The Garden Diaries: Queensland in December

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The Garden Diaries: Queensland in December

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Hero plant this month: Poinsettias

First up, it’s all about planting. There are some excellent plants in store at this time of year but for festive colour, it’s difficult to go past poinsettias with their colourful, showy bracts.

They are an excellent gift or make the perfect centrepiece for the Christmas table. Indoors, they need indirect sunlight and don’t over-water. Once the flowers are finished, prune back and plant into a pot or in the garden. Add some fertiliser to promote growth.


What else to plant

Portulacas are another good choice for the summer garden. They are a hardy, semi-succulent plant and come in an amazing array of colours. Put them in pots or plant directly into the garden.

Hydrangeas are a hero of the summer garden. Plant in a shady spot and keep the water up to them if it’s hot. They’ll reward with fabulous flowers.

Mandevillas are awesome climbers, with striking, tropical looking flowers. They grow well in fertile, well-drained soil and prefer dappled light.

Plumeria, or frangipani, are also the perfect choice for a Queensland garden.

There’s still time to plant tomatoes. The best choice for December in Queensland are cherry tomatoes. Other members of the solanaceae family to plant now include eggplants and capsicums. Also plant heat tolerant varieties of lettuce too.

Plant cucumber, melons, pumpkins, and zucchini as they all love the heat, but you’ll need some room as the plants spread. Beetroot, silverbeet, radishes, beans and sweet potato are good to get in now too.

Potted capsicum plants


With the festive season not far away, December is a great time to get on top of the maintenance jobs. 

Mulch any beds that need it, lucerne, pea straw and sugar cane are good options. They break down over time and add nutrients to the soil. As well as limiting weed growth, mulching helps with moisture retention in the soil and protects plant roots.

Keep on top of the weeds as they grow quickly at this time of year. Watch for bindii, oxalis and dandelion. Use an organic spray or pull them by hand before they have time to flower, set seed and spread.

A person pulling out weeds


There’s nothing like picking fresh produce from the garden, and there’s lots to harvest in December. Pick corn, radish, lettuce, banana, capsicum, and pawpaw. 

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