TIP #4 Everlastings and Fertiliser

Soil nutrition is responsible for Everlastings that look full, tall and bright. Soil nutrition is also responsible for wheat crops that look healthy and yield well. The formula is the same, they require potassium and nitrogen and a small amount of phosphorus to grow their best. Most native plants love potassium and nitrogen so these are two elements you really require.
It is best to plant your Everlastings into your well prepared soil. Plant your seed with a little amount of fertiliser, calculate the correct amount, as too much can lead to fertiliser toxicity. Dig the fertiliser into the top 5 cm of the soil for vigorous germination and to get the best start for the crop.
At about the six-week stage after planting, Everlastings will be starting to grow quite vigorously, requiring a top-up in nutrition. It is a good time to add some nitrogen at this point. This will ensure a good display in the spring, of nice tall, plump flowers with bright blooms. The nitrogen should be in the form of Urea, or a form from your Nursery or Garden Centre. Don’t put it on too late otherwise it won’t add to the everlasting plant at all.

Tip #3 Time of Sowing

Everlastings can be sown at any time of year, if you have the water supply. It is not recommended however, to plant during the hot summer months as any germinating plant will struggle. It is best to plant during a normal growing season from April-May through to August.
If you plant in Feb-March and supply optimal nutrition, there is a chance the plants may become top-heavy and fall over with the weight of the flowerhead. If you plant after March-April, plants will be more able to hold their weight, as there is not enough growing season time for them to grow too tall.
Alternatively, if you plant in September, the plant has to grow very quickly in order to flower at the normal time in spring. The later you sow, the shorter they will grow. Sowing late is best for sowing pot-plants, because often you do not want them to become too ‘leggy’, producing more plant than flower.
Additionally, the later into the growing season they are seeded, the longer they will take to germinate and come out of the ground. This is particularly true for winter planting, because the soil is colder and less conducive for a seed to become active. Sowing in the warmer autumn months, a seed can become a seedling in about two days! In the cold of winter, this can extend to 10-14 days. They will all come up eventually… be patient!!
Of course, Australia is a vast land, with different climates, and the time of sowing should be altered to be conducive for seeding an annual temperate plant. Frost will not hinder Everlastings, so this is something you do not need to take into consideration when determining sowing times.

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