Looking for instant gratification? We have pre-made 14" color bowls only $14.98.
We have our 1 gallon geraniums on special for $2.98 (regularly $4.98)!
Sale ends 11/24/09, so hurry in!!
Don't forget the mulch & Flower Power to keep 'em bloomin'!
Come meet our friendly & helpful staff. L to R: Amelia Morrison, Administrative Sales Assistant & Researcher; Rita Williams, Retail Manager; James Presley, Wholesale Manager
Poinsettia Festival is Coming!
(Click on the link above for more info)
We're still accepting applications for craft vendors. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.orgHave a fund raising project? Poinsettias are great for raising money for schools, clubs, organizations. Special prices are available. Call or email: email@example.com.
In This Issue
Hands Off for Winter
Free Classes & Events
Click on link for complete schedule. http://www.gardenpro.net/Class%20Schedule.htm
Call 602-437-0700 to reserve your spot for the free classes & sign up for our email list. Held @ 3401 E. Baseline Rd. Phoenix, AZ. Click on the address link to get directions. 3401 E. Baseline Rd.
Next class: Nov. 28 Last class of the year.
No classes in Dec.
10am: Gardener's Eden Concepts of Landscape Design- A great class for the new homeowner or anyone who wants to improve their landscape.
11am: Gardener's Eden Landscape Maintenance Practices for Homeowners-A good beginner's class or a great refresher for the experienced gardener.
Both classes are taught by Gary Petterson with over 35 years of experience in nursery & landscape.
Testimonial on our client service & free classes:
"Learned more about poor soil--need for different supplements & additives" --Larry S. from Litchfield Park
ROC: K21-140831 K03-248145
No job is too large or too small!
Design Build Makeover Specialists
Design, install & maintenance, including irrigation. Landscape systems & tree trimming. Solara adjustable patio covers, Pavers, Water features, Arid & Tropical Plants, BBQs, Fireplaces, Hardscaping, Unique Plant Selection, Financing available, Fully licensed & bonded
& Much More... Call 602-437-2233 or visit our website. http://www.gardenersedenaz/
Arizona grown & climate acclimated plants: 1gal.-36" box. Some hard-to-find varieties. Poinsettias-fundraiser prices available. Grass, vegetable & flower seeds. Wide variety of fertilizers & soil amendments such as Great Big Plants & 1st Step Soil Acidifier. FountainsHerbicides, fungicides & insecticides (organic & inorganic). Soil testing with a correct prescription ($49.50); horticultural consultationGreenworld Mulch, Top-It & B-2 soil mix, Lodgepoles.
Remember that every Wednesday is Senior's Day! Seniors 55 & older receive a 10% discount on their regularly priced purchases.
Ask about our Discount card. When you purchase $25.00 or more, you'll receive a stamp on your card. After 5 stamps, you'll receive a 15% discount on your regularly priced purchase.
Not valid with: other discounts or coupons, sale items, sod, or special orders. Limited to stock on hand.
Tired of going into a nursery & not getting help or the 'help' not knowing anything? At Gardener's World we take pride in our knowledgeable staff. If we don't know the answer, we will do whatever research it takes to find an answer that works. Educating people about plants, the soil, watering, etc. is what we're all about. Sign up for our free classes & see why people come to us when they want real answers.
Note: Before attempting to diagnose or treat any problem, be sure to either bring in a sample of the plant (or email us a photo) or a soil sample for verification with our Garden Pros. Also, please remember that we can't see it over the phone!
Incorporate plants that filter toxins out of the air. Here are a few examples of the kinds of toxins & the plants that filter them.
English ivy, Chinese Evergreen, Red-edged Dracaena, Gerbera daisy, chrysanthemum, & peace lily.
Spider plant, bamboo palm, ficus, pothos, pygmy date palm, philodendron, & mother-in-law's tongue.
Chrysanthemum, peace lily, Gerbera daisy, & Janet Craig Dracaena.
I mistakenly reported in last week's email that we would have 'Marble Star', but we don't. Instead we have 'Ice Punch'.
There's a common misconception that poinsettias are poisonous. Perhaps because most plants of the spurge family are toxic & the name poinsettia sounds too close to the word poison. Most notably, however, is the urban legend from 1919 about a 2-year-old child of a U.S. Army Officer dying from ingesting poinsettia leaves. There was never any proof of this & later it was determined to be hearsay. Poisendex is the source of poison information used by the majority of poison control centers. It says that a 50-pound child would have to eat over a pound & a half of leaves (500-600 leaves) to exceed the doses used in an Ohio State University & the American Society of Florists research study. The study tested several parts of the plant on rats & concluded that no parts of the plant were toxic, even when the rats were given large doses. No other consumer plant has been more tested for toxicity than the poinsettia. So, let's stop the rumors & stick to the facts!
Hands Off for Winter-Pruning, Watering & Fertilizing
Longtime residents know that winter gardening in the desert southwest is a dream. Set your watering time clocks for less frequency, fertilize on Labor Day, and take your pruners out in January. Those not familiar with gardening in our winter climate may not be used to this hands-off approach and may fall into three common over-management habits: over watering, over pruning, and over fertilizing. Over watering is the most common of all gardening mistakes even in the summertime! Plant wilt and general failure to thrive associated with lack of water are also symptoms of over watering. Diagnosing over or under watering is done by what I call the 'screwdriver test'. Use a screwdriver, or other similar shaped object, and poke a hole in the ground, then check for moisture in the soil. If the soil is moist, your plant is wilting from over watering. Also common in the winter is over pruning. Pruning every month is over doing it. Plant growth slows when temperatures fall and the plant doesn't require the same kind of attention that it did when temperatures were over 100ºF. Shrubs like Texas Sage, Dwarf Oleanders, and Cape Honeysuckle really only need pruning three times a year: right after summer, after the danger of frost has past, and just before the heat of the summer arrives. Plants that are over pruned don't get a chance to flower and mature. Another common pruning mistake is pruning off frost damage. We may experience below freezing temperatures several times throughout the winter, which means that plants may experience frost damage several times. Each time temperatures freeze, a portion of the plant will freeze back from the tip of whatever branch is exposed. If you trim off the damage each time, the branch will be exposed to new damage. The frost damage from the first frost will protect the inner branches throughout the winter. So, as tempting as it is to cut off the ugly damage, wait until after frost danger has past, usually in March. Trees, as a rule, should only receive major pruning when dormant in winter. Tree sap flows much more slowly when the tree is dormant, so if we prune in January they won't bleed sap. All desert trees and all deciduous trees (that is trees that lose their leaves), should be pruned in January. Even many evergreens can be pruned safely in winter. Prune citrus trees, on the other hand, after the fruit is harvested and before the tree blooms again. Light pruning like shaping, cutting off suckers, and thinning before summer storms can be done year-round. Over fertilization is another bad winter gardening habit. After a fertilizer application, plants will spurt new growth that will be frost tender, especially if you use a fast release fertilizer. And, plants susceptible to frost bite will suffer the greatest damage during a fertilizer induced growth spurt. Three times a year with a slow release fertilizer is plenty of fertilizer for most plants. Use the "holiday rule" to remember when to fertilize: Valentine's Day, Memorial Day & Labor Day. Deciduous trees can be fertilized in winter with a high phosphorus and potassium with medium nitrogen fertilizer. Winter flowers may also need an extra dose of fertilizer. If you notice that your flowers aren't thriving, they probably just need a dose of fertilizer...not more water. Use the screwdriver test to be sure. Over watering winter flowers can cause root rot on pansies and mildew and rust on snapdragons. A plant that looks yellowish may have aphids, stress from over watering, or a lack of fertilizer. If there are no bugs, and the soil is wet, then it's safe to say the problem is fertilization. Flower Power is a great balanced boost for winter flowers.
3401 E. Baseline Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85042
602-437-0700 (Gardener's World)