October in the Garden

This is such a wonderful time of year with warmer, longer days and so much growth!



Plant new season roses!   To view our comprehensive 2023 Rose Collection click here

Prepare the soil first by adding Ican Premium Compost and plant with Ican Slow Food 2 Year Slow-Release Fertiliser. 

Fertilise existing roses with Tui Rose Fertiliser and apply Daltons Mulch and Grow around the base to condition the soil and conserve moisture.

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 - Dianthus, Geraniums, Osteospermum, Lavender, Federation Daisies, Alstroemeria (great picking), Delphiniums, Arctotis, Salvia and Gaura.

For instant colour plant your favourite annuals - Petunia, Begonia, Impatiens, Cosmos, Lobelia (ideal for hanging baskets or borders), Verbena, Marigolds, Sweet Peas, Rudbeckia.

Sow flower seeds for beautiful summer displays - Wildflowers, Alyssum, Lobelia etc.

Leave the foliage to die down naturally and fertilise with Fiesta Bulb Food (if not done last month) to ensure good flowering next year.

Container Planting:
Replace potting mix, fertilise, and replant.
Pots and hanging baskets filled with colourful flowers always look great.  We have a large selection of pots/containers in many shapes, sizes, and colours.

Add Saturaid to help with waste conservation.


Prepare and add more goodness to the vege patch -  Prior to planting Top Dress with Lime to “sweeten the Soil”.  Dig in Ican REAL Blood and Bone, sheep pellets, compost or Ican 100% Organic Vege Food.

Ican Ocean Grow
 is a fantastic liquid fish fertiliser which can be applied regularly and will really get your veges growing!  Ican Ocean Grow with Seaweed is also excellent as a “booster” for your plants.

Sow seeds/plant seedlings every few weeks for continual harvests in the months ahead.

Sow seeds - Sweetcorn, Beans, Carrots, Radishes, Peas, Beetroot, Silver Beet, Spinach ... the choice is vast.  See the Ican Chef’s Choice range for best results.

Plant:  Potatoes (we all love new Potatoes at Christmas), Tomatoes, Beans, Cucumber, Capsicum, Lettuce, Onions, Spring Onions, Courgettes, Celery, Peas (Sugar Snap, Snow Peas), Beetroot, Spinach, Silver Beet, Carrots, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower ...

Plant herbs - Parsley, Basil, Rosemary, Sage, Oregano, Thyme, Coriander, Borage (attracts the bees), Sorrel, Chervil, Chives, Garlic Chives, Fennel, Mint, Artichoke, Watercress ...

Plant Rhubarb and Strawberries.

Apply Success Ultra to Cabbages, Broccoli, and Cauliflowers to control white butterfly caterpillars with Grosafe Free Flo Copper.

Spray Potatoes with Grosafe FreeFlo Copper to prevent fungal disease.  Mavrik can be used if you have Psyllids.

Feed Tomatoes regularly and remember to remove laterals from Tomatoes as they appear during growth.  Stake them so the plant is supported.  Remember, to feed them well thru to the summer months with Tomato Food.

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.  We have Tauranga's best fruit trees - top grade and advanced growth:  Ensure any new plants are well staked and ties are checked regularly.

Plums, Apples, Pears ...
Citrus - Mandarins, Oranges, Lemons, and Limes.  

Plant Strawberries in the garden bed, vege patch, hanging baskets.  For the best results plant into Daltons Strawberry Mix and fertilise regularly with Ican Fast Food or Tui Strawberry Food.

Fertilise (if not done last month) new and existing fruit trees and Citrus with Ican Fruit Tree Food or Tui Citrus Fertiliser.

Fruit tress in Pots should be fed with our especially formulated Ican Fruit Food for Pots and Containers.

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.  With so many now flowering, it's a great time to choose:

Rhododendrons, Grevillea, Leucadendron (fantastic for cut flowers and floral work), Magnolias, Camellias, Azaleas, Pieris (Lily of the Valley) ...

For the birds, plant – Bottle Brush, Coprosma, Corokia, Five Finger, Flax, Grevillea, Kaka-Beak, Kowhai, Pohutukawa, Protea, Rewarewa, Viburnum, Waratah...

Maples look great in all gardens.  Now is the time when the best range is available.

Plant new hedges.  Fantastic hedging plants are Japanese Box, Camellia Setsugekka, 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 to prevent the spread of Box Blight (Japanese Box is far more resistant than English Box to Box Blight).  Alternatively use Grosafe Buxus Blight Fighter.

Fertilise all new and existing trees and shrubs with Ican Slow Food (if not done last month).  Feed your fruit trees with Ican Fruit Tree Food.  Fertilise acid loving plants with Tui Acid Fertiliser (if not done last month) - Camellias, Rhododendrons, Azaleas, Daphne.

Trim and shape camellias as they finish flowering.  Thin them out so that a bird can fly through them.

Prune Hibiscus once the danger of frosts has passed, feed with a general garden fertiliser and spray throughout the season with Grosafe Free Flo Copper.

Prune spring flowering shrubs after flowering by at least one third.


Beautifully shaped standards make spectacular landscape features - Camellia, Michelia, Laurel...

Flowering Cherries, Dogwoods and Crab-Apples are in bloom.  Prunus Shimidzu Sakura is lovely with pink buds opening to double snowy white blooms (4-5m), Falling Snow (white) and Pendula Rosea (bright pink) are beautiful weeping Cherries growing to approx 2-3m.  Weeping Maples are ideal when space is limited - Crimson Queen and Viridis will impress with their gorgeous form and colour.  Magnolia - gorgeous colours and varieties to choose from including the new 2019 release Magnolia Sentry which is ideal for skinny spaces and 2021 release of Baby Bird and Summer Magic which flower in Spring and again in late Summer.


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

Fertilise with iCan Ocean Grow fish fertiliser or the Tui range of Citrus Food, Strawberry Food and Rose Food.
Ican 24-month Slow Food is an ideal fertiliser for trees, shrubs and palms, Ican Fruit Tree Food is for all fruit trees in the garden.

Ican Fast Food is excellent for veges, potted plant and perennials.

Continue to protect frost tender plants with frost cloth at night or spray with Vaporgard.  Vaporgard is an excellent organic product which is easily sprayed over foliage and provides up to 3 months protection.

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 - 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.

Yates Success Ultra for caterpillars, thrips and leafroller.

Yates Mavrik for thrips, aphids and psyllids.

Grosafe Groventive for sucking insects.  This is a new systemic insecticide so excellent for insect control.  Add with Grosafe Enspray 99 for best protection.

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

Mulch to suppress weeds, maintain soil warmth, preserve water, and add nutrients with Pea Straw Mulch or Daltons Mulch and Grow.


Sow new lawns - choose an appropriate lawn seed for your lifestyle.

Fertilise lawns with an even application of Tui Lawn Fertiliser, ensuring it is watered in well.

Treat mossy areas with Tui Moss Control.

Spray to eliminate Onehunga Weed prickles and broadleaf weeds.  Use Yates Turfix or Grosafe Prickle Weedkiller for prickle control.  The temperature needs to be at least 18° for best results.



You can't go past home grown spuds and we have a new range of potato varieties available in carry packs of 10.  For yummy new waxy spuds for Christmas plant early types like the new Cliffs Kidney or Jersey Benne - but don't stop there, as there's a whole range of different varieties to keep you enjoying potatoes for a longer period.

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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