Plant Care

Working in your garden or altering your landscape should be relaxing, calming, and give you an awesome sense of accomplishment and fulfillment. Smaller projects more often will keep it fun and fulfilling.

Never forget the goal or reason for your own Garden of Eden. Use a garden to lose yourself in, to relax and just enjoy. Do some “soul searching” and create the garden that is right for you. Always remember we are here to help no matter which “Garden of Eden” is yours.

Light Levels

Full Sun is directly in the path of the sun from sunrise to sunset.  There are not many obstructions like trees, roofs or buildings.

Part Shade means that your plants get about 50% full sun in a day with a break of 50% shade.

Shade means that your plant does not get any sun at all.  Keep in mind that shade does not mean darkness.  You still need to put your plant in a place that will get diffused light.  A good guide to use, if you are able to read a book in this area then the amount of light is just right.

Plant Positioning

Even though a plant like a geranium requires full sun, it’s important to understand that a 25-30 degree Celsius (80-90 degree F) temperature along with full sun will eventually deteriorate the plant.  It’s always best to five your plants a break form the the hot sun, if possible, especially if they are in containers.

Feeding

Feed your plants weekly.  As they grow, they want to be fed. It’s very important in order to maintain strong and healthy plants.  Shade plants need to be fed less often.  a good rule of thumb is “less sun, less feeding”.

Petunias are heavy eaters and can tolerate more frequent feedings – approximately 2-3 times a week.

Watering

Water is the life source of all living things.  It’s best to water in the morning so foliage and stems may dry as the day goes by.  Watering at night is not recommended.  Also remember, the hotter it is, the more they will drink, so the frequency of your watering really depends on how hot or dry it is.

As a general rule, hanging baskets may need more watering as they’ll dry more quickly, so check them frequently.

Potting Mixes

Potting  mixes are one of the most important parts of your growing success.  Today’s potting mixes are mostly made up of peat moss, vermiculite and perlite.  It’s important to understand why potting mixes are used at all.  Potting mixes are only used a a reservoir for your water and micro nutrients.  Plants could ultimately grow in just water if you fed them properly.  This is why having light and airy soil is so important for good root production – it allows excess water to drain while retaining the nutrients needed.

Transplanting

Transplanting your plants is very important, but more important is WHEN to transplant! It’s best to transplant your plants when they’re beginning their growing time – in spring and summer.  Transplanting a plant in the winter is not advised. When transplanting, always go up by 2″.  For example, if your plant is in a 10″ pot, transplant it into a 12″ pot.  Always make sure your soil is light and airy in order to develop a good root system.

Cutting Back

If the plants in your hanging baskets or containers get really long, you should cut them back.  It is best to cut back to the bottom of the container.  This may seem extreme, but the plant with LOVE it and will help it to look great longer! Also, cutting back will make for a stronger plant as every cut will take that extra downward pulling and weight off the top of the plant.

Bugs

What’s this pouch in my container?  Just another way we try to stay as “Green” as possible!  Instead of using sprays to take care of harmful bugs on our plants, we insert this little white pouch.  It’s filled with many tiny good bugs who will hatch over time and move about your plant feeding on bad bugs that may land on the plant to feed on it.  It’s easily hidden in your foliage and you feed and water as normal.  The tiny good bugs will take care of themselves.  If your container doesn’t have a little white pouch, then it has a little mound of the same stuff that’s in the pouches. REMEMBER: These good bugs take care of some of the common bad bugs but not all of them! So, still keep an eye out for pest problems and take care of them with an organic type of insecticide soap.

TROPICALS

For your tropicals, like Hibiscus, that you’ve had outside all summer and would like to bring indoors, it’s important to follow a few critical steps:

  1. Cut your plant back at least one third.  Cutting back will allow sufficient amount of light through the centre of the plant.  As well, it eliminates some possible bug problems.
  2. Hose your plant down using a spray type nozzle.  Doing this will clean the foliage and knock off any unwanted bugs.  Allow time for the plant to dry before beginning step 3.
  3. Spray your plant thoroughly with an organic insecticide soap, both on the top and underside of the foliage. Allow the plant time to dry, then bring indoors.  CAUTION:  Do NOT spray in hot sun.

Remember, your plant will need time to acclimate itself to the light and temperature indoors.  Make sure you put your plant in the brightest window possible, preferably with southern or southwest exposure.

POINSETTIAS

Although we longer sell poinsettias, we are happy to provide you with some tips on their care.

Buying a healthy plant is the first step in having a beautiful, long lasting poinsettia.

Take your plant home in a warm car immediately after buying it.  Do not leave them in a cold car for a couple of hours while you shop.  Don’t leave your plant in the protective sleeve supplied for more than 48 hours.  The plant produces ethylene gas and if allowed to build up in the sleeve, the leaves and branches may drop.

Don’t keep your poinsettia on top of a TV or stereo where it will be subjected to too much heat, or in a doorway or cool windowsill where it will be repeatedly exposed to cold air from outside.  Many poinsettias die if kept in these locations.

The plants need a daytime temperature of 18 to 20 degrees Celsius and never lower than 15 degrees Celsius at night.  Light is not a big issue, but place it where it will receive moderate to good light.

Do not over water.  Over watering will cause root rot and the plant will drop its leave and die.  It is best to water from the bottom by standing the pot in a few inches of water in the sink every few days.  Also, DO NOT fertilize your plant when it’s in bloom.

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