Monday, December 28, 2015

These Air Plants Are Real Show-Offs

Look what arrived in our latest shipment!  Not only are they beautiful, these small, pink & green air plants are incredibly versatile & easy to care for!  

Here are a few examples of how you can show them off.

How easy are they to care for?  They literally grow in the air -- no soil -- and to water them, you simply dunk them in water for 10 minutes once a week.

If you have any questions about these or other indoor plants, give us a call or drop in.  Our staff will be happy to help you.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Pick your own discount!

It's time for one of our favorite sales!  

Pick your own discount with special savings up to 50% off plants and containers.

With this special, you pull a discount from a container to discover the percentage of savings on your purchase.  Savings range from 10% to 50%!

Just remember!  No fair peeking!

For more information, call or come in.

Exotic Plants
1833 Howe Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95628

In-store only.  No double discounts.
Some exclusions apply.  Expires Dec 31, 2015.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Most common plant care mistake

Do you know the most common mistake in plant care?  Overwatering. 

You can spot it before it kills your plant by watching for symptoms.  

The damage you see in the above leaf was caused by too much watering.

These two photos show an infected plant stem which also comes from overwatering.

Luckily, it's not too late for this plant. Cut off the affected stem & leaves with a sterilized scissors & reduce watering.

It may end up looking like this beautiful, healthy plant.  

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Create a Hanging, Live Plant Display

Looking for a way to satisfy that itchy creative green thumb?

Try mounting a plant to hang on a wall.  It's simple and fun, and you'll have a beautiful living display.

Kimberly, our Shop Manager, provided these easy-to-follow directions:


Wood: Choose a piece of wood or a branch with one flat side that will look good with the plant you want to mount.

Plant suitable for mounting such as a staghorn fern, an orchid with thinner roots, a bromeliad or a bird's nest fern.

Sphagnum moss that has been soaked in water, twine or wire, screws, sheet moss, nylon fishing line.


1)  Drill 2 screws on the front side of the wood.  (See photo above for general location.)  They will serve as anchors when you later tie the plant onto the wood.

2)  Place a mound of sphagnum moss on the wood. 

3)  Remove your plant from its pot and carefully brush off the excess soil.

4)  Place the plant on the moss and top with a layer of moss to hold the soil in place.

5)  Wrap one end of your twine or wire around one of the screws.

6)  Stretch the twine or wire across the mound and wrap it around the 2nd screw. Repeat in the other direction.

7)  Cut a couple of pieces of the sheet moss and cover the mound.

8)  Secure the finished mound to the board by winding nylon fishing line around the board and the mound 4 or 5 times.

9)  Create the hanger by placing a screw in each side at the top of the wood, leaving enough space between the wood and the screw head to wrap twine or wire around it.

10)  Attach the wire or twine to each screw to create the hanger.

11)  Water the plant by holding it over a pan or bucket and gently pouring water onto the mound.

12)  Hang the plant in a space with the right light.


Friday, August 7, 2015

Free Vivarium Workshop

FREE Vivarium Workshop!
Saturday, August 15th

Learn how to build a tropical, living vivarium for your reptilian or amphibian pet!

In this workshop, we’ll show you how to:

     *  Create a sustainable ecosystem that can last for years
     *  Make a natural, healthy environment
     *  Set up a tropical, attractive home for your pet

The workshop is given by our plant technician Amber Wushke, a reptile enthusiast, who says vivariums are “living art.”

Amber has built three vivariums for her geckos, none of which have needed to be taken apart or re-built.  Her oldest vivarium has been active for more than a year and a half.

The workshop is held on the Exotic Plants showroom premises where you can see a stunning array of unique orchids and other plants you won't find anywhere else.

Please call to reserve your seat as this is a very popular workshop.  Seating is limited!  916-922-4769.

Date:  Saturday, August 15
Time:  12 – 1:30 pm
Location:  Exotic Plants
1833 Howe Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95825

RSVP at 916-922-4769.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Free Terrarium Workshop

Free Terrarium Workshop
Saturday, July 11th
12 - 1:30 pm

Love terrariums?  Want to create or learn to maintain one?

Then this is the workshop you've been waiting for!  You'll learn:

      * How to build a terrarium
      * Best plants to use
      * Maintenance
      * Water & light requirements
      * Design ideas

The workshop is given by Kifumi Keppler, owner of Exotic Plants and expert in plant care & aesthetic design.

If you like, you can create your own terrarium during the workshop and Kifumi will be available to help you and answer questions.

Purchase a terrarium container from the shop or bring your own.  We also have many plants and supplies that you can buy here to include in your masterpiece such as gravel, sand, charcoal and decorative materials.
Come be part of  the fun.   
Admittance is FREE!  (Materials are available for sale.)
Call to reserve your seat now!  Seating is limited.
Saturday July 11th, 12 - 1:30 pm
Location: Exotic Plants, Ltd.  
1833 Howe Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95825

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Our next Free Workshop!

What do you want to know about plant care?

  • Watering
  • Lighting
  • Re-potting
  • Pruning & maintenance
  • Planting materials
  • Pest control
  • Containers

Here’s your chance to learn it – our Plant Care Workshop.   And it’s free!

Join us on June 6th  when Exotic Plants owner and founder Kifumi Keppler gives this informative workshop on how to take care of indoor plants.  She started her company over 42 years ago and is an expert in plant care.  She is also a funny, lively speaker so you'll have a good time learning how to take care of your plants and keep them healthy all year round!

The workshop is held on the Exotic Plants showroom premises where you can see a stunning array of unique orchids and other specimen plants you won't find anywhere else. Have fun while learning, and perhaps you'll even pick up a plant bargain at our Tent Sale! (10 am - 3 pm).  Please call to reserve your seat as our workshops are very popular and seating is limited!  916-922-4769.

When:  Saturday, June 6
               12 - 1:30 pm

Cost:  FREE

Where:  Exotic Plants
                1833 Howe Avenue
                Sacramento, CA 95825

RSVP at 916-922-4769

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Our special for May & June

Love plants?  Looking for the perfect containers to show them off?  Then this sale is for you!

                          15% off plants & containers 
                          during the months of May & June

Our stock is unique and changes daily so come in and check out what's in the store.  Our staff would love to help with what will grow well in your home or office.

(In-store purchase only.  No double discounts.  Some exclusions apply.  Expires 6/30/15.)

Monday, April 20, 2015

Dracaena Facts

There are good reasons why Dracaenas are so popular & it's not just because they're so attractive.

1) Dracaenas are slow growers.  There's no need to worry if the plant is going to out-grow its space too soon.

2)  They require less water than many other plants.  If you travel a lot, a Dracaena may be a good choice for you.

3)  These beauties tend to grow upwards rather than wide so they fit in locations where other plants may not.

4)  Dracaenas can grow indefinitely.  If they become taller than you want, you can cut them back and they'll branch out.

5)  Dracaenas with darker green leaves and the popular "corn plant" can tolerate lower light than others.

There are over 40 varieties of Dracaena! 
For example, this is a Dracaena Marginata Colorama.  If you have a place with bright light, this may be just the plant you're looking for.

Dracaena Marginata Character Trunks have large stumps that are the result of being grown and cut back for years.

Song of India Dracaenas love bright light and look great in contemporary settings.

Dracaena Janet Craig make good, no-fuss house plants.

You may know the variegated Dracaena Massangeana above as a "corn plant." 

This bright, beautiful plant is a Lime Light Dracaena.

Dracaena Warneckii is commonly called a "striped Dracaena."

The Dracaena Compacta looks exotic but it is an extremely durable plant if the light is good.

Like what you see? Come in and find the Dracaena that would look great in your space.  

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Facts you may not know about palms

Do you love palms?  Here are some facts that you may not know about them.

1) Although many people think palms always look like the type that grows along white sandy beaches, there are actually many varieties.  Here are a few.

This is a Kentia Palm.  You're probably familiar with their graceful fronds.

A Raphis Palm, also known as a Lady Palm, is very hearty and, over time, gets massive.

Fish Tail Palms are named for their fish-tailed leaves.

A Pony Tail Palm is not really a palm but a succulent.

2)  Palms are slow growing but do fan out over time.  This makes them a great choice for large open spaces.

3)  They do well in bright to medium light.  They don't need direct sunlight but prefer bright, indirect light.

4)  Although many palms like to dry out between watering, that's not true of all. Fishtail and Raphis palms prefer moist to wet soil when grown in good light.  In lower light conditions, the surface two inches or lower should be dry before watering.

Wonder which palms would look great in your home or office?  Give us a call or come see us.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Our terrific sale for March & April!

It's a great time to buy those larger plants you've always wanted!

Look at our special for the months of March and April:

20% off plants 4 ft and above!

Come in and see what would look beautiful in your home or business.  Our staff will be happy to answer your questions.

(In-store only.  No double discounts.  Some exclusions apply.  Expires April 30, 2015.)

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Our February Sale

February here's already and time for our February Sale!

$10 off when you spend $30 or more on plants and arrangements.

So many choices and only 28 days to the month!

(In-store only.  No double discounts.  Expires Feb 28, 2015.)

Monday, January 19, 2015

The top 3 mistakes that could kill your indoor plants!

Are your indoor plants doing as well as you'd like?  The reason could be listed below.  According to our plant experts, there are 3 mistakes that will result in your plant doing poorly or even dying.

1)  Too much water.

The temptation may be strong but don't give in! Overwatering is the most common cause of indoor plants dying.

Most plants prefer their soil to dry out to a depth of 2 inches between waterings.  Of course, this is general and some plants need more or less water.  If in doubt, ask a sales person where you purchased the plant.

2)  Not enough light.

Make sure the plant is getting enough light. Plants that are blooming or have colored foliage generally need more light.

3)  Too big a container.

Indoor plants actually like to be somewhat cramped in their pots.  When it's too big, there's so much soil that it holds the water like a sponge and the plant rots. This is different from plants growing in the ground outside where the water can evaporate or seep into the surrounding area.  If you do need to re-pot, choose a container that's only one size up from your present container.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Free Orchid Workshop!

Free Orchid Workshop on Saturday, February 7th

Learn all about the fundamentals of orchid care from professional plant care and design specialist, Kifumi Keppler, Owner and Founder of Exotic Plants.

Her extensive background in horticultural care and aesthetic design will leave you with a whole new look at growing orchids and using them to create your ideal interior environment. You'll come away knowing how to keep your orchids alive and thriving for many years to come!

You'll learn the secrets of:

     * Re-blooming
     * Watering
     * Lighting
     * Re-potting
     * Basic Care
     * And much more

Date: Saturday, February 7th, 2015

Time:  12 pm - 1:30 pm

1833 Howe Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95825

Cost: FREE

Parking: FREE

RSVP at 916.922.4769
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