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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.

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For week of June 4:

Because of the comfortable weather, it’s not too late to set out tomato and pepper seedlings as well as squash and melon plants. They’ll appreciate this not-too-hot weather. Just remember to water.

* From seed, plant corn, pumpkins, radishes, melons, squash and sunflowers.

* Plant basil to go with your tomatoes.

* Transplant summer annuals such as petunias, marigolds and zinnias.

* It’s also a good time to transplant perennial flowers including astilbe, columbine, coneflowers, coreopsis, dahlias, rudbeckia, salvia and verbena.

* Let the grass grow longer. Set the mower blades high to reduce stress on your lawn during summer heat. To cut down on evaporation, water your lawn deeply during the wee hours of the morning, between 2 and 8 a.m.

* Tie up vines and stake tall plants such as gladiolus and lilies. That gives their heavy flowers some support.

* Dig and divide crowded bulbs after the tops have died down.

* Feed summer flowers with a slow-release fertilizer.

* Mulch, mulch, mulch! This “blanket” keeps moisture in the soil longer and helps your plants cope during hot weather.

* Thin grapes on the vine for bigger, better clusters later this summer.

* Cut back fruit-bearing canes on berries.

* Feed camellias, azaleas and other acid-loving plants.

* Trim off dead flowers from rose bushes to keep them blooming through the summer. Roses also benefit from deep watering and feeding now. A top dressing of aged compost will keep them happy. It feeds as well as keeps roots moist.

* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushier plants with many more flowers in September.

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