Probably more often than you think! It is important that your bulbs do not dry out completely or they will ‘abort’ and you won’t have any flowers to enjoy come spring.
Your plants will need to be watered 2-3 times a week depending on the weather conditions. If we get rain, happy days, you can have a day off. If it’s warm and windy, then think about some extra watering.
How do I keep birds, possums and snails from eating my plants?
Once Floriade’s beds have been planted, the horticulture team erect chicken wire fencing around each of the garden beds and attached bird netting across the top. This keeps birds and possums away while the young plants are getting established, and we remove it just before Commonwealth Park opens to visitors.
The link below has some great tips on how to build a snail trap – could be a great activity to do with your school or community group or to keep the kids occupied at home!
Happy annuals will start to flower in about 6 weeks. For an even stronger plant, we recommend pinching the first few flowerheads off. This way it can concentrate more energy on getting established and it will reward you with many more flowers!
I’m not used to flowering on mass! What is the best way to feed my plants?
Remember bulbs already have all their nutrients on board – if you’re planting bulbs on their own they will do well with just water. For large areas of annuals, we recommend buying a Hose-On pack of fertiliser to attach to the end of your hose. You can then keep the empty pack and refill it with a mix-your-own fertiliser concentrate – a much more economical method than buying it pre-mixed
What’s on in our Community
With thanks to the following businesses
Transport Canberra and City Services Directorate
Thank you to the community groups who were selected and will be blooming with us this year!
To find your closest Floriade Community site on the Floriade Bloom Tulip Trail head to our Floriade Map.