Mother’s Day Sale & April Newsletter
Hibiscus and More would like to honor all the gardening mother’s that have visited my web site throughout the years. I would like to thank each and every visitor with my Mother’s Day sale. This year’s Mother’s Day Sale is dedicated to my Mother, June Meola, who taught me the passion and love of gardening. My mother is one of the reasons I started my web site: Hibiscus and More because I wanted to share my passion in gardening and growing plants to a larger audience, the World Wide Web. The goal of Hibiscus and More is to provide honest and up to date gardening advice, and to provide high quality plants and gardening merchandise at a reasonable price. This gardening season I will feature more Hibiscus and Tropical Foliage Plants for you and I hope you like them.
Spring Chores For April and May:
We have had an unusual hard, cold winter this year, and spring is a little late. I have had a few reports that numerous plants are about a month behind in their usual bloom date. My gardening friend in GA informs me that as of 3-21-2010 the Daffodils and Forsythias are just starting out, and only the Bradford Pears with flowers. I lived in GA for 10 years and my mother’s Daffodils always bloomed in early February.
Plant: Spring is one of the best times to look for trees, shrubs, and roses. Numerous flowering shrubs and trees are in bud or full bloom in your area, and certain species of plants are only offered during spring.
Roses: Your roses should be trimmed between February 12 – 20; if you have not pruned your hybrid tea roses it is not to late to trim them now. For more information on trimming, caring, and fertilizing your roses click on my blog.
Vegetable Gardening: Garden center retailers are still reporting skyrocketing sales for vegetable starts and seeds this year versus last year’s sales. Start planning and planting your vegetable garden now to reap the rewards of homegrown vegetables, if you are thinking about having a vegetable garden this year, today is the time to start. Vegetables can also, be planted in large containers or raised planter beds. Put on your gardening gloves and reap the rewards and benefits of a spring vegetable garden. According to gardening experts, the second week in April is the time to start planting: Tomatoes, Peppers, Eggplant, Beans, Corn, Squash, and Cucumbers. For more information on vegetable gardening click on my blog.
Color Annuals: April or May is the month to start thinking about replacing your cool weather color annuals with spring and summer annuals. Here are a few of my favorites: Caladiums, Celosia, Coleus, Cosmos, Dahlberg Daisy, Dusty Miller, Gazania, Geranium, Gerbera Daisy, Ivy Geranium, Lantana, Marigolds, Mexican Sunflower, Moss Rose, Periwinkle, Petunia, Primrose, Purslane, Salvia, Snapdragons, Verbena, Wax Begonia, and Zinnia. All of the annuals mentioned can be planted in soil or in containers.
Bulbs: This year our spring bulbs maybe a little late because of our unusual cold winter, but if you have spring bulbs that are still blooming or starting to bloom you may want to enjoy a few of the flowers as fresh cuts indoors. On all perennial bulbs, let the foliage die back naturally, as the foliage dies the bulb transports the nutrients from the foliage to the bulb and will use the nutrients from the foliage and stores these nutrients to the bulb for next year’s growth and flowers. As the foliage dies, it may look untidy and displeasing. To alleviate this annoyance you can pull up the foliage in a bunch and then roll the foliage down as you would a paper bag, and then tie the rolled up foliage with a rubber band.
Shrubs: Trim your spring flowering shrubs after they finish blooming, and fertilize with the appropriate plant food.
Azaleas: Once your azaleas finish blooming trim back to shape. Azaleas bloom on last year’s growth so it is important to trim your Azaleas no later than the middle of June. Azalea’s set their blooms during the fall months and this is one reason to trim your Azaleas during the time frame that is provided. After pruning your Azaleas you need to fertilize them with an Azalea plant food and also add a new layer of mulch. Instead of throwing your spent coffee or tea grounds away your Azaleas will benefit from sprinkling the grounds around your Azalea bushes, and any acid loving plant such as Ferns, Tropicals, Junipers, Boxwoods, Camellias, Rhododendrons, and Hollies.
Hibiscus Care: Time to Go Outdoors. Once the weather warms up in your area, to 40 - 50 degrees, you can start acclimatizing your Hibiscus by placing it in the shade outdoors and then slowly move the plant to partial shade and finally to full sun. With the unusual weather we have been experiencing this spring bring your prized Hibiscus plant back indoors if you get freeze warnings. Now would be a good time to fertilize and prune your Hibiscus. Follow the recommended fertilizer rates listed on the label. Pruning encourages a bushier plant. For more information on caring for your Hibiscus plant Click Here. For Hibiscus Fertilizer Click Here.
Hibiscus Plants: Tropical Hybrid Hibiscus Plants Will Arrive: 4-12-2010. This Year’s Selection Will Be An Assortment Of Double Flowering Hibiscus Plants In 4-inch Containers that are ready to transplant in a 10 to 12 inch container. Click Here To Purchase Your Hand-Crafted Cedar Planter. Click Here To Reserve Your Hibiscus Plant at: Cheryl@hibiscusandmore.com
Hibiscus Fertilizer: Click Here To Purchase Your Hibiscus Fertilizer That Is Especially Formulated For Hibiscus Plants.
Houseplants: April is the time to move your houseplants outdoors and place them in an area that is full shade. After a few weeks you can move them to an area that receives filtered shade, in other words, morning light, afternoon shade. This is also, the time to check for any bugs on your plant. Be sure to check underneath the leaves, and if you see those pesky critters on your prized houseplants spray with an insecticidal soap or horticulture oil. Philodendron micans – Velvet Leaf Vine is Back In Stock. Click Here To Purchase Tropical Houseplants. Click Here To Read The Review of What Other People Are Saying!!!
Hibiscus and More’s Mother Day Sale Is To Honor Mother’s Around The World and I Am Offering A Wonderful Sale Of Gardening Products. The Sale Will Last Until 5-1-2010. To insure on time delivery by Mother’s Day all purchases should be ordered no later than 5-1-2010.
10% off All Going Green, Hummingbird, Nectar and Oriole Bird Feeders. Click On The Picture To Purchase.
30% off All Garden Photography. Give the gift of flowers that will last forever. Do you see a photograph that is sold out? Send me an email at Cheryl@hibiscusandmore.com to order.
Happy Mother’s Day From Hibiscus And More.