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Grow blooms from 'Seed to Bouquet'

Green Acres' latest 'Create Class' focuses on flowers in pots

PInk and red zinnia blossoms
Zinnias do well started from seed, in pots or in the ground.
Watch the new Green Acres "Create Class" video on growing
flowers in pots. (Photo: Kathy Morrison)

Spring is literally right around the corner; the first official day is Saturday.

Get in the mood with a short video class presented by Green Acres Nursery & Supply.

Now available for viewing, this presentation – part of Green Acres’ “Create Class” series – is devoted to growing flowers from
“Seed to Bouquet.” In under 6 minutes, learn tips on growing seasonal cut flowers in Sacramento – in containers. Whitney from the Green Acres staff demonstrates planting with advice on what to grow (including what’s easiest to grow) and colorful combinations.

This new video is part of Green Acres’ growing YouTube channel, featuring dozens of informative how-to videos. You’ll also find videos from last week’s Dig into Spring Ideas Fair including “Top 10 Mediterranean Plants” and “23 Questions with a Horticulture Teacher.”

Green Acres’ most popular videos? “Easy Houseplant: Philodendron” and “Citrus: Watering & Soil Mistakes to Avoid” have been viewed more than 23,000 times each.

Find them all here:

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Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Feb. 5

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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