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Tips & Plant Care

Succulents 101

 

Succulents have become all the rave recently. With their versatility, gorgeous displays of color and carefree whimsy, succulents appeal to those with the gifted green thumb as well as perpetual plant killers. The key to watering succulents is exercising restraint. In the dormant season - fall & winter - keep them cooler and dryer. When spring rolls around, keep them warm and give them a bit more water than usual. Water the succulents deeply, then let the soil dry out completely - repeat! Make sure the containers have excellent drainage and use a soil specific to succulents and cacti. 

Air Purifying Houseplants

 

While government regulations have reduced the amount of formaldehyde used in insulation and particleboard furniture, the vast number of potential formaldehyde emitters found in the average home makes the chemical difficult to avoid. Luckily, a simple solution exists! NASA scientists have identified 7 household plants that help to remove formaldehyde and purify the air in your home. Boston Ferns, Palm Trees, Rubber Plants, English Ivy, Peace Lily, Pothos and flowering plants like Florist's Mums and Gerbera Daisies have all shown to significantly improve air quality. Pick yours up at The Greenhouse today!

Companion Planting

 

"What kinds of flowers should I plant in my vegetable garden?" is a question we get all the time. Unlike most ornamental gardens, the size and color of the flowers one selects isn't as important as how attractive they are to beneficial insects for pest control and pollination. Marigolds are great for attracting bees and butterflies while their strong scent is perfect for deterring nematodes. Chamomile and daisies are a simple addition to your veggie garden that not only attract predatory wasps and hoverflies, the flowers make a delicious herbal tea that helps soothe your aching bones after a long day in the sunshine.