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8 10, 2019

Pollination Explanation

By | 2019-10-08T11:51:28+00:00 October 8th, 2019|Nursery, Nursery Advice|0 Comments

Hooray! Our male and female mountain peppers are flowering and spring seems like a good time to talk about pollination. Like Kiwi fruit, Carob and Pistachio, Mountain Peppers (Tasmannia lanceolata) are dioecious, which means having male and female sex organs on separate plants. If you want them to fruit you need to have BOTH [...]

22 07, 2019

Bare-root Fruit Trees Explained

By | 2019-07-22T18:06:54+00:00 July 22nd, 2019|Nursery, Nursery Advice|0 Comments

July is a fairly quiet time in the vege garden. The garlic is shooting, the silverbeet is looking lush and the peas and broad beans are stretching their green little heads to the sky. It's tempting to think you can sit back with a cuppa and relax! But if you have the room winter [...]

26 02, 2019

Garlic planting, CERES-style

By | 2020-01-28T16:06:27+00:00 February 26th, 2019|Nursery, Nursery Advice|2 Comments

“There are five elements: earth, air, fire, water and garlic”, so said the French culinary writer Louis Diat, and we would tend to agree. Nothing beats the satisfaction of tucking into a delicious plate of spaghetti aglio, olio e peperoncino seasoned with your own home grown garlic! It’s time to get your cloves planted. Below we [...]

18 11, 2018

Your friendly neighbourhood tomato growing guide: Step 3. Watering, Fertilising, and Protection from Pest and Disease

By | 2018-11-18T10:01:29+00:00 November 18th, 2018|Nursery|0 Comments

The warm weather should have our tomato plants growing big and wild! Make sure you are watering deeply and early, especially on those hot windy days, the plants can’t take up any precious nutrient you’ve so diligently added to the soil unless the soil is moist. If you’ve missed the mornings’ water it’s ok [...]

22 10, 2018

Your friendly neighbourhood tomato growing guide: Step 3. Staking and Pruning

By | 2018-10-22T14:08:30+00:00 October 22nd, 2018|Nursery, Nursery Advice|0 Comments

By now you are probably thinking about how to support your rapidly growing tomato plants. The determinate or ‘bush’ types will stay a bit smaller but still might need a short take to lean on. If you have chosen indeterminate varieties these will keep growing and growing until you think they can grow [...]

5 10, 2018

Your friendly neighbourhood tomato growing guide: Step 2. Seed Sowing and Transplanting Seedlings

By | 2018-10-22T14:23:15+00:00 October 5th, 2018|Nursery, Nursery Advice|2 Comments

We’ve had a bit of a cool start to spring so it’s not too late to start your tomatoes from seed if you haven’t already, and this is definitely the way to get more bang for your buck! When choosing which seeds to buy try to stick to ‘heirloom’ or ‘open-pollinated’ varieties rather than [...]

25 09, 2018

The Passionate Fruit

By | 2019-11-11T15:43:38+00:00 September 25th, 2018|Nursery, Nursery Advice|0 Comments

Cutting open a fresh homegrown passionfruit is like getting a dose of pure tropical sunshine. Thinking about planting a passionfruit vine this spring? Not sure whether to go grafted or seedling? Here's a bit of advice. Passionfruit vines can be bountiful croppers when planted in a sunny, sheltered, well-drained position in Melbourne gardens. Try [...]

24 09, 2018

Your friendly neighbourhood tomato growing guide: Step 1. Choosing the Right Tomato for You

By | 2018-10-22T14:24:12+00:00 September 24th, 2018|Nursery Advice|0 Comments

It's not unusual this time of year to see a CERES Nursery horticulturalist gesticulating wildly in the tomato section, trying to convey a sense of JUST HOW BIG a particular variety will grow, while a queue of customers look on wide-eyed and captivated! We thought we'd make it easy for you and post some [...]

17 09, 2018

Of Love and Avocado Flowers: The mysterious sex life of avocado trees

By | 2019-11-11T15:43:48+00:00 September 17th, 2018|Nursery, Nursery Advice|3 Comments

Let’s be frank: the confusion about avocado flowers and their pollination is well justified. Their reproductive habits are as mysterious and romantic as a magical realism novel, fascinating but sometimes hard to follow. It’s fitting because these trees originated in the warm, humid climes of Central and South America. As far as floral gender [...]