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These hungry flowers are fun to grow

Zoom in for free workshop on carnivorous plants

Red and yellow pitcher plant flowers
Pitcher plants in bloom look like something from another planet. Learn about
them in a Zoom workshop May 26. (Photos: Debbie Arrington)

These flowers are fascinating, fun – and hungry. And several varieties feel right at home in Sacramento.

Feeding on trapped bugs, carnivorous plants make their own fertilizer. They’re an instant conversation starter in any garden. Some, such as the California pitcher plant or cobra lily, are native, too.

Learn how to grow these botanical oddities during a free Zoom workshop at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 26, hosted by Exotic Plants.

For the link to the class, email or call 916-922-4769.

Exotic Plants, Sacramento’s stellar houseplant specialist, is getting back into the swing of events with a mix of in-person and online workshops.

On June 5, the large plant store will host an outdoor tent sale from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It’s part of a series of tent sales the first Saturday of each month.

Just in time for Father’s Day, Exotic Plants will host one of its popular “Swig and Dig” in-person workshops at 5:30 p.m. June 18. Participants sip the beverage of their choice while getting their hands dirty. The evening’s project will be a bonsai to take home. Registration is $100. Seats are going fast; sign up now via or by calling the store.

Exotic Plants is located at 1525 Fulton Ave., Sacramento. For more details:

Red pitcher plants
These dark red pitcher plants are California pitcher plants or cobra lilies, growing outdoors in Sacramento.


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For week of Sept. 24:

This week our weather will be just right for fall gardening. What are you waiting for?

* Now is the time to plant for fall. The warm soil will get these veggies off to a fast start.

* Keep harvesting tomatoes, peppers, squash, melons and eggplant. Tomatoes may ripen faster off the vine and sitting on the kitchen counter.

* 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.

* Fertilize deciduous fruit trees.

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

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

* 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. That includes bearded iris; if they haven’t bloomed in three years, it’s time to dig them up and divide their rhizomes.

* 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.

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

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