Thursday, April 28th, 2016

TLC FOR HOUSEPLANTS

 

No matter how much careful attention you pay to your houseplants, after a long, dry winter there’s a good chance they might be looking a little sad. So spend a sunny afternoon getting your hands dirty and giving your plants a little extra TLC. It will feel good (the way that spring cleaning does!) and your plants will love you for it!

1. Inspect

It’s easy to get into a habit of watering the plants on autopilot — take a moment to really see where your plants are at. Remove any dead leaves that may have accumulated in the soil and snip off any out-of-place stems. Remember, you can replant these cuttings! Another thing you might find on closer inspection is insects. Yuck. You’ll need to address the right bug with the right treatment, such as an insecticidal soap.  If you can’t identify the insect, bring in a sample in a sealed bag and our experts will set you up with the right treatment.

2. Shower time

When we spring clean the house, we dust the shelves and wash the floors, but what about the plants? Plants collect dust too — and you’ll find that some plants will develop a little bit of a grime over time. While it might be easy to simply ignore, even this thin layer can prevent plants from photosynthesizing. An easy way to clean your plants is with a spring shower! Literally bring your plant into the shower and give it a good wash down.  If this method doesn’t suit you, at a minimum, wipe the leaves of your plants with a damp cloth, and a little neem oil or leaf shine. Cacti, succulents and other plants with fuzzy leaves will require a finer touch and just a gentle wipe with a dry cloth.

3. Repot

Has your houseplant outgrown the pot that it’s in? If you can see roots popping above the soil line or through drainage holes, then the plant has become root-bound and it’s time to repot into a larger size container.  For this you’ll need new soil and a new pot! Our favorite soil, Pamper Your Plants, contains earthworm castings and is rich in nutrients to encourage new root growth. When choosing a new pot, keep in mind that the larger the container that your plant is in, the larger it will grow. And because we love getting our hands in the dirt, we’ll happily do the repotting for you – for free – when you buy a new pot here!

4. Fertilize

From April to October is the time to start fertilizing houseplants as the amount of light hours increases and they kick into their active growth season. Plants like a solid routine, so try to stick to a bi-weekly feeding regimen.  Flowering plants require fertilizers with a higher middle number (such as 15-30-15) while foliage plants require equal numbers (20-20-20).  All houseplants require fertilizer, as they will deplete the limited nutrients available in the the soil in its pot. Try our favorite Jobe’s Organic Fertilizer Spikes!

5. Fresh air

As the temperature climbs, we naturally want to spend more time outdoors. Well, so do our houseplants! If you’ve got the space, bring them outside and transform your outdoor space into a tropical paradise.  Just remember to ‘harden’ them off for a few weeks, bringing them indoors for the cool nights and outside for the warm days, until they build up an immunity to temperature fluctuations.

Words by Sarah Carson @the.botanical

Image by Cadence Hayes @thewhiitehouse

 

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

3 TREES WE CAN’T WAIT TO SEE BLOOM

 

The recent dustings of snow have left us more restless for spring than ever.  We’re getting closer every day to seeing flower-covered trees lining streets in dreamy pinks and vibrant purples, to hear the bees buzzing in the new spring blooms.  Here are a few of our favourite trees we simply can’t wait to see bloom.

Ready, set . . . bloom!

Princess Kay Plum

This small flowering plum adorns herself with a crown of fragrant, double white flowers on beautiful bronze bark. Due to the double flowers, Princess Kay Plum tree produces minimal fruit, and is an ornamental beauty.

Fuschia Girl Rosybloom Crabapple

There are so many varieties of rosybloom crabapples to choose from, with shades of soft pinks, bold reds and dramatic purples.  Fuchsia Girl Flowering Crab is a show-stopper! Hot pink flowers emerge in the spring, its leaves transform from green to a glossy purple foliage in summer, and then into a bright red in the fall.

Japanese Tree Lilac

The Japanese Tree Lilac is a true show stopper! The creamy white flower clusters come into bloom two to three weeks later than other lilacs shrubs.  Its fragrance permeates the air and it grows in a more upright habit than other flowering trees.  This is the ideal size for urban lots, maxing out at about 20′ in height.

Need more reasons to plant a flowering tree?

You’ll be helping the bees by planting any type of flowering tree or shrub in your garden, so consider teaming up with your neighbours to line a section of your street with flowering trees to create a canopy of flowers. Why not pour yourself a cup of tea and settle in with the Shelmerdine Plant and Garden Guide to research which varieties you’ll plant this spring?

 

 

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