Category Archives: Seasonal Color

Why are Bulbs good for Bees?

If you love bees like we do, keep reading to find out why bulbs are a good source of pollen for bees.   With the movement to save bees and be more conscientious of our gardening practices, the question often comes up, "What can I plant to attract bees and other pollinators?" Once you understand…
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Make the Most of your Alstroemeria

Alstroemeria is a plant most commonly known for its long lasting flowers in cut flower arrangements.  But, did you know you can grow it as an annual in Iowa?

Alstroemeria is an annual in the northern part of the U.S.  It is very showy if cared for properly.

We recommend placing your alstroemeria in full to part sun for the best bloom display.  Make sure to keep your alstroemeria evenly moist and fertilize weekly with a bloom boosting fertilizer.

Click the video to see how to make the most of your alstroemeria this spring & summer!

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Early Spring Basket @ Culver’s

Spring Mixed Planters

Check out this video blog, where we show you just one of our many favorite spring combos!

Used in this planter:

(1) Elegance Ballet Regal Geranium

(1) Golddust Mecardonia

(1) Enchantment Linaria

When selecting plants for a spring planter, make sure to match sun requirments with each plant!  Happy Planting!

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The Spring Pansy!

 

Need help getting your annuals to bloom?  We are here to show you the best practice for caring for one of our favorite early spring flowers, the 'Pansy'.

Why grow pansies?

What isn't there to love about pansies and violas?  We absolutely love everything about them, but here are some great perks (just to name a few).

  1. - Unique flowers, with face-like patterns.  No 2 pansies are the same!
  2. - Pansies come in a wide range of colors from pinks and reds to blues and purples.
  3. - The smell is this amazing sweet aroma that reminds us of spring!
  4. - They tolerate the cold unlike any other annual flower.
  5. - They signal that spring is almost here!

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How to properly care for your pansy

If you are growing pansies or violas, it is important to know how to properly care for them.  Pansies thrive in cooler weather, meaning that during the heat of the summer, they may need a hair cut to refresh them before performing to your standards in the fall.  In northern climates, they can look amazing throughout the summer, however that depends on the temperature and the year.

Pansies need full to part sun to flower.  This means at least 4 hours of sun is best.  They can be deadheaded (removing old blooms) to encourage more flowers.

Click on the video to learn how to properly deadhead a pansy!

Besides deadheading, pansies need to be fertilized when growing in a container.  A bloom boosting fertilizer (high phosphorus) each week, according to the package is best.  We also recommend letting your pansies dry out ever so slightly between watering.  This will prevent them from getting over-watered.

(Pictured above: Culver's Grown Midnight Glow Pansy)