Green Circle Growers Blog

Houseplants Require Different Care in Winter

Green Circle Growers - Friday, January 14, 2011

Short days and chilly temperatures signal birds to fly south, squirrels to build up their nut supply, and bears to curl up in their dens. Outdoor plants also enter a state of hibernation during the winter until spring warms the earth and triggers new growth. Most people think that because indoor plants live in the same environment year round they maintain a constant rate of growth and require the same care throughout the year. This misconception can take a toll on houseplants and lead to their failure. ...read more

Holiday Plants that Endanger Pets: Separating Fact from Fiction

Green Circle Growers - Tuesday, January 04, 2011

In American, we consider our pets to be part of our family. Most of us include a package for Fido or Muffy when we place family presents under the Christmas tree. To keep pets safe during the holidays, owners should watch for potential hazards, including some popular holiday plants. Veterinarians say few holiday plants are toxic enough to cause serious illness, but it’s wise to keep certain holiday plants out of your pets’ reach. Here’s a helpful guide to the toxicity of common holiday plants:  ...read more

How to Care for Holiday Poinsettias

Green Circle Growers - Wednesday, December 22, 2010

You know it’s Christmastime when Poinsettias, also called Euphorbia, arrive at your local garden center. Known as the Christmas Star for its star-shaped petals, the poinsettia plant is native to Mexico and Central America where it grows as a shrub or small tree that can reach heights of 2 to 16 feet. The poinsettia plant’s, pointed, bright red “flowers” are actually elongated, modified leaves called bracts. The actual flowers, or cyathia, are quite tiny and can be found hidden in small clusters among the bright yellow structures in the center of each leaf clump.  ...read more

Beautiful Plants Make Thoughtful Holiday Gifts

Green Circle Growers - Tuesday, December 21, 2010

There are only 3 more shopping days until Christmas! If you’re starting to panic, take a deep breath and “say it with flowers.” Indoor plants make a wonderfully thoughtful holiday gift that will continue to delight recipients long after the holidays are over. While everyone else rushes from store to store fighting holiday traffic and dodging harried shoppers, you can complete all of your holiday shopping in a single leisurely trip to your local garden center. By giving seasonal plants to everyone on your holiday gift list you can even avoid one of the least-liked holiday chores – gift wrapping. Wrapped in their own lush green leaves and decorated with colorful blossoms, indoor plants come in a stunning natural gift wrap that will make your gifts stand out under the tree on Christmas morning.  ...read more

Decorate Your Home with Holiday Poinsettias

Green Circle Growers - Friday, December 17, 2010

Poinsettias in the home are an American holiday tradition. The stunning contrast of the Poinsettia’s brilliant red “flowers” (actually modified leaves called bracts) clustered above a bounty of deep green leaves beautifully showcase the season’s most festive colors: traditional Santa-suit red and snowy white.  ...read more

Bring Christmas Cactus into Light to Promote Holiday Blooming

Green Circle Growers - Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Commonly used as Christmas trees in hot southern climates that are too warm to nurture traditional Christmas pines, the Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera) makes a beautiful stand-in for the Scotch and White Pines we North Americans decorate during the Christmas season. Around Christmas time, bell-shaped red flowers sprout from the tips of the plant’s flat, branching green leaves, creating a colorful, natural decoration that needs no embellishment.  ...read more

This Holiday, Say It with Flowers

Green Circle Growers - Wednesday, December 08, 2010

If you dread tramping through the malls searching for that elusive “perfect” gift, if distracted drivers and rude shoppers sap your holiday spirit, if you want to rein in holiday spending and stay within your budget this year, the perfect solution is waiting for you at your local garden center.  ...read more

Plant Amaryllis this Winter for a Magnificent Bloom

Green Circle Growers - Thursday, December 02, 2010

In the garden, nature provides the variations of light and warmth that trigger plants to rest during the winter and begin growing again in the spring. Indoor plants that are too fragile to be exposed to Mother Nature’s whims need some assistance to create a sense of seasonal change.  ...read more

Gardening Focus Shifts Indoors as Winter Approaches

Green Circle Growers - Tuesday, November 30, 2010

With freezing nights and the first snow flurries heralding the approach of winter, it’s time to shift your gardening focus indoors. Indoor plants stir memories of sweetly-scented summer air, making the journey through the coming cold, dark months a little brighter. A gentle reminder that spring will return, indoor plants warm winter rooms with a soothing wash of verdant green, providing a pleasant counterpoint to the stark winter landscape outside your kitchen window. ...read more

Mulch Enriches Garden Soil

Green Circle Growers - Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Some people mulch garden beds each spring and fall to give their outdoor landscape a professional appearance. But mulching your garden offers many benefits beyond the cosmetic. Adding mulch to flower beds helps to protect delicate garden plants, deter weed growth and enrich the soil, resulting in a more successful blooming season next spring and summer.  ...read more