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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Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Nov. 27
Before the rain comes later in the week, take advantage of sunny, calm days:
* This may be your last chance this season for the first application of copper fungicide spray to peach and nectarine trees. Leaf curl, which shows up in the spring, is caused by a fungus that winters as spores on the limbs and around the tree in fallen leaves. Sprays are most effective now, but they need a few days of dry weather after application to really “stick.” If you haven’t yet, spray now.
* Rake and compost leaves, but dispose of any diseased plant material. For example, if peach and nectarine trees showed signs of leaf curl this year, clean up under trees and dispose of those leaves instead of composting.
* Make sure storm drains are clear of any debris.
* Give your azaleas, gardenias and camellias a boost with chelated iron.
* Trim chrysanthemums to 6 to 8 inches above the ground after they’re done blooming. Keep potted mums in their containers until next spring. Then, they can be planted in the ground, if desired, or repotted.
* Prune non-flowering trees and shrubs while dormant.
* Plant bulbs for spring bloom. Don’t forget the tulips chilling in the refrigerator. Other suggestions: daffodils, crocuses, hyacinths, anemones and scillas.
* Seed wildflowers including California poppies.
* Also from seed, plant sweet pea, sweet alyssum, bachelor buttons and other spring flowers.
* Plant most trees and shrubs. This gives them plenty of time for root development before spring growth. They also benefit from winter rains.
* Set out cool-weather annuals such as pansies and snapdragons.
* Lettuce, cabbage, broccoli and cool-season greens can be planted now.
* Plant garlic and onions.
* If you decide to use a living Christmas tree this year, keep it outside in a sunny location until Christmas week. This reduces stress on the young tree.
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