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Fall Container Planting

By Christina Timm

Just this past Saturday we had our Fall Planting Party. With such an amazing turnout and interest, we want to share our experience and knowledge, just in case you missed it. Here is the breakdown of the Thriller, Filler, Spiller method with some examples of what plants can be used.

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Toffee Twist Grass

Toffee Twist Grass

Celosia

Celosia

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Daisy

Daisy

Garden Mum

Garden Mum

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Creeping Jenny

Creeping Jenny

Kale

Kale

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Good Questions: Japanese Beetles

By: Christina Timm

In our last blog we touched base on treating your lawn with Grub Beater to help prevent Japanese Beetles for next year. Opening up this conversation raised some great questions like:

Japanese Beetles Feasting on Rose Flower

Japanese Beetles Feasting on Rose Flower

Does it really matter if I treat my lawn for Japanese Beetles? If the neighbors don't, won't they just fly over and start the process all over again?

This is a really great question and makes a great point! However, there are a few factors to take into consideration. Female Japanese Beetles are looking for just the right type of soil/turf to lay their eggs. She's looking for large areas of turf in full sun that is well watered, so basically anyone's dream, lush lawn. Not everyone has this type of environment. In a more developed neighborhood trees provide shade that creates a non-ideal habitat for her eggs. On the other hand, it's not realistic to say she will never lay her eggs in the shade, it's just not ideal. Also, having a lawn in the sun requires upkeep that some people don't have time for. 

Another important factor is having plants that the Japanese Beetles love to feast on. There are over 300 species of plants that they enjoy, however not everyone has these in their yard or some are more affected than others. 

With this said, not every yard is affected by Japanese Beetles and some are more affected by others, depending on your lawn and the species of plants you have in it. It's important to remember that while they are feasting on your plants they are also mating, and soon after the females will lay their eggs. 

Did you know: The Japanese Beetle only lasts about 30 to 45 days.

So, should you treat your lawn for Japanese Beetles? It depends on how destructive the Japanese Beetles are in your yard. If you have plants that Japanese Beetles are most attracted like perennials such as American Linden trees, Apple or Crabapple trees, or Roses it would then be recommended to treat your lawn due to the size of these plants and the amount of beetles they can attract. Not to mention that they will most likely to be laying eggs in or near your lawn.  If you are already heavily affected by Japanese Beetles with your annual plants maybe avoid: Hibiscus, Dahlia, Canna, and Zinnia and instead try Dusty Miller, Begonias, Coleus, and New Guinea Impatiens.


What product should I use?

Honestly, it depends on your situation and how badly you are being affected. Japanese Beetle traps work great for hard to reach areas like in trees and out of control areas with mass quantities of beetles. The Japanese Beetle spray is great for manageable areas like shrubs, low growing perennials, and annual containers/beds. The Grub Beater granular is great as a preventative measure for next year if you are heavily affected and want to be proactive.

Here are 3 steps to approach your Japanese Beetle problem:

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1. Japanese Beetle Traps: Use if you have a large quantity of beetles. We recommend you use for 2-3 days, then take it down for a week. The trap has attractants with potent pheromones that draws in the beetles, however you don't want to attract every beetle in the neighborhood. When trap is not in use place the trap in a Ziploc bag indoors.

2. Japanese Beetle Spray: Use in areas that are reachable. This works great on annual container gardens and beds that are manageable. It also helps to remove affected foliage/plant material before spraying to further decrease the population in your yard. 

Helpful tip: For a more natural alternative, knock Japanese Beetles into a dish of soapy water.

3. Grub Beater: Use as a defense for the future. Apply Grub Beater to your lawn using the proper protective wear and application rates for your area of lawn. A granular that can be dissolved by irrigating after spreading works best.  

Be sure to read and follow the label of any product you decide to use before application.


Japanese Beetle Damage on a Crab Apple Tree

Japanese Beetle Damage on a Crab Apple Tree

Where did Japanese Beetles come from in the first place?

Japanese Beetles are native to Japan where interestingly enough these beetles are not as destructive there as they are in the United States. In fact, they are not even considered to be pests. The biggest reason for this is the population. Japan is a smaller area that is heavily populated so if Japanese Beetles are looking for large areas of sunny turf to lay their eggs, they aren't going to find that in Japan. The United States, however, has many large expanses of turf to lay their eggs and re-populate.

Did you know: The first written evidence of the Japanese Beetle in the United States was in 1916 at a nursery in New Jersey. It was thought that the beetle larvae entered on a shipment of iris bulbs.

The Japanese Beetle can be very destructive, feasting on certain plants to the point of creating a skeleton. It's important to remember that when treated properly trees, shrubs, and perennials can maintain a strong structure and survive some Japanese Beetle destruction. 

 

Here is a link for more information on Japanese Beetles from the University of Minnesota.

 

 


Check out this close up of a Japanese Beetle feasting on a rose bloom! Look familiar?? Give us a call and we'll let you know what we can do to help you out!! 763-420-4400

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 isnโ€™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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