Not exactly bedding plants….

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Amaryllis

 

If you like amaryllis, or more properly hippeastrum, and you just happen to like this color, we have some nice ones in the nursery for our opening weekend.  The flowers are truly glorious and last for a month or more.  We often see these stately flowers offered as bulbs around Christmastime, and they can be forced to bloom anytime. Here in the nursery, they bloom in March.  Last fall, we divided some of our monster plants – all descended from one I received at Christmas a decade ago.

If you have had trouble getting them to rebloom or multiply,  just be sure to give them the summer out it in the sun somewhere, and fertilize them like any other plant – once a week with liquid something-er-other.  They work all summer to make and store the buds that will emerge in late winter, and the more vigorously they grow in summer, the more buds they can make.  They’re in 9″ pots, where they can thrive for several years.  

Beautiful July Plants

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block_2   The summer’s cool temperatures and showery weather have been kind to the plants that remain in nurseries. Without hot days and dry winds, plant quality remains very high. Our own retail store is still full of lovely blooming plants, and we are shipping top quality annual and perennial plants to our customers around the northwest.

Keeping Your Fuchsia Basket Beautiful all Summer Long

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Here in western Oregon and Washington we have nearly perfect conditions to enjoy beautiful fuchsia hanging baskets all summer long. They require a bit more effort than other shade hanging baskets such as impatiens, but nothing is more satisfying than keeping those flowers coming. Three factors influence how your fuchsia basket will perform during the summer months – fertilization, pinching, and location. And of course, fuchsias need lots of water.  

Okay Plants, Into the Field with You!

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This week has been rainy and dark, but today the sun broke through in the afternoon. We’re just getting started moving all our perennial plants from their winter positions in unheated greenhouses to locations in our fields where they will grow until they are sold and shipped. Here are some nice 12″ Rosemary just moved out to harden up a bit.

 

 

Snow is a Four-Letter Word!

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A late-winter storm is coming down from the Gulf of Alaska to give us one more blast of winter. Here at the nursery, that is a serious emergency. Forecasters are calling for several snow accumulations of 3-4 inches each over a two day period, and then two nights of intense cold. The snow is an inconvenience, but the 18 degree nights that are predicted are a serious problem for us here.

 

Making Standard Fuchsias, Getting Started….

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Every couple of years, we make some standard fuchsias here at New Leaf Greenhouse. It takes about 9 months to make a nice standard, or tree fuchsia, and it’s lots of fun. We like to offer them in our retail store, and independent garden centers buy them. We don’t represent them as being suitable for planting in the ground here in the Northwest – they are a strictly a container plant that needs heat in the winter to live over, even if they are hardy varieties like June Bride. That’s the variety that is depicted in the image.

Fabulous Flowers and Little Green Plants

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Here are some beautiful baskets of Calliope interspecific geraniums growing in our house 3 today. The weather is chilly and bright, and it will be cold tonight. The baskets are just about perfect for their age-state, and will be just right to sell in early April. We’ll have to move them to their final hanging positions within a week or so or their form will be affected by crowding.

 
We’re feeding these everytime they are dry – about once a week right now.
 
No flowers? Just fine with me… we are busy cutting flowers off other geraniums right now so botrytis can’t grow where the petals fall onto the leaves. We also use plant growth regulators on our geraniums to stimulate branching, and to keep leaf size small. This reduces humidity in the plant canopy, and helps suppress fungal disease.