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Hummingbirds

May 20, 2019: Hummingbirds are some of the most fascinating and flashy fliers you’ll ever see. Yet they’re also some of the most misunderstood. If you want to attract them and keep them coming around (and don’t we all?) you might not be sure how to get started. After all, a lot of information is out there, and it’s a little overwhelming trying to decide what to believe or try. Now through May 30th - Get a FREE  Friends of Flight 8oz concentrate pouch of Hummingbird Nectar with any $50 purchase (while supplies last) 

“USE RED! IT REALLY DOES WORK.”
In North America, the flowers best adapted for hummingbird pollination are bright red blooms with a tubular shape. Hummingbirds instinctively watch for red things and investigate them.

“KEEP IT CLEAN.”
Sugar water that has started to grow moldy can be dangerous to birds. If you’re going to put out feeders, it’s essential that you keep them clean and replace the mixture regularly—at least once every three or four days, more often in hot weather. If the mixture starts to look cloudy, clean the feeder and replace the nectar immediately.

“GIVE US A LITTLE EXTRA SPACE.”
Goldfinches and some other songbirds may feed together peacefully, but hummingbirds often fight around feeders, chasing one another away. Hummingbirds are adapted to feeding at flowers, which will produce only limited amounts of nectar, so they instinctively protect their food sources even when they’re at feeders with an unlimited supply. Try putting up two or more feeders that can’t be seen from one another. Even the toughest little hummingbird can’t monopolize multiple feeders if he or she can’t see them all at once.

“WE’RE CREATURES OF HABIT.”
If the hummingbirds returning in spring seem to remember where you had flowers or feeders in previous years, they probably do. As tiny creatures that rely on specialized food sources in a big, big world, they have to be good at finding their way back to the best spots. They have a highly developed sense of what scientists call spatial memory. This is a good reason to work extra hard at attracting hummingbirds. Once you get them established, they’ll be back for more.

Now through May 30th - Get a FREE  Friends of Flight 8oz concentrate pouch of Hummingbird Nectar with any $50 purchase (while supplies last) 

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Gerbera Daisy

May 13, 2019Gerbera Daisies are super-easy to recognize, with their brightly colored flowers and compact stems. The sea of red, orange, coral, pink, and yellow blooms in the greenhouse aisles are simply stunning! 

Plant Gerbera Daisies with good drainage and full to part sun. They thrive in sandy, well-drained soils. They look amazing in containers and actually work well in office environments to help purify the air. 

They will keep growing and blooming best if you deadhead them regularly. Here’s how: As soon as the flowers have faded and shriveled, cut the stalks back to where they meet the base of the plant (an area called the “crown”). It’s also a good idea to keep your entire plant tidy by removing old, dried up, or damaged leaves whenever you see them.

Nonstop® JOY Yellow Begonia Baskets $19.99

May 6, 2019: Bring happiness to your shade areas with our featured hanging basket: Nonstop® JOY Yellow Begonia Baskets in a decorative yellow basket are $19.99 until May 15th (or supplies run out).

These Nonstop® Begonias are a beautiful clear yellow that’s perfect for hanging baskets. They grow 8-9″ tall with a well branched mounded habit. An abundance of large, bright yellow double blooms adds bold color to the basket all summer long until the first frost falls. The strong, well-branched growth of the Nonstop® JOY Begonia means it is resistant to breakage and wind damage and does not require deadheading.

Care:

Watering: Allow to dry slightly between watering.

Light: Nonstop® JOY thrives in shade and partial shade. For shade gardeners looking for something more than pretty foliage, the flowers on Nonstop® begonias are high impact.

Stone fruit trees are best planted on a gentle slope which will allow the cold air to sink into the adjacent lower areas around the trees. Plant the tree in a fertile, slightly acidic (pH of 6 to 7), sandy loam soil. There should be good drainage in the ground since the tree will not grow well if its roots are wet. Choose a location that receives ample sunlight. 

Fruit Trees are in!

April 29, 2019: Fruit Trees are in! This year, we have several varieties of apples, cherries, peaches, and plums for you to choose from.

Pollination

Pollination is vital to the successful production of fruit trees. Often, inadequate pollination is the reason why trees produce poorly or don’t bear fruit at all. To create the best pollination environment for your tree, make sure that you check our descriptions to see which pollinating varieties our experts recommend.

Some trees are self-pollinating.  However, we always recommend planting another compatible variety that blooms at the same time for optimum fruit production.    

Tree Placement

Apple trees are best planted in full sun for optimal growth and production of fruit. It is important for the trees to get the early morning sun as this helps to dry to early morning dew and lowers chances for diseases.

Stone fruit trees are best planted on a gentle slope which will allow the cold air to sink into the adjacent lower areas around the trees. Plant the tree in a fertile, slightly acidic (pH of 6 to 7), sandy loam soil. There should be good drainage in the ground since the tree will not grow well if its roots are wet. Choose a location that receives ample sunlight. 

Regal Geraniums

April 22, 2019: Expand your geranium horizons with this cool-season member of the family: the Regal Geranium (also called the Martha Washington Geranium). This group of geraniums features richly colored blooms. The petals have a lovely ruffled effect that enhances the luxurious feel. The top 2 petals often have a bolder color or a contrasting pattern. Overall, Regal Geraniums grow roughly 12 to 18 inches tall and 12 to 24 inches wide.

Regal Geraniums are pretty bloomers that grow best when air temperatures are below 60°F. They set their flower buds when night temperatures hover in the 50- to 60-degree range. These geraniums make a beautiful gift or can be used in containers or garden beds. As a result, they’re popular as spring plants, most often bought as gifts for Mother’s Day. 

Light: Place indoor plants in direct morning sunlight, for at least four to six hours a day, avoiding hot afternoon sun, which may burn the tender leaves. Place outdoor plants where they will get full morning sun and afternoon shade.

Water: Water indoor plants thoroughly twice a week, but don't soak the soil. Keep the soil moist, but not wet, allowing the top 1 inch of soil to dry out slightly before watering again. Cut back on watering after flowering, but don't allow the roots to dry out completely.

Pansy Bowls

April 15, 2019: Did the latest round of snow bring you down? These cool weather loving pansies are here to save the day and provide that pop of color you are craving for your landscape and gardens.

Our freeze-proof synthetic containers are perfect for the colder months and provide air flow and proper drainage so the pansies don't get wet feet.

We have several color combinations potted up and ready to go home with you for only $12.99, now until April 30th! 

Garden Prep Pack

April 8, 2019: Gardeners know the best time to clean your flower bed is in the early spring, before flowers are planted and begin growing. We put together a Gardener Prep Pack to help you this year!

 

For $19.99, you get your choice of one each of the following:

  • Bloom Kneeling Pad
  • Bloom Household Shears
  • Bloom Gardening Gloves
  • Bloom 20 Gallon Collapsible Gardening Bag

Save $2 on all Purple Cow Organics

April 1, 2019: Do you want to get a strong start in your garden this year? Look towards the nutrients of the soil you used in garden beds and containers. Healthy soil leads to healthy plants and, ultimately healthy people.

Did you know that overusing soil year after year in your garden beds can deplete soil of the proper pH, minerals and beneficial microbes? The good news is that you can replace organic components by amending your soil with organic gardening materials from Purple Cow Organics, such as Purple Cow’s Activated™ supercharged compost, Potting Mix or Tomato Gro. These organic amendments not only leave soil healthier but also make gardens low maintenance. Even better: garden organically is easier than people think, because it’s essentially more about replacing nutrients and organic matter to soil instead of loading it up with chemical fertilizer.

Get $2.00 off any Purple Cow Organics purchase between April 1st-15th.

Purple Cow Activated Compost

March 25, 2019: Soil: it’s not a dead pile of dirt! Did you know that overusing soil year after year in your garden beds can deplete soil of the proper pH, minerals and beneficial microbes? The good news is that you can replace organic components by amending your soil with organic gardening materials from Purple Cow Organics, such as Purple Cow’s Activated™ Compost, Seed Starter, Potting Mix or Tomato Gro. These organic amendments not only leave soil healthier, but also make gardens low maintenance. Even better: gardening organically is easier than people think, because it’s essentially more about replacing nutrients and organic matter to soil instead of loading it up with chemical fertilizer.

Product uses:

  • Replenish Garden Beds (food crops or flower beds)
  • Improve Topsoil/Garden Soil
  • Bolster Trees & Shrubs
  • Potted Plants (indoor or outdoor)
  • Maintain Existing Lawns
  • Perennial Beds/Mulch
  • Lawn Repair

Join us Sunday, March 31st at 11am  for "Getting Started with Organic Gardening" with the Purple Cow Organic's team on hand to answer any of your questions. We will be offering a $2.00 discount on all Purple Cow Organics products all day.

Bird Feeders & Houses

March 18, 2019: Bird feeding is most helpful when birds need the most energy, such as migration and in late winter or early spring, when natural seed sources are depleted. Two exceptions to this rule are hummingbirds and goldfinches. Offer your hummers nectar in feeders to help fuel their high metabolism, and provide seed to your goldfinches because they nest later than other birds. 

It is also helpful to provide a source of water for drinking and bathing. Be sure to keep feeders and baths clean to help prevent the spread of illness or disease.

We carry bird feeders and decorative bird houses at both our Cottage Grove and Edgerton locations.

Shamrocks

March 11, 2019: So many shamrocks! Create a St. Patty's Day tablescape or green up a windowsill. Come May, tuck them into a shade planter for texture. You don't need luck to keep shamrocks looking good. Just allow soil to dry slightly between waterings and feed monthly with an all-purpose fertilizer spring to fall. You can keep shamrocks (a.k.a. oxalis bulbs) year to year, but cut them a few months' slack. Reduce watering when they start dying back naturally, then begin again when they sprout anew.

Forced Spring Bulbs

March 4, 2019: Forced Spring bulbs let you enjoy the colors and fragrance of spring indoors when it's freezing cold and snowy outdoors. We have a large assortment of Crocus, Hyacinths, and Muscari popping up and ready to brighten your home. They are currently snug in our floral coolers. Stop in to either our Cottage Grove or Edgerton location and pick up a few.

Once you bring your bulbs home, allow two to four weeks until to bloom time. Wake the bulbs gradually, starting with about two weeks of indirect sunlight and 60 degree temperatures. When shoots are three to five inches high, move the pots to a 68 degree environment and a bright, sunny window. Once buds color, move the pot to indirect light again to prolong bloom.

Seed Starter Special

February 25, 2019: Just in time for the Planting Seeds Indoors and Companion Planting Class to be held at the Cottage Grove location, we are offering a discounted bundled kit to get you started with any seed purchase for only $14.99:

Mini-Greenhouse:

NK Lawn & Garden's 72 Cell Mini-Greenhouse with the hexagon shape to eliminate circular roots which stunts seedling development.

Seed Starter Soil:

8 Qt bag of Espoma Organic Seed Starter Premium Potting Mix.

Offer runs until March 15th.

Growing Seeds Indoors

February 18, 2019: It’s never too early to start planning for this season’s garden.  If you are planning a vegetable, herb or flower garden, bring your seed list out to either our Cottage Grove or Edgerton location. We have a huge selection of Livingston seeds for you to choose from.

Seed Starter Trays:

To help with your seed planting project, we have several types of seed starting trays available in our Garden Center:

Traditional Seed Starter kits:

  • 18 cell extra large pots designed to grow vegetables with strong roots.
  • 36 cell or 72 cell greenhouse kits with the hexagon shape to eliminate circular roots which stunts seedling development.

 Biodegradable Peat Pot Seed Starter kit:

  • 50 cells of 1-3/4" square Jiffy Pots which are 100% biodegradable peat pellet made of Canadian sphagnum peat moss which allows abundant aeration, uniform drainage, and easy root penetration. Perfect for organic growing.

Seedling Heating Pads:

Have you tried using a germination heating mat yet?  You simply place the mat under seeding trays for quicker germination and to encourage strong root growth.

 Grow Lights:

When using a grow light, seedlings can be nurtured along from February through August to produce a steady supply of sturdy seedlings for the spring garden, as well as for succession planting in late Spring, Summer, and even Autumn. Stop in to see our selection of grow lights and get tips on timing and placement of the lights from our garden experts.

Cyclamen

February 11, 2019: Cyclamen blooms from January till March when the air is cooler, then rests during the warmer summer months. Even with Valentine’s Day on the horizon - it's STILL gloomy outside. It will be hard to NOT cheer up when you bring this bright blooming plant into your home.

A Cyclamen’s leaves are dark green, shaped like a heart, and its surface usually bears a striking pattern marked in a lighter green or white shade. The flowers are up-swept and come in a variety of pastel hues.

The regular Cyclamen grow anywhere from 12 to 18 inches, while the mini cyclamen types reach a height of around 7 to 8 inches.

Growing Instructions:

Light: Cyclamen is quite sensitive to heat, so make sure to place this lovely plant in a cool location. Otherwise, the high temperature may cause the flowers to prematurely wilt and wither. If possible, place the Cyclamen in a bright window with indirect light, facing north. Optimal temperature should never go above 68 degrees Fahrenheit.

Water: Watering your Cyclamen requires a careful approach. Don’t just pour water above the tuber as it can spoil the buds, leaving the plant to rot. It’s best to water from the bottom in the saucer, or around the edge of the pot.

Spider Plant

February 4, 2019: The Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum) is considered one of the most adaptable of houseplants and the easiest to grow. With long, slender leaves that arch from a common central crown, these house plants work well in hanging baskets or atop shelves and tables to allow for their trailing habits to be on full display. They provide numerous benefits such as producing oxygen and purifying the air in your home and office, by absorbing carbon monoxide, formaldehyde and xylene. They are safe for pets and as such can be displayed just about anywhere in your home and office spaces, even on the floor in a beautiful cluster with your other indoor plants.

Growing Instructions:

Light: Spider Plants prefer nice, bright light. However, they tend to burn in full sun or afternoon sun. Yet, Spider Plants are adaptable, and will do fine in lower light conditions. In our experience, they won’t produce as many babies without natural light.

Water:Water them when they’re almost dry & be sure to let the water drain all the way through the pot. Depending on how warm & bright your house is, this might be every 10-14 days. If your water is high in salts, consider using distilled water. Water them well but do not allow the plants to become too soggy, which can lead to root rot. In fact, spider plants prefer to dry out between waterings.

Kalanchoe

January 28, 2019: One of the most versatile succulents, Kalanchoe, is prized for its pretty foliage and boldly colored flowers.  Because Kalanchoe is a succulent, you only need to water it when the soil feels super dry to the touch.

Kalanchoe branches are tender and break easily, so be careful when moving or transplanting. Many people discard the plants after the bloom is over, but this isn't really necessary. Simply cut off the flowering head, let the plant rest with reduced water, and resume its normal care. 

Growing Instructions:

Light: Kalanchoes like bright, natural light. A medium to high light is best. Keep them out of any hot windows because the leaves will burn. During the winter, consider a south-facing window.

Water: Kalanchoes need good drainage. Water yours well, let it drain, empty the saucer & then water again when super dry. Reduce watering in the winter (the plant can almost dry out ) as they thrive in the low humidity of winter households. The foliage is very dense & fleshy, which is why you don’t want to mist or spray this plant. Watch the fleshy leaves for signs of water distress.

Potted Succulents

January 21, 2019: Come out to our Cottage Grove location to get out of the snow and feel the warmth of the greenhouse! Do you know what also loves the warmth of our greenhouses? Succulents! Kayla has paired up several versions of the succulent family in these really cute 3 inch pots and saucers from Chive Pottery. 

About the Plants:

Succulents are a diverse group of plants that include stiff, upright cacti as well as sprawling and trailing plants that are well-suited to hanging baskets and window boxes.

Most succulents like bright sunlight and are content to spend their days outdoors in the baking sun or indoors in a sunny, preferably south-facing window. Succulents will lean towards the sun, so rotating them will help them stand up straight. (Leaning may also be a sign that they need to be in a sunnier spot.)

About the Pottery:

Decorative pots with drainage holes seem to have vanished over the past decade. This makes watering more difficult as far as how much water to give your plants. Drainage holes in these pots allow you to see when you've watered enough. These colorful and fun little cups with matching saucers are perfect for succulents! 

Scarlet Star

January 14th: Bromeliads, also known as guzmanias,  make great houseplants and are not only easy to maintain but very colorful. This particular one is popular because of its large, star shaped bloom. What sets it aside from many of the other bromeliads is that it is available in a wide range of flower colors.

Overview:  Guzmania lingulata is one of the most popular species of Guzmania. Its common name is the scarlet star. The scarlet star has long, flat, glossy-green leaves with smooth margins. The leaves come together to form a star shape in the center.

What is commonly mistaken as the flower is actually a grouping of modified leaves, called bracts. Guzmania lingulata is most famous for its brilliant pink or red flower bracts but can also be found in shades of yellow and orange depending on the variety.

Growing Instructions:

Light: Like the other bromeliads, Guzmanias prefer, and are happiest, in bright, natural light.  An east or west exposure would be best. Just be sure they avoid exposure to any direct, hot sun, because they’ll burn. 

Water: Guzmanias have a central well that the flower stalk rises out of, which is how they collect the water they need. You want to keep that well about 1/4 full. Because moisture is collected through their leaves, they’d appreciate a spraying or misting once or twice a week.

If you have hard water, consider using distilled or purified water.  Don’t over water your bromeliad – they don’t like to stay constantly wet.

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Prayer Plant

January 7th: This week we are featuring a hardy, indoor plant that earned its common name from the fact that the leaves tend to fold together at night, like a pair of praying hands.

Overview: The Maranta leuconeura is a low, spreading plant that's often grown in hanging baskets, but will also grow horizontally along a tabletop or other surface. It's a slow grower, so no matter where you grow your prayer plant, you don't need to worry about it growing out of bounds.

Most types of prayer plant have variegated foliage, adding to the plant's overall interest. It does produce flowers, but they're not large or particularly showy. 

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