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BABY BLISS ® Dianella revoluta ‘DTN03’
General Description: Baby Bliss is a compact, clumping plant with striking blue foliage. It ideal for garden borders, and planted close together forms an excellent low growing ground cover. I will grow to a height and spread of approximately 25cm. It flowers prolifically from mid spring with blue/yellow flowers. Followed by attractive purple berries until February.
Position: Grows well in full sun and partly shaded positions. Tolerates windy and salt laden windy positions. It is reasonably drought tolerant, but it may need some irrigation in dry times, in climates such as Western Sydney. In climates such as the Blue Mountains, the Southern Highlands, the South Coast and Canberra, it can live on natural rainfall. In shaded areas in Sydney, it can live on natural rainfall. It tolerates some degree of wet feet, but not prolonged water logging. It can be used in raised or depressed areas, in both sandy and heavy soils. It has excellent frost tolerance.
Mulch type: It lives well in all mulch types, but for other reasons such as weed control, and better drought benefits, we recommend mulch that is comprised of hardwood chips or other chunky wood material with no more than 5% fines by volume (preferably zero fines). The material must not contain any bark. The average size of the woodchip must be approximately 30 mm x 20 mm x 5 mm and the maximum length of chip is not to exceed 50 mm. It must be free of soil, weeds, stones, vermin, insects or other foreign material. (Note: Mulch with less than 5% fines has many advantages, and should be used anyway, not to mention it is part of the Australian standards to have no more than 5% fines.)
Care: Water as required to keep the plant healthy for the first 8 to 13 weeks. After this irrigation is optional (not required) for the cooler areas of NSW, but for hotter dryer areas such as Western Sydney, and inland areas, occasional watering in drought periods maybe required. When planting ensure that the base of the plant is not covered with mulch or soil and plant in well mulched gardens. Do not excessively irrigate, making the soil wet for prolonged periods. Remove older leaves as needed. Fertiliser is rarely required, but in
ornamental gardens if a darker green colour in Summer is desired, fertilise with any good balanced 8 to 9 month slow release fertiliser, preferably in Spring or Autumn.
Uses: Ideal for specimen planting or mass planting in gardens, garden borders, golf courses, factories, offices, and most types of residential and commercial planting. Ideal for patio pot plants and planter boxes. Excellent low growing ground cover. Good companion plant with Little Jess, Breeze, Tanika, and Emerald Arch.
Roadsides: Viro-Tubes 50mmx 50mmx 90mm (Volume 130ml): After consultation with roads departments, we recommend planting Breeze at 9 Viro-Tubes per square metre in urban areas, and for rural roads, 6 Viro-Tubes per square metre. 85mm x 85mm x 100mm (410ml volume) square pots and 140mm diameter round pots (140mm deep) and (1.4lt volume): After consultation with roads departments, we recommend planting Breeze at 6 pots per square metre in urban areas, and for rural roads, 4 pots per square metre.
Garden Rates: Mass planting, 6 to 9 per square metre for full coverage. For specimen planting, plant 1 or 2 per square metre. (These low rates are for where manual weed control is possible).
Weed control: Ronstar as per label as a pre-emergent. Fusilade as per label will selectively take out grass weeds. Eg: Kikuyu, summer grass etc. When spot spraying with Glyphosate (Roundup), ensure drift or overspray does not accidently contact the Breeze. Do not spot spray on windy days. Please check label to see if you can use these chemicals in your region for this use.
Fungicides and other treatments: It is rare that Baby Bliss will need treatment, particularly if the planting instructions are followed, but just in case Mancozeb, Banrot etc can be used if leaf spot occurs. This is more for patio pots, and ornamental gardens etc, where any blemish must be controlled.
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