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Green Acres hosts ‘Extraordinary Houseplant Event’

Elk Grove store offers curated collection, advice

Air plants are a popular choice for indoor gardening -- no soil required! Expect to see a range of air plants and other  indoor plants at Green Acres' "Extraordinary Houseplant Event."

Air plants are a popular choice for indoor gardening -- no soil required! Expect to see a range of air plants and other indoor plants at Green Acres' "Extraordinary Houseplant Event." Kathy Morrison

When it’s too hot to garden outdoors, it’s time to give your indoor plants some TLC.

If you’re looking to add to your houseplant collection (or just need some expert advice), this event is for you.

Green Acres Nursery & Supply will host its “Extraordinary Houseplant Event” on Saturday, Aug. 12, only at its Elk Grove store. Scheduled from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., this special event isn’t limited to houseplants; succulents will be spotlighted, too.

“Shop unique plants curated for the houseplant and succulent enthusiast, collector, or novice,” says Green Acres staff. “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.”

Most plant people are familiar with pothos or philodendrons, but what about hoyas and aroids? There’s a wide world of tropical plants that could be right at home in your indoor jungle.

Succulents can be adaptable to indoor gardens, too, or comfortable on a balcony or patio. Many varieties actually prefer indirect light or partial shade instead of full sun.

Find out which plants like the same conditions as people – 72 degrees and out of the blasting heat. Also learn about repotting, proper containers, fertilizers and more.

Having houseplant problems? Get answers from Green Acres garden gurus.

As with all Green Acres special events, there will be Hot Buys on featured plants and plenty of garden fun. The Rustic Mule mobile beverage trailer will be vending drinks and treats.

Green Acres’ Elk Grove store is located at 9220 E. Stockton Blvd. Admission and parking are free.

Details: www.idiggreenacres.com.

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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.

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* 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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