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Tickets now on sale for Exotic Plants’ Luau Night

Food, fun and Kokedama orchid workshop part of July 29 special event

It's a jungle in there, with air conditioning. Orchids and tropical plants fill Exotic Plants, which is hosting its annual Luau Night on July 29.

It's a jungle in there, with air conditioning. Orchids and tropical plants fill Exotic Plants, which is hosting its annual Luau Night on July 29. Courtesy of Exotic Plants

It’s an air-conditioned indoor jungle packed with orchids and tropical plants. What better setting for a mid-summer luau in Sacramento?

Tickets are now on sale for Exotic Plants’ annual Luau Night. Set for 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 29, this fun-, food- and plant-filled event is often a sell-out.

“Join us for a vibrant and unforgettable Luau event on July 29th!” posted Exotic Plants staff in its EventBrite announcement. “Immerse yourself in the spirit of Hawaii with our Orchid Kokedama Workshop, where you’ll learn the art of creating stunning orchid arrangements. Indulge in the flavors of Authentic Hawaiian food and drinks, savoring the tastes of the islands. Experience captivating entertainment and much more, as we transport you to a tropical paradise. Don’t miss out on this exciting celebration!”

Learn about island plants as well as culture. Celebrating its 51st anniversary, Exotic Plants specializes in tropical plants and succulents with an extensive collection of orchids and anthuriums. Its knowledgeable staff teaches many ways to grow these indoor favorites – including terrariums and hanging gardens.

Kokedama is a unique style of container gardening. A soil- and moss-filled ball, held together with plastic fishing line, is planted with orchids and suspended in air. The workshop includes all the materials as well as instruction for a completed Orchid Kokedama to take home.

Tickets start at $75 and range up to $250, including the optional orchid workshop, materials and plants.

Exotic Plants is located at 1525 Fulton Ave., Sacramento. Call 916-922-4769.

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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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