The Canna Lily

By: Christina Timm

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What is a Canna Lily?

 

The Canna Lily is treated as an annual in Minnesota due to its tropical sun-loving nature liking an average of 6-8 hours of sunlight. Coming in a variety of colors like bright orange, yellow, or red with bright green or dark burgundy foliage, the Canna Lily is hard to miss in your garden bed or container garden.

That’s Right: The Canna Lily will thrive in a ground bed or in a decent-sized container garden.

The Canna Lily is hardy in Zones 8-11 and would not be able to withstand our chilly winters. Therefore, it is grown as an annual in Minnesota as a fun tropical, soaking up our summer heat. However, it is a colorful summer bulb.

 

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What is a summer bulb?

The Canna Lily plant is a bulb, meaning that it can be removed from your garden and hibernate in winter storage. With the proper care and storage, a Canna Lily can be grown outside during the summer months, then brought in to go through a dormant stage during the winter months. This process can be repeated for many years.

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How do I over winter my Canna Lily Bulb?

Before the first harsh frost it is best to dig up your Canna Lily. While being mindful of its root system it is recommended that you dig at least a foot away from the base of the plant. Gently shake off and remove any excess soil from the root ball and cut off the remaining top foliage leaving about 6-10 inches. It’s important to store your Canna Lily bulb in a dry place anywhere from 45 to 50 degrees.

Helpful Tip: Be mindful not to let the bulb dry out. Add sand or fresh soil to keep the moisture locked in.

When is a good time to replant a Canna Lily?

In the spring they can be replanted in your garden bed or container garden. Usually when you start to see other spring bulbs like tulips pop up it would then be safe to replant your Canna Lily.

Ceramic Garden Flower

By: Christina Timm

Finding the Right Fit

There are many ways to incorporate greens into your home. Houseplants, succulents, herbs, and cactus. With all living things it's important to get to know your plant and establish a watering schedule that it prefers, and to maintain a regular grooming regimen. But what if you wanted to try something that doesn't require any care? Why not try a Ceramic Garden Flower!

Which ones do I choose??

These unique Garden Flowers come in an array of colors, sizes and textures. The best way to choose is to find what speaks to you!! The pink rose has a soft, pastel color to complement its delicate rose-like shape. The orange flower has a bright pop of color with tube-like petals. The green mum has a pale, green shade that complements its long, slender foliage. And the blue flower is small, but has great detail and a soft, baby blue color. 

Find Your Happy Place

How do I incorporate these garden flowers into my home??

 Photo Credit: Becky

Photo Credit: Becky

All of the Ceramic Garden Flowers can stand alone. This makes it easy to place them on an end table next to your sofa or pick a few and arrange them on a cocktail table in your living room. If you have an empty flat surface you have a great area for a Ceramic Garden Flower.

Another great option is to hang your Garden Flower. All except the super tiny flowers give you the option to have them on a wall. Pair them with a canvas painting, quote, or family photos and you can create a beautiful spread of flowers to create your very own indoor garden.

Stop by Lynde Greenhouse & Nursery today to find what speaks to you! 

Tips for Growing a Lush Lawn That's Light on Water Use

By: Clara Beaufort

  Image courtesy of    Pixabay

Image courtesy of Pixabay

Is your lawn soaking up your time and money with upkeep?  As a homeowner, you don’t want a lawn that is all work and no play.  With a few eco-friendly changes, you can create a lawn that conserves water and is beautiful to boot! 

 

Be water-wise. 

You don’t need to remove and reseed your lawn to create a water-conscious landscape.  A few wise watering strategies can make a big difference!  Follow these basics to get started:

 

●     Use a mulching mower.  It’ll recycle your grass clippings back into your lawn, and it’ll take less time to mow.

●     When you do need to water your grass and landscaping, some professionals recommend that you do so in the morning to reduce evaporation. 

●     Put an adjustable nozzle on your hose so that when you water, you can be more economical. 

●     Mulch your landscape plants.  Three to five inches of mulch will help retain moisture, reduce weeds, and can improve plant growth.

●     Instead of washing your walkways and driveway, sweep them with a broom or leaf blower.

●     Mow at a higher setting.  Longer grass stems mean less evaporation.

●     Aerate your lawn at least once each year.  As explained by the Indiana State Department of Health, this increases the ability of the soil to absorb water and reduces runoff.  This is especially important in sloping areas and areas with heavy soils.

●     Fertilize wisely; overly fertile grass absorbs excessive amounts of water, has a more shallow root system, and is less hardy. 

●     Remove thatch from your lawn.  Thatch can be a result of poor mowing techniques, over fertilization, or overwatering.  It causes water runoff, thereby making rain and watering less efficient. 

●     When planting your lawn, choose drought-tolerant grasses. 

●     If you install water features such as fountains or ornamental ponds, ensure they recycle water.

 

Recycle rainwater.  

Reusing rainwater is a great way to improve water conservation.  One idea is to use a rain barrel to capture water for distribution through a lawn irrigation system.  Rain barrels can sometimes be acquired through local municipalities.  Another suggestion is to plant a rain garden.  Planting a rain garden isn’t complicated, even if you don’t have a green thumb!  As This Old House explains, you’ll want to plant at least 10 feet from your house and 50 feet from any septic systems.  Wherever your rain garden will hold standing water, usually in a low spot or the center, use native plants.  The areas that receive more moderate water can be planted with somewhat less water-tolerant plants, and the outer area should include the most drought-tolerant plants.  If you struggle with finding the right plants, some experts recommend checking in with a professional landscaper with a permaculture certificate. This person can help you select low-maintenance plants that are native to your location.  Then choose great gardening gloves to go along with your smart plant choices.  Gardening is no fun with poorly made gloves, and with proper planning, you’ll have a green thumb before you know it! 

 

Add hardscaping. 

Including hardscaping on your property is a terrific way to add visual appeal while reducing water usage.  You can set up outdoor rooms with gravel, concrete, or rock floors and add a sculpture for visual appeal.  Some experts recommend including trees for shade since those hard surfaces can radiate heat on sunny days.  Consider including eye-catching planters and a fire pit, and you’ll have a destination for lounging, entertaining, and family fun.

 

Smart-scaping! 

Being water-wise is smart for your lawn and landscape.  Create a lush lawn that is easy to maintain and beautiful, and enhance your property with eco-friendly choices.  Even if you have a brown thumb, you can enjoy an effective and water-conscious landscape!

The Tillandsia Air PLant: Care tips

By: Christina Timm

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When air plants first started trending they looked fake having no root system at all. I thought to myself, is that thing even real. Some looked soft and hairy, others were different colors, some were small, and others were very large. Some even had a bright flower growing from the center, which had the appearance of looking fake. Little did I know at the time, a few years back, that these are most definitely real, living creatures.

With every new trend it can take some time to appreciate the beauty of something new and upcoming. All the qualities listed above that once I thought strange, are the very things that make air plants so unique and interesting. Let's be honest, a plant that survives with no soil whatsoever is very mysterious indeed! However, air plants have more depth than I first realized! Here is what I gathered being a parent to an air plant for some time.


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Air plants are fascinating in many different ways. The most fascinating would have to be they can survive without soil. Being native to places like southern United States, Mexico, Central and South America they instead attach their roots to other surfaces like rocks, trees, and the ground to stabilize. There are more than 650 different types of Tillandsias, but here at Lynde Greenhouse & Nursery we carry about 5-6 different kinds. So, knowing that air plants survive without soil, how do we take care of them? You've come to the right place! Water, light, and air seem to be the most important elements to a healthy air plant. 

Water

 
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It is recommended that your air plant should be soaked once a week for 5-10 minutes in room temperature tap water. After soaking always let them air dry before placing them back in their home. They prefer to fully dry between soakings. If you have a drier climate it is recommended they be soaked 2-3 times a week.

Tip: If you find yourself having a busy week and there isn’t enough time to soak, at the very least mist your air plant using a spray bottle.


 

Light

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Place in a bright, filtered or indirect sunlit area.  Morning sun is ok, but they do not like a full sun window. Too much sun can cause the leaves to burn and turn brown.

Food

Just like any other plant, air plants get hungry too! For optimal plant care fertilize once a month by adding a bromeliad mix to the water during one of your regular soakings.


Air

Air plants do prefer air circulation, hence the name air plant. Being in an enclosed area increases moisture that the air plant does not prefer. Much like the succulent, it prefers to dry out between regular soakings.

Grooming

It is normal as your air plant grows and acclimates to its new environment that the lower leaves may dry out. Gently pull them right off. If you notice the tips drying out, you can snip them right off.

Tip: Trimming at an angle will help keep a more natural-looking appearance.

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 Tillandsia Capitata - Native to Mexico, Honduras, and Cuba.

Tillandsia Capitata - Native to Mexico, Honduras, and Cuba.

Varieties

At Lynde Greenhouse & Nursery we sell a variety of different Tillandsia species. These are the most common ones that grow on our shelves.

The Capitata (Top Left) is a beautiful color-changing air plant with striking red foliage.

The Juncea (Top Right) is one of the taller air plants that stretches its long, thin leaves upward.

 Tillandsia Juncea - Native to northern South America, Central America, and Mexico.

Tillandsia Juncea - Native to northern South America, Central America, and Mexico.

 Tillandsia Bulbosa - Native to Central America, the West Indies, and southern Mexico.

Tillandsia Bulbosa - Native to Central America, the West Indies, and southern Mexico.

The Bulbosa (Bottom Left) is a very curly variety that is the easiest to care for and does not require any soakings; only 2-3 mistings a week.

The Pseudobaileyi (Bottom Right) is another larger air plant with hues of dark green colors and soft leaves.

Overall Tip: Don't worry about harming your air plant... they will regrow!!

 Tillandsia Pseudobaileyi- Native to Mexico, Guatemala, and El Salvador.

Tillandsia Pseudobaileyi- Native to Mexico, Guatemala, and El Salvador.

Ways to Decorate your Home With a New Air Plant

So, now we know how to take care of an air plant, but how do we incorporate them into our living space? Here are a few unique and simple ways to decorate any home. There are a few ways to create an air plant holder that are fun and makes it easy to access the plant. 

One Item: Two Holders

Hitting the local craft store I was able to find a jar and lid that fit my needs all in one to create two simple air plant holders. Using the lid I was able to glue a piece of fun-printed plastic to hold colored-glass and moss to support the air plant.  For the jar portion I used some natural cord creating a macrame holder, tying knots to support the glass. On the inside I layered sand, rocks, and moss to create a soft bed for the air plant. 

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