November in the Garden

November is a spectacular month in the garden with so much growth and colour!  


Plant new season roses!  The roses are blooming profusely and now is the perfect time to come in and choose from the vast range of colours and gorgeous fragrances.
To view our comprehensive 2023 Rose Collection click here.
Prepare the soil first by adding organic compost and plant with Ican Slow Food 24 month fertiliser. 
Water deeply regularly.
Dead-head to promote longer flowering.
Continue your regular spray programme - to view our Rose & Ornamentals Health Care Programme click here (or call in for a copy).

Plant perennials for summer colour - the Petunia 'Violet Bouquet', SunPatiens (impatiens that love the sun!), Calipetites, Lavender, Geraniums, Osteospermum (Cape Daisy), Alstroemeria (great picking),  Arctotis, Convolvulous, Dianthus and so much more.  Encourage bees to your garden with Lavender, Gaura, Penstemon, Heliotrope, Salvias ...
Plant swan plants - Monarch butterflies are appearing to the delight of all children.  The monarch caterpillar is a voracious feeder so you may need to plant more than one!

Enjoy lots of colour this summer and plant pretty annuals.  Our favourites this month are Petunia (heaps of colours), Geraniums, Lobelia (ideal for hanging baskets or borders), Cosmos, Marigolds, Salvia, Portulaca, Verbena, Dianthus. 

Container Planting:
Colourful hanging baskets or pots filled with flowers look great on the patio or veranda for summer.
Replace potting mix, fertilise and replant.
Add Debco Saturaid to the potting mix to preserve moisture.

Sow flower seeds for beautiful summer displays. 


Enjoy produce straight from your garden this summer - stagger your plantings so you have a continuous supply to harvest.

Prepare and add more goodness to the vege patch  - dig in iCan REAL Blood and Bone, sheep pellets, compost or vege mix.  Once the plants are growing well, top dress with Ican Organic Vege Food.

iCan Ocean Grow is a fantastic liquid fish fertiliser which can be applied regularly and will really get your veges growing!  We also have Ican Ocean Grow with Seaweed Boost, exclusively available at Décor Gardenworld.

Sow seeds - sweetcorn, beans, carrots, radishes, peas, beetroot, silverbeet, spinach ...

Plant - potatoes, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, capsicum, onions, spring onions, courgettes, celery, peas, beetroot, spinach, silverbeet, carrots, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, sweetcorn, beans, pumpkin, chillies, eggplants, rhubarb ... 

Plant herbs - basil, stevia, parsley, rosemary, sage, oregano, thyme, coriander, borage (attracts the bees), chives, garlic chives, fennel, mint, spearmint, lemongrass, dill, French Tarragon, Cat Grass, Curry Plant ...

Apply Success Ultra to cabbages, broccoli and cauliflowers to control white butterfly caterpillars.

Spray potatoes with Yates Liquid Copper or Grosafe Free Flow Copper to prevent fungal disease.

Feed tomatoes regularly and remember to remove laterals from tomatoes as they appear during growth.  Stake and tie them up.

Nip off the ends of vines for good-sized cucumbers, pumpkins and squash.

To view our Vegetable Plants Health Care Programme click here (or call in for a copy).


Plant a range of fruit trees and berries and you'll be rewarded with gorgeous fruit throughout the year.  Give them a sheltered spot with as much sun as possible. 

Plums, apples, figs, passionfruit…
Citrus - mandarins, oranges, lemons, and limes.  
Berries - strawberry (great for hanging baskets), raspberry, boysenberry, blackberry, blueberry, guava ...

Fertilise new fruit trees and citrus with Ican 24 Month Slow Food when planting and Tui Citrus Fertiliser (suitable for all fruiting trees).  Top fertilise existing fruit trees with Ican Fruit Tree Food.

Spray - Maintain your regular fruit tree spray programme.  It is important to spray with the correct product at the correct time so please ask one of our knowledgeable staff, click here to view our Fruiting Plants Health Care Programme (or call in for a copy).


Plant new trees and shrubs and with so many now flowering it's a great time to choose:

Rhododendrons, Hydrangea (coming into flower now), Viburnums, Pittosporum, Five Fingers, Spiraea, Port Wine Magnolias...

For the birds plant - Coprosma, Corokia, Five Finger, Flax, Kaka-beak, Kowhai, Melia, Pohutukawa, Rewarewa and Viburnum.

Maples look great in all gardens and we have a large range available.  They are looking their best right now!

Plant new hedges.  Fantastic hedging plants are Japanese Box, Camellia Setsugekka, Westringea Grey Box, Photinia Red Robin, Corokia, Teucrium, and NZ's favourite Griselinia Broadway Mint!

Box Hedging - spray with Grosafe Free Flo Copper and Grosafe Enspray 99 Oil alternating with Grosafe Buxus Blight Fighter to prevent the spread of Box Blight (Japanese Box is far more resistant than English Box to Box Blight).

Fertilise all trees and shrubs with Ican Slow Food 24 month fertiliser.

Fertilise acid loving plants with Tui Acid Fertiliser (if not done last month) - camellia's, rhododendrons, daphne.

Prune hibiscus, feed with a general garden fertiliser and spray throughout the season with Grosafe Free Flo Copper.

Prune spring flowering shrubs after flowering.


Beautifully shaped standards make spectacular landscape features - Camellia, Viburnum, Loropetalum Burgundy and Bay Tree... 

Dwarf fruit trees grow well in pots and containers and yield an abundance of fruit. 

Weeping maples are ideal when space is limited - Crimson Queen and Viridis will impress with their gorgeous form and colour. 

Flowering Crab Apple - gorgeous blossoms and luscious fruit (crab apple jelly!). 

Magnolia - gorgeous colours and varieties to choose from.


Good soil, feeding and watering is the key to great plants, flowers, fruit and vege production. 

Fertilise with Ican Fast Food or Ican Ocean Grow fish fertiliser or the Tui range of Citrus Food, Strawberry Food and Rose Food.

Slow release Novatec is ideal for trees, shrubs, palms, fruit and veges.

Hygiene is important in the garden so clear away diseased leaves and prunings and sterilise secateurs, hedge trimmers etc before and after use (bleach is a good sterilant).

Pests and Diseases - check all plants regularly for pests and disease - it's easier to deal with them early before they take hold and do too much damage.

If fungus and bugs are present they need to be kept under control with regular spraying.  We recommend:

Grosafe Free Flo Copper to control fungus diseases on all fruit, vegetables and ornamentals.
Grosafe Enspray 99 Oil for the control of sucking insects on all fruit, vegetables and ornamentals.
Success Ultra for caterpillars, thrips and leafroller.
Growventive for all sucking insects – Aphids, Thrips, Psyllids, Scale.

Apply Blitzem, Quash (if you have animals) or Baysol (long acting) to control slugs and snails - particularly around new seedlings.

Mulch to suppress weeds, preserve water and add nutrients with Daltons Mulch and Grow or similar.


A well-kept lawn is an asset to every property and now is the time to give your lawn some TLC.

Feed - use a specific lawn fertiliser as this has all the nutrients the grass needs.  A slow release long-term fertiliser like Burnets Ezy Starter or Tui Lawn Force is ideal for new and established lawns.  The advantage with this is there is no danger of 'burning' your lawn and it releases the fertiliser over a longer period.  

Otherwise spread over a straight granular lawn fertiliser - Tui Lawn Fertiliser is ideal - ensure it is watered in well.
Treat mossy areas with Tui Moss Control.

Older lawns could probably do with a bit of an airing and thin out by de-thatching - it is amazing how much thatch builds up over the years, suffocating the grass.

Remember not to mow your lawn too low as this only encourages weed growth and stresses the grass.

Spray on a windless warm day to eliminate Onehunga Weed prickles and broadleaf weeds - use Turfix or Prickle Weedkiller or Yates Weed n Feed (this is sprayed on via the hose and is a great product as it does two jobs in one!).

Happy Gardening and remember, our knowledgeable staff are always available for planting and pest/disease control advice and to ensure you use the right products for your requirements.

Visit Decor Gardenworld

165 Moffat Road, Bethlehem, Tauranga

Garden Centre Opening Hours: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Bloom Cafe Opening Hours: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

07 576 4777 Email

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