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Green Acres hosts 'Extraordinary Houseplant Event'

Green Acres' Elk Grove greenhouse is packed with indoor favorites.
(Photos courtesy of Green Acres Nursery & Supply)

Elk Grove store offers hot specials and frozen yogurt

What do you do when it’s too hot to garden outside? Garden inside!

Houseplants are having their spotlight moment with newbie indoor gardeners gravitating towards everything from anthuriums to ZZ Plants.

Check out this indoor jungle!
Green Acres Nursery & Supply ’s Elk Grove store is hosting an “Extraordinary Houseplant Event” on Saturday, Aug. 13. From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., find the houseplant advice you need – along with some beautiful exotic plants. Admission and parking are free.

“Mark your calendar, grab your friends, and join us for a fun event as we showcase your favorites and unique varieties that will interest plant lovers of all experience levels!” says Green Acres staff. “Take advantage of event-day specials. Shop our Home+Grown Collection and select something special for yourself and a friend. … Get answers to your questions from our team of houseplant gurus.”

Besides the advice and specials, get your hands dirty, too. The event includes a DIY succulent and petite houseplant pot-up station. Or check out the “Tillandsia Bar” and create your own Air Plant display.

And because this is August, there will be frozen refreshments. I SCREAM Yogurt will be serving frozen yogurt in the afternoon.

Green Acres is located at 9220 E. Stockton Blvd., Elk Grove.

Details: or call 916-714-5600.

A succulent pot-up station lets you create your own container planting.


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Temperatures will be a bit higher than normal in the afternoons this week. Take care of chores early in the day – then enjoy the afternoon. It’s time to smell the roses.

* Plant, plant, plant! It’s prime planting season in the Sacramento area. If you haven’t already, it’s time to set out those tomato transplants along with peppers and eggplants. Pinch off any flowers on new transplants to make them concentrate on establishing roots instead of setting premature fruit.

* Direct-seed melons, cucumbers, summer squash, corn, radishes, pumpkins and annual herbs such as basil.

* Harvest cabbage, lettuce, peas and green onions.

* In the flower garden, direct-seed sunflowers, cosmos, salvia, zinnias, marigolds, celosia and asters.

* Plant dahlia tubers. Other perennials to set out include verbena, coreopsis, coneflower and astilbe.

* Transplant petunias, marigolds and perennial flowers such as astilbe, columbine, coneflowers, coreopsis, dahlias, rudbeckia and verbena.

* Keep an eye out for slugs, snails, earwigs and aphids that want to dine on tender new growth.

* Feed summer bloomers with a balanced fertilizer.

* For continued bloom, cut off spent flowers on roses as well as other flowering plants.

* Don’t forget to water. Seedlings need moisture. Deep watering will help build strong roots and healthy plants.

* Add mulch to the garden to help keep that precious water from evaporating. Mulch also cuts down on weeds. But don’t let it mound around the stems or trunks of trees or shrubs. Leave about a 6-inch to 1-foot circle to avoid crown rot or other problems.

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