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Green Acres hosts one-day plant extravaganza

Elk Grove store only will offer curated collection of rarities for plant lovers

Reddish grass-looking plant
Festival Burgundy Cordyline is among the water-wise
plants to be featured at the Green Acres Elk Grove event.
(Photo courtesy Green Acres Nursery & Supply)

It’s got to be something special to get plant lovers out of the house on a 105-degree smoky day, but that’s just what Green Acres Nursery & Supply plans for Saturday, Aug. 14. (And fortunately, part of the event will be held indoors.)

From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at its Elk Grove location only, Green Acres will host an “Extraordinary Plant Event,” featuring rare and unusual varieties for both indoors and out.

“Shop unique plants curated for the garden enthusiast, collector or novice,” say the organizers. “Join us for this one-day event at our
Elk Grove location to shop a collection of uncommon plants for outdoor landscapes and indoor gardens. You'll find trees, shrubs, perennials, houseplants, succulents and more.
We are sourcing the most current varieties available that will interest plant lovers of all stages.”

What will those rare plants be? That’s part of the fun – discovery of what’s in this curated collection.

Definitely, there will be succulents in dozens of varieties, from Mardi Gras aeonium to Color Guard yucca. Also featured will be unusual water-wise plants such as Festival Burgundy Cordyline (it looks like giant red grass, but it’s actually a shrub).

Indoors, hundreds of exotic houseplants will be featured, too. Green Acres staff will be available to answer questions and help with selection.

Green Acres is located at 9220 E. Stockton Blvd., Elk Grove. Questions? Call 916-714-5600.

More details: www.idiggreenacres.com .

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This week's warm break will revive summer crops such as peppers and tomatoes that may still be trying to produce fruit. Pumpkins and winter squash will add weight rapidly.

Be on the lookout for powdery mildew and other fungal diseases that may be enjoying this combination of warm air and moist soil.

* Late September is ideal for sowing a new lawn or re-seeding bare spots.

* Compost annuals and vegetable crops that have finished producing.

* Cultivate and add compost to the soil to replenish its nutrients for fall and winter vegetables and flowers.

* Plant for fall now. The warm soil will get cool-season veggies and flowers off to a fast start.

* Plant onions, lettuce, peas, radishes, turnips, beets, carrots, bok choy, spinach and potatoes directly into the vegetable beds.

* Transplant lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower.

* Sow seeds of California poppies, clarkia and African daisies.

* Transplant cool-weather annuals such as pansies, violas, fairy primroses, calendulas, stocks and snapdragons.

* Divide and replant bulbs, rhizomes and perennials.

* Dig up and divide daylilies as they complete their bloom cycle.

* Divide and transplant peonies that have become overcrowded. Replant with "eyes" about an inch below the soil surface.

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