gourmet mix
  • pea garden
  • pea snow
  • pea sugar snap
  • silverbeet rainbow
  • spinach

Tip for cool to cold area

Bare rooted fruit and deciduous trees are available in our nursery. This is the cheapest and easiest way to purchase. The stress is less for the tree as it is dormant.  Pick trees with a nice shape, and don’t forget to prune them back before you plant them out   Remember to make sure you have the correct pollinators to ensure a good crop. Some stone fruit trees will not fruit until they have been in the ground for a few years. So be patient.

  • Give Brassica’s a place in your patch, pop in the following: broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts. Plant some sage with these guys as a great, caterpillar and moth-repelling companion!

  • For plants that will settle in over winter, so that when spring comes along, they will go gang busters are: peas, beans, radish, Swedes, turnips and spinach. Oh, and some spring onions would go a treat this month as well.

  • Set aside a bit of space and pop in an artichoke! These are gorgeous additions to the patch, look amazing, and taste pretty good too!

  • Plant some rhubarb crowns. Set aside some space in the patch, and check out out the Rhubarb fact sheet for all the tips and tricks.

  • Add some colour and movement to the patch, and pop in some of these little pretties- dianthus, cornflower, pansy, viola, verbena and lupins. Having these around your veggies will give some interest to the patch, and act as beneficial insect attractors!

  • Top up mulch on your veggie patches, herb gardens and ornamental beds, especially important for weed suppression at this time of year. A hot tip is to mulch after watering the patch, to a depth of about 7cm. Keep mulch clear of plant stems, especially young seedlings. Choose low environmental impact mulch, one that will enrich your soil as it breaks down. Also look for one that has done the lest amount of travel to get to you.

  • Green manure crops, including oats, wheat, faba beans and field peas are good to go now. Improve that nutrient deficient veggie patch, and get ready for next seasons heavy feeding plants!

  • A seaweed tea, or any low environmental impact liquid fertiliser are perfect for the seedlings you’ve just popped in. Apply to the soil early in the morning, and in the concentrations mentioned on the packet.

  • Weeding is still needed at this time of year. Most plant growth has slowed down, so it will not have to happen as often. But it also means that it is also a time of year to try and remove as many competitors as possible before the weather starts warming up again.

  • Water smarter at this time of year. Water first thing in the morning, and instead of quickie irrigation, a nice, deep drink a couple of times a week is far more beneficial! Always check soil moisture before watering, don’t waste your precious drinking water if Mother Nature has already done all the hard work for you!

  • Cold days mean a bit of shed time… why not build yourself a nice blackboard for the shed, to keep track of what has been planted in your patch where and when? This makes crop rotation a load easier, and allows you to keep track of feeding times and dates, what worked, what didn’t and what’s happening in the veggie garden.