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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.

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Make the most of sunny days and get winter tasks done:

* This is the last chance to spray fruit trees before they bloom. Treat peach and nectarine trees with copper-based fungicide. Spray apricot trees at bud swell to prevent brown rot. Apply horticultural oil to control scale, mites and aphids on fruit trees soon after a rain. But remember: Oils need at least 24 hours to dry to be effective. Don’t spray during foggy weather or when rain is forecast.

* Feed spring-blooming shrubs and fall-planted perennials with slow-release fertilizer. Feed mature trees and shrubs after spring growth starts.

* Finish pruning roses and deciduous trees.

* Remove aphids from blooming bulbs with a strong spray of water or insecticidal soap.

* Fertilize strawberries and asparagus.

* Transplant or direct-seed several flowers, including snapdragon, candytuft, lilies, astilbe, larkspur, Shasta and painted daisies, stocks, bleeding heart and coral bells.

* In the vegetable garden, plant Jerusalem artichoke tubers, and strawberry and rhubarb roots.

* Transplant cabbage and its close cousins – broccoli, kale and Brussels sprouts – as well as lettuce (both loose leaf and head).

* Plant artichokes, asparagus and horseradish from root divisions.

* Plant potatoes from tubers and onions from sets (small bulbs). The onions will sprout quickly and can be used as green onions in March.

* From seed, plant beets, chard, lettuce, mustard, peas, radishes and turnips.

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