There were 17 new gardening ideas posted last week:
March 15, 2013
|Cold Hardy Sempervivum|
|Sempervivum wreaths and topiaries can remain outside all winter, even in zone 3 or 4 temperatures. They may need a little sprucing up in the spring, but they'll recover quickly.|
March 14, 2013
|If you live in an area that is wet and rainy during winter and spring, make sure to check your sempervivums periodically for rot. If the leaves near the base are brown and "mushy," gently lift the plant from the soil. Peel the dead leaves from the stem and let the plant dry out for a day or so, then replant it. Your plant will respond quickly and happily!
March 13, 2013
|Sempervivums Don't Like Wet Feet|
|Sempervivums do not like their roots to be sitting in water, so make sure your container has sufficient drainage holes. Also, check occasionally to make sure they aren't clogged to ensure continued successful growing.|
March 13, 2013
|Sempervivum Companion Plants|
|When ATP forum moderator Lynn Smith (valleylynn) asked me to write this article, she commented in her typically enthusiastic way that a visit to our nursery had transformed her thinking about gardening with Sempervivums. At Wild Ginger Farm, we specialize in alpine and rock garden plants and feature Sempervivums in our naturalistic display gardens. Written by Emma Elliot of Wild Ginger Farms. (760 words - Read the full article)|
March 10, 2013
|Tip: Uneven Sun Exposure for Potted Plants|
|In my experience, sun exposure for my potted succulent plants is never optimal. When one side of the pot gets more sun than the other side, I notice that leaves on one side become longer or stems begin to stretch towards the sun. This will sometimes disrupt the compactness and aesthetics of the plant. It helps to regularly rotate the pots to ensure even sun exposure. Rotation can be as simple as turning a pot 45 degrees.|
Some new recommendations from our members:
|clintbrown recommended North Hills Nursery and wrote:
I ordered many Sempervivums from them and they all are doing great. I'm really impressed with their prompt and friendly service. They sent extra offsets of most of the plants. They even included one plant that I didn't order as a bonus. I will definitely order more plants from them in the future. Here is a photo of my plants after I potted them up.
|daylily recommended Pinetree Garden Seeds and wrote:
I have ordered seeds, tools, books, etc. from Pinetree for years and years. I am not thrilled with their website. I prefer to get the paper catalog, make a list, and call them. Customer service has always been excellent.
I really like the Pinetree Lettuce mix. Has a super selection of colorful tasty lettuce! I grow two crops of it each year, and have for at least 20 years.
They are also my source for my favorite cucumber, Sweet Success. One year they ran out and sent me Diva instead, and we liked it so much that I now order both of them. Here is Sweet Success growing on some fencing I use.
|RonNY recommended Slate Hill Farm (Daylily) and wrote:
I do an annual pilgrimage to the Farm in late July when the fields of plants are in bloom.
Always looking forward to a visit with Mary and Craig. I have never ordered online but I have them dig plants for me and have always been pleased!
They also have an Official American Hemerocallis Society Display Garden
|ge1836 recommended Wellspring Gardens and wrote:
My second orderf arrived in 2 years.Everything looks wonderful,well packed They will be repotted in larger pots and spend until May in my livingroom.
|eclayne recommended Eartheart Gardens and wrote:
Nice selection of Siberian and Japanese iris. This is a knowledgeable grower and hybridizer, so you know their Irises are garden tested and true to name. They not only grow/sell Currier McEwen's introductions but those of several hybridizers as well as they're own new Iris. I've received good-sized divisions, well packed and with good communication.
Some numbers from last week:
- 68 new members.
- 165 new threads.
- 4,295 new posts.
- 868 new images to the plant database.
- 69 new comments in the plant database.