Spring

Enter Our Greenhouse

By Christina Timm

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Come on in and beat the brutality of winter. We want to share what we have growing for you in our greenhouse! This time of the year can be hard for plant people, not having the ability to get outside and dig in the dirt. So, we want to share some green with you.

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The Easter Lily is the ultimate Spring plant. Every year we grow this beautiful plant as a reminder of a new year and a new start. It symbolizes the start of something new. Change can be scary, but as they look so fresh and green you can’t help but smile and feel good!

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The Ranunculus is a newer plant to us. This will be our third year growing them and each year they get even more beautiful. If you are familiar with this plant, we are sure you have admired their stunning, bold color. Even though there is no color yet, just you wait. Soon they will be bursting with color.

P.S. Can you smell the fresh soil??

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The Hydrangea is known for its vibrant pink blooms. ‘Pretty in Pink’ is putting it lightly don’t you think? This plant has it all: volume, color, and structure. Built on sturdy stems the Hydrangea produces big flower heads of many shades of pink. It makes for the perfect gift for any spring plant lover.

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When everyone works together it’s amazing what can get accomplished. When you look down a bench full of plant material in our greenhouse you would never realize how many people it took to make that happen. Our production and growing crews work together as a team to make all this possible.

Go Team! Go Green! Don’t mind us as we continue to plant happiness!

Happy Planting!

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.

Happy New Year!

By Christina Timm

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Happy New Year!!! As we look back at 2018 we get to enjoy all the memories that each season provides. For spring we remember Easter shipping week where we sleeved up hundreds of Easter lilies, Hydrangeas, and mums, and packed them up to be shipped out before Easter. Also, during this time we were busy growing and maintaining a wide selection of annuals and planting up our Lynde Design patio pots and hanging baskets. As we approach May, our biggest month, we can restock the store 2 or even 3 times a day, while also pulling orders for deliveries.

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May always seems to fly by so quickly, so it’s kind of a relief when June rolls around and we start to see our repeat customers come in. As the hot summer days roll on by we start to think about autumn. Mums, pumpkins, and warms colors are a nice change. Last year was the first Fall Planting Workshop and we completely sold out with a group of about 40 people. You can look forward to us hosting that workshop again this coming year. The holidays are another big season to prepare for. If you have ever come in during September or October, you might have seen the retail staff making bows or splitting berries. Even when one project is finished, there is always another to fill its place.

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So, as we look back on another busy year, we can always suggest slowing down and taking it all in, but if you have ever worked retail you know what I mean when I say it can be hard to take a step back and slow down. When time is of the essence and the projects keep piling up, there is no time to stop and smell the roses. However, we can always take a moment to appreciate the people working around us and the customers we do our best to help.

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There are some days we can get stuck in our own little world and can forget that we are all part of a team. That by working together we can grow, create, and maintain wonderful products for our neighbors. So, to start the new year off right, please take the time to show the people around you that you see, work, or talk to daily that you appreciate them. It could be as simple as a ‘Job well done’ or a compliment on a project they completed. Whatever it is, it will make them feel good knowing someone is taking notice of all their hard work.

Happy 2019 everyone! Let’s make it another great year!

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Because it’s a new year, why not start the year off right with a new idea. So, what’s this new idea you might ask?? Well we are toying around the idea of a delivery service that will bring a new seasonal inspired container every spring, summer, fall, and winter. That’s right. You could sign up to have a fresh container garden delivered to your home every new season. So, before we dive into the dirt we wanted to see what our customers thought of this idea! Please take 1 minute to share your thoughts with us by leaving a comment below! Thank you!

 

1.       Would you be interested in a delivery service that brought you a new container every season?

2.       If the product were available today, how likely would you be to buy the product?

3.       Would you be interested in a container every season or just in May and November?

4.       What size container best fits your needs?

Please leave your answers in the comments below! Thank you!


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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It's time to Wash Away Winter!

By: Christina Timm

It may not feel like Spring outside, but living in Minnesota we must make do with what the weather throws at us. Just because we have snow on the ground and it’s mid-April doesn’t mean we must give in to winter holding on. There are still ways to add color to the inside of your home. Incorporating different elements like texture, height, and color can add a little spring color into your home.


Adding Texture

"Draw people in to get a closer Look!"

Texture is a fun element to play with, and when it comes to plants it seems like the options are endless, but knowing how to compose a balance between container and plant can sometimes be a challenge. The human eye is drawn to color, so it’s only human nature to want to match the container color with the flower color. However, instead of making the impact you thought it would it only washes out the beauty of the flower itself. Instead, try pulling from the color in the plant’s foliage. The Cyclamen is a very easy to care for plant with a unique marble-like design on its foliage. Pairing the silver tones in the foliage with a metal, soft-textured container we can highlight the unfitness of the plant without overshadowing it.

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Increasing Height

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"Reach for the sky when space is limited!"

It can be tricky to incorporate plants into small confined areas, but this doesn’t mean you must give up your dream of adding some greenery. Finding a plant with great vertical height might be all you need. The Calla Lily is great for an area with little space. This tall, slender plant adds a pop of color in red, orange, or pink, against bright green dagger-like foliage. Paired with an industrial-shaped container to complement its linear form, it’s ready to add some height for an indoor area with limited space. Add a blanket of moss to tie the look together, adding a soft finishing touch to an overall rigid composition.


Keeping it Modern

"Sleek and sophisticated with a pop of color!"

When we think of a modern living space we generally think geometric shapes, uniformity, and simple colors. So how do we combine this environment with mother nature’s greatest gift? Keep it simple, play with color, and find a pattern. The Asiatic Lily is a great plant to play with because of its stunning color and what better way to add a pop of color. The round shape and the pattern of the container screams contemporary, which will work well with any room tones. Playing with the linear lines of the plants stalks and the pattern on the container we create a balance between plant and container.

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Pop of Color

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"Let the container do the showing and the plant do the growing!"

Sometimes it can be challenging coming up with ways to add color to a living space without overwhelming the eyes. However, it can be done!  Take this container for instance: bold in orange color and stretching tall, it may seem intimidating. When paired with a solid green plant like this Schefflera, its shiny green, rounded edges softens the loud container complementing it well. Its long, beautiful leaves stretch over to completely conceal the container, hence its nickname, the Umbrella Tree.