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Cool off at The Secret Garden's Houseplant Happy Hour

Free event features wine, snacks and discounts on indoor plants

Houseplants on shelves
The Secret Garden's Houseplant Happy Hour offers shopping specials as well as
the chance to get great advice on growing houseplants. Snacks, too. (Photo
courtesy The Secret Garden)

When it’s too hot to be outdoors, gardeners can turn their attention to houseplants. Satisfy the urge to nurture while staying out of the midsummer heat. And a cool drink helps, too.

Learn about houseplants while shopping for some new favorites at The Secret Garden’s Houseplant Happy Hour.

Set for 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, this free event invites indoor-plant lovers to explore The Secret Garden’s collection while enjoying complimentary wine and snacks. Giveaways and discounts will be offered; the August Happy Hour special features 15% off on all houseplants and indoor pottery.

It’s also a great opportunity to get advice about houseplants: How much light does a particular plant need? How much water? Which varieties do best in your home’s environment?

Discover unusual varieties and perhaps something you’ve never seen grow before.

According to national polls, indoor gardening is more popular than ever. Houseplant sales jumped 41% in 2021 (over 2020). Among the plants seeing a surge in new popularity are kalanchoes, alocasia and bromeliads. Anything with variegation or multi-colored foliage is hot.

Also popular right now are plants that do a good job filtering indoor air such as dracaena, spathiphyllum or pothos.

The Secret Garden is located at 8450 W. Stockton Blvd., Elk Grove.

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For week of March 26:

Sacramento can expect another inch of rain from this latest storm. Leave the sprinklers off at least another week. Temps will dip down into the low 30s early in the week, so avoid planting tender seedlings (such as tomatoes). Concentrate on these tasks before or after this week’s rain:

* Fertilize roses, annual flowers and berries as spring growth begins to appear.

* Knock off aphids with a strong blast of water or some bug soap as soon as they appear.

* Pull weeds now! Don’t let them get started. Take a hoe and whack them as soon as they sprout.

* Prepare summer vegetable beds. Spade in compost and other amendments.

* Prune and fertilize spring-flowering shrubs after bloom.

* Feed camellias at the end of their bloom cycle. Pick up browned and fallen flowers to help corral blossom blight.

* Feed citrus trees, which are now in bloom and setting fruit.

To prevent sunburn and borer problems on young trees, paint the exposed portion of the trunk with diluted white latex (water-based) interior paint. Dilute the paint with an equal amount of cold water before application.

* Cut back and fertilize perennial herbs to encourage new growth.

* Seed and renovate the lawn (if you still have one). Feed cool-season grasses such as bent, blue, rye and fescue with a slow-release fertilizer. Check the irrigation system and perform maintenance. Make sure sprinkler heads are turned toward the lawn, not the sidewalk.

* In the vegetable garden, transplant lettuce and kale.

* Seed chard and beets directly into the ground.

* Plant summer bulbs, including gladiolus, tuberous begonias and callas. Also plant dahlia tubers.

* Shop for perennials. Many varieties are available in local nurseries and at plant events. They can be transplanted now while the weather remains relatively cool.

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