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'Swig & Dig' returns at Exotic Plants

Learn how to make a mounted fern

Stag fern attached to driftwood piece
"Swig & Dig" at Exotic Plants will feature this mounted staghorn fern.
(Photo courtesy Exotic Plants)

As more plant lovers get vaccinated, more in-person gardening events are returning to the Sacramento calendar – including this popular workshop mixing gardening with wine sipping.

Exotic Plants, Sacramento’s longtime leader in indoor gardening, will host “Swig & Dig” at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 26. The project: A mounted fern.

Exotic Plants will host the in-person class in its spacious store at 1525 Fulton Ave., Sacramento. (Remember: Bring a face mask.)

“Each $60 ticket includes all planting supplies, a personal bottle of wine and an exclusive discount in our store!” says the staff of Exotic Plants.

Learn how to attach a staghorn fern to driftwood or other growing platform so it can be mounted on a wall to grow without soil. Such ferns can thrive for years, even decades – if they get off to a good start.

Seating is limited; reservations can be made now on . Or call the store and purchase your ticket: 916-922-4769.

Details: .

— Debbie Arrington

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Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Jan. 29

Bundle up and get work done!

* Prune, prune, prune. Now is the time to cut back most deciduous trees and shrubs. The exceptions are spring-flowering shrubs such as lilacs.

* Now is the time to prune fruit trees, except apricot and cherry trees. Clean up leaves and debris around the trees to prevent the spread of disease.

* Prune roses, even if they’re still trying to bloom or sprouting new growth. Strip off any remaining leaves, so the bush will be able to put out new growth in early spring.

* Prune Christmas camellias (Camellia sasanqua), the early-flowering varieties, after their bloom. They don’t need much, but selective pruning can promote bushiness, upright growth and more bloom next winter. Feed with an acid-type fertilizer. But don’t feed your Japonica camellias until after they finish blooming next month. Feeding while camellias are in bloom may cause them to drop unopened buds.

* Clean up leaves and debris around your newly pruned roses and shrubs. Put down fresh mulch or bark to keep roots cozy.

* Apply horticultural oil to fruit trees to control scale, mites and aphids. Oils need 24 hours of dry weather after application to be effective.

* This is also the time to spray a copper-based oil to peach and nectarine trees to fight leaf curl. Avoid spraying on windy days.

* Divide daylilies, Shasta daisies and other perennials.

* Cut back and divide chrysanthemums.

* Plant bare-root roses, trees and shrubs.

* Transplant pansies, violas, calendulas, English daisies, snapdragons and fairy primroses.

* In the vegetable garden, plant fava beans, head lettuce, mustard, onion sets, radicchio and radishes.

* Plant bare-root asparagus and root divisions of rhubarb.

* In the bulb department, plant callas, anemones, ranunculus and gladiolus for bloom from late spring into summer.

* Plant blooming azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons. If you’re shopping for these beautiful landscape plants, you can now find them in full flower at local nurseries.

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