Tagged: Grow

  • This month, we're teaming up with The Sill to focus on indoor gardens. Always seeking new ways to bridge the gap between plants and people, The Sill inspires us with creative ideas for indoor, windowsill, and near patio gardening. Stay tuned throughout April as The Sill shares more of their abundant knowledge; below, check out some tips for choosing your perfect houseplant.

    When choosing a houseplant it is important to remember that plants, like people, have different temperaments. Give yourself – and your plant – some time to get to know one another. Nurture the relationship with a little extra attention early on while your plant acclimates to its new environment, and you’ll be together a long time. Not sure where to start? Light. Nearly all plants prefer bright light, but some thrive just as well in the shade. Determine how much light your space or patio receives and choose your plant accordingly. 

    Determine your light
    What direction do your windows face?
         South: Provides the most light and therefore the most options. Plants can be situated far into the room and still receive bright light.
         East: Light drops off quickly so it's best not to situate plants too far away from the window.
         West: Same light as east windows but accompanied by more heat.
         North: Provides the lowest light. Situate your plants directly on the sill.
         No Windows? If you want to brighten up a dark room with a plant, choose a “low light” plant but move it to bright light 2 weeks per month.

    Sometimes its what’s outside the window that counts.
    If you live in NYC like we do, its not uncommon for your window to face a brick wall. To ensure you know what kind of light you’re getting, here’s a simple test: place a white piece of paper on the spot you intend to put your plant. Then spread your hand out about 1 foot above the paper. What do you see?
         Well defined shadow = bright light
         Fuzzy shadow, still recognizable as your hand = medium light
         Only faintly discernable shadow = low light
         No shadow = no plant

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  • In many parts of the country, the weather in early spring can be a bit unpredictable—warm then cold, bright sun then rain. Able to handle the season’s ups and downs, English daisies and Hens & Chicks are two of our favorite, up-for-anything arrivals in the nursery. Read on to learn more about these beautiful and resilient botanicals that bring a welcome pop of color to the garden just in time for Easter.

    English Daisy (Bellis perennis): In England, the English daisy is referred to as a “lawn daisy” because of its frequent (sometimes unwelcome) growth in grassy lawns. Technically a biennial, this spring-blooming flower can withstand temperatures as low as 10 degrees Fahrenheit. Offer your English daisies full sun and moist soil, and their tuft-like blooms and short, feathery petals in hues of white, pink and red will make them a colorful addition to containers or garden beds.

    Hens & Chicks (Sempervivum tectorum): Members of the wide-ranging succulent family, Hens & Chicks come in over 3,000 different varieties! Native to Europe and Africa, these succulents get their name from a tendency to propagate via offsets. The “hen” is the central plant, and the “chicks” are the propagated offspring that spread around the central “hen.” Gaining wild popularity in recent years thanks to their unique appearance and low-maintenance needs, Hens & Chicks make for hardy ground cover; they thrive in rock gardens and containers when planted in well-draining, dry soil and full-to-partial sun. Too much water will rot their moisture-rich leaves, which makes them ideal for planting in drought-prone areas. Hens & Chicks’ colors change throughout the seasons, making them a year-round delight for the garden.

    Throughout the season, our plant team highlights their freshest additions to the garden with New in the Nursery. Check in at your local store to take home these newly-arrived greens.

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  • The Dirt | 2014 | week no. 11

    The Dirt is our version of a weekly link roundup, where we share what's currently capturing our interest around the web. Hope you'll enjoy, and feel free to share what you're reading in the comments. We'd love to hear from you!

    Fresh and fragrant bouquets that pair flowers with herbs (via Cupcakes and Cashmere).

    Did you know that Wednesday is Plant a Flower Day? Celebrate with these clever greetings (via Oh Happy Day).: 

    A sweet idea: adding a splash of homemade herb simple syrup to your favorite cocktails (via Jojotastic).

    We’d love to serve this cake at a springtime party (via Refinery 29).

    $1000 to spend at terrain and a garden gift collection are just a pin away (via Gardenista).

    You're Invited! We're celebrating Signs of Spring on March 15 at Styer's with Food 52, Forage Haberdashery, and photographer Nicole Franzen. See all the details here.

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  • How-To: Tulip Kusamono Tray

    March 7, 2014

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    How-To: Tulip Kusamono Tray

    One of our favorite planting methods to experiment with for spring is kusamono— a form of Japanese bonsai arrangement in which plants sprout from low-profile balls of moss. Created by Keiko Yamane, one of the first female Japanese bonsai growers, these self-contained, mossy plantings are meant to fit in the palm of one’s hand and serve as a reminder of nature’s seasonal changes. Our stylist arranged this tray of tulip kusamono as a tribute to early spring, and we can't wait to showcase it as a tabletop centerpiece. Read on to learn how you can make your own. 

    What You’ll Need:
    Moss
    Blooming tulip bulbs
    Floral wire
    Shallow humidity tray
    Rocks (for decorative accent)

    1. Wrap the base of a tulip bulb in moss and use floral wire, if desired, to help keep the moss in place. The moss will act as a replacement for soil, retaining moisture to nourish the bulb. 

    2. Repeat step one to create as many kusamono as you need. 

    3. Use a shallow humidity tray to display your arrangements, accenting with scattered rocks. 

    4. Water the bulbs regularly by removing them from the tray and soaking in water. Allow any excess water to drain before placing the bulbs back in the tray. 

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  • How-To: Nested Bulb Trough

    March 4, 2014

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    How-To: Nested Bulb Trough

    Awaiting the arrival of spring's first robins, we created a nest-inspired centerpiece to top the table at our next gathering. Tiny "Tete-a-Tete" narcissus cozies up inside nests of dried grass and moss to create this long, trough planting. As Easter approaches, accent your planter with hollow quail eggs or our favorite iron bunny for a playful update. 

    What You'll Need

    Narcissus bulbs (or other bulbs of your choice)
    Moss
    Dried grass
    Floral wire
    Baby's tears
    Metal trough
    Potting soil

    1. Wrap the base of each bulb in moss, which will help retain moisture when watering.

    2. Wrap the moss ball with dried grass to form the nest, then secure with floral wire.

    3. Plant baby's tears in the trough with a thin layer of potting soil, then arrange the wrapped bulbs as desired.

    4. Water regularly; to water bulbs, remove from the trough and soak in water. Allow them to drain in the sink before replacing in the planter.

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  • New in the Nursery: Bonsai Starters

    February 20, 2014

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    Perfect for the indoor gardener or the burgeoning hobbyist, bonsai gardens add green to even the smallest space. We’re curing our cabin fever by welcoming a freshly stocked assortment of bonsai starter plants into the greenhouse. These tiny trees lend themselves perfectly to the ancient Japanese art of bonsai – read on to learn more about how to care for these pint-sized plants and what makes them ideal for growing in miniature.

    Portulacaria afra ‘Elephant Bush’: This attractive evergreen is actually a member of the succulent family, with small, round, water-retaining leaves and red stems. Native to the rocky slopes and dry river valleys of South Africa, this low-maintenance shrub makes a great bonsai, thriving in full sun with little water. If kept in warm temperatures, it will sprout tiny, star-shaped pink blossoms from late winter until early spring.

    Ficus ‘Green Isle’: Beloved for being low-maintenance, this go-with-the-flow Ficus grows slowly, making it ideal for bonsai. Thriving in full sun to partial shade, this plant is drought and salt tolerant, and should be dried out completely between waterings. Its leaves are a rich green, with a glossy texture similar to jade, and it can be trimmed periodically to maintain a desired shape and size.

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  • Weck in the Window

    January 30, 2014

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    Finding yet another use for our endlessly versatile Weck jars, we created these light-catching displays to hang in winter windows. A simple twist of wire around the mouth of the jar makes it easy to suspend vessels of all shapes and sizes as hanging vases, votives, or places to sprout kitchen herbs. Want to create your own? Find everything you'll need for a hanging Weck garden on our new Shop the Project page.

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  • Eager for the arrival of spring, we're getting a jump on the garden with a little help from our Paper Pot Press. We pulled pages from one of our coloring books to create a group of patterned pots for starting ranunculus from seed, then gathered them in a marble tray to create a colorful, windowsill-sized garden. Late winter is the perfect time to start ranunculus-- plant your seeds in lightweight, peat-based soil around 12 weeks before the average date of your region's last spring frost, using a generous number of seeds in each pot since ranunculus have a low germination rate. Preferring cooler temperatures, ranunculus seedlings will sprout within 20-30 days and flourish if kept indoors at around 55°F until it's time for outdoor planting.

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