Friday, December 28, 2012

New Solar Garden Lights From Hibiscus and More

Solar Garden Lights         

New Solar Garden Lights Back In stock. The new Solar Lights come as a Set of Two. Let the sun power up these lights all day and enjoy the warm of the light at night. These cordless 2 light solar powered LED’s require little to no maintenance. The solar lights features: 17 inch glass columns, 20 inch h bottom stake, 2 LED lights, Solar charger, Automatic light when dark, On/Off switch, Individually boxed. Click To View and Purchase.
The colors that are available are: Blue with White, Green Swirl, Multi Colors, Red and Yellow, Yellow and Blue, and Yellow and Red.

Solar Garden Lights

Solar Garden Lights

New Glass Bird Baths From Hibiscus and

Pink Lily Bird Bath
Dragonfly Bird Bath

Sunflower with Butterfly

Hibiscus and More is introducing new glass bird baths in a variety of nature themed styles. The nature themes include Dragonfly, Pink Lily, Poppy Flower, Sunflower with Butterfly, and Yellow Lily. Create and invite birds to frolic, bath, and drink to the garden with our nature themed glass bird baths with metal stand. Each glass bird bath features weather resistant metal 4-legged stand for added stability. The stand measures: 16 inches Tall x 9.5 inches wide, and the glass dish measures: 11.5 inches in diameter x 1.5 inches deep. The glass dish holds 2-3 quarts of water that is perfect for birds to take a drink or frolic in the water. To view and purchase Glass Bird Baths click here.

Poppy Bird Bath

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

New Handcrafted Cedar Products From Hibiscus And

Small and Large Pine Crates

Hibiscus And More would like to introduce new pine and cedar wood products. All items are handcrafted and are constructed of pine or cedar wood. Hibiscus And More are introducing  Handcrafted Pine Crates that are excellent for all your display or organizing needs, and Stained Pine Wood Tables in 17 decorative colors, and new Cedar Planters.

Nested Pine Crates
Our quality-handcrafted pine crates are constructed of pine wood, and are wonderful for all your display and organizing needs.  Our pine crates can be used to organize bathroom and household accessories such as: books, magazines, toilet paper, pet toys, children’s toys and many more. You can purchase a nested set of three or purchase individual pine crates. Dimensions: Small Pine Crate: 16”W x 9.5”H x 11.5”D. Large Pine Crate: 18”W x 11.5”H x 12.5”D. For nested pine crates click on the link to view and order.Nested Pine Crates - Set of Three Image right. For individual Pine Crates click here to view and order. Image left. 

Handcrafted Pine Display Tables that are available in 17 decorative colors. Image on the right. Click to view and order. Available in sizes Small, Medium, and Large.

To view all our handcrafted cedar and pine products click here to view and order.

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Monday, September 3, 2012

September Gardening Calendar 2012

September Gardening Calendar

Check flowerbeds for pooped-out perennials such as Purple Coneflower, Black-Eyed Susan, and Shasta Daisy. Trim dead flower heads and brown leaves for fall.

Fertilize Chrysanthemums and Salvia with a liquid plant food. You will be rewarded with blooms later in the fall.

Chrysanthemums, Pansy, Viola, and Snapdragons provide winter color through the spring and should be available by mid-September at garden centers. For a complete list of Fall Color Annuals. Click Here For More Information. For spring blooms plant Bluebonnet and Poppy seeds.

Now is the time to divide Monkey Grass, Iris, and Daylily while the weather is still warm. 

Are you planning to bring your Tropical Hibiscus in this winter? Place in a sunny window.

Preserve excess Basil leaves by pureeing in a blender with ¼ cup of water. Pour the mixture in ice trays and use the cubes in your wintertime Italian dishes.

Spring-flowering bulbs should be on sale. Plan to plant in mid-October or when the weather cools to the 60’s or below.

Start planning where you will place your Tropical Plants that spent the summer outdoors. Trim back, if necessary and inspect for insects. Spray with appropriate insecticide, if needed. I prefer to use horticulture oil on my houseplants. Horticulture oils are environmentally friendly and will give your Houseplants a nice shine along with killing any insects. Check out our selection of Tropical Plants.

Are you planning a fall vegetable garden? Cool weather vegetable starts such as Broccoli, Collards, Cabbage, Tomatoes, Peppers, and Snow Peas are good choices. Don’t have room to plant your fall vegetable garden, but would like to grow your own vegetables? Our handcrafted cedar planters are the answer and are an excellent choice to grow your own vegetables. Cedar Planters are 10% off. Click To Order. For more information onFall Vegetable Gardening Click Here.

The last week in September is the time to replace your mulch under your Roses and Red Tip Photinia to prevent diseases on next year’s leaves.

As the weather cools, this is a good time to plant shrubs and trees. When planting in the fall, it provides less stress on the plant and the roots start to get established in the ground. SuperThrive is the recommended concentrated solution of plant vitamins and hormones used to encourage plant and root growth and to revitalize stressed or dying plants. SuperThrive is not a fertilizer and can be mixed with your favorite liquid fertilizer. Dosage recommendation for transplanting or weekly use: ¼ of a teaspoon per gallon of water, or for larger projects 3 ounces to 100 gallons of water. To revitalize stressed or dying plants use: 1 ounce to five gallons of water and water the root zone or drip line. Then water every 3 – 5 days ¼ teaspoon to 1 gallon of water at the root zone or drip line. For bare root roses use: 1 ½ teaspoons per 5 gallons of water and soak for at least 30 minutes. Depending on your plant’s condition you may use weekly or monthly. 

During drought or stressful conditions it is wise to water established shrubs and trees. The recommended rate for trees is 15 gallons of water per each trunk diameter a week. Break up the amount of water to twice a week and use SuperThrive as recommended above.

Bermuda grass seed should be planted no later than September 15th to insure that the seeds germinate and become established before winter frost.

Brown Patch fungus is more apparent in the fall months. Prevention is the best cure by watering your lawn early in the morning before 10:00 AM or after 4:00 PM.

Mid-September is the last feeding for your lawns. Use a winterizer fertilizer for best results.

Don’t forget to check our website for daily and weekly specials. Click Here To Visit Hibiscus And More.

Hibiscus And More now offers Halloween Decorations. Click Here to View. Please allow 7 to 10 days for delivery.

Cheryl Ann Meola
Certified Texas Nursery Professional #1282

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Rosemary Herb Plants For Sale - Rosmarinus officinalis

Enjoy fresh herbs everyday by growing your own herb plants in containers or planted in your landscape. Rosemary - Rosmarinus officinalis. Type: Perennial shrub. Height: 4 - 6 feet. Spacing: 12 – 18 inches apart. Light Requirements: Full sun to partial shade. Additional Uses: The leaves are used in lamb and fish dishes, butterfly nectar plant, drought tolerant plant, and ground cover plant. The plant can be grown in containers and hanging baskets. Rosemary - Rosmarinus officinalis will come in a 4-inch container and will be fully rooted. Only $2.95.  Visit Hibiscus And More to Order. Click Here.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Growing Orchids

Growing Orchids
Growing up in South Florida that is when the wonderful fascination of plants, which began and later became my exciting career as a horticulturist. As a horticulturist, you begin to notice the oddities in the plant world; you notice a plant growing roots without having the soil medium to grow in, just lying on the ground, growing roots, and flowers. Most people believe Orchids are hard to grow and afraid of even trying these beautiful beauties. Orchids are classified from easy to extremely difficult to grow even for professional Orchid growers. In this article, we will deal with some of the most common orchids to grow for future Orchid enthusiast a little confidence to take the wonderful journey of growing Orchids.

Denbrobium Orchid
Orchids are no different from other plant species in the plant kingdom because Orchids need the same  essential care as other plants: light, water, fertilizer, potting medium, and a special pot to grow in called an Orchid pot, which has aeration holes along the pot’s sides. Orchids also require an essential temperature and humidity range for success. A general rule of thumb is outside temperatures should not fall below 40° at night whether the Orchid is in a greenhouse or placed outside in the garden. If, the temperature does fall to around 40° to 50° make sure the greenhouse heat is around this temperature range. When cold weather comes to sub-tropical locations and your Orchids are growing on trees just water the Orchid and try, if you can, wrap the Orchid with a freeze blanket. During the winter months, you can increase the humidity around your potted Orchids in your home by adding a saucer under the Orchid pot filled with pebbles and water. The water should be level or even with the pebbles. This will increase the humidity around your Orchids during the winter months, during which the air is a little drier because of your home’s heating system.

As a horticulturist, I was fascinated by Orchids and wanted to learn more, so by going to Orchid shows and trying different ways to care for the Orchids I came up with this recipe to care for Orchids. Recommended Orchids for beginning Orchid enthusiast are Cattleya, Dendrobium, Oncidium, and Phalaenopsis Orchids.

Cattleya – Bright filtered light, 35 to 50 percent shade. Water - almost dry between waterings. Fertilize twice a month. Temperature 70° - 85° days and 55° - 65° nights. Humidity 40 to 70 percent.

Dendrobium Orchid
Dendrobium – Filtered light, brighter in the winter months, 25 to 50 percent shade. Water - keep moist, drier in the winter months. Fertilize twice a month. Temperature 70° - 90° days and 45° - 65° nights. Humidity 50 to 70 percent.

Oncidium - commonly known as “Dancing Ladies” – Bright filtered light, 35 to 65 percent shade. Allow to dry out between waterings. Fertilize twice a month. Temperature 70° - 85° days and 50° - 65° nights. Humidity 40 to 75 percent.

Phalaenopsis - commonly known as “Moth Orchid” – Moderate light, 70 to 80 percent shade, no direct sun. Water - keep evenly moist; avoid water on the leaves and the crown (center of the Orchid). Fertilize twice a month. Temperature 65° - 90° days and 55° - 70° nights. Humidity 50 to 75 percent.

Candy Stripe Phalaenopsis - Moth Orchid
Orchid Fertilizer – The American Orchid Society (AOS) recommends and endorses Better-Gro®Orchid Plus®Fertilizer and Better Gro®Orchid Bloom Booster® Fertilizer. AOS also recommends alternating Better-Gro®Orchid Plus®Fertilizer and Better Gro®Orchid Bloom Booster®Fertilizer. Being a horticulturist, I do not recommend any product until after trying the product myself and after using both Better-Gro®Orchid Fertilizers convinced me that their Orchid Fertilizers were the better choice than what I had previously used in the past. Better-Gro®Orchid Fertilizers have two different dilution rates depending on how frequently you water your Orchids just follow the directions on the package and you will have blooming and healthier Orchids in no time. For more information on the American Orchid Society click here.

Orchid Pots and Potting Medium – There are several Orchid pots and Potting medium available on the market today, and as a horticulturist, I will recommend the tried and true. An Orchid pot will usually have 4 to 5 vertical slits going around the pot or an intricate design of holes instead of the traditional vertical slits, in addition to the vertical slits or holes, there will be a center drainage hole. The purpose for the vertical slits and/or holes running down the sides of the Orchid pot are for aeration and drainage required by most Orchids. The most popular Orchid pots are the Terra cotta and the ceramic pots. Orchid potting medium usually comprises of different materials of chunky bark, charcoal, perlite, and lava rock. All these materials assist in the drainage and aeration that is imperative to healthy Orchid growth. 

You now have a simple recipe for Orchid success and most Orchids enjoy the same temperature and humidity that humans do. The Orchids mentioned in the article are not hard to grow and a wide selection should be available at your local garden center. Start now and enjoy a little bit of the tropics in your home.

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