• The Health Benefits of Flowers

    Most people enjoy flowers in any way, shape, or form they can get them. Aside from being pretty, plants have many benefits for a person’s overall health and well-being. Summer is a great time for change, so why not spruce up for house or office with a few more plants. Here are just a few health benefits of having fresh-cut flowers part of your everyday life: Emotional Health Improvement Receiving flowers, whether they are sent from another person or you bought them for yourself, can give you an immediate mood boost. A bouquet of flowers is a sign that someone cares for you, and being well-thought of can do a lot for a person’s well-being. A pretty flower bouquet with bright colors and a soothing scent can brighten a room and your mood at the same time. Aid in Memory and Concentration Many people have a moment where they completely Read More
  • 3 ways to protect your garden from spring frost

    Are you starting notice bits of frost on your flowers and foliage? While chilly nights are the norm in spring, you may have started gardening a bit too soon. If you don’t know how to properly tend to your garden and protect your plants from frost, this could pose a serious threat. A freeze occurs when temperatures drop below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Water inside the plant freezes and causes the cells to burst. There is an array of vulnerable plants that will be vastly affected by a freeze. These include both house and tropical plants, spring-blooming shrubs, trees, tender bulbs, warm-season vegetables like tomato, corn and pepper, and warm-season annuals like impatiens, petunia and geranium. Here are three ways to protect your garden from spring frost: 1. Bring them indoors If your plants are in a container like Teleflora’s Orchid & Tropical Plants, simply bring them inside until the weather Read More
  • Why Annuals and Perennials Fail to Establish

    Newly planted annuals and perennials need careful attention to establish and develop properly. Many factors can result in poor establishment or death. Plants that have failed to establish can often be recognized when you tug on a dead, dying or ailing plant and it comes out of the ground with a root ball much the same as when it was planted having failed to send new roots into the surrounding soil. Here are few of the major points to watch to help your plants become well established after planting. 1. Improper watering. Improper watering is probably the most common reason why a plant dies before it becomes established. Newly planted plants have a small root system, which can dry out very quickly. Be sure and water plants well just after planting and then monitor closely. If the root ball is allowed to dry out the young plant will be severely Read More
  • March's Monthly Tips and Tasks for Your Garden

    Not sure what to do with your garden in March? Check out this helpful list from the Missouri Botanical Garden! Houseplants Two handsome houseplants that provide fragrant blossoms indoors this month are the Confederate jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides) and Japanese pittosporum (Pittosporum tobira). Both thrive in average home conditions and are easy plants to grow. As day lengths increase, plants begin new growth. Repot rootbound plants, moving them to containers 2 inches larger in diameter than their current pot. Check for insect activity and apply controls as needed. Leggy plants may be pruned now. Ornamentals Trees, shrubs and perennials may be planted as soon as they become available at local nurseries. To control iris borer, clean up and destroy the old foliage before new growth begins. Fertilize bulbs with a "bulb booster" formulation broadcast over the planting beds. Hose off any granules that stick to the foliage. Dormant mail order plants Read More
  • Get Growing: Lights, seeds, action - tips for starting your garden indoors

    The weather has been so unpredictable these days, it's a confusing time to be a gardener. One sunny day hits 75, while the next brings an 18-degree night. The trees are budding, the garlic greens are going gangbusters and every warm day feels like a jumpstart to spring. But, let's be real. it's still March, and while we are still a few months away from planting those first tomatoes, there are plenty of things you can do to get growing. Here's what I'm up to: Starting warm-weather crops Now is the perfect time to get your heat-loving, long-season seedlings started, especially peppers, which sometimes take a few weeks to germinate. By mid-March, I will have started all of my seedlings so they are big enough to plant outside around the second week of May. Lights, please For only about $25, you can build a lo-fi light setup that will get Read More
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