Find unique gifts as well as bargains on houseplants and succulents
Plants will be on special during the Winter Craft Faire
hosted by Exotic Plants. (Photo courtesy Exotic Plants)
Do you have plant lovers on your gift list? Or folks who appreciate something handmade?
Get your last-minute shopping done Saturday during a Winter Craft Faire.
Hosted by Exotic Plants, the Winter Craft Faire will feature unique gift items from several local craftspeople and artisans. Admission and parking are free.
In addition, the gardening store will offer a great deal on plants: Buy one plant, get a second at 50% off (in store only). The store has a huge selection of orchids, houseplants and succulents.
The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, in Exotic Plants’ parking lot, 1525 Fulton Ave., Sacramento.
Need more information? Call 916-922-4769.
Details and directions: www.exoticplantsltd.com .
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For week of June 4:
Because of the comfortable weather, it’s not too late to set out tomato and pepper seedlings as well as squash and melon plants. They’ll appreciate this not-too-hot weather. Just remember to water.
* From seed, plant corn, pumpkins, radishes, melons, squash and sunflowers.
* Plant basil to go with your tomatoes.
* Transplant summer annuals such as petunias, marigolds and zinnias.
* It’s also a good time to transplant perennial flowers including astilbe, columbine, coneflowers, coreopsis, dahlias, rudbeckia, salvia and verbena.
* Let the grass grow longer. Set the mower blades high to reduce stress on your lawn during summer heat. To cut down on evaporation, water your lawn deeply during the wee hours of the morning, between 2 and 8 a.m.
* Tie up vines and stake tall plants such as gladiolus and lilies. That gives their heavy flowers some support.
* Dig and divide crowded bulbs after the tops have died down.
* Feed summer flowers with a slow-release fertilizer.
* Mulch, mulch, mulch! This “blanket” keeps moisture in the soil longer and helps your plants cope during hot weather.
* Thin grapes on the vine for bigger, better clusters later this summer.
* Cut back fruit-bearing canes on berries.
* Feed camellias, azaleas and other acid-loving plants.
* Trim off dead flowers from rose bushes to keep them blooming through the summer. Roses also benefit from deep watering and feeding now. A top dressing of aged compost will keep them happy. It feeds as well as keeps roots moist.
* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushier plants with many more flowers in September.
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