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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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Garden Checklist for week of July 7

Take care of garden chores early in the morning, concentrating on watering. We’re still in survival mode until this heat wave breaks.

* Keep your vegetable garden watered, mulched and weeded. Water before 8 a.m. to conserve moisture.

* Prevent sunburn; provide temporary shade for tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, melons, squash and other crops with “sensitive” skin.

* Hold off on feeding plants until temperatures cool back down to “normal” range. That means daytime highs in the low to mid 90s.

* Don’t let tomatoes wilt or dry out completely. Give tomatoes a deep watering two to three times a week. Harvest vegetables promptly to encourage plants to produce more.

* Squash especially tends to grow rapidly in hot weather. Keep an eye on zucchini.

* Some weeds thrive in hot weather. Whack them before they go to seed.

* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushy plants and more flowers in September.

* Harvest tomatoes, squash, peppers and eggplant. Prompt picking will help keep plants producing.

* Remove spent flowers from roses, daylilies and other bloomers as they finish flowering.

* Pinch off blooms from basil so the plant will grow more leaves.

* Cut back lavender after flowering to promote a second bloom.

* One good thing about hot days: Most lawns stop growing when temperatures top 95 degrees. Keep mower blades set on high.

* Once the weather cools down a little, it’s not too late to add a splash of color. Plant petunias, snapdragons, zinnias and marigolds.

* After the heat wave, plant corn, pumpkins, radishes, winter squash and sunflowers. Make sure the seeds stay hydrated.

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