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Perennial club hosts two pop-up sales with a lot more than perennials

Pair of two-day events will feature vegetables, herbs, houseplants and lots of flowers

Yellow monkey flower
Sticky monkey flower is a popular perennial plant in the Sacramento region. Find
great perennials along with herbs, houseplants and vegetables at the Sacramento Perennial Plant Club's pair of two-day pop-up sales. (Photo: Kathy Morrison)

Got room for more plants? Circle these dates on your April calendar.

When it comes to propagation, some local gardeners have amazing green thumbs – especially in the Sacramento Perennial Plant Club.

Members of that club grew so many seedlings and propagated so many baby plants that the club will host two pop-up sales in April.

“Daisy (Mah) and other club members who enjoy propagating will have an array of vegetables, herbs, houseplants and perennials, of course,” says SPPC’s Linda Hax.

Many of these plants will be unusual varieties that have become members’ favorites. In addition for a small fee, patrons can get tools sharpened and holes drilled in pots or other containers.

The first sale will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 1 and 2, at 877 53rd St., Sacramento.

The second sale will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 15 and 16 at 4578 Parkridge Road, Sacramento.

Admission is free. Bring your own box or nursery tray, if possible, to help carry home your purchases.



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Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Jan. 29

Bundle up and get work done!

* Prune, prune, prune. Now is the time to cut back most deciduous trees and shrubs. The exceptions are spring-flowering shrubs such as lilacs.

* Now is the time to prune fruit trees, except apricot and cherry trees. Clean up leaves and debris around the trees to prevent the spread of disease.

* Prune roses, even if they’re still trying to bloom or sprouting new growth. Strip off any remaining leaves, so the bush will be able to put out new growth in early spring.

* Prune Christmas camellias (Camellia sasanqua), the early-flowering varieties, after their bloom. They don’t need much, but selective pruning can promote bushiness, upright growth and more bloom next winter. Feed with an acid-type fertilizer. But don’t feed your Japonica camellias until after they finish blooming next month. Feeding while camellias are in bloom may cause them to drop unopened buds.

* Clean up leaves and debris around your newly pruned roses and shrubs. Put down fresh mulch or bark to keep roots cozy.

* Apply horticultural oil to fruit trees to control scale, mites and aphids. Oils need 24 hours of dry weather after application to be effective.

* This is also the time to spray a copper-based oil to peach and nectarine trees to fight leaf curl. Avoid spraying on windy days.

* Divide daylilies, Shasta daisies and other perennials.

* Cut back and divide chrysanthemums.

* Plant bare-root roses, trees and shrubs.

* Transplant pansies, violas, calendulas, English daisies, snapdragons and fairy primroses.

* In the vegetable garden, plant fava beans, head lettuce, mustard, onion sets, radicchio and radishes.

* Plant bare-root asparagus and root divisions of rhubarb.

* In the bulb department, plant callas, anemones, ranunculus and gladiolus for bloom from late spring into summer.

* Plant blooming azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons. If you’re shopping for these beautiful landscape plants, you can now find them in full flower at local nurseries.

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