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Wow Perthlings!

What a crazy weather rollercoaster we are on here in WA, how awesome was it to see the rain today!!!

Outside in the refreshing rain we go to enjoy the petrichor that follows for our first planty pick this week:

A fast-growing native palm suited to cool climate planting in sheltered locations. Archontophoenix Cunninghamiana aka Bangalow Palm will grow to 15-20m in ideal conditions, a major feature for a tropical feel in the garden, great for boundaries or lining driveways to add a hint of grandeur. The bright green leaves, slender trunk and orange/crimson fruits that birds love all add up to a very attractive feature.

Ideal conditions are free draining soil in a partly shaded to full sun location with protection from frost.

If you hear the words Ficus Lyrata, what springs to mind? Popularised as a large, leafy indoor statement piece the Fiddle-leaf Fig reached new highs in popularity a few years ago. Ideally Lyratas require a bright light or morning sun position, such as eastern-facing windows only, to avoid scorching of the foliage. Allow the soil to dry out between each watering to avoid leaf drop and root rot, as this plant is quite tolerant of drought and dry conditions. You may be surprised to hear the fiddle leaf figs can be grown outdoors in partial shade, but will take full sun when established and can be found in many parks and long-established outdoor areas around Perth. Indoors growth is limited only by the ceiling height and outside in the perfect habitat...the sky's the limit!

Happy planting!

All the best Jo Joanne Hughes Wanneroo Plant Farm Ph: 08 9405 2615


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