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Autumn Planting Advice

With the cooler weather, soil temperatures start declining and moisture levels start increasing, making Autumn an excellent time of year to plant.

Autumn planting is most highly recommended for areas which get very hot and dry Summers, as the roots have longer to get established compared to Spring planting.

Autumn planting is not recommended for spots that get very cold like Central Otago (though frost protection is possible) or where the soil gets very wet during the Winter. 

When planting in Autumn, make sure the soil is moist, but not overly wet. The roots need oxygen from the soil, and if the dirt is waterlogged, the roots essentially get suffocated. So keep the soil damp, until Spring when the roots are growing more actively and can absorb the moisture. 

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