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Houseplant of the Week: Christmas Cactus

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Christmas Cactus with red-orange flowers in full bloom.

The Christmas Cactus, part of the genus Schlumbergera (which we think is just a fun word to say), is a staple of the holidays with its festive color popping during the season. The plant comes in pink, white, a rusty orange/red, yellow and purple.

There’s only a few species within this group of colorful cacti, and they all  are native to the coastal mountains of southeastern Brazil. Fun fact: while the Christmas Cactus blooms around the winter holidays in the U.S., it is known as the “May Flower” in Brazil, because that’s when it blossoms in the southern hemisphere.

Christmas Cacti are different from other succulents because they are looking for humidity as opposed to their desert counterparts.

Oh, and in case you were wondering, Schlumbergera comes from Frederick Schlumberg, an enthusiast for the plant, who had a collection of them in his home in France in the 1800s.

Caring for Your Christmas Cactus

Water: While it is blooming, keep it evenly moist and mist frequently (remember, this plant loves humidity). You might also want to place a tray of pebbles filled with water beneath your plant container to introduce more humidity. That being said, you never want to water it so heavily that its roots become water logged.

Food: Once buds appear, give it some high-potassium fertilizer every couple of weeks.

Light: While the Christmas Cactus will tolerate lower light, it really prefers bright sunshine and even a little direct sunlight (but not too much; you don’t want to burn the leaves). This will encourage it to bloom.

Temperature: About 65 degrees is perfect for your Christmas Cactus.

Encouraging More Blooms

Your Christmas Cactus might have several blooming cycles during the year, but will usually stop flowering by fall. At that point, you should encourage its brief dormancy cycle by reducing water, light and temperature. About six to eight weeks before you want to see it bloom again, make sure the plant gets 12 to 14 hours of darkness in temperatures around 55 degrees.

Once you start seeing buds again on the plant start reintroducing it into warmer temperatures and watering it more frequently. You’ll see blooms again in about six weeks.

You can check out all of our Houseplants of the Week in our gallery here.

Houseplant of the Week: Poinsettias

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Tower of poinsettia plants

Here’s a fun fact about this week’s featured houseplant: Although they are only sold about 6 weeks each year, poinsettias are the most popular potted plant in the United States, with about 80 million sold annually.

And let’s dispel some of the bad PR this bringer of holiday tidings has had in the past: (1) poinsettias are easy to care for during their peak season and (2) no, they won’t poison your pets.

And while poinsettias are most visually dazzling during the winter, it’s possible to keep them as a houseplant all year long. It does require a bit of maintenance to get them to re-bloom, however.

Caring for Your Poinsettia

Water: Water only when the top inch of soil has dried out. If the plant is wrapped in decorative foil, take it off before watering to ensure proper drainage. Don’t allow the poinsettia to sit in water.

Light: Your poinsettia will enjoy a bright, sunny window, but away from direct sunlight.

Temperature: 60 to 70 degrees during the day and 55 to 60 degrees at night will extend the bloom time and keep your poinsettia happy! Avoid temperature fluctuations and warm or cold drafts.

After the Holidays

Poinsettias will thrive as a year-round houseplant and, with care, can even be coaxed into blooming again next year. It’s not hard, but it does require diligence.

Fertilize your poinsettia once per month prior to and during blooming, but do not after blooming.  In September, you’ll need to restrict the amount of light your poinsettia gets to only about 10 hours. It will need to be in total darkness the rest of that time, so try placing a bucket over it or putting it in a closet. Keep the plant in a cool place with a temperature below 75 degrees.

Once the leaves show some red, you can return your poinsettia to it’s bright, sunny place and resume care as described above.

You can check out all of our Houseplants of the Week in our gallery here.

Black Friday Bliss

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We at Warner’s are big believers that you shouldn’t feel rushed during the holidays, so we’ll be open during our regular hours (9 am to 5:30 pm) on “Black Friday” and our specials will be good all day long. No getting up at 4 am in order to get the best prices!

We hope you’ll join us for Black Friday Bliss and soak up the leisurely, stress-free atmosphere of our nursery, which is all decked out in holiday splendor with lots of trees, poinsettias, live garland, unique gifts and delicious holiday drinks courtesy of Dottie’s Garden Coffee Shoppe.

Here’s our all-day specials on Nov. 29:

  • $2 off any size poinsettia
  • 20% off any holiday gift shop item
  • 30% off any 8” or larger houseplant
  • $1 off any Dottie’s drink
  • 40% off all outdoor pottery
  • 1-gallon blue spruce, $9.99 (regularly $12.99)

Santa Claus Visiting Warner’s Nursery

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He’s a busy, busy man this time of year (all those elves to supervise, the endless reindeer training, putting together the navigation plans for Dec. 24). But despite his packed calendar, Santa Claus is planning on making two visits to Warner’s Nursery.

Make sure to bring your youngster with you on Dec. 7 and 14, when Old St. Nick will be visiting with children from 10 am to 1 pm.

In addition to seeing Santa, kids can also enjoy our Holiday Storytime on both days.

On Saturday, Dec. 7 at 11 am, Storytime will feature the book The Littlest Reindeer and the kids will be making a reindeer tree ornament.

On Saturday, Dec. 14 at 11 am, the Storytime tale will be Sneezy the Snowman and the kids will make a snowman puppet.

So come by Warner’s Nursery this holiday and get into the spirit of the season with your family.

Houseplant of the Week: Goldfish Plant

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Houseplant of the Week - Goldfish Plant

Goldfish Plant

It’s interesting how many plants have common names that remind you of creatures that live in the water. Heliconias are known as “lobster claws” because their flowers have that shape. Then there’s the String of Dolphins we profiled a few weeks ago. Today’s fish-as-a-plant is the Goldfish Plant.

Columnea gloriosa features dark green leaves and flowers of red, orange and gold that do look a lot like goldfish.

They are an easy plant to grow and care for and are also great for propagating. Plus, they make quite a splash (sorry, we couldn’t help ourselves) with their colorful flowers.

Caring for Your Goldfish Plant

Goldfish plants want a lot of light, but direct sun will burn them so make sure it’s indirect. They also grow well under artificial light in the winter.

These plants love humidity, so make sure that their soil never fully dries out and if you have them in a hanger, mist them on a pretty regular basis. (And mist them with room temperature water, not cold, which can damage the leaves). If you want a really happy Goldfish plant, you might want to consider the bathroom, where they’ll thrive on the steam from the shower!

You’ll want to fertilize on a regular basis during the growing season (spring and summer). Controlled release pellets are a good choice.

Other tips

  • This is a long-living plant, and will thrive if you repot it every couple of years.
  • You can easily propagate this plant. Pick a stem a few inches long without a flower bud and they will take root very easily.
  • Also look out for aphids, spider mites, and mealybugs as these are common pests on this tropical plant.

You can check out all of our Houseplants of the Week in our gallery here.

Holiday Storytime

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Every Wednesday and Saturday from December 4 – 21, Warner’s Nursery hosts our always-popular Holiday Storytime for the kids. We start off by reading a neat holiday story, then move on to a craft your child can take home!

Holiday Story Time is held at 4:30 pm on Wednesdays and 11 am on Saturdays. The same story and craft featured both days of the week.

December 4 and 7 will be The Littlest Reindeer, and the kids will make a reindeer ornament.

December 11 and 14 will feature Sneezy the Snowman and the kids will make a snowman puppet.

December 18 and 21, children will find out How to Catch an Elf and make a tissue paper tree decoration.

Houseplant of the Week: String of Hearts

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Ceropegia Woodii, aka String of Heart or Rosery Vine

Ceropegia Woodii, aka String of Hearts

Ceropegia Wodii has many names, but the most common is String of Hearts. It’s also known as a Rosary Vine.

Both names are very accurate. The leaves of this lovely plant are distinctly heart-shaped and they drape down along a thin, wire like stem that looks like a vine.

This succulent trails beautifully and makes it a popular plant for hangers. The vines, with the hearts looking like beads hanging along it, can grow to two or three feet.

Caring for Your String of Hearts

These plants are pretty tolerant and easy to grow. Plant using a cactus potting soil mix or a regular potting mix of soil and sand.

Water your String of Hearts sparingly. Your best bet is to allow the soil to nearly dry out and then water thoroughly. These plants are native to Africa and might droop a little during the winter, but don’t worry; they’ll come back in the spring.

String of hearts can survive in lower light setting, but does best in bright, indirect sunlight. Less light will result in less contrast in the leaf variegation.

Fertilize during the spring and summer, but cut back in the fall to allow your plant to rest during its semi-dormant period during the winter.

Other tips

  • Rotate your plant periodically to ensure even growth on all sides.
  • Make sure your plant has excellent drainage and remove excess water from the plant saucer after watering.
  • You can cut off errant stems, but pruning is not strictly necessary.

You can check out all of our Houseplants of the Week in our gallery here.

Houseplant of the Week: Tradescantia

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Leaves of Tradescantia houseplant, aka purple inch plantOur latest Houseplant of the Week, Tradescantia, goes by many names, including wandering jew and the purple inch plant.

Whatever you call it, however, it has a beauty that looks great in a hanging planter or spreading along a flat surface.

Part of the spiderwort family and originally from Mexico, Tradescantia is a plant that grows easily – some might argue too easily. In fact, in certain zones, it is grown outside and can be seen as invasive!

But as a indoor plant, it will be a welcome and colorful addition to any room.

Typically, Tradescantia matures into a plant about 6 to 9 inches in height spreading 12 to 24 inches.

Caring for Your Tradescantia

Probably the trickiest part of cultivating your Tradescantia is getting the moisture levels right. These plants like their water, but like most plants will develop root rot if they are soggy. Your best bet is to make sure that it is planted in potting soil that drains well. Mixing a little sand into your potting soil can help. Water them when the soil starts to get dry; don’t let the plant fully dry out.

You’ll also be looking to find the right balance for light. Inch plants like bright but indirect light. Too little light and the distinctive variegation on its leaves will start to fade. Too much direct sunlight and those leaves will scorch. However, inch plants can tolerate some direct light, which makes them a great choice for growing in a sunny window.

Propagating Your Inch Plant

Remember how we said this plant was easy to grow? Well, that applies to creating new inch plants from cuttings. Simply take a one-inch piece of stem containing at least one leaf and set it in fresh potting soil. Water it regularly and you should have a fully rooted new plant in just a few weeks.

You can check out all of our Houseplants of the Week in our gallery here.

Houseplant of the Week: String of Dolphins

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Rare and super unique, String of Dolphins is a fun succulent whose leaves literally look like tiny dolphins jumping out of the water.

These plants look fabulous in a mixed container or in a hanging basket on its own with the distinctive leaves hanging down.

Like most succulents, String of Dolphins are relatively low maintenance and have few growing issues. They need well-draining soil, however, to thrive.

They prefer bright, indirect light or filtered light from a window. They also tend to thrive in slightly crowded conditions, so think about mixing them with other smaller succulents and decorating with a sea theme of seashells or sand dollars.