Special event features unique collection and expert advice
Houseplants galore will be on display and for sale at Green Acres Nursery at Eisley's in Auburn this Saturday.
Do you love houseplants? You’re not alone. Two out of every three American homes have at least one houseplant.
And if you were born in the 1980s or ’90s, you’re even more likely to own houseplants. Seven out of 10 millennials identify as “plant parents.”
Gardeners of all ages will find new and unusual houseplants at a special event Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Green Acres Nursery & Supply at Eisley’s in Auburn.
From 8 a.m to 4 p.m., find a curated collection of unique indoor flora – and expert advice to help those houseplants thrive. Admission is free.
This collection is “perfect for the houseplant enthusiast, collector, or novice,” says Green Acres. “Houseplant experts will be showcasing some of our favorites, along with unique varieties to pique the interest of plant lovers with all levels of experience.”
Billed as “The Extraordinary Houseplant Event,” this one-day, one-location showcase also will include event day discounts, free drawings and pre-potted collections. Free coffee and treats available or purchase will be provided by Rustic Mule.
More proof houseplants are having their moment: The 2023 Plant of the Year is the Rattlesnake Plant, an easy-care calathea that loves to share our indoor space. The 2023 Flower of the Year is another indoor favorite – the orchid.
Green Acres Nursery & Supply at Eisley’s is located at 380 Nevada St., Auburn.
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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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