Kalanchoe, which also goes by the lively names “Flaming Katy” and “Madagascar Widow’s-thrill,” is a popular succulent that comes in a wide variety of vibrant colors, including yellow, pink, magenta, orange and red. These blooms are set off by gorgeous, large, deep-green leaves.
They like bright, natural light as long as they don’t get too much direct sun, which can cause burning. The more light they get, the better; the flowers often won’t bloom if the plant doesn’t get enough.
As succulents, Kalanchoe don’t want to be sopping wet. They need good drainage. Water well and then water again when dry (which could mean up to two weeks depending on your house temperature, lighting and the size of the pot).
When you repot, use a mix of regular potting soil and one designed for succulents. And while Kalanchoe aren’t particularly vulnerable to pests, keep an eye out for aphids and mealybugs.
4th of July Holiday Hours: 8:30 am – 4 pm
Warner’s is celebrating Independence Day with these
July 4th specials:
- Buy 2, get 1 free on 6 pack annuals
- 20% off any 1 perennial
- 30% off any 1 item not already on sale
Join us for the Warner’s Annual Blood Drive and donate blood on Wednesday, July 3 at Warner’s Nursery. We’ll have the cool and comfortable bloodmobile bus from Vitalant in our parking lot at 1101 E. Butler Ave. from 10 am to 3 pm.
Every summer, blood donations drop by about 25% as typical donors are away on vacation or busy with projects. You can help by donating your blood on July 3.
In addition to being a hero for giving a pint of blood at Warner’s Nursery, you’ll also be eligible for some great prizes:
- 15 percent off your entire purchase of regularly-priced items on Wednesday, July 3.
- Entry into a drawing for a $25 Warner’s gift card.
- Free one-day admission into the Coconino County Fair.
For more information, you can contact us at 928-744-1983 or schedule your appointment at www.BloodHero.com. Use sponsor code “warners” to find our July 3 blood drive.
We hope to see you there!
Let’s face it: we live in Arizona – it’s dry! Drip irrigation is a great way to keep the cost of watering down and make sure your trees and shrubs are getting the water they need to thrive! This class will teach you how to water well and set up a drip system.
This class is part of the Warner’s Root Camp series. A limited number of seats will be available to non-Root Camp members at a cost of $15. Please call to determine availability.
Looking for an easy indoor plant that doesn’t take up too much room and comes in an almost endless array of colors and varieties? Then you might want to pick a peck of peperomia.
There’s well over a thousand varieties of these tiny plants, which most commonly come with green, purple, red, silver and variegated leaves. The most popular include the Peperomia caperata with its heart-shaped leaves and waffle-like texture; the P. argyreia, whose silver stripes against dark green leaves make it look like a watermelon skin; and the Peperomia obtusifolia, also known as the “baby rubber plant.”
Peperomia tolerate low light relatively well (although you might want more light for varieties that are more succulent). They can even grow under florescent lights, which makes them popular for offices. Water sparingly; many types of peperomia can hold water in their leaves, so it’s not a death sentence if you go on vacation or forget to water them once in a while.
Waxy and wonderful, the show-stopping heart-shaped flowers of anthurium (also known as laceleaf or the flamingo flower) are a wonderful addition to your home. Gorgeous to look at, these plants are often used as centerpieces on tables or dining rooms. However, your anthurium might do really well in your kitchen or bathroom, as they love humidity.
Anthurium thrive in medium to bright light. You can have them in low-lit areas and the foliage will do well, but they probably won’t flower. They are not particularly fussy about feeding (general fertilizer every few months is a good idea), and they like their soil moist but not wet.
Like many of the plants featured in this column, anthurium is another great air purifier for your home.
Please join us for Gardening for Honeybees, Monarch Butterflies, and other Precious Pollinators, a special 90-minute workshop with Dr. Patrick Pynes, a lecturer in Environmental Humanities at Northern Arizona University.
This event will take place at 1 pm on Saturday, April 27 at Warner’s Nursery and costs $10. Space is limited, so please RSVP by emailing us at [email protected].
Dr. Pynes will describe the life-giving relationships that exist between honeybees and other pollinators, flowering plants, and people – especially gardeners. As high altitude gardeners, we can help pollinators survive and thrive by planting and nurturing annuals (seeds) and perennials, native and not.
Dr. Pynes will discuss a selected ‘short’ list of the best plants for honeybees and other pollinators for Flagstaff gardeners. A question and answer section will be included, along with a hands-on demonstration of how to plant packets of flowering annuals in rhythm with our annual monsoon season. A longer list of local native and non-native plants especially beneficial for the health and well-being of honeybees will also be included.
In addition to his post at NAU, Dr. Pynes is the founder and President of the Northern Arizona Organic Beekeepers Association (NAOBA) and has been working as Head Gardener for La Posada Hotel and Gardens in Winslow for almost two decades.
Warner’s Nursery is dedicated to providing classes and seminars to help you become the best gardener you can be. We also have fun, family-friendly events throughout the year from an Easter Egg Hunt to a Fall Festival to holiday offerings in December.
Join us for our annual Easter celebration, including an Easter Egg Hunt for the kids, Kiddie Caboose, Petting Zoo, 4-H Bake Sale and a hot dog stand on Saturday, April 20 from 10 am to 1 pm. There is only one egg hunt and it will start promptly at 10 am.
The egg hunt is free, but other activities may incur small fees. There will also be a “craft house” and you can get in for the cost of a canned food item. Celebrate Spring at Warner’s!