Mitchelton and Districts Garden Club

THE 1st meeting for the New Year is on February 4 at the Enoggera Memorial Hall. The guest speaker that day is Kate Stumer whose topic is Bougainvillea Culture. On March 3, the 2nd meeting of the year, the guest speaker is Marise Stephens, who will talk about Desert Roses.

Desert Roses belong to the Adenium plant family - a native to Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. They are a succulent and a good subject for a water-wise garden. To successfully grow the desert rose it's important the plant's basic needs are known - a temperature no lower than 50 degrees C, a slightly acidic well drained soil made up of 2 parts loan and 1 part coarse sand, humidity, and full sunlight daily.

Good drainage is essential and terra cotta or ceramic pots which are able to be moved when weather conditions are unsuitable, are the best ones to use. (To develop a straight stem, potted young plants should be rotated every two or three days.) They need plenty of water, but won't survive standing in water.

Before watering, test the soil by inserting your finger in it. If it feels dry it's time to water. In summer this may be needed 2-3 times a week and in winter, only once. The desert rose can live several weeks without water should you go away on vacation. It is susceptible to root rot, but if the correct pot and soil are used there shouldn't Mitchelton and Districts Garden Club be any problems.

The Mitchelton and Districts Garden Club meets at the Enoggera Memorial Hall, corner of Wardell and Trundle Streets. The hall is close to public transport and wheelchair friendly.

The meetings commence at 10am after morning tea which is served at 9.45am. New members and visitors and most welcome. For more information, please phone Pat, the President, on 3356 1256.

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