Looking to put some pizzazz in your houseplant collection? Well, Warner’s is happy to announce we have some rare Frizzle Sizzle in stock. This native of South Africa is a bulb plant that features fabulously corkscrew leaves.
When in flower, the Frizzle Sizzle (more formally known as the Albuca spiralis) has fragrant, yellow blooms with a sweet smell similar to vanilla.
Caring for Your Frizzle Sizzle
Keep them warm. This plant thrives best at temps over 60 degrees.
It likes sunlight, but not direct sunlight, which can burn its leaves.
On the other hand, not enough sunlight will take the sizzle out of the frizzle and your leaves won’t curl as much.
Let your plant dry out between waterings.
Frizzle sizzles tend to go dormant in the summer after flowering. At that point, stop watering and fertilizing until you see new foliage in the fall/winter.
The Frizzle Sizzle seems to be blessedly free of pests and disease, making it an easy plant to maintain.
Final note: When your Frizzle Sizzle sends up its flower stalks in the spring, the tips of the leaves might brown. This is a natural occurrence and not a sign that your plant is ill.
In response to the coronavirus outbreak and as part of our commitment to making shopping at Warner’s Nursery a safe, enjoyable and relaxed experience for everyone, we are now offering curbside service for our customers.
Please know that you are still welcome to come to Warner’s for your gardening needs! And we have implemented a variety of protocols to keep you (and our team members) safe. For more details, click here.
But we realize that many would feel more comfortable calling in or emailing us an order and picking it up from our nursery. Here’s how:
2. Let us know what you’d like to buy (for your convenience, a list of the most common items being purchased this time of year is below). Include a number where we can call you.
3. We’ll fill the order* and let you know it’s ready for pickup. If you are paying by credit card, you can give us the information at that time or you can wait until you arrive.
4. Park in front of the nursery and give us a call. We’ll bring out your order and receipt, or take your payment at that time. (We have gloves and sanitizer, so it’s safe to hand over your card!) We can also load your order into your car for you.
*Note: if you are ordering a plant, we will use our judgement to pick the best one available.We understand that’s a bit of a subjective thing, however. While we don’t want to run back and forth showing you every option available, we can take it off your invoice if you really don’t like what was selected.
Seed Starting Supplies: Black Gold Seedling Mix: 8 quart $6.99 Black Gold Seedling Mix: 16 quart $12.99 Black Gold Seedling Mix: 1.5 cubic feet $19.99 Greenhouse Kit: 36 cells $6.99 Greenhouse Kit: 50 cells $12.99 Plantable Pots: x32 (2”) $5.99 Plantable Pots: x12 (2.25”) $2.99 Plantable Pots: x8 (3”) $2.99 Plantable Pots: x6 (4”) $3.99 Individual Peat Pellet: 15¢ Seeds: Please call store to see if item wanted is available.
Seed Potatoes Available: Red “Pontiac”: $4.99 per lb Yellow “Yukon Gold”: $4.99 per lb White “Kennebec”: $4.99 per lb Red Chieftan: $4.99 per lb Katahdin: $4.99 per lb Russet: $4.99 per lb Organic packaged seed potatoes, bag of 5, for $9.99 (French Fingerling, Adirondack Blue, German Butterball, Red Prairie, Austrian Crescent available now).
Bare Root Available: Red Bloedrode Onion: $6.99 Ebenezer White Onion: $6.99 Red Shallots: $6.99 Shallots: $6.99
At Warner’s Nursery, we are committed to keeping you healthy and safe during this unprecedented time and we wanted to let you know what we are doing to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Obviously we are engaging in the “Big 5” measures that you hear about all the time: frequent handwashing; covering sneezes and coughs with a tissue or elbow; social distancing (six feet please); avoiding touching our faces; and, most importantly, making sure our team members don’t come in to the nursery if they are not feeling well.
We are constantly sanitizing countertops and common areas. Each morning we bleach our carts and door handles. We have hand sanitizer and gloves.
We are now limiting all classes and our Houseplant Club to 10 participants.
We have converted Dottie’s Garden Coffee Shoppe to a “take out” only provider of awesomely delicious caffeinated beverages.
And now we have instituted curbside pickup. Just call or email your order in to us, we’ll fill it, give you a call when it’s ready and bring it to your car when you get here. Details here.
Gardening is a great way of practicing safe coronavirus prevention habits while getting to enjoy the outdoors. If you are going a little stir crazy at home, beautifying your yard or patio is a great way to pass the time.
Your garden is an oasis where you can retreat to. It can provide you with beauty and fresh-grown items to eat. If you have kids, it’s a wonderful family activity and education tool. If you own your property, a well-maintained garden will increase its value. And there have been studies showing that gardening gives peace of mind, particularly in times of upheaval.
We want to make it easy and safe for you to fulfill your gardening purchases, whether you come inside to our open air store or would prefer to minimize contact. Either way, we are here to help.
Ah, the sensitive plant. Reader of romantic poetry, easy to upset, spending long hours in its room obsessing over comments in its Instagram feed . . . oh wait, no, that’s a sensitive teenager. Sorry, got them confused.
The fabulously named Mimosa Pudica (which sounds like an alcoholic beverage and a dessert all rolled into one) is commonly called the “sensitive plant” or the “touch-me-not.” Why? Well as you can see in the video above, it features this intriguing trick: at the slightest touch, its feathery leaves will quickly close together. The name is a Greek/Latin hybrid term meaning “bashful mime.”
And while they’re sensitive, there not too sensitive. Leaf closing aside, mimosa pudica is pretty easy to grow and lovely to look at. Here’s the basics:
Caring for Your Sensitive Plant
Mimosa pudica likes soil that can hold enough water to remain consistently moist while providing good drainage to prevent root rot. Self-watering pots are a good choice for this plant.
Our sensitive plant loves light and if it doesn’t get enough, it will close those fern-like leaves and fail to bloom with pretty pale pink and purple flowers. East facing windows that get lots of morning light will keep it happy.
This is a native of the tropics and it likes its humidity. Placing it near a humidifier or misting periodically will help it feel at home even in our high desert.
A diluted high-potassium fertilizer (like you would use for tomatoes) is a great choice because the plant’s movement requires energy.
Often sensitive plants are houseplant annuals because they decline after blooming in the summer. However, it is easy to propagate new plants from their seed.
Are you seeing spots? You might very well be with Hypoestes, better known as the polka dot plant.
It’s freckly decorative leaves make this a popular outdoor ornamental plant, but it’s vivid oval variegated foliage, in either green and white or green and pink, can also be cultivated as a houseplant.
Even better, it’s easy to propagate your Hypoestes. They get small flowers that will produce seeds that you can germinate in warm moist soil, but the easiest method for propagation is from plant cuttings. Dip your cuttings in rooting hormone and place in peat moss.
Caring for Your Hypoestes
Your freckle faced plant gets its best color when it is in a low light situation, but you may have to deal with canes of the plant getting “leggy” as they search for light. Indirect bright sunlight is the best for this plant.
Hypoestes does not like the cold and needs temperatures of at least 60 degrees. They like well-drained but moist soil and should be fed once a month.
With St. Patrick’s Day arriving soon, we thought we’d turn our attention to the lovely Shamrock houseplant – symbol of Ireland and boasting hundreds of varieties, most with green or purple clover-like leaves. (The term shamrock comes from the Irish seamróg or seamair óg, which means “young clover”).
They are also a relatively easy houseplant to cultivate. There is one very important thing to keep in mind however: these plants tend to go into dormancy during the summer. Don’t throw them out! They’re resting, not dead.
Caring for Your Shamrock
Soil/Watering: Your Shamrock would like lightly moist soil and make sure to let it dry out between waterings.
Light/Temperature: Room temperature and good air circulation are perfect for the shamrock. It likes bright, but not direct light. (Except when it’s resting, as we’ll explain below.)
Food: Fertilize with a balanced houseplant food every few months.
I’m not dead, I’m resting: In late spring or early summer, the leaves will begin to die, but the plant is still okay. It’s just going into its period of dormancy to rest. Move the plant to a cooler, darker location, away from direct light and leave it alone – no water or fertilizer. Check a couple of weeks check on it periodically. Dormancy can last from several weeks up to about three months, depending on the plant and external conditions.
When you see new shoots, your shamrock has woken up and would love it if you moved it back into the light and resumed regular care.
Lithops, split succulents, known as “living rocks,” make a rare, colorful and easy-to-care-for addition to your houseplant garden.
Tiny and total heat lovers, Lithops are native to South Africa and grow very, very slowly. They also tend to flower prior to producing new leaves, which emerge from the split in the plant.
Caring for Your Lithops Plant
Soil: Your Lithops needs good draining soil, and we recommend a cactus mix, maybe with some pebbles to increase drainage.
Water: Lithops store water in their leaves, which can keep them hydrated for months. That makes overwatering a concern. However, the little guys get stunted if they don’t have enough H20. The solution is making sure to water only when the soil is thoroughly dry. Here’s a cool trick – put a wooden skewer into the soil and see if it’s moist when you take it out. If it is, the plant doesn’t need to be watered just yet. Also, if your plant is in the process of producing new leaves, hold off on the watering until the old pair of leaves are dried up and withered.
Light: Sun and plenty of it. East or south facing sunny windows will give them the light and heat they need.
To see our full gallery of houseplant favorites, click here.
Start the new year right by joining us for Rainforest Yoga at Warner’s Nursery!
Led by our good friends and neighbors at The Yoga Experience, these hour-long sessions will start at 9 am every Sunday from Jan. 12 to Feb. 23 in our bright and lush tropical house. Restore your energy, strengthen your body and center yourself surrounded by beautiful plants – and get a taste of summer warmth we miss during these cold months.
Afterwards, enjoy a coffee or tea at Dottie’s Garden Coffee Shoppe; all Rainforest Yoga participants get $1 off their beverage. Additionally, each class participant can enjoy 20% off of one houseplant after class.
Classes will be available for all experience levels. Drop-in price is $15 or use your TYE package or membership. Reserve your space by signing up here.
Take one look at the lovely Arrowhead Plant and you’ll see where it gets its name. The distinctively shaped leaves are contrasted by their lighter colored veins, giving it a bold and striking look.
This plant is great both as a table topper (if you trim the runners) or as a hanging plant.
Caring for Your Arrowhead Plant
Water: Water well and then allow the top half of the soil to dry out before watering again. Arrowheads droop when they are thirsty but are known to rebound quickly once they get a drink. As with most plants, avoid over-watering, which can lead to root rot.
Food: During the spring and summer (its peak growing time), these plants like fertilizer every couple of weeks. Drop down to once a month in the fall and winter.
Light: The darker green variations of this plant will do okay in low to medium light, but if it’s a lighter green or burgundy/pink variety, they need more light.
Temperature: Anywhere from 60 to 75 degrees works for the arrowhead. They love humidity, but can survive in the normal household humidity. However, keep them away from things that could sap the moisture from them, like air vents or fireplaces.