We received another shipment of Citrus Trees! Hurry in because these won’t last!
The history of citrus and its spread around the world would read like a popular adventure novel. Around 300 BC the first citrus found its way into Europe, via Alexander the Great. Later the Arabs distributed sour oranges and lemons throughout Northern Africa and Spain and the Portuguese brought the first specimens of sweet oranges from India around the 16th century. In Asia, mandarin oranges moved to Japan from China during the 12th century AD. Citrus made the trip to the New World on Columbus’ second voyage in 1493. They adapted so well to this new climate, that many varieties have become major agriculture crops.
Citrus trees are popular plants that can be grown in containers. Some of the best varieties of citrus such as lemons or limes can grow in a pot for years and produce an abundance of fruit.
If you’re interested in growing your own citrus fruit at home, Payne’s has a one of the most popular citrus tree around – the Meyer Lemon tree. An heirloom dwarf lemon with delicious golden-yellow fruit. It makes a fine potted plant and is the hardiest lemon for cool temperatures. The fruit is more flavorful than store-bought lemons and is prized by chefs. It bears heavily at a young age, flowering and fruiting year-round. Brought into the U.S. at the turn of the century from China, this lemon tree is thought to be a hybrid between a lemon and an orange.
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Payne’s sells ONLY the biggest, highest quality Holland-grown bulbs to make sure you get the largest, longest-lasting, most brilliantly colored blooms.
Fall is the best time of year to plant bulbs of tulips, hyacinth, crocuses and daffodils in order to enjoy their fireworks of colorful blooms come Spring. Stop by either store and choose from our great selection!
TJ’s TIP: Don’t forget to sprinkle a little bulb food or bone meal in the hole while you are planting the bulbs and also sprinkle a little more on the soil surface to assure healthy growth. Of course, we have both bulb food and bone meal!
You may continue to plant shrubs and trees this month, since their roots are in active growth into November. September’s cool weather keeps moisture in the soil lots longer than in summertime, and nursery stock planted now is much less prone to transplant shock. Remember to do it in the cool of the day if at all possible, and to water them in thoroughly.
Consider also wrapping the lower trunks of young transplants in protective tree wrap. Otherwise rodents could nibble their bark in the winter, girdling the trunks and killing the trees. For this reason it’s also a good idea to cut back any plants growing up close to your tree-trunks; grasses in particular give rodents winter nesting protection.
WHAT SHOULD WE DO NOW THAT SUMMER IS WINDING DOWN?
ANOTHER GREAT QUESTION!
In this week’s archived show from previous years, the Garden Guru was excited to get into a nice comfortable chair with a tall glass of ice tea and sat back in the garden and just enjoyed the fruits of his labor… AND that’s what he recommends for you. With the butterflies and the hummingbirds flitting around and all the flowers are in bloom… it just seems like it’s an idyllic set up to enjoy everything that you’ve done in your gardens!
Lynn said that it’s also the perfect time get a pad and pencil (and of course another glass of iced tea) and write down items that you should do to prepare for the fall season. First thing on the list is to look around and check your plants for insects and make sure that these pests are not developing. The second thing to do would be to spray the lawn and the gardens with … Well…Listen to Lynn’s tip to find out what to spray?
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Today’s generation prefers to spend their money on experiences instead of house plants that require lots of care. What they do like are succulents. Succulents require very little care and have the ability to store water in reserve when it is available to them. Succulents are now extremely popular and there are so many available that we carry a great selection here at Payne’s. We also carry several varieties of Hoya plants, some of which are very rare.
As the days start getting shorter and most of the gardening moves indoors, succulents are a great addition. Many of the more serious succulent collectors search the world over to find that perfect specimen. We pride ourselves in carrying many, many varieties. We grow them in small pots which allows our customers to group them together in a mixed pot or just display them in individual pots as a group.
Fortunately succulents don’t suffer from many pests and diseases. Most of the problems can be dealt with fairly easily. Because they use so little water, they are the perfect plant to have in one’s home. They require small spaces, some in full sun and some in low light. Come by the store and see what we have to offer.
National Indoor Plant Week was established to increase public awareness of the importance of indoor plants and their many attributes. Only some of which include cleaning the air we breathe…we like to say, “The oxygen doesn’t arrive until the plants arrive.” Statistics have proven that indoor plants increase morale in the workplace and homes. The plant is such a miraculous living thing.
Real life office studies have been conducted to measure the direct relationship between clinical health, complaints and plant installations. Recorded health improvements in offices where interior plants were added were significant. Results show a large reduction among employees in the areas of fatigue, headache, coughs and their overall well-being rose dramatically.
Further, numerous studies have shown that plants have a positive psychological impact on people. According to a recent study, employees exposed to interior plant settings demonstrated better attitudes, positive emotions such as happiness, friendliness and assertiveness.
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Whether grown as houseplants or outdoors, cactus plants add plenty of interest to your home—especially when featured as a collection. Here’s a brief guide to growing these easy-care plants.
By Michelle Ullman, Better Homes & Gardens
Outdoor Cactus Landscaping Ideas: If you live in a mild-winter climate, you can plant a backyard cactus garden. There are many outdoor cactus garden designs, including:
Cacti scattered among flowering perennials or small shrubs.
A desert-inspired cactus landscape surrounded by gravel or crushed stone.
A wall of tall cacti varieties, such as organ pipe cactus, blue candle, or cow’s tongue cactus.
One spectacular cactus used as a specimen plant: large barrel cactus, blueberry cactus, and prickly pear cactus work well for this.
Container Cactus Gardens: The beauty of a container cactus garden is that you can plant one even if you live in a cold-winter area; you’ll just need to overwinter your cacti somewhere protected. A few cactus arrangements for outdoor containers include:
An assortment of small cacti in a shallow terra-cotta bowl.
Several containers, each with one large variety of cacti or another succulent.
Hanging baskets planted with cacti: rattail cactus, orchid cactus, and Christmas cactus are possibilities.
A mixture of colorful annual or perennial flowers and cacti plants.
Indoor Cactus Decoration Ideas: If you have a bright, sunny window, you can grow a cactus indoors.
Cactus terrariums are especially popular; a glass bowl, box, or even hanging ornament filled with small varieties of cactus and other succulents is a fascinating slice of the desert world brought indoors. Remember, though, that a cactus terrarium must be planted in an open container; too much humidity can rot your plants.
Show off a collection of mini cacti in equally small, yet decorative, containers along your windowsill.
Grow a tall cactus in a spot you’d like to highlight, such as near the fireplace, by the bottom of the stairs, or in a corner near a window.
Assemble a miniature desert garden with small cacti and desert animal figurines in a rustic wood or terra-cotta container.
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