Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Plant of the Week

The Ginko Biloba Bonsai

The ginkgo is a very distinctive tree which makes it great for bonsai. Its fan shaped leaves consisting of two lobes turn bright golden yellow in fall. It has been referred to as the tree of forty gold crowns. Ginkgo are also known as the maidenhair tree because their leaves resemble that of the maidenhair fern.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Strangler Fig

(Ficus Aurea) Strangler fig, aka Love tree, embraces and strangles their host by wrapping their trunks around them. These trees grow in the dark forests and begin life as epiphytes (plants that grow on trees). It uses the host plant for support and as it grows it tends to kill the original tree.
This is a very unique and almost artistically grown Ficus Aurea. With it's intriguing history, it makes a captivating statement in any home -- not to mention a great conversation piece!
Be sure to stop by and see it today!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Plant of the Week

Plant of the Week: Ficus - Benjamina Variegated. (Weeping Fig)

Ficus Benjamina is one of the most popular houseplants that is grown specially for it's decorative shiny, green oval leaves, it can be prune to almost any shape and size, grown as an evergreen tree or large shrub in offices and used for interior landscaping. Cultivars are available with variegated foliage, wavy leaves and pendulous branches. Weeping fig stems are often trained in ornamental shapes, while the stems are young and flexible they may be braided, spiraled or twisted into different shapes.

They can grow as tall as the indoor space will allow, but they can easily be pruned to a suitable height and shape. These indoor trees are generally easy to grow if you give them enough light and proper care. Weeping figs grow best in a bright indirect or curtain-filtered sunlight position, but they will handle some direct sun if the humidity is high. Variegated cultivars grow best in somewhat lower light. Weeping figs prefer warm temperatures, in the night 18-21 Celsius degrees (65-70 F) and over the day 24-26 Celsius degrees (75-85 F) are ideal temperatures.

During periods of active growth, make sure you keep the soil evenly moist, but the soil should be allowed to dry slightly between watering during the winter and other times of low growth. Weeping figs should never be waterlogged or allowed to sit in water in their saucers because the roots will easily rot. They prefer high humidity, so wash your ficus leaves occasionally with plain warm water - this will help the leaves breathe and improved their appearance. Mist leaves frequently, especially in hot weather. Use tepid water for this operation.

Healthy plants should be fed every moth or two during the growing season, usine a liquid fertilizer. Weeping figs can tolerate being slightly root bound, but if the plants will become too crowded, the new leaves that appear will be small and the growth will slow. Re-pot your tree in late winter or early spring, using a general purpose potting soil. They will grow in most soils, but prefer the well-drained ones, and are drought-resistant once established.

Plants can be pruned to shape as needed. They will even tolerate hard pruning to reduce their size if necessary, but if you have to prune them so hard just remember to reduce watering levels to severely pruned plants.

The most common problem of weeping figs is leaf drop. They seem to react to almost any stress by shedding their leaves. Over-watering, under-watering, drafts, lack of nitrogen and low light can all be causes of leaf drop. They often shed leaves when moved to a new location or re-potted, but if growth conditions are adequate it will adapt to its new location and stop dropping leaves, then healthy new growth will appear.

You can propagate weeping figs at any season by air layering, or by cuttings that are best taken in summer and using a rooting hormone and provide bottom head. Sow seeds at 15-21 Celsius degrees (59-70 F) in spring.


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Free Orchid Workshop

Hey Orchid fans out there!
Our FREE Orchid workshop is 3 weeks away. Saturday, August 3rd from 11 am - 12:30 pm.
Learn all the tricks and know-how for your orchids!
Kifumi Keppler, owner of Exotic Plants means business when it comes to your orchids care. I mean, she's only been an orchid expert for over 40 years!! So take advantage of this great opportunity and learn from the best at no cost for you! Just bring yourself and a friend and have a fun afternoon out with Kifumi at her orchid workshop.
Call to RSVP 916.922.4769

Monday, July 15, 2013

Plant of the Week

Tillandsia Xerographica

The king of air plants, the xerograhpica tillandsia is by far the most exotic and stunning plant of it's kind. The plant is from some very remote areas in Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. Making it not only beautiful but rare to get as well.
The silvery green color with thick curly leaves sets it apart from the average plant. Of course, being an air plant, leaves endless ideas with placement and creativity.
See, air plants are very easy to care for because it doesn't need soil. It stands alone... ready to be used in cute arrangements, terrariums, frames and much much more.
All it needs is either a good soak in water for 30 minutes a week or good spritz of water weekly or more.
And, don't forget - bright INDIRECT light. What we mean is place this beauty in a bright room without direct sunlight. So basically don't place it under the suns painful rays. (Plants can get sunburned too.)
Though, at the same time, a room that doesn't stay bright or needs an abundance of artifical light to stay lit... this tillandsia wont like it too much. So bright indirect light is key.

Right now, we have a few in our shop. This beauties wont be around for long so be sure to stop by and snag one for yourself. And remember, we have the pick your discount... savings up to 50% off! Who can beat that?

For any additional questions about the Tillandsia Xerogrphica don't hesitiate to ask ;)

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Pick your own Discount!

Yes, our favorite discount is back!
Pick your own discount allows you to PICK the discount. We mean, you come to our shop, choose the plant(s) that you've always wanted and once you come up to the counter and pay, there is a container FULL of discounted pebbles waiting to be chosen. You choose one, of course, but the fun is endless! Little brown pebbles have percentages written on them that give you that amount off your purchase! From 15% to 50% off, these discounted rocks make digging fun! 
So be sure to tell friends and family about this amazing discount. We want you to be in control, to get your greenery at an amazing price!
Hurry in! All this excitement will be ending fast! 
(Discount expires Aug. 31st. No double discounts. In-store use only. Ask a Sales Associate for more details)

Monday, July 8, 2013

Plant of the Week

Plant of the Week: The Song of India

Monday, July 1, 2013