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Winter Sale & Rose Workshop

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Cycads Roses

The Rose Special

Winter Time Sale.

It may be cold in the morning, but at Cycads For Pleasure we are hosting not only a special where all plants are 25% off, but you will also receive a free succulent during the special.

21 June till The 6th of July

Not only are we running a special where you can save on all of our plants, but if you join us on the 6th of July you can take part in our Rose pruning demonstration.

You can ask whatever you would like to know about taking care of roses, and the best way to prune them.

ONE FREE SUCCULENT PER CUSTOMER

Any Questions? send us a message.

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Biodiversity Week & Aloe Workshop

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Biodiversity

Cycads

Join us on the 25th for a Special talk on Aloes!

Join us on Saturday, May 25th at 09h00 for a special talk on all things aloe.

Not only will we be telling you what you need to know about aloes like:

  • What are the soil requirements to grow an Aloe?
  • What should I use to fertilize an Aloe
  • How do I treat Aloe Cancer?
  • How do you cultivate Aloes?

And you can ask your own questions about what you would like to know about Aloes.

25% off on all plants between the 20th and 26th of May!

This week at Cycads for Pleasure we are celebrating Biodiversity, and along with the free aloe as another gift from us to you we would like to offer 25% off on all our beautiful plants.

Any Questions? send us a message.






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Plant maintenance in bags

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RECOMMENDED PLANTING PROCEDURE

Plant maintenance in bags

RECOMMENDED PLANTING PROCEDURE

Old flowers, twigs and yellow leaves should be removed regularly. The plant should not be kept in the same container for more than a year.

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RECOMMENDED PLANTING PROCEDURE

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Maintenance

RECOMMENDED PLANTING PROCEDURE

  1. Dig a hole twice the size of container.
  2. Soak the plant thoroughly in a container of water, if possible. Larger containers must be drenched thoroughly with water.
  3. Mix the removed soil with half compost
  4. Scatter some soil mixture on the bottom of the hole, so that when plant is planted, it should be slightly below the actual soil level.
  5. Fill the hole with water and let it drain.
  6. Remove plastic bag or container from the plant and place it in the hole.
  7. Add the rest of the compost mixture into the hole.
  8. Ensure that the soil around the plant is firmly pressed down.
  9. Make a dam around the plant and fill it with water.
  10. Fertilise with granular fertilizer, as indicated by the manufacturer, once the plant is established (±3 months) after planting.
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DISEASES

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Disease control

DISEASES

Plants should be inspected regularly for diseases and treated with the correct spraying programme. When using a spraying programme, remember not to water the plant for at least 4 hours afterwards.

NB! Please read the manufacturers’ instructions, before you commence spraying.

BASIC RECOMMENDED SPRAYING PROGRAMME

Sucking and biting insects:

  • Merit®
  • Confidor®
  • Malasol
  • Insecticide granules

Rust, Leaf Spot or Downy Mildew, and Black Spot:

  • Bravo 500
  • Virikop
  • Rosecare 3
  • Folicur®
  • Funginex
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Fertilizing

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General fertilising

Fertilisers should be given from spring until autumn at least every six weeks. During winter give fertiliser only once. Fertiliser must NEVER be strewn on dry plants.

We recommend 2:3:2 (22) to be used on most plants.

Fertiliser must not be strewn near the stem. The plant must be watered immediately. When using a soluble fertiliser, please follow the manufacturers’ instructions.

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HOW DO I START A GARDEN?

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HOW DO I START A GARDEN

GOT AN IDEA
Is this going to be a vegetable garden? An herb garden? A flower garden? If you choose to grow flowers, do you want annuals, which you must replant each year but which give color most of the summer? Or do you prefer perennials, which have a shorter bloom time but come back year after year? You can mix any of the above — after all, it’s your garden. Just one bit of advice: Start small. ‘Tis better to succeed just a little, than to fail grandly.

PICK A PLACE
Almost all vegetables and most flowers need about six hours of full sun each day. Spend a day in your chosen spot and watch how the sun moves across the space. It might receive more sun than you think. But don’t despair if your lot is largely sunless; many plants tolerate shade. Check plant tags or ask the staff at your local garden center to find out how much sun a plant requires.

Put the garden where you can’t ignore its pleas for attention — outside the back door, near the mailbox, by the window you stare out when you dry your hair. Place it close enough to a water spigot that you won’t have to drag the hose to far.

CLEAR THE GROUND
Get rid of the sod covering the area you plan to plant. If you want quick results, you can dig it out, but it’s easier to smother it with newspaper. A layer of five sheets is usually thick enough; double that if your lawn is Bermudagrass or St. Augustine grass.

Spread a 3-inch layer of compost (or combination of potting soil and topsoil) on the newspaper and wait. It’ll take about four months for the compost and paper to decompose.

IMPROVE THE SOIL
Invariably, soil needs a boost. The solution is simple: organic matter. Add a 2- to 3-inch layer of compost, decayed leaves, dry grass clippings, or old manure. If you dig soil (see Step 5), till the organic matter into the soil. If you decide not to dig or are working with an established bed you can’t dig, leave the organic matter on the surface and it will work its way into the soil in a few months.=

To learn more about your soil, have a soil test done through your county cooperative extension office. They’ll lead you through the procedure: how much soil to send from which parts of the garden, and the best time to obtain samples. Expect a two- week wait for their findings, which will tell you what your soil lacks and how to amend it.

DIG OR DON’T
Digging loosens the soil so roots can penetrate more easily. But digging when the soil is too wet or too dry can ruin its structure. Dig only when the soil is moist enough to form a loose ball in your fist, but dry enough to fall apart when you drop it. Use a spade or spading fork to gently turn the top 8 to 12 inches of soil, mixing in the organic matter from Step 4. In vegetable gardens and beds of annual flowers, turn the soil only once a year in the spring before you plant.

PICK YOUR PLANTS
Some people pore over catalogs for months; some people head to the garden center and buy what wows them. Either method works if you choose plants adapted to your climate, your soil, and the amount of sunlight in your garden. You can even surf the Internet for plants to purchase. Here are a few easy-to-grow plants for beginners. Annual: marigolds, impatiens,

geraniums, Calendula, sunflowers, and zinnias. Perennials: , pansies, and daylilies. Vegetables: lettuce, peppers, tomatoes, and cucumbers.

PUT THEM IN THE GROUND
Some plants, such as pansies and kale, tolerate cold, so you can plant them in autumn or late winter. Tomatoes and most annual flowers, on the other hand, are touchy about cold, so don’t plant them until the danger of frost has passed in your area. Midspring and mid autumn are good times to plant perennial flowers. Check with your local garden center for a list of recommended planting dates.

Some plants, such as lettuce and sunflowers, are easy to grow from seed. You can sow them directly in the garden. Be sure to read the seed packet for information about when to plant, how deep to plant, and how far apart to plant the seeds. If you’re an adventurous beginner, you can get a head start on the growing season by sowing seeds indoors before the last frost date.

You can buy containers or flats designed especially for seedlings, as well as seed-starting soil mixes (available at garden centers). Follow seed-packet instructions, and place the containers on a sunny windowsill or under artificial lights if you don’t have window space. Be sure to keep the seeds and seedlings moist but not wet (or they may rot).

An easier method is to buy young plants, called set plants or transplants. Just dig a hole and plunk them in the ground.

WATER Seedlings should never dry out, so water daily while they are small. Taper off as the plants get larger. New transplants also
need frequent watering — every other day or so — until their roots become established. After that, how often you need to water depends on your soil, how humid your climate is, and how often it rains. Plants are begging for water when they wilt slightly in the heat of the day. Water slowly and deeply, so the water soaks in instead of running off into the street. To minimize evaporation, water in the early morning.

MULCH
To help keep weeds out and water in, cover the soil with a couple of inches of mulch. All sorts of mulch are available, from pine needles to cocoa hulls to bark chips. For a vegetable garden or bed of annuals, choose a mulch that decomposes in a few months. For perennials, use a longer-lasting mulch, such as bark chips.

KEEP IT UP
Your garden is on its way. Keep watering when needed, and pull weeds before they get big. Fertilize with a dry fertilizer about halfway through the season. If you use a liquid fertilizer, fertilize every month or so. And remember to stop and smell the -well, whatever you grow.

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TIPS FOR CREATING A WATER-WISE GARDEN

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WATER-WISE GARDEN

Water is a scarce and dwindling resource, and South Africa is a dry country with unpredictable rainfall and an ever increasing demand for it. As the demand for this precious resource grows, so will its price along with legislation discouraging excessive use. It is, therefore, important to garden for the future.

 

Water-wise gardens cut down water usage but are still beautiful and, as there are so many indigenous options to choose from, water-wise gardening should be the norm

 

CHOOSE LOCALLY SUITABLE WATER-WISE PLANTS
There are numerous beautiful plants that require minimal to no watering once established. Remember to plant in autumn, after the first rains – this gives plants a full winter to develop a strong root system before facing the dry season.

 

GROUP PLANTS ACCORDING TO THEIR WATER NEEDS
Water-wise plants need minimal watering once established. And by grouping your plants according to their water needs, you avoid wasting water on plants that don’t need it. Those plants that need more watering should be planted together in a small area where their water needs can be attended to.

 

RECONSIDER YOUR LAWN
Lawns are thirsty so think about the lawn space you use and need. Buffalo grass requires less water and less mowing. Just don’t cut the grass too short as longer leaves shade the roots and reduce water evaporation.

 

PREPARE THE SOIL WELL AND ADD COMPOST
Dig in plenty of compost as it aids the water retention ability of the soil, adds nutrients, and also encourages earthworm activity, which improves aeration and drainage. Remember to compost your beds at least once a year.

 

USE LOTS OF MULCH BETWEEN PLANTS
Mulch helps to keep the soil cool and reduces evaporation. It also reduces run-off and erosion, suppresses weed growth, enriches the soil and prevents compacting of the soil. Mulch is available in a variety of options including bark, compost and dried leaves.

 

WATER CORRECTLY AND ONLY WHEN NECESSARY
Most people over water. Save water by watering thoroughly but less often and when evaporation is lowest (early morning and evening). A drip or underground irrigation also saves water and reduces weed growth

 

CREATE SHADE AND WINDBREAKS
Wind and sun can dry out plants. Plant fast-growing, wind-resistant, water-wise trees and shrubs suited to your area to provide shade and shelter.

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Disease control

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Disease control

Plants should be inspected regularly for diseases, and treated with the correct spraying program. When using a spraying programme, remember not to water the plant for at least 4 hours afterwards.

NB! Please read instructions before you commence spraying.

A basic recommended spraying programme

Sucking and biting insects:
Redspiderspray 15ml to 10l water or
Redspidercide 20ml to 10l water or
Malasol 25ml to 10l water or
Garden Ripcord 5ml to 5l water.

Rust, Leaf Spot or Downy Mildew, and Black Spot:
Bravo 500, 25ml to 10l water or
Virikop 50g to 15l water.

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General fertilising

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General fertilising

During the propagation period the plants have ample “feed”. A general fertilizer should be given from Spring untill Autumn at least every six weeks. During Winter give ferilizer only once. Fertilizer must never be strewn on dry plants. We recommend 2:3:2 (22) to be used on most plants.

Dosage :

  • 1 teaspoon for a 4 litre plant
  • 2 teaspoons for a 10 litre plant
  • 3 teaspoons for a 20 litre plant

Fertilizer must not be strewn near the stem. The plant must be watered immediately. When using a soluble fertilizer, 1ml per litre of water is recommended.

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