ZZ Plant

This Week Plant of the the Week: The ZZ Plant

By: Christina Timm

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zz plant

Also known as the Zanzibar Gem or by its scientific name Zamioculcas zamiifolia, the ZZ Plant is trending everywhere on social media. Just like many houseplants gaining popularity through Instagram the ZZ Plant is no different. With its hardy nature and shiny foliage, the ZZ Plant is loved for its easy qualities. It’s the perfect plant for new plant parents, because it is very forgiving.

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Size: This plant has the potential of achieving 3-4’ tall with a medium to slow growth rate. The growth rate will depend on the lighting.

Light: This plant will excel well in a lot of bright light but can tolerate very low light. This is one of the many perks of having a ZZ Plant if you have an area with very little light. With the plant being in low light it will grow a little slower than if it were in more bright light.

Watering: Easy does it. The ZZ Plant does not need an excessive amount of water. One of its unique features is its rhizomes that store a lot of nutrients and water for the plant to feed off. Rhizomes are underground root systems that produce new growth for the plant. If these rhizomes get over-watered, they have the potential of rotting out and virtually doing irreversible damage to the plant.

Worth Mentioning: This plant has a natural shine to it so it is not necessary to add leaf shine to its leaves; doing so could clog its pores.

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Garden Phlox

This Plant of the Week: Garden Phlox

by Christina Timm

Garden Phlox

Garden Phlox

About

The Garden Phlox is a native plant to the United States that offers a mass of color and a long blooming season. With your choice of just about any color the Garden Phlox is popular for its billowy blooms that holds its color during the summer and well into the early fall time. Their five petaled flowers fan out in multi-clustered blooms creating a large flower head much like a hydrangea. You can look forward to blooms showing color in July, lasting well into September.

Garden Phlox

Garden Phlox

Stats

Light: Full Sun Exposure

Size: Depending on the variety, anywhere from 12”-36” tall and 12” to 20” wide

Zone: 4-9

Wildlife: Attracts birds and butterflies

Cons: They can be enjoyed by deer or rabbits

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Petunia

This Weeks Plant of the Week: Petunia

by Christina Timm

Blueberry Swirl

Blueberry Swirl

About the Petunia

The Petunia is a summer annual in Minnesota. It’s the perfect summer flower because it tolerates full sun and our intense summer heat. They have a mounding growing habit that increases the volume in a container garden or ground bed. When placed in a container garden, like a patio pot or hanging basket, the Petunia will trail offering a cascade of vivid color that will spill over the edge of a container.

Red Petunia

Red Petunia

The pro to having a Petunia in your garden is the overall lush blooms and foliage all summer long. When properly fed and cared for this plant will offer bloom after bloom of color. With all these blooms it is recommended to keep up on deadheading this plant. This will ensure the overall health and continued new growth.

Light: Full sun

Water: Keep evenly watered and be sure not to over water.

Bloom Season: Spring-Autumn

Growing Care: Haircuts can give your Petunia new life. Simply use scissors to evenly cut around your container garden.

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Pink Sky

Pink Sky

Raspberry Swirl

Raspberry Swirl

Night Sky

Night Sky

Cascadias Indian Summer

Cascadias Indian Summer

Cascadias Rim Magenta

Cascadias Rim Magenta

Blueberry Swirl

Blueberry Swirl

Black Magic

Black Magic

Supertunia Bordeaux

Supertunia Bordeaux

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Azalea

This Weeks Plant of the Week: Azalea

by Christina Timm

About:

The Azalea is a great spring blooming plant that comes in a variety of colors. They are typically the first to bloom in the garden and offer mass color. Their showy clusters of flowers come in white, yellow, orange, pink, and red. They are a compact shrub, most only achieving about 4-5 feet in height and width.

All Azaleas are deciduous meaning they lose their leaves in the fall time and re-bloom in the spring time. Most can handle a full day’s sun, but they are tolerable to partial shade. The Azalea is a great accent shrub against a house with lower growing perennials planting in front, out in a garden offering spring interest, or they can make great memorial shrubs.

Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade

Growth: 4-5’ tall and 4-5’ wide

Zone: 4-7 MN Hardy for around -30 degrees

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Northern Hi-Lights Azalea

Creamy white blooms with yellow centers.

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Mandarin Lights Azalea

Orange flowers with red dots covering the blooms in the spring.

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Northern Lights Azalea

Provides shades of light pinks and dark pinks.

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Mollis Azalea

Ranges from a variety of colors: cream, yellow, orange, and red orange.

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Tri-Lights Azalea

White blooms with hints of pink and have yellow centers.

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Bromeliads

This Weeks Plant of the Week: Bromeliads

by Christina Timm

The Bromeliads are great plants to keep indoor where there is a lot of light, but no true direct light. They are native in American jungles and dwell alongside Orchids in trees or on forest floors. They have very tiny root systems so over-potting (mean re-potting into a large container) or over watering can be fatal to the plants health. The Bromeliad should never need to be re-potted.

Bromeliad

Temperature: In order for this plant to bloom place it in a 75 degree area or higher. 50 degrees is sufficient for the foliage.

Light: Loves bright light, but away from direct sunlight.

Water: Never over water. Fill the center of the plant with rainwater. Empty and replace every 1-2 months.

Air Type: Prefers to be misted, absorbing nutrition through it's leaves.

Re-potting: Rarely necessary.

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The Bromeliads do require patience and skill when a flower is desired. The plant itself is easy to take care of with broad leathery leafs, but getting it to bloom requires a lot of warmth. The foliage desires to be at 50 degrees or higher, but blooms enjoy 75 degrees or higher!

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