Posted by Gulley Greenhouse and Garden Center / Houseplants, Lawn & Garden Care, Plants, Seasonal Garden Care / 0
You know you're supposed to stop, or drastically cut back, fertilizing your plants between September and March to aid in their necessary dormant period. But, did you know you can work on root health all year long? Because root stimulators are a hormone that encourages root growth, rather than a chemical that forces plant growth, you can help your root structure become sturdier and ready for the coming season of above-ground leafing, blooming, and fruiting. What is root stimulator? It sounds like a fertilizer but isn't quite the same. It's a hormone (auxin) that is produced by young plants when they are forming their root systems. Indole Acetic Acid (IAA) is the naturally occurring form of auxin found in plants. Indole-3-Butyric Acid (IBA), which is synthesized IAA, is the active ingredient you'll see on the labels of commercial root stimulators. Why not fertilize your plants all year long? Fertilizers are...
14 Nov 2019
Japanese Aralia (Fatsia japonica) An evergreen shrub native to the sub-tropic areas of Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan. Due to climate needs, Fatsia japonica is more commonly found as a houseplant rather than a landscape plant in the US. Fatsia japonica likes bright filtered light. Direct sun can cause major leaf burn. If you put your Fatsia outside during the summer, make sure it's in a shaded spot. Err on the side of dryness when determining whether to water. The leaves can even begin to droop right before watering. Over-watering can cause yellow leaves, leaf drop, and root rot. Keep your fatsia plant small and manageable or large and elegant with regular aggressive pruning in the spring. Pinch back the growing tips to encourage the plant to branch out and become bushier. Fatsia japonica is a non-toxic plant. Fatsia japonica "Spiderweb" is the variegated cultivar.
08 Nov 2019
Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera genus) Named "Christmas Cactus" because of its habit of blooming during the winter holiday season. Called a cactus but is actually an epiphyte originating in Brazil. Epiphytes grow in/on trees and prefer humidity and filtered bright light. Christmas cacti don't like drafts and can drop their buds before opening if exposed to extreme temperature fluctuations. Avoid overwatering as this invites root rot and pests. Unlike poinsettias, christmas cacti aren't poisonous and so they make a great holiday decoration to have around pets and children!
01 Nov 2019