Greenhouse

Think Spring

Get through the cold and think spring!!

By Christina Timm

On these brutally cold days it’s fun to image being somewhere warm and tropical. But for us Minnesotans that can be hard with single digit temperatures on the horizon. Our Northside greenhouse may not be tropical, but it is definitely warm; warm enough to grow Easter Lilies!! What a difference a couple of weeks make! You can see the astounding growth from Jan. 9 - 21.

We start off our Easter Lilies from bulb. Our growers then have the control to change things like temperature and sunlight helping each Easter Lily reach it’s full potential in time for spring.

The difference of a week and a half

The difference of a week and a half

Easter lilies are grown in 4 stages. 1. Emergence, 2. Flower Bud Initiation, 3. Visible Bud, and 4. Open Flower. We are now headed into stage 2. Flower Bud Initiation. This is when the plant develops stem roots, the first sign of bud initiation. These roots then help the development of bud growth.

North Greenhouse - January 21

North Greenhouse - January 21

Fun Fact: The first visible flower buds are so small you need a magnifying glass to look for them.

North Greenhouse - Grower Dylan

North Greenhouse - Grower Dylan

The flower bud that is developed with the help of stem roots form at the base of the stem and over time pushes its way to the top creating a visible flower bud, which is stage 3. Spring is one of four seasons that brings new growth and green to our greenhouse. We hope this article warmed you up a little.

Becoming A Plant Nerd

By Christina Timm

Living in Minnesota we can all agree that it’s no surprise that we spend most of our time indoors during the winter, but this holds true all year round. On average Americans spend about 22 hours indoors a day. Now if you are a gardener or a plant enthusiast, this probably does not hold true for you. Bur for most of us we are spending time at home, in our cars, and at work indoors. While it might not be realistic to change our routine and get outdoors there are ways to bring a little bit of nature inside. How do we do this you might ask??

Houseplants!!!

When we buy our first houseplant we don’t really realize what we are getting ourselves into. One turns into two, two turns into three, and before you know it all your windows are filled with a variety of plants and we are calling ourselves plant parents. Even when we think there is no more space, we always make space.

Discover the Benefits of Houseplants!!

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For those who have houseplants, you can relate to the bond that is created when owning them. We take pride in the fact we can take care of something and keep it alive. It never amazes me how plants can have different personalities. Depending on their light requirement, water intake, or foliage type each plant acts a little different.

The Cactus

I think we all can relate to the types of plants that sit there and look dangerous. You know… cactus. They don’t require a whole lot of attention and that’s why they are great to have on a sunny windowsill and let them be. It’s great to maybe sometime forget about them but come back to a happy plant nonetheless. That’s what makes cacti so great: their lack of needing water. Which brings us to our next plant type.

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Succulents

The sit there and look pretty plant: succulents! Succulents are a lot of fun, but sometimes can be tricky. They absolutely love the sun and can’t seem to get enough of it. Like the cactus they don’t require a lot of water either, which makes them great plant starters for new plant owners that are busy. However, too much water and you have an over-watered plant that just can’t seem to recover.

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Note to self: there is such a thing as loving your plants too much!

Water

Finding the right watering regimen is probably the trickiest part as a new plant owner. It’s all about getting to know your plant and what it likes. “How often should I water??” It’s the dreaded question we as retail team members struggle with, because it all depends on where you put it in your house. Window or no window, draft or no draft, a lot of light or no light, what your house temperature is normally, and so on.

Discover our H2O Grow water!

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Alongside your watering regimen knowing how much water to provide at a time is another factor. This heavily depends on the container size. If you have a small container with a foliage plant, you don’t want to water excessively and run the risk of standing water. Someone once told me that you should water about ¼ of the container size. And of course, it goes even deeper when you have different plants that prefer different amounts of water. There are so many variables that decide how often you should water.

My Process

For example, on average, and this is a rough estimate, I water most of my foliage plants every other day and my succulents every 4 days. I say this is a rough estimate because certain plants dry out faster than others and I have a wonderful sunny window, so my cacti and succulents get a lot of sun. However, all this can change depending on the temperature. A cooler temperature requires me to water less frequently. So, you can see there are a lot of factors that play into being a plant owner.

I wanted to share my plant parenthood journey with all of you because it’s fun to learn what other people do and how we take care of our plants differently. Most of my plants have been with me for a year or greater. I have been able to get to know my plants and they have also helped me discover what they prefer. Owning and taking care of plants can be a great accomplishment and I wanted to share what I discovered along the way.

Take a few moments to comment below and explain your houseplant process, if you have any questions on the types of plants you see in the photos, or if you have questions on my watering schedule.

Remember: Every plant has a different personality so take a couple weeks to discover what they are like.

Easter Lily Buds, Here We Go

First Sign of Buds

Lynde Greenhouse & Nursery Blog By: Dawn O'Connor, Jenny Nguyen, & Christina Timm

February 5, 2018 - Jenny watering our Easter Lilies in Northside

February 5, 2018 - Jenny watering our Easter Lilies in Northside

The sun is shining, the snow is melting, and new buds are forming. In our last blog on Easter Lilies, we took you through the growing process leading up to Flower Bud Initiation Week. From planting our bulbs last November and placing them in our cooler, to taking them out of the cooler Early December, then discovering our 100% emergent rate, and lastly leading into the first sight of Flower Bud Initiation.

January 15, 2018 - Northside

January 15, 2018 - Northside

Just a few days after our last blog posting, our growers spotted the start of new root growth for the actual flower bud on January 16. This means we were right on time for stage 2: Flower Bud Initiation Week, which should occur January 10-20.


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Taken at another angle, we can see 3-4 small, white roots forming, just above the soil sitting on the bulb.

With the bulb looking healthy, roots looking strong, and stem roots forming, we are headed in the right direction for healthy Easter Lily plant.

January 16, 2018

Here, Jenny is checking the health of the Easter Lily Bulb. She is also checking for stem which is a sign of bud initiation. There is a very tiny root just above the soil sitting on top of the bulb, to the right of the stem. Stem roots appear around the same time bud differentiation occurs, which is development of the flower components forming after bud initiation.

January 16, 2018

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Once the stem roots were spotted, we then move to stage 3: Visible Bud. Over the next following three weeks bud initiation occurs and the flower bud forms at the base of the stem and over time pushes its way to the top.

This week was especially exciting for us because the first visible sign of flower buds were sighted! We generally like to see at least 5 flower buds on our Easter Lilies. The next and final stage of growing an Easter Lily in 4. Open Flower.

February 6, 2018 - New Buds

February 6, 2018 - New Buds

Here at Lynde Greenhouse & Nursery we are proud to say all our Easter Lilies are homegrown. As part of our growing process, we strive to produce the healthiest product possible, making it available to our customers, and help spread a little spring to our neighbors.

Easter Lilies - Locally Grown Just For You. 

Also, Check out our Easter Lilies Page to see the growing progression starting November 24.

The Easter Lily

Flower Bud Initiation Week

Lynde Greenhouse & Nursery Blog By: Christina Timm

Easter Lilies on January 8

Easter Lilies on January 8

With the increase in temperature this week let’s hope we can steer clear of the below 0 temps. Now is the time of the year we start wishing for warmer weather and hope that spring comes sooner than later. With the coming of spring the ever-traditional Easter Lily is right around the corner and we are excited to share the growing process with you.

 

December 5 - Easter Lilies in Northside

December 5 - Easter Lilies in Northside

Because Easter is much earlier this year then it was last year, the time it takes for the Easter Lilies to grow needs to be taken into consideration. On December 5 we took our Easter Lilies out of the cooler. From there we moved them to Northside, one of our growing greenhouses, to allow them growing time before Easter. Timing and precision is key when growing a plant for a specific holiday. 

December 21 - 100% Emergence

December 21 - 100% Emergence

The Easter Lily grows in four stages: 1. Emergence, 2. Flower Bud Initiation, 3. Visible Bud, and 4. Open Flower.

1. Emergence. Our Easter Lilies emerged around December 20th, 2017 and later found out we had a 100% emergent rate. This is when new growth emerges above the soil with bright green foliage. Seeing the emergence happen before Christmas was really exciting. In the growing world it is very likely to be one or even two seasons ahead of the game. Just to give you an idea of how far ahead it can be, we start planning for our Easter Lilies in June and make sure we have them ordered by July for the following Easter. 

January 8 - Week of flower bud initiation

January 8 - Week of flower bud initiation

2. Flower Bud Initiation. We are now in the week of flower bud initiation. Flower bud initiation takes place approximately between January 10-20. This is when the flower buds are first visible, but are so small you need a magnifying glass to look for them.  This is what we are looking forward to this week.

As our Easter Lilies continue to grow we will keep you posted on bud sightings soon. For more Lily action don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.