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Welcome to Southern Harvest. 

We are a family-run business that is all about growing - growing healthy, interesting food to share with family and friends, as well as native and cottage plants that bring colour, fragrance and habitat to the garden. Southern Harvest supplies you with quality cottage garden, native and vegetable and herb packet seed, with speedy service and advice.

Nestled on 5 acres at the foothills of Mt Wellington in southern Tasmania, our winters are cold with regular frosts, so we value (and specialise in) plants for cool climates. We know the pleasure and reward of growing a bit of colour for the winter-bare garden, as well as having something to take straight from the garden to the kitchen on those dark winter nights. Our daughters, Poppy and Bea, who inspired our logo, are a constant reminder of the joy and good health that gardens can bring to the young, the old and everyone between. We stock a wide range of seeds both old and new varieties, we especially love heirloom (or heritage) seeds and the history associated with them.

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We look forward to meeting some of you at the Salamanca Market stall (Site 98- opposite the steps of the Supreme Court). Happy gardening!

WA customers please see the Quarantine page.

We have many wonderful photos on our website. Some of the photos are taken by Heinz Ahlemeyer if you are interested in purchasing the rights to the photo please contact us (seeds@southernharvest.com.au) or Heinz (heinzsightphotos@gmail.com).

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Botanical Name
Allium Cepa

These large, light-brown, globe-shaped onions are an excellent winter crop, best suited to cooler climates. Plant lots because these are the longest keeping onions (up to 12 months) available and have great flavour. Onions are high in vitamin C, iron, sulphur and fibre. 1 Packet = 350 seeds. Bulk seed available (230 seeds/gram).

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Hibiscus sabdariffa

A fast growing annual shrub (to 2m) with attractive yellow flowers. Rosella is known for its use in the kitchen where the calyx (the red fleshy cover framing the seed pods) is used to make jam, jelly, sauces, wine and tea (dry the red calyx). Young leaves can be steamed. Remove the first flush of seed pods to ensure greater yields.
For the best crop ensure rosella has 5-6 months frost free growing, so in cooler areas sow indoors to transplant to a sheltered position once the weather has warmed. Soak seed overnight in warm water, plant and keep warm (22˚C+) and moist. 15 seeds. Not to WA.

Sowing Periods
Cool Climate Periods
Oct 1st to Dec 30th
Temperate Climate Periods
Sep 1st to Dec 30th
Tropical & Sub-Tropical Climate Periods
Jan 1st to Dec 30th
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Echinops ritro

Stunning, globular, purple flower heads adorn thornless, finely-cut, grey-green foliage. Beautiful as a fresh or dry flower and popular with bees, this drought-hardy perennial prefers full sun or part-shade. Can handle poor soil with good drainage. Flower colour is more intense in areas with cool nights. The flower heads also provide a nice colour long before the actual flowers open, prolonging the ‘flowering’ season. 20 seeds.

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Centaurea cyanus 'Blue Boy'

These spring and summer bloomers have large, double flowers in a beautiful blue on 80cm tall stems. The classic cornflower colur. These annuals grow well in full sun and good, limy, well-drained soil in a sheltered position. Cut back spent flowers to promote regrowth. Flower petals are edible, adding colour to salads. Plant en masse for a striking display or amongst your vegies for a bit of colour. Makes a great cut or dried flower. Self seeds. 150 seeds.

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Verbascum chaixii f. album

A bold, vertical perennial baring a mass of white flowers with purple stamens and centres in summer. A good cut flower and RHS award winner. Prefers well drained soil, dislikes wet heavy soils. Tolerates frost and drought once established. Provides a good supply of food to honey-bees. About 100 seeds. No. 1.
 

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Papaver orientale 'Brilliant'

One metre tall, stiff stems carry huge orange red flowerheads up to 25 cm wide over a long period from spring to late summer. This perennial poppy with its green, hairy foliage thrives in well drained, rich soils and a sunny position with extra liquid fertiliser when blooming. 200 seeds/No.1/

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Papaver orientale 'Beauty of Livermere'

One metre tall, stiff stems carry large dark red flower heads up to 25 cm wide over a long period from spring to late summer. This perennial poppy with its green, hairy foliage thrives in well drained, rich soils and a sunny position with extra liquid fertiliser when in bloom. 150 seeds/No.1/

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Meconopsis cambrica

This cool climate poppy produces large, yellow-to-orange papery flowers from spring to autumn on 40cm stems with deeply divided leaves. A short-lived perennial that readily self seeds, it prefers moist, well-drained garden soil and a cool position in the garden or rock garden with part shade. 200 seeds.

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Chrysanthemum maximum

A fun daisy with long lasting double and semi-double white flowers. A hardy perennial that grows to 80 cm. Makes a great border plant with healthy growth of toothed oblong leaves and a mass of flowers. Makes an outstanding cut flower due to good vase life and medium stems. Handles most soils in full sun or part shade. About 30 seeds.

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Lathyrus latifolius 'Mix'

A perennial with attractive sprays of sweet pea flowers (red, pink & white) blooming over summer. Climbs to 2m or can be used as a ground cover. An easy, fast growing species that requires full sun or half shade, provide regular watering when in bloom.  10 seeds/No.8/