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!



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







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:



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.






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.







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.





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 




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

Our Plant Pick-of-the-Week: Dinnerplate Dahlia

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Jun 9, 2015 1:31:00 PM

Plant Pick-of-the-Week: Dinnerplate Dahlia


Dahlias are native to Mexico, but the varieties available today have been hybridized so much that they barely resemble their wild ancestors. The Dutch were the pioneers of hybridizing Dahlias, having created such unusual flower types as cactus form, ball, fubuki, waterlily, peony type and dinnerplate. 

Emily_Dinnerplate_Dahlias-268133-edited-152241-editedDinnerplate Dahlias are a perennial from tuber which form an upright clump of bright green, slightly serrated foliage reaching about 3-4 feet high by 2-3 wide. Their flowers are very much like the gorgeous geometric dahlia we all know and love, only 3-4 inches across, sometimes larger. They bloom throughout summer and fall, as long as they are fertilized and deadheaded. Dahlias thrive in full morning sun with a little afternoon shade in the hot valley, and moderate water. 

They are Emily's plant pick-of-the-week because:

"Dinnerplate dahlias are so bright and beautiful, they make me happy. Plus they are a perennial so they come back year after year!"

Dahlias are just one of the many great flowers for a cut flower garden.  Grow a Cut Flower Garden   

Topics: What Can I Plant This Season?, Seasonal Items, Summer Flowers

Bareroot Roses for Sacramento Gardeners

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Feb 6, 2014 5:16:00 PM

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At Green Acres bareroot roses are not just a rose but much more!  Bareroot season, is here and will be gone soon.  Now is one of the best times to buy and plant roses.  

What is a bareroot rose you may ask?  A bareroot rose is simply a rose sold in the winter time when the plant is dormant, (sleeping).

Some people are uneasy about planting bareroot roses, maybe because they don't know how to plant them.  Bareroot roses want to grow badly enough and will overcome planting deficiencies as long as they are planted green side up with a good dose of water.


Why is this the best time to plant a rose?

While the roses are dormant the plants can be planted with little disturbance.  Another interesting fact is that little soil is needed around their root system because they are dormant. 

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Are there added benefits to planting rose during bareroot season?

Sure!  Because the plant is sold in a dormant state with little soil and no blooms, bareroot rose season is one of the most economical times to buy a rose.  The cost savings during the bareroot season is at least 30 percent less than during the Spring and Summer months.  The second perk is that there is a large variety of roses to be found during bareroot season.  Bareroot roses will soon look just like a potted rose that you might buy throughout the Spring and Summer.  Your just going to save some money by buying and planting now. 

At Green Acres Nursery, we only sell grade #1 roses.  Grade #1 is important.  This means that these roses have at least 3 strong canes with a very strong bud union.  Our roses are from Certified Roses, a rose grower known for their quality roses for over 60 years.  The roots of certified roses are strong and adjust quickly to soil conditions when they leaf out in late winter and early spring.


So, you have decided to buy a bareroot rose … 

Before planting, it is recommended by the American Rose Society and Green Acres to submerge the entire plant into a bucket of water with a few tablespoons of the effective transplant solution, Vitamin B-1 by Liquinox.  Let your plant soak for at least 12 hours.  This soaking will help rehydrate the roots and make it optimal for planting.


Now where do you plant it?

The optimum spot for a rose is in a sunny location (at least 6 hours of sun, morning sun is best, especially for hybrid teas).  Make sure the rose is placed in a spot with good air circulation to avoid fungus problems and well draining soil so that the roots will not rot.  The planting hole should be 2' by 2' by 2'.  This may seem like overkill to you, but planting in a deep and wide hole will help with drainage.  If you have well draining soil you are set and can get by with a hole 18 inches deep.  If you aren't sure about your soil- fill the hole with water and if it takes more than an hour to drain then dig to 24", fill the hole with 4-5" of gravel and plant.  Be sure and use Greenall Rose Planting Mix with native soil and EB Stone Sure Start Fertilizer.  These products are made here in Northern California, for yards like yours!  They get your roses off to the best start possible. 

bareroot rose 


You found a spot in your yard, what type of rose is right for you?

Hybrid Teas – Most popular variety

This is the cut flower rose.  Flowers appear in a single blossom on a large stem.  The roses are usually larger (3-6” across).  Hybrid Teas also tend to be the most fragrant.  The plants usually grow tall and upright. 

A couple notable Hybrid Teas this bareroot season:

Chrysler Imperial:  Chrysler Imperial is an older classic.  Sensational red roses are produced on this plant.  Introduced in 1952, this wonderful rose is still a favorite among rose lovers.  Long pointed buds develop into extra large blooms that are velvety dark red.  Perfect for cutting.  Blooms are 4-5” across.  Fragrant

Love Me Tender:  Orchid to creamy pink cherry edged blooms.  This rose flower emits a gentle fragrance.  Grows 4-6’ and bushy.


Floribunda Roses- Natures bouquet

The first floribunda roses were introduced by a Danish Rose hybridizer named Svend Poulesin in the 1920’s.  Floribundas are known for their bouquet of blooms on each branch.  The flowers are smaller than Hybrid Teas but make quite a statement with their clusters!  Most floribundas grow to a height of 3 feet and are more compact than hybrid teas making them perfect for containers and hedges.  Floribunda varieties also tend to be hardier in full sun and more disease resistant than Hybrid teas.

A few notable Floribunda varieties this bareroot season:

Iceberg:  Although this variety is available through out the year.  Bareroot season offers an excellent opportunity to plant this rose in a hedge at a very affordable price!  Iceberg is a beloved rose that is extremely disease resistant and prolific.  It has long pointed buds and shapely, pure white blooms borne in clusters of up to 15 per spray.  Medium fragrance.  Great container plant too!

Poseidon:  Exquisitely cupped lavender-blue rosettes pack in over fifty petals each that cover this naturally disease resistant rose!

Scentimental:  Burgundy red and creamy white blooms.  This exquisite rose grows to 3 feet and has a nice strong fragrance!

strike it rich rose resized 600 Grandiflora Roses – Roses of Distinction!

Grandiflora roses tend to be the taller growing roses.  They are a cross between Floribunda and Hybrid Teas.  Grandiflora’s are a modern hybrid with larger blooms than a floribunda but usually in clusters continuously blooming throughout the season.

Notable Grandiflora Tea Roses:

Silver Star:  A non fading beautiful lavender rose with vigorous growth.  This rose can grow 5 feet plus. Makes a great focal point in the middle of a garden that will signal its presence to anyone able to admire it!  Slightly fragrant.

Strike it Rich:  Elegant Gold and rosy pink buds amid disease resistant foliage.  Strike it rich has unusual long red stems and vigorous growth that make it a truly great cutting rose!


Climbing roses – Trellis, Arbors or Fences will never look so grand!

So you have an Arbor or Trellis that needs a bit of spice?  A fence that needs a bit of color?  Try a climbing rose!  Low maintenance and elegant. 

A couple of varieties this year.

Joseph's Coat:  A kaleidoscope of colors – multi-colored rainbow that opens yellow-orange than varies between orange, pink and red.  Slightly fragrant. (pictured)

bareroot roses for sacramento gardeners

Angel Face:  Loved for its sweet lemon-like fragrance, this favorite is covered in lavender blossoms.  Grows 10-12 feet to cover even the largest Arbors!


Plant a rose and enjoy our National Flower with all its beauty and fragrance.  


Topics: What Can I Plant This Season?, Seasonal Items, Tips for Winter, Roses

Cold-Sensitive Plants? Use Frost Protection Cloth This Winter

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Nov 18, 2013 12:04:00 PM

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Why is Frost Protection Cloth is the best way to protect your cold-sensitive plants?

Properly applied frost cloth can protect your frost sensitive plants from the cold even when the temps dip into the 20’s!  

Plants that Need Protection:

  1. Avocados
  2. Citrus 
  3. Ferns
  4. Tropical Plants
  5. Cactus and Succulents  


Not All Coverings Are Created Equal

Always use frost cloth designed for covering plants. This specific product is made of a fabric that will not transmit cold to the leaves. Other products made of plastic for example, can actually transmit cold to the leaves and cause more damage!  

Green Acres carries only the best product from Easy Gardener, that comes in 10ft. x 12 ft. which is light and easy to handle. If necessary, the frost cloth can be left on the plants for an extended period of time without the risk of harming your plants. Sheets or blankets must be removed every morning after the temperature under the covering reaches at least 40 degrees. On some days this might not happen until Noon.  

Some people use blankets and sheets to cover plants. Typically blankets are heavy and can be hard to secure over your plant. Furthermore, the frost cloth is light and allows the sun to pass through the fabric, thus warming the ground. Blankets and sheets do not allow the sun to properly filter through and heat the ground.

frost cloth 

Knowing a Bit About the Environment Helps

Sunlight during the day warms the soil surface. As the day progresses into night, the heat from the soil radiates into the atmosphere. The coldest temperatures of the day are early in the morning as the sun rises.  Remember that cold air settles downward and hot air rises.  This fact is instrumental in placing your frost protection cloth over your frost-sensitive plants.


Watering Plus Frost Cloth Equals Success!

Keep soil around the plant moist but not soggy, especially during times of wind or days without rain. Moist soil absorbs more heat. Keep the moisture level as even as possible. Ice crystals form on the leaf surface and take moisture out of the leaves. Plants suffer and take on more frost damage if they are dehydrated. However, succulents are the exception to this rule. Make sure you check soil moisture during periods of cold north winds too. These winds tend to dry plants out the most.  

If plant dehydration is your battle, try Wilt Stop Plant Protector.  

  • It is a natural, non-toxic product derived from the resin on pine trees
  • It forms a soft, flexible, clear film on treated plants.  
  • This film protects plants from drying out, drought, windburn, sun scald and winter kill.  
  • Find it at all Green Acres Nursery & Supply locations. 

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Correctly Placing the Frost Cloth

You just bought the frost cloth and the forecast is for a very cold night with frost.  How do you apply the fabric?  

  1. Completely drape the plant from top all the way to the ground.
  2. Apply the cloth right before sun down to make sure the cloth gathers the heat produced in the ground during the day.  
  3. Don't leave any openings in the cloth for the warm air to escape or cold air to enter at night.  
  4. It is crucial that the frost cloth touches the ground, to the drip line of the plant.  

Placing a heavy object, like bricks, or securing the fabric into the ground with frost fabric staples, will ensure that the cloth forms a seal with the ground and traps the warm air that radiates from the soil captured during the day. The bricks or staples will also secure the cloth on the plant in the case of heavy winds and or rain and reduces chances of it blowing off the plant.



Frost Cloth On Trees? Yes!

Remember, it is crucial that the frost cloth touch the ground to soak up radiant heat captured during the day. This is true of trees too. If you just wrap the top of the tree with frost cloth and leave the trunk exposed, much like a lollipop, the tree will not be able to trap the radiant heat from the ground. (See photo for the wrong way to apply it) Also, the cold night air will sink to the ground and the fabric will not be able to collect the heat or moisture to help the frost cloth protect the tree. 


Following these simple instructions will help you keep your frost sensitive plants alive in the winter.


See a One-Minute Demo on Frost Cloth 

How-To Video  




Topics: Winter, Seasonal Items, Nursery Supply Products, Tropicals

Fall & Winter Annuals That Make Us Smile!

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Oct 29, 2013 8:47:00 AM

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Chase away winter blues with these cool season annuals. … plant now to make your garden smile this winter.

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Pansy and Viola 

The most popular winter color.  Pansies are derived from Viola’s and usually have larger flowers than Viola’s.  The word Pansy is from the French word “pensee” meaning “thoughts” or thoughts of lovers.  The myth grew that you could see a loved one in the face of a pansy.

Pansies and Viola’s come in all colors.  Yellow, gold, orange, purple, violet, red, white and purple (black).  The flowers last all winter long and bloom into Spring.  Pansies and Viola’s make great container plantings. 

Planting Ideas:  

  1. Orange and Yellow Viola’s and Pansies make incredible Fall and Halloween Plantings.  
  2. Red and White are traditional Christmas colors that can make a yard festive for the holidays!  
  3. Try Red and gold or black and white planted in a pot for accent at your next 49’er or Raider party.  Pansies and Violas can make a dull winter day fun and creative!

Also called Pot Marigolds, Winter Marigolds and English Marigolds.  Calendula’s need cool weather to thrive.  Native to Mediterranean climates, Calendula’s thrive here in Sacramento’s Mediterranean zone!  Yellows and Oranges add a starburst of color to your garden during the foggy and rainy season! 

Plant Calendula’s in your fall vegetable garden.  Calendula’s make great companion plants since they have insect repelling properties.  Plant them in a sunny location to take advantage of sunny winter days.  Great in containers too!  Cheer someone up with a pot of sunny yellows and oranges!


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Also called Matthiola incana, (pictured left).  Stock produces fragrant colors of white, lavender, red and purple flower spikes that make your yard stand out during the cool season.  Clove-like spice smells add seasonal zest to your senses during the holidays!  Stock makes exceptional cut flowers.  Native to the Mediterranean regions.  Stock flower’s symbolize a happy life and a contented existence. 



Cool season tuber that can turn even the most depressing winter day bright.  Cyclamen are extremely hardy and come in different shades of white, bright pink, red or purple flowers. 

Red and White Cyclamen add Christmas cheer to a yards' landscape.  Cyclamen prefer shade to full sun during the winter.  Cyclamen can also be grown inside in a sunny and cool room!  

Special Cyclamen Varieties:

  1. 'Lazer' – A cyclamen enhanced with silver markings on the leaves.  Lazer is one of the most shade and frost tolerant of all cyclamen.  Excellent planted at entrances or in pots!
  2. 'Latina' - Fulflame cyclamen.  Two tone flowering cyclamen.  The flowers resemble flames and have a slight perfume smell.  Make a dramatic statement!
  3. 'Metis' – Minature Cyclamen!  Great for pots and window boxes!

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Ornamental Kale and Cabbage 

Add texture to your pots and planters.  The colder the temps the more color!  Ornamental Kale and Cabbage make excellent companion plantings. Plant with Stock, Pansies or Cyclamen for incredible color all winter! 




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Topics: What Can I Plant This Season?, Winter, Seasonal Items, Flowers, Planting Ideas, Container Ideas

The History of Poinsettias

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Dec 13, 2012 12:56:00 PM

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Do you know the history of the poinsettia? In the United States, December 12 is National Poinsettia Day.  

The first poinsettias were brought to the United States by Dr. Joel Roberts Poinsett, America’s first minister (ambassador) to Mexico between 1825 and 1829. Dr. Poinsett brought the plant to America and raised it in his greenhouses in Charleston, South Carolina. It was named in his honor in 1836. The Latin name is Euphorbia pulcherrima, literally “the most beautiful Euphorbia.” You may know Dr. Poinsett as the founder of the National Institute for the Promotion of Science and the Useful Arts, predecessor of the Smithsonian Institution
Poinsettias in Sacramento
The plant was initially known in the United States as “painted leaf” or “Mexican fire plant” until it eventually was named poinsetta pulcherrima, or “poinsettia,” in honor of of its discoverer, Dr. Poinsett. By the early 1900′s, they were sold as potted plants in California. Many poinsettias are still raised in the state, especially for use as Christmas gifts and decorations. The city of Ventura, California is even known as the Poinsettia City.

If poinsettias aren't already brightening up your home, now is the time to add some holiday color with poinsettias. Green Acres Nursery & Supply carries the highest quality poinsettia flowers in all of Sacramento. Choose from 4", 6" or even 8" sizes.  Did you know that there are many varieties of poinsettias? Although known for their vibrant red color, there are also white, pink and dappled poinsettias. We offer these seasonal beauties in a number of fun varieties like 'Marble', 'Burgundy', 'Ice Crystal', 'Red Glitter' & more.  

poinsettias in sacramento

Taking care of poinsettias at your home is something that can be a little tricky.  If you take the time to purchase a poinsettia for decoration we know you'll want it to last.  As we mentioned before, poinsettias  grew natively in Mexico which has a much warmer climate than Sacramento, so you'll need to protect your poinsettias from cold winds while also avoiding hot or cold drafts.  Also did you know that providing at least 6 hours of indirect sunlight for the poinsettia will actually help the plant retain its vibrant color?  

The best part about poinsettias at Green Acres is that we give you high quality at wonderful prices.  4" Poinsettias are only $4.50, and 6" are $7.50 every day.  Prices and quality you can't beat anywhere else while supplies last.  We invite you to stop by any Green Acres location in Elk Grove, Folsom, Rocklin, Roseville and Sacramento and pick out the most beautiful "painted leaf" that will wow your friends and family this holiday season.  



Topics: Gift Ideas, Holiday Decor, Seasonal Items

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