Garden Décor DIY-Inspiration Meets Experience

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Mar 19, 2016 5:00:06 PM

Social media is an unlimited source of inspiration. It's easy to spend hours on websites such as Pinterest, browsing jaw-droppingly beautiful garden projects which you're just dying to try at home. However, it can be hard to know where to start to get your projects looking as lovely as they do on your screen. 

We're here to help with some simple DIY décor ideas to catch the latest online trends and keep your patio Pinterest-perfect. 

Tantalizing Terrariums

DSC04011-461196-edited.jpgTerrariums are miniature gardens enclosed in glass, and they make beautiful centerpieces for an event or just on display in your home. A few pointers for pulling this project off:

  • Because terrariums are enclosed and lack drainage, watering can be tricky. Try wrapping the root ball of the succulent in coco coir or moss when you "plant" it, then removing it from the container when you water. 
  • Morning sun or indirect light is best, the enclosed space can magnify heat.
  • Layer your sand, rocks, or mulch in the container, and don't forget charcoal, which will absorb any odor caused by excess moisture. 
Choose a theme and let your imagination run wild- any combination of ingredients can be paired to emulate a landscape in miniature. Try sand, glass and shells for a beachy feel. Mulch paired with moss, then accented with tchotchkes can create a whimsical woodsy look. 

The Art of Kokedama

DSC03930-533748-edited-799791-edited.jpgKokedama is a Japanese term which means "moss ball" and its a fast-growing trend in the world of miniature gardening. Basically, it's something which has been "planted" in a ball of moss, which is then wrapped in bonsai mix, layered with more moss, and bound with twine.

Kokedama is a form of bonsai in which you are stunting the plants growth, but creating a beautiful and peculiar work of art which can be suspended to hang or displayed on a pedestal.

Things to consider:

  • Small plants which grow slowly are good choices for kokedama planters, bonsai starters have a wide selection
  • Kokedama have limited root space to sustain them, so avoid situating in harsh conditions such as full sun or reflected heat.
  • Watering will depend on sun exposure, wind and the type of plant. Generally, an indoor fern, such as the one pictured, will need to have its moss ball soaked once per week. If outdoors, mist between waterings. 


Up-cycled Container Chic

DSC03941-732504-edited-771301-edited.jpgSurely you've seen planters which are made of unusual recycled objects. This "up-cycling", as it's called, is wonderful for taking things which might have otherwise gone to waste and transforming them into a stylish home for a living thing.  Basic tips for turning what might have become trash into container-gardening treasure:

  • Whenever possible, poke drainage holes in your container. If you can't, be sure to layer charcoal in the bottom, and be cautious of over watering.
  • If planting something which will be hung vertically like the birdcage pictured, use wire to hold the plants in place until their roots grow out enough to anchor them.
  • Succulents are a savvy choice for up-cycled containers because the plants can be divided and nestled into little nooks and crannies. 

These are just a few examples of projects you can accomplish with little time, your personal taste, and a little garden know-how. For recipe cards, and more adorable inspiration, visit us this weekend at our Dig Into Spring Ideas Fair at our new Rocklin location.

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Saturday, March 19th & Sunday, March 20th 2016

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Topics: Houseplant Care, Gift Ideas, Free Events, Garden Planter, Container Ideas, Decorating, Dig into Spring

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Orchid?

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Feb 13, 2013 10:44:00 AM


If you raised your hand or shouted from the roof tops, "YES!" Never fear, we have some helpful suggestions and tips to make you successful with the Phaeleonopsis Orchid, (the most common type you will find in stores today).  Orchids have a notoriously bad reputation of being very difficult to take care of, that couldn't be further from the truth. 

Tip #1: Orchids Thrive on Neglect.

Number one cause of all orchid deaths reported in the U.S. is due to over watering.  Orchids should typically be watered once every 3-4 weeks based on growing conditions in your home.  To water them, fill up a bucket or sink and submerge the container in the water for about 20-30 seconds to allow the planting medium to absorb moisture.  Then let drain and place back in your container.  
Simple, right?  If you find yourself itching to water your orchid after the first week, restrain yourself.  The orchid will thank you later.  Yellow foliage means it is getting watered too often.

Tip #2: Don't Be Too Eager to Transplant. 

When you bring your new orchid home and introduce it to all your other plants you may be eager to transplant it right away since it looks so cramped and tight in its current living condition.  Refrain from doing this.  Orchids should typically not be transplanted while in bloom, and their roots love to be tightly compacted into those tiny plastic pots.  You may want to wait a year or two before you attempt the transplanting process.
Easy so far.  Orchids' fleshy gray green roots will thrive in cramped, well oxygenated, slightly humid conditions.  In between waterings don't hesitate to mist the roots to create humidity.

Tip #3: Blooms are Gone, Now What?

Once the last bloom falls, you will be left with lush foliage and several fleshy empty stems.  Not the most attractive thing to have in your windowsill.  Cut the stems back, but not too far.  On each stem you will see segments or brownish dividers working all the way up he stem, similar to those found on bamboo.  Count from the base, nearest the foliage, up to the third segment and cut just above that segment.  
Now the waiting game begins.  Orchids will typically bloom once a year.  So don't give up on your orchid, continue to neglect it and repeat Tip #1.  Don't be afraid to add a little bloom fertilizer every other time you water.  That will aid in the re-growth and bloom cycle.

Bonus Tip:  Trick Your Orchid to Re-Bloom.

When the chillier months of Sacramento's winters bare down upon us, take your orchid for a walk outside.  Leave it outside on your covered patio or porch, protected from the weather and chance of frost on the days when it gets to the low 40's.  After several hours or a few days depending on the forecast and how much neglect you want to show your orchid, bring it back inside.  Once back inside, the warm temperature of your home may just trick it back into it's bloom cycle!

We hope these tips help if you currently have an orchid, or are about to get one for Valentines Day!  Orchids really can be a wonderful gift and can be a great substitution for fresh cut flowers.  As long as you pair the orchid with these guidelines, you will be a success!  

Green Acres carries orchids year around!**

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Here are some photos of the most beautiful Phaeleonopsis Orchids around.  Enjoy.  

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orchid**Our selection varies, and not all varieties pictured are sold at our store.  Orchids are not available at our Sacramento location.   


Topics: Houseplant Care, Orchids, Houseplants

Houseplant Care Tips from Green Acres

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Feb 6, 2013 9:28:00 AM

HouseplantsBringing a new houseplant into your home can be an exciting and gratifying experience. However, unlike bringing a new plant into the garden, houseplants usually require a little extra supervision to ensure that they continue to thrive in their new living environment. If you have just added another addition to the houseplant family, here’s some things you can do to get your plant growing in the right direction.
At Green Acres Nursery & Supply, we pride ourselves on having a wide array of houseplants available year 'round*. If you are unsure of what you want, come visit our stores and take a look around to see what suits your fancy.**



Know Your Plant

Once you have found the plant that suits you, do a little research. What type of plant is this? Finding out where your plant is native to is the first step in understanding what kind of water, air and light circumstances are best suited to it. Here are some tips for some of our unique houseplant varieties available:

houseplant care tips

  • Tropical- Tropical plants tend to prefer a warmer, more humid environment for growing. Try to place them away from air vents where they may become too dry. Plant them in our GreenAll Organic Potting Soil, and add a layer of mulch or sphagnum moss on top to help conserve moisture in the soil.
  • Cactus & Succulents- Cactus and succulents should only be planted in well draining potting soil, such as our Cactus & Succulent Mix from E.B. Stone. Water these plants sparingly, they may only need to be watered once every two or three weeks, depending on the season.
  • Ephiphytes- Orchids, Bromeliads and Tillandsia are examples of epiphytic plants.  This means that in their natural environment, their roots attatch to structures such as trees, rather than soil.  They thrive in bright, indirect light and may benefit from occasional misting. 

Houseplant Care tips 

General Care Requirements

  • Plant your houseplant in a pot that allows room for growth, it should be at least an inch deeper and wider than the pot it was in when purchased. Always plant in a pot with a drainage hole, and be sure to buy a saucer for excess water runoff. Always use fresh, sterile soil such as our GreenAll Organic Potting Soil.
  • Most houseplants require bright, indirect light. It is ideal to place them in an east, west or south facing window. If you choose a west facing window, be sure that they are not receiving too much direct afternoon sunlight. If there is no window available, fluorescent lights can be sufficient for some low light plants.
  • Watering needs vary depending on the type of plant and the environmental conditions of your home. The best way to tell if a plant requires water is to test the soil with your finger. If it is dry one inch down, thoroughly and evenly wet the soil until water runs out of the drainage hole. Do not allow a plant to sit in a saucer full of water for long periods of time.
  • Fertilizing your houseplant will help it reach its full growth potential. You should fertilize once every 4-6 weeks, spring through fall.  Many indoor gardeners prefer a water-soluable fertilizer for indoor plants. Ask our knowledgeable sales staff about which fertilizer is right for your plant. Do not fertilize a sick or stressed plant, wait until it has recovered and is actively growing to fertilize.
Hope those tips help your indoor green thumb! Contact us if you have questions about growing houseplants or about our current selection.*  

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* Please call one of our five locations for availability
**Houseplants not available at Sacramento location


Topics: Houseplant Care, Houseplants

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