Great Gift Ideas for Gardeners

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Dec 10, 2015 2:40:56 PM

Chances are you know a few people who love to spend time in the garden. There may not be a whole lot of yard work to do right now, but there is plenty of fun gift ideas at Green Acres Nursery & Supply!

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Roses

Do you know a gardener that is passionate about roses? Make sure you give them all they need to thrive. Mid-December through Mid-February is the best time to prune roses in our climate.

We carry everything you need for rose pruning, plus a great selection of packaged bareroot roses available in stores now! Choose from a wide variety of Hybrid Tea, Grandiflora, Floribunda and Climbing Roses. 

Packaged Bareroot Rose Varieties

 

 

 

 

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Grills

What about that special person who loves outdoor entertaining? Green Acres Nursery & Supply Outdoor Living is your destination for grills in Elk Grove, Folsom, and Rocklin. We carry a great selection of barbecues from trusted brands such as Big Green Egg and Weber. The Big Green Egg package is a great deal, available in several sizes and comes with everything you, or your favorite grill master, need to get grillin'. Check out our gallery of grills

 

  

Houseplants & Accessories

The holidays give us many opportunities to visit with our loved ones. Don't show up to a party empty-handed! Check out some of these beautiful gifts for your favorite host or hostess:

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Christmas Cactus

The Christmas Cactus is a fountain-shaped succulent which bears beautiful pink flowers right around Christmas time. Its graceful weeping forms, drought tolerance and reliable bloom make it a great houseplant year-round. 

 Varieties may vary at each location.

 

 

 

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Hand-Painted Pottery*

This pottery and statuary is bright, colorful, and sure to liven up a patio or flower bed. Hand-painted in Mexico, each piece is one-of-a-kind, and sure to perfectly accentuate your next fiesta. 

 *Available at Elk Grove, Folsom, Rocklin and Roseville.

 

 

 

 

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Tillandsia Wreath**

What about a wreath that is still stylish even after the holidays? This one, made of woven grapevine and topped with a bow is bearing Tillandsia (Air Plants), an unusual type of eye-catching houseplant which requires very little maintenance to thrive. 

 

 *Available at Elk Grove, Folsom, Rocklin and Roseville.

 

 

 

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Amaryllis Centerpiece

There's no going wrong with Amaryllis, a bulb which can be "forced" to bloom indoors to create a stunning living centerpiece. Simply set in a container lined with decorative pebbles, add some water and watch the stalk shoot up to reveal huge trumpet-shaped flowers that are sure to impress guests. In a hurry? We have pre-potted Amaryllis bulbs ready for any occasion.

Growing Bulbs Indoors 

 

 

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If you just can't decide, go for the gold with a Green Acres gift card! Available in any amount. 

Topics: Gift Ideas, Winter, Holiday Decor, Seasonal Items, BBQ, Outdoor Entertaining, Houseplants, Roses, Airplants, Tillandsia, Big Green Egg, Grilling, Christmas, Grills, Grandiflora, Floribunda, Climbing Rose, Rose Care, Hybrid Tea Rose

Houseplants – More Useful Than You'd Think

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on May 6, 2013 10:23:00 AM

Houseplants add beauty and interest to our indoor environment.  Clustered in an entryway of your home they make for an excellent welcoming comittee.  Not only do we love thier beauty, but they have more benefits than you know.

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Houseplants greatly improve the air we breath.  All plants have the ability to take in carbon dioxide and expel oxygen that all living beings need.  Many plants also have the ability to absorb harmful airborne chemicals, many of which can be found in our homes or workplaces. 


DID YOU KNOW?

In the 1980’s NASA conducted studies using houseplants as air purifiers in space stations. NASA was concerned about the effects of air pollution/contaminants in tightly closed environments.  

For the study, common houseplants were placed in tightly sealed chambers in which various chemicals were introduced.  After positive results from initial testing, NASA teamed up with the Associated Contractors of America and expanded their study to homes, as they were being built more energy efficient and tightly sealed.  After a two-year study, researchers concluded that some houseplant varieties had the ability to reduce or eliminate certain harmful chemicals.  In the 1990’s the Plants for Clean Air Council and Wolverton Environmental Services expanded their research to include 50 houseplants. Dr. B.C. Wolverton authored a book on this very topic.

HOUSEPLANTS REDUCE CHEMICALS

Plants absorb harmful chemicals through tiny openings in their leaves.  In addition to that, soil bacteria and roots also help contribute to removing toxins too.  

COMMON CHEMICALS FOUND IN HOMES:

  • Formaldehyde is found in many items inside the home. It can be in carpeting, floor coverings, clothing, paper towels and facial tissues, building materials, tobacco smoke and is released by gas stoves.
  • Benzene is in plastics, rubber, inks, paints, and used in the manufacturing of dyes, detergents and some pharmaceuticals.
  • Trichloroethylene is used in adhesives, paints, varnishes, printing inks and is used in the dry cleaning process.

HOUSEPLANTS ESPECIALLY HELPFUL DURING WINTER & SUMMER MONTHS

During extreme temperatures in the summer and winter months we tend to close everything up in our home and either crank up the air conditioner or the heater.  Trapping air and toxins inside our home environment.  How do we know the air is clean inside our homes without the presence of air purifying houseplants?

DID YOU KNOW?

Houseplants also add humidity and release phytochemicals that suppress bacteria and mold spores.  The presence of houseplants can literally keep you and your family healthier!  Based on the NASA study, the number of houseplants recommended to help remove these toxins is one plant, in a 6 to 8 inch container, for every 100 square feet of living space.

BEST HOUSEPLANTS FOR ELIMINATING CHEMICAL TOXINS*:

  • Rhapis (lady palm)-one of the top-rated palms for removing toxins and it is easy to grow. Areca and Bamboo palm are also at the top of the list for eliminating toxins.
  • Rubber plants- best is the Ficus family at removing toxins in all categories.
  • Dracaena varieties- Janet Craig is the highest-rated in dracaena family. Other varieties are Cornstalk, Marginata, and Warneckii.
  • English Ivy
  • Boston fern
  • Spathiphyllum (Peace Lily)
  • Golden Pothos
  • Spider Plant
  • Schefflera
  • Chinese Evergreen
  • Dumb Cane
  • Sansevieria (snake plant or mother-in-law’s tongue) 
    *All plants were tested for their ability to elimiate chemical toxins.

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WHERE TO PUT HOUSEPLANTS?

Houseplants are most effective when placed within 8 feet of the personal space where you spend a majority of time, such as, bedrooms, TV or computer rooms, bathrooms or kitchen areas.  Keep in mind lighting conditions with houseplant placement.  Boston Fern, Spathiphyllum and Chinese evergreen are some plants that can handle lower light conditions. Be aware that some plants that can remove toxins from our environment can also be harmful to children or pets, so it’s important to either keep them out of reach or choose non-toxic plants for your space. The ASPCA has information about plant safety for pets.  

LIGHT & CARE REQUIREMENTS

  • Keep in mind each plant’s lighting and water requirements.
  • Keep leaves dust free by wiping them with a damp cloth occasionally. Dusting will enable your plants to work more efficiently and also help keep pests such as spider mites away.
  • If repotting, use a good quality organic potting soil and fertilize every two weeks to once a month with a liquid fertilizer.

Make foliage the star of every room and you will breath easier, relax more, and be energized by the beauty of a living piece of art, the houseplant.

An extensive selection of houseplants including air plants, orchids, and Tillandsia along with everything you need to care for them can be found at Green Acres Nursery & Supply locations.**    

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*Plants pictured in order from top to bottom include: Dracaena & Sansevieria.
**Houseplants are not available at our Sacramento location.

References:

How to Grow Fresh Air- 50 Houseplants that purify Your Home of Office- Dr. BC. Wolverton

Topics: Houseplants, Planting Ideas, Container Ideas

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Orchid?

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

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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.

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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?

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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:

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  • 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. 

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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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