The Garden Diaries: Northern Territory in November

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Hero plant this month: Indoor plants

This month it’s all about indoor plants. They are calming, said to make us happy as well as improve our sense of wellbeing.

An excellent indoor plant option is the peace lily, Spathiphyllum. These plants like darker areas inside. Only water when the potting mixture has started to dry out.

Calatheas, with their pretty foliage, are another good choice. These plants prefer indirect light, are hardy, and will thrive in a warm, humid environment.

A favourite that’s currently on-trend is Sansevieria, or what’s commonly called mother in laws tongue. These bold, accent plants are tough and great survivors indoors. Keep in mind, they don’t like too much water and keep them out of the direct sunlight as it will burn the leaves.

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What else to plant

Heliconias are a great plant for the tropics. Most love a sunny spot. With their architectural leaves and striking flowers, they make a great screening plant. Or in the garden, as they grow, they create shade for other understorey plants.

Another easy to grow option for the tropics are gingers. Available in a range of flower shapes and colours, they make great landscaping plants. Many are also edible.   

Don’t neglect your fruit forest too. Plant pawpaw (Asimina triloba) which produce lovely, juicy fruit. These plants like slightly acidic, moist, fertile soil.

If you’ve got some space for a climber, then a passionfruit is a must have. Okra is another vine that fruits prolifically in the tropics.

Plant rosellas too. Grown for its red fruit that makes delicious jam or jelly. 

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Maintenance

There’s plenty to do in the garden this month. First up, get the secateurs out  and prune plants that need it.

Apply liquid fertiliser to your garden. Just before the wet season is the perfect time to fertilise because when the wet season comes, it’ll wash away any excess before the plants get a chance to absorb it.

Don’t let the weeds get away either. Remove them, when they’re young and before they flower and set seed.

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Sweet, juicy pineapples are at their best in the Top End this month. Pick them a little green and let them ripen on the kitchen bench. Snake beans and ginger are ready too.

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