Seed Subscription: Vegetable, Tropical Climate, Winter 2024


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Seed Subscription: Vegetable, Tropical Climate, Winter 2024

Subscriptions are an excellent way to explore new seed varieties without having to spend time choosing the seeds yourself, and are perfect for busy gardeners, delivering seeds and all the information you need to plant them directly to your letterbox. 

Each season we’ll choose a selection of seed varieties tailored to your climate, and send you the seeds plus a colour information sheet with photos, tips and sowing information - all you need to do is plant!

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Seeds included in this subscription:

  • Lettuce- All Year Round

    A butterhead type of lettuce with buttery green leaves and a compact heart, growing to 20cm. Suitable for planting year-round and slow to bolt (protection from frosts is still recommended).

    Sow direct or raise seedlings, 3mm. Germination 7-14 days @ Aug-23°C.Annual. Rows 50cm, Height 20cm, Spacing 30cm. 55-75 days.

    Best months in Tropical Climates: APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV (Click for full sowing chart, grow guide and more)

  • Rosella

    Annual shrub with red stems, red/green leaves, yellow flowers, and red fruit used for jam, tea, and medicine. Needs 6 months frost-free for fruiting, best in warm climates. Known as "Roselle" or "Jamaica sorrel".

    Raise seedlings, 10mm. Germination 10-21 days @ 25-35°C.Annual. Rows 100cm, Spacing 45cm. 180-200 days.

    Best months in Tropical Climates: JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC (Click for full sowing chart, grow guide and more)

  • Cape Gooseberry- Golden Nugget

    Frost tender perennial, often grown as annual, up to 120cm. Yields sweet, juicy golden fruit in a lantern-like calyx. Fruit is 3cm in diameter, ideal for fresh eating, jams, desserts, pies, cakes, salads.

    Raise seedlings, 4mm. Germination 14-42 days @ 21-29°C.Perennial (grown as an annual in cool climates). Height 120cm, Spacing 30cm (annual), 100cm (perennial). 140 days.

    Best months in Tropical Climates: MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG (Click for full sowing chart, grow guide and more)

  • Zucchini- Black Beauty

    Upright bush. Popular home garden variety producing dark green cylindrical fruit with tender cream/white flesh. Delicious flavour. Quick growing.

    Sow direct, 20mm. Germination 7-14 days @ 21-35°C.Annual. Rows 100cm, Spacing 75cm. 50-65 days.

    Best months in Tropical Climates: FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP (Click for full sowing chart, grow guide and more)


  • Artichoke- Green Globe

    Perennial growing to 180cm. Thistle-like with silver/grey/green leaves. Large green flowers eaten as a vegetable. Large hearts. Gourmet vegetable. Can be ornamental. Flowers usable in dried arrangements. Common Australian variety.

    Sow direct or raise seedlings, 10mm. Germination 14-21 days @ 21-26°C.Perennial. Rows 200cm, Height 180cm, Spacing 150cm. 300-400 days.

    Best months in Tropical Climates: MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG (Click for full sowing chart, grow guide and more)

  • Carrot- All seasons

    Large orange roots growing to 20cm. Can be planted almost all year round. Very popular in Queensland and New South Wales. Good disease resistance.

    Sow direct, 5mm. Germination 14-21 days @ 10-30°C.Biennial (usually grown as an annual). Rows 25cm, Spacing 5cm. 120-140 days.

    Best months in Tropical Climates: FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP (Click for full sowing chart, grow guide and more)

  • Amaranth- Red Garnet

    Amaranth variety grown for leafy greens, sprouts, microgreens. Large burgundy red/green leaves with great flavour, tender texture. Popular in Asian cuisine, used in soups, stews, salads, stir-fries. Fast-growing, heat tolerant. Can be ornamental.

    Sow direct, 6mm. Germination 7-10 days @ 20-25°C.Annual. Height 200cm, Spacing 50cm. 70-110 days (SPROUTS: 5-10 days, MICROGREENS: 14-21 days, BABY LEAF: 20-30 days).

    Best months in Tropical Climates: MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG (Click for full sowing chart, grow guide and more)

  • Endive- Batavian Broadleaf

    A Mediterranean broad-leaf variety resembling lettuce, often used raw in salads or cooked in stir-fries, soups, or stews. Less bitter than fine-leaf endive. Also known as "Escarole".

    Sow direct or raise seedlings, 5mm. Germination 4-7 days @ 15-18°C.Annual. Rows 50cm, Height 20cm, Spacing 30cm. 80 days.

    Best months in Tropical Climates: APR MAY JUN JUL (Click for full sowing chart, grow guide and more)

  • Watermelon- Warpaint

    Crimson Sweet' is a summer vine watermelon. This popular heirloom variety yields large round or oval fruits up to 10kg, with yellow-green striped skin and juicy dark red flesh. It has a sweet taste, stores well, and is disease-resistant.

    Sow direct, 20mm. Germination 10-14 days @ 27-32°C.Annual. Rows 125cm, Spacing 75cm. 90 days.

    Best months in Tropical Climates: FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV (Click for full sowing chart, grow guide and more)

  • Bush Bean- Cherokee Wax

    Dwarf (bush) bean. Tender, stringless, straight, pale yellow pods growing to 16cm. Fast growing. Seeds turn black when mature.

    Sow direct, 20mm. Germination 6-10 days @ 16-30°C.Annual. Rows 50cm, Spacing 10cm. 55-60 days.

    Best months in Tropical Climates: FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT (Click for full sowing chart, grow guide and more)


Tips for gardening in winter:

Weeding and tidying: Rain helps weed seeds germinate and it is easier to remove them when the soil is damp. Be sure to remove weeds before they get a chance to mature and set seed, and ensure you get the weeds out roots and all. Hand tools are useful for small areas and hoes or tillers make the job go faster in larger gardens. Rake up fallen leaves so they don’t form a compact layer which can stop water reaching the soil. Add these extra leaves to your compost heap. Clear out any dead or diseased plants and to prevent the spread of disease, place this plant material in the bin rather than the compost bin.

Pruning: Check your tools. Cleaning and sharpening your secateurs and pruning saws makes the job much easier, and a clean cut means there is less chance for disease to enter ragged wounds. It is easier to prune deciduous trees and shrubs in winter because you can see the structure of the plant more clearly. Remove any dead wood, and take out crossing branches or stems that might rub against each other. 

Watering: You may not need to water your plants as frequently in winter, but make sure your plants are still getting enough. If required, give them a deep soak once a week early in the day so that excess moisture can evaporate before nightfall and avoid the risk of fungal diseases.

Plot and plan: Use some of the down time in winter to review your garden and think about what you’d like to plant in the coming seasons. If you’re growing annuals, do you want to plant the same again, or try some new varieties or colour schemes? If you’re growing veggies, remember that crop rotation is a good idea to break the cycle or build-up of any pests and diseases that may be in the soil. This has the added benefit of reducing, or even eliminating, the need to spray with chemicals.

Pests and diseases to look out for in winter:

Slugs and snails: These pests can damage a wide range of plants, especially flower and vegetable seedlings. They are most active in the cooler wetter months, or when thunderstorms activate them in summer, and come out at night to feed. Controlling weeds and removing places that can harbour slugs and snails can be an effective way to control and reduce the number of these pests. If you choose to use bait, it is best applied in Autumn before snails get a chance to lay eggs. Most baits can be toxic to pets and other wildlife, so use any bait with caution.

Fungal diseases: A range of fungal diseases can occur in winter. You can prevent these from taking hold by practising good hygiene. Pick up any fallen and rotting fruit and put it into the rubbish, as it can cause disease which carries over into the following year’s crop.

Product code: SS_VEG_TROP_WIN_2024

Contains

  • 1 x Lettuce- All Year Round (Lactuca sativa)

    A butterhead type of lettuce with buttery green leaves and a compact heart, growing to 20cm. Suitable for planting year-round and slow to bolt (protection from frosts is still recommended).

    Life Cycle: Frost Hardy Annual
    Plant Height: 20cm
    Position: Part or full sun, moist well drained soil

  • 1 x Rosella (Hibiscus sabdariffa)

    Attractive annual shrub with red stems, red/green leaves and producing yellow flowers followed by red fleshy fruit. The fruit can be eaten fresh but is most commonly used to make jam, tea and other beverages. It also has medicinal uses. Plant needs at least 6 months frost free to produce fruit so is best suited to warm climates. Also known as "Roselle" and "Jamaica sorrel".

    This variety of Rosella usually has a broad leaf which is popular is Thai cooking; young leaves are used raw or cooked in salad, stir-fries and as a pot herb.  Produces less fruit than 'Rosella- Early'.

    Life Cycle: Frost tender Annual
    Plant Height:
    Position: Full sun, moist soil

  • 1 x Cape Gooseberry- Golden Nugget (Physalis peruviana)

    Frost tender perennial commonly grown as an annual; growing to 120cm. Produces sweet, juicy golden yellow fruit that is encased in a papery lantern like calyx. Fruit grows to around 3cm in diameter and can be eaten fresh or used in jams, desserts, pies, cakes and salads.

    Life Cycle: Frost tender Perennial (grown as an annual in cool climates)
    Plant Height: 120cm
    Position: Part or full sun, moist soil

  • 1 x Zucchini- Black Beauty (Cucurbita pepo)

    Upright bush. Popular home garden variety producing dark green cylindrical fruit with tender cream/white flesh. Delicious flavour. Quick growing.

    Life Cycle: Frost tender Annual
    Plant Height:
    Position: Part or full sun, moist well drained soil

  • 1 x Artichoke- Green Globe (Cynara scolymus)

    Perennial growing to 180cm. Thistle-like plants with silver/grey/green leaves. Large green flowers heads are eaten as a vegetable. Large hearts. Gourmet vegetable. Can be grown as an ornamental. Flowers can be dried and used in arrangements. The most common Australian variety.

    Life Cycle: Hardy Perennial
    Plant Height: 180cm
    Position: Full sun, moist soil

  • 1 x Carrot- All seasons (Daucus carota)

    Large orange roots growing to 20cm. Can be planted almost all year round. Very popular in Queensland and New South Wales. Good disease resistance.

    Life Cycle: Half hardy Biennial (usually grown as an annual)
    Plant Height:
    Position: Full sun, well drained soil

  • 1 x Amaranth- Red Garnet (Amaranthus tricolor)

    This variety of Amaranth is most commonly grown as a leaf vegetable; it's fantastic for baby leaf, salad greens, sprouts or microgreens. The plants produce large burgundy red/slightly green leaves that have excellent flavour and tender texture.  Very popular in Asian cuisine; excellent in soups, stews, salads and stir-fries. Fast growing. Very nutritious. Heat tolerant. Pick leaves as required.  Plants do well in hot weather.  Young leaves are tender and used as a salad green, mature leaves are cooked like spinach. 

    Can also be grown as an ornamental.  Annual growing to 200cm.  Upright plants with attractive burgundy red/green leaves producing large attractive red flowers.  Seeds can also be harvested from mature plants and used as a grain. 

     

    Sprouts are ready in approximately 5-10 days.

    Microgreens are ready in approximately 14-21 days.

    Baby leaves are ready in approximately 20-30 days.

    Plants reach maturity at approximately 70-110 days. 

    Life Cycle: Half hardy Annual
    Plant Height: 200cm
    Position: Full sun, moist soil

  • 1 x Endive- Batavian Broadleaf (Cichorium endivia)

    Large broad-leaf Mediterranean variety which forms a head and looks similar in appearance to lettuce. Commonly used raw as a salad green but can be eaten cooked in stir-fries, soups or stews. Broad-leaf varieties are often less bitter than fine-leaf endive varieties. Also known as "Escarole".

    Life Cycle: Hardy Annual
    Plant Height: 20cm
    Position: Full sun, moist soil

  • 1 x Watermelon- Warpaint (Citrullus vulgaris)

    This variety of watermelon is also known as 'Crimson Sweet'.

    Summer vine fruit.  Popular heirloom variety that produces large round or oval fruit growing up to 10kg.  Fruit has yellow and green stiped skin and juicy dark red flesh with sweet flavour.  Stores well.  Good disease resistance. 

    Life Cycle: Frost tender Annual
    Plant Height:
    Position: Full sun, moist well drained soil

  • 1 x Bush Bean- Cherokee Wax (Phaseolus vulgaris)

    Dwarf (bush) bean. Tender, stringless, straight, pale yellow pods growing to 16cm. Fast growing. Seeds turn black when mature.

    Life Cycle: Frost tender Annual
    Plant Height:
    Position: Full sun, well drained soil

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