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By , 2014/06/30

Christmas is Here!

Decorate your home for the Holidays

As Christmas draws near it is time to move inside and enjoy your indoor garden. You can start Amaryllis and Paperwhite bulbs to enjoy through the holidays. These easy to grow bulbs do well in a pot or vase and will provide beauty and fragrance in your home.

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Live Christmas Trees

December 4th, 2017

Keep it Real with a Live Christmas Tree!

If you don’t want to kill a tree this Christmas, or your apartment strata doesn’t allow cut Christmas trees why not try a Live Christmas Tree this holiday season? A live Christmas tree still has it roots attached and can live for many years (If you take care of it). You can choose from a selection of Live trees including Dwarf Alberta Spruce, Black Hills Spruce, Colorado Spruce, Norway Spruce, Omorika (Serbian) Spruce, Austrian Pine, or Scotch Pine.

If you do choose a live tree this Christmas there are some important things to know about having a live tree indoors. The most important thing to know is that live trees cannot be kept inside the house for more than 7 to 10 days. If you keep your live tree indoors for too long the tree will think that it is spring and start to grow. Then when you put it outside the tree gets shocked and will die. If you try to keep your live tree indoors all winter it will not be able to handle to warm dry air and it will die. Which generally defeats the purpose, doesn’t it?

In order to prevent this from happening you should acclimatize the tree to indoor temperatures by following these steps:

  1. On the first day place the tree in a cool area between 10° and 15° C (50° to 59° F)
  2. On the second day bring the tree indoors and place in its spot
  3. Place the tree away from the fireplace and all heating vents
  4. Keep the roots of the tree moist while indoors by checking it every day
  5. Use only miniature or LED Christmas lights
  6. Do not leave the lights on for more than 4 to 6 hours per day

When the Holidays are over you need to acclimatize the tree to outdoor temperatures by:

  1. Placing the tree in a cool area for at least two days prior to moving outside
  2. Plant the tree in the garden with liquid transplanter fertilizer (If the temperatures outside are below freezing then keep the tree moist and cool, but prevent it from freezing, and delay planting until the ground has warmed up)

If you follow these simple steps you can enjoy your live tree for several years before it gets too big and needs to be planted in the ground.

Christmas Trees

November 25th, 2017

Fresh Cut Christmas Trees!

There is nothing more enjoyable that the look, feel, and smell of a fresh cut Christmas tree. You can bring the scents of the season home with one of our Douglas Fir trees. The Douglas Fir is the most popular Christmas tree. You can choose from a naturally grown tree or a trimmed (cultured) tree that has been pruned to give them the perfect Christmas tree shape.

For information about the types of trees we have this year and how to care for them to ensure that they last the longest click here.

Amaryllis

November 7th, 2017

Start your Amaryllis now for Christmas Blooms!

If you are looking for some beautiful flowers to bloom in your home for the holidays look no further than Amaryllis. These bulbs provide your with weeks of colour through the holiday season, often blooming well into January. Amaryllis normally take about 6 to 8 weeks from the time you plant them until they bloom. If you don’t have that much time you can grow several special varieties that will bloom in 4 to 6 weeks. They can produce multiple flowers stems with 3 to 6 blooms per stem.

For more information about “Forcing Bulbs” including growing Amaryllis and getting them to re-bloom next year click here.

You can choose from a number of varieties including:

  • Apple Blossom
  • Mont Blanc
  • Red Lion

 

Paperwhites

November 6th, 2017

It is time to Start your Paperwhites for Christmas Blooms!

Paperwhites is the name given to these easy-to-grow Daffodils (also known as Narcissus). Paperwhites grow and bloom indoors very easily. They require little care but reward you with a long period of fragrant indoor flowers. They are great near an entrance way to greet your guests or in your living or dining room to add a sweet fragrance.

Paperwhites can be grown in a pot with soil, but do just as well in rocks with water. To grow them in soil find a suitable pot and plant the bulb so that the top third of the bulb is visible above the soil. Water them until the soil is evenly moist. To grown them in water place an inch or two of rocks or glass beads in the bottom of a vase. Place the bulbs on top of the rocks an fill the vase with water until it touches the base of the bulb. Place the pot or vase in a bright sunny window to encourage the bulbs to grow. Regularly check the pot or vase adding water as needed. It is best if you plant the bulbs in the soil or rocks and place them in a cool room for 2 to 3 weeks to let them develop roots. Then move them indoors where it should take 4 to 6 weeks to bloom.

For more information about “Forcing Bulbs” and growing Papaerwhites click here.

 

 

Daffodils

October 23rd, 2017

Grow some Dazzling Daffodils!

Daffodil bulbs, also known as Narcissus, are one of the most spectacular bulb to plant in your garden. They have cheerful yellow blooms in spring, they are perfect to grow in pots or on your garden, and they are squirrel and rabbit resistant. A group of Daffodils can bloom repeatedly in your garden for months in the spring. If you plant them in a sunny location with well drained soil Daffodils will return to bloom again for many years. Our selection still includes over 30 varieties of Daffodils for you to choose from.

The most popular daffodil has to be the King Alfred Daffodil. This variety is indeed the King as it has one of the largest blooms. Growing to between 12 and 16 inches (30 to 40 cm) tall they will produce an abundant grouping of flowers in mid spring (March and April).

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