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Enjoying delicious pavlovas this festive season? You can grow some of your very own future pavlova toppings at home! Here are some tasty thought starters.

Berries

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Strawberries - it's lucky that these bright red quintessential pavlova toppers are easy to grow at home. For new Strawberry growers, you can start Strawberry plants during summer from potted plants from your local garden centre and it will take around 3 months for plants to start bearing fruit. Happy to grow in the ground or in pots or troughs, the key to getting the best possible strawberry harvest is to give them at least 6 hours of sunshine a day and consistent moisture and nutrients. Help keep the soil or potting mix moist with regular watering and applying a layer of sugar cane or lucerne straw around the plants. And feed every one to two weeks with Yates Thrive Strawberry & Berry Fruit Liquid Plant Food to promote healthy leaf growth and lots of flowers and luscious berries. Monitor for Snails and Slugs, which can ruin berries. To kill Snails and Slugs, lightly sprinkle Yates Snail & Slug Bait around the plants.

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Blueberries - growing on semi-deciduous to evergreen bushes (depending on the climate), these delicious nutrient packed berries add to the colour rainbow on pavlovas.  Blueberries need well-drained soil or potting mix  (they  detest  wet  feet) and do best in a full sun position. Look for varieties that are suited to your climate - some  Blueberries are suited to cool areas, others perform well in warmer climates. They also need an acidic soil or potting mix (pH around 5.0). In alkaline areas, soil pH can be lowered (made more acidic) by applying Yates Soil Acidifier Liquid Sulfur.  Blueberries like consistent moisture, particularly during fruiting season, and will benefit from fortnightly applications of Yates Thrive Strawberry & Berry Fruit Liquid Plant Food to promote fruiting.

Passionfruit

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Fragrant and tangy Passionfruit pulp drizzled over a pavlova is divine. To grow your own Passionfruit at home, you're going to need a sturdy fence or pergola for the vigorous vine to grow up. They're warmth lovers, so choose a sunny frost- protected position. Passionfruit can be started from young plants purchased from a garden centre. Before planting, enrich the soil with some handfuls of Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser.  

Promote lush healthy leaf growth and lots of fruit by keeping the soil moist (but not wet) and feeding the vine every six weeks from spring to autumn with Yates Thrive Natural Citrus & Fruit Organic Based Pelletised Plant Food. It will take around 18 months to start producing fruit and vines can be productive for around six years.

Cherries

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You can grow Cherries at home if you live in a climate where you receive enough ‘chilling hours’. So Cherries are best suited to areas with cool or cold winters, however, there are some varieties that will bear fruit in warmer areas. Check your chosen variety to see whether it requires a pollinating partner. Cherry trees are deciduous and vary in size from medium height trees down to dwarf varieties in the 'Fleming’s® Nurseries' ‘Trixzie®’ range that grow to around 2.5 m tall. Perfect for smaller gardens and also growing in pots. From spring to autumn, keep the soil moist and feed every six to eight weeks with Yates Thrive Natural Citrus & Fruit Organic Based Pelletised Plant Food.


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