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How To Keep Your Christmas Tree Fresh

December 7, 2017

Holiday Flower TreeThe holidays are an awesome time of year for a number of reasons, but one of our favorites (and maybe yours too) is putting up a Christmas tree. Whether you take an annual family trip to cut down your own or pick one off your local tree lot (you may even have a smaller Christmas tree as a holiday decoration within your home), the fun doesn’t end after you’ve found the perfect one – you get to decorate it, and, most of all, enjoy it all season long!

However, a common debate that many families have is when they’ll pick out their tree. Why? Often, many people fear that getting one too early will result in a Christmas morning where presents are left under a sulking and sagging tree filled with brown needles. The good news? You can keep your Christmas tree alive & fresh all season long with some Christmas tree care tips from our flower & plant experts:

Trim The Trunk

Before you secure your tree in its stand, make sure that the trunk undergoes a good trimming. If you aren’t sure how much to cut off, about ½ inch should suffice. And remember, cut straight across the trunk, you don’t want to start cutting on any angles! Continue Reading…

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How to Keep Orchids Looking Their Best

October 23, 2017

Orchids are well-known for their striking beauty and unique petal shapes — something that entices orchid lovers but can scare away first-time growers. Despite what their exotic looks might suggest, caring for orchids is not much different than caring for ordinary houseplants. In fact, many people would say that orchids are an “ordinary houseplant,” as the desire for them has skyrocketed over the years thanks to their ability to bloom year-after-year. Though orchid care may be a little different than you’re used to, it’s by no means harder!

purple orchids placed in empty living room

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All About Succulents

July 14, 2017
succulent plant

While you may not recognize the name right away, odds are, you’re one of the many people who love succulents. After all, what’s not to love about them? Succulents are essentially another name for uniquely beautiful desert plants, like, aloe vera, snake plants, or jade.  Indoor growing of succulent plants can be tricky, but with a few helpful tips, you can care for your plants properly.

succulent plant dish garden

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Gardenia Plant Care Tips From a Flower & Plant Expert

March 15, 2017

Caring for Gardenia Plants

If you’ve recently received or purchased a gardenia plant—with its beautiful dark glossy foliage, fragrant blooms, and several buds—you might have difficulty getting these buds to mature and open. If the air is dry, the buds have a tendency of not opening (and dropping off). The problem is that the average home is warm, with low humidity. A gardenia plant, however, requires high humidity.

White gardenia flower

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Extending the Life of Cut Flowers

March 10, 2017

The care and handling of fresh flowers depends on how they are to be displayed. The three most common ways to display are: simple cut flowers; cut flowers in a vase; and an arrangement of cut flowers in floral foam.

Flowers in vase against brick background

Fresh Cut Flowers Care

Let’s start with cut flowers just purchased. Keep them out of extreme temperatures when bringing them home. Hopefully, the flowers you bought were properly processed along the way from the farm to you. If you’re going to display your flowers in a vase, use  a vase that has been cleaned with soap and water, then rinsed with bleach. Re-cut all the flowers to your preferred length, removing any foliage that would be below the water line. Cutting at an angle or under running water is a matter of your preference; there’s no proof that these methods make any difference.

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How to Grow Bulbs in a Container Garden

March 8, 2017

Bulbs don’t seem to get enough credit. They’re easy to plant, easy to care for, and you’ll be able to enjoy their colorful bloom year after year. So why don’t more of us take advantage of them? If you’re looking to spruce up an entryway, patio, or sunroom, look no further than with a bulb container garden. And if you’ve never planted bulbs (or anything else for that matter), don’t worry – we’ve covered everything from buying to planting.

Flower Box on Window Sill

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Bye, Bye, Buggy: How to Remove Bugs From Plants

November 9, 2016
Lucky Ladybug

Lucky LadybugAfter all the time you spend caring for your plants, the last thing you need is a gang of reckless insects sabotaging your hard work. Here are our expert tips on how to remove bugs from plants (both indoors and out) so you can have a happy, healthy, pest-free garden!

How to Get Rid of Flies and Gnats

Buzzing flies and gnats that cloud around your garden pose more of a nuisance to you than they pose a threat to your plants. But since their larvae feed on roots, you’ll need to shoo those flying pests away before their hungry little ones come along.

An ordinary store-bought insect spray that contains Acephate should do the trick. Just lightly tap the leaves of your plant so the flies or gnats can swarm into the air. Spray the solution into the air around your plant, and then mist it onto your plant and the soil surrounding it. Make sure to follow the directions on the bottle: Too much Acephate could damage your plant. Continue Reading…

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8 Herbs You Should Grow In Your Indoor Herb Garden

September 16, 2016

Mixing up a fresh dish packed with herbs for dinner? Skip the trip to the grocery store and grow herbs in your own indoor herb garden, instead! Here are 8 herbs you can grow right from your kitchen!

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Grow these Herbs in Your Herb Garden

Lemongrass

Did you know that Lemongrass doesn’t even need dirt to grow? Simply buy a stalk with extra stem and place in water. Lemongrass can be used in cooking and for medicinal purposes.
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Rose Garden Care & Tips

June 7, 2016

Garden roses come in several different categories such as miniature, climbing, and hybrid. There are many types of roses in each category. However, many questions asked about garden roses revolve around “pruning,” so I’m going to answer some questions around pruning as well as where to plant your roses, when to plant them, and how to care for them.

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When and How to Prune Roses

In the Northeast, the best time to prune is in the spring when forsythias are in bloom, and again in the fall 4 to 6 weeks before the first hard frost. The pruning is done in early spring to remove any damage that occurred during the winter months, as well as removing any old flowers. Always prune dead wood back to healthy tissue by removing dead, damaged or diseased branches. Healthy branches will be white or light green in the center. If you see any discoloration, spots or mildew on branches, it should be cut out. Removing spent or withered flowers encourages more future blooms; this is called “deadheading”. Since the time for pruning is over, now is a good time for planting. If you’re new to planting garden roses, let’s get started. Continue Reading…

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How to Keep Animals Out of Your Garden

June 1, 2016

A cucumber missing, tomatoes with bite marks, nibbles in your basil…after all of the time you spend growing and caring for your garden, the last thing you want is to come out and find it taken over by animals! For the critters that just can’t seem to stay away – we’re talking squirrels, birds, stray cats, raccoons, rabbits, chipmunks, deer, etc – you need to have a few tricks up your sleeve to ensure that all of your hard work doesn’t go to waste. Here are a few strategies that you may find helpful to keep these furry friends from messing with your garden, while still being animal friendly of course!

Squirrel Digging in Garden

Design Your Garden Carefully

When your garden has small spaces that animals can hide or rest in, it becomes much more attractive to wildlife like squirrels, rabbits and chipmunks. As you plant, make sure you’re strategic with the designs you choose and avoid leaving any holes that smaller creatures can sneak into. Continue Reading…