Deep Roots Garden Center             Newsletter                          December 2011

 Thank you to all our loyal customers!





Garden Center & Flower Shop


Check our Twitter feed and Facebook page for *DAILY DEALS* starting

 December 14th thru December 25th



Come see our California Themed Christmas Decor

We have chosen three regions of California for our Christmas decor theme this year. We have trees and decorations representing Central California (see photo above), Northern California (see photo below) and Southern California, as well as desert and Zen areas, and of course a Classic Christmas area.



We have gifts of all kinds for the gardeners in your life... plants, succulent gardens, garden tools, sun hats, containers, shells and garden related gift items. We also have Gift Certificates for any amount that can be slipped into your loved-one's stocking.


 New this year are our Country Orchard scented candles (photo left), that have the appearance and fragrance of jars of jam and jelly. Perfect for the kitchen or as a stocking stuffer for the cook in your life, or as a gift for the Teacher . 





Also at Deep Roots we have a selection of Christmas wreaths made from fresh greens. Some unique one-of-a-kind wreaths are hand decorated by our floral design team and include sea shells and ornaments for a wonderful beach themed Christmas... Wreaths are a wonderful decorative touch, and often the first sign of Christmas is the hanging of the Christmas wreath from the front door of the house. The wreath is a sign of faith in humanity and life, and of victory over life's challenges. Whether you hang a wreath on the door to welcome visitors, or on the wall to complete a room's decor, the splash of color on a cold winter's day is sure to add a feeling of warmth, building excitement for the coming season. 


Gift Ideas for Kids and Teachers...



GROW IT and GROW ME seed starting kits from the Gift Republic. Perfect stocking stuffers for your kids or as a gift for your kid's teacher. These fun kits contain everything you need to grow unusual plants like coffee beans, hops (for beer), carnivorous plants, cactus, a bonsai tree and even a Christmas tree from seed.  Other boxes contain seed kits for herbs, lavender, sun flowers, sweet peas, chili peppers and Magical Fairy Flowers.


Poinsettias...poisonous or not??

For years we were warned that poinsettias – those beautiful red, white and pink flowering plants we display at Christmas time – were poisonous. Parents, magazines, medical books and guides, and even doctors and veterinarians cautioned us to keep the beautiful plants out of the reach of children and pets for fear that they might nibble on the flowers or the leaves which were believed to be toxic. In fact, some books still indicate poinsettias are poisonous. Thanks to more recent testing, however, it is no longer necessary to keep your beautiful poinsettia plants out of reach. The long-standing belief that poinsettias were poisonous has finally been proved to be nothing more than a myth – a false alarm.


According to a source at the Poison Control Center in Madison, Wisconsin, most of the fear originated from the death of one child in Hawaii in 1918 who was believed to have eaten a poinsettia plant. However, experts are no longer sure this death really had anything to do with the ornamental plant. In fact, a research study conducted at Ohio State University in more recent years reveals that poinsettias are not truly poisonous at all. The study conclusively proved that all parts of the plant are non-toxic. Today the National Capital Poison Center in Washington, DC and poison control centers across the country list the poinsettia as a non-poisonous plant.


According to the Madison Poison Control Center, a 50-pound child would need to ingest 500-600 poinsettia leaves to suffer ill effects of any significance – which is highly unlikely to occur. Of course, minor gastrointestinal upset may occur if a child or pet consumes the leaves, as with the consumption of any non-food product, but the plant is not a deadly poison as previously thought and will not kill a child or animal. In the worst-case scenario, the child or pet could have an upset stomach, vomiting, or diarrhea – all treatable using over-the-counter products.


This was further confirmed when the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Melon University conducted a study of almost 23,000 poinsettia exposures reported to poison control centers across the country and found that none presented evidence of actual toxicity.


Playing with the leaves could cause local minor skin irritation in humans, and children who play with the leaves and then rub their eyes could experience redness and irritation of the eyes. To prevent further irritation, eyes should be rinsed with lukewarm water for 10-15 minutes, and hands or body parts irritated by the plant should be washed well with soap and water.


However, ingesting poinsettias is not shown to cause severe stomach upset, convulsions, or other symptoms requiring emergency care. Probably the greatest threat the plants pose is the potential to obstruct a child or pet’s airway, causing choking.


This holiday season, everyone can sit back and enjoy the beauty of poinsettia plants without a worry. Caution should be exercised with other ornamental holiday plants and even some normal houseplants, however. Just because the poinsettia has been “cleared” doesn’t mean all other plants are just as safe. Various parts of some plants – including holly, mistletoe, English ivy, azaleas, rhododendrons, philodendron, and others – can cause severe reactions and may be fatal. If in doubt, check it out. Better to be safe than sorry!

What to do in the Garden in December..



There is enough to do preparing for the holidays isn't there?   Relax and enjoy your family and the festivities. The garden can wait until January...


But perhaps you should continue watering your containers.... and fertilizing your citrus trees...or pruning the roses? How about pruning your fruit trees? Spraying with dormant oil...


OK there is a lot to do but it can wait until next month when the winter garden comes alive and succulents and Australian Natives start blooming.


In January Jon will be making trips to wholesale growers to hand select specialty plants for your Winter and early Spring planting.  Let us show you how much color can be obtained in a Winter garden.  


Deep Roots

Garden Center & Floral Design Studio


Holiday hours:

8 AM - 9PM daily

201-207 N. Sepulveda Blvd.

Manhattan Beach,

CA 90266


Garden Center: 310-376-0567

Floral Design Studio 310-379-3634

Christmas Trees


 DEEP ROOTS owner Jon Bell


Our fabulous "Best Christmas Trees in the South Bay" are flying out the door! Sales are extremely brisk so if you want one of our pampered trees come and get it soon!  We have obtained all the finest quality trees and take great care of them while they are on the lot. We deliver to your home and set up the tree. We also have a post Christmas pick-up service.


How do I keep my tree alive longer?


You can't!! Technically they are already dead... But you can keep them looking fresh longer and reduce needle drop.


A few years ago Mythbusters attempted to find out the best way to prevent Christmas trees from dropping their needles. They fresh-cut several Christmas trees and filled the reservoirs with water. They then added a number of substances to the water in the trees' reservoirs including bleach, crushed Viagra (which they called Santa’s little helper), aspirin, fertilizer, lemon-lime soda, and left one tree as a control with plain water. They also tried treating the tree foliage by spraying it with hair spray and another with a heavy coat of polyurethane. Here were the results: 


Spraying the tree with hair spray gave the best results! It kept the most needles on the tree and it stayed a good color. However as this added significantly to the fire hazard they strongly discourage doing this.


Spraying with polyurethane did nothing to prevent needles drop. Adding fertilizer gave the worst results, causing the most needle drop.


The bleach and crushed Viagra caused the least amount of needle drop they but turned the trees a strange color. Adding lemon-lime soda or aspirin gave the same results as plain water. 


What they did NOT try was the Christmas tree preservative that we sell at DEEP ROOTS. Called "Keeps It Green", which acts the same way as flower additive and not only extends the life of your tree, retards needle drop, and reduces the fire hazard but also diminishes the amount of bacteria in the water. At only $1.99 a bottle it is well worth it.



Christmas Tree Essentials


Simplify your post Christmas clean up with a tree disposal bag. This large plastic bag is big enough for trees up to 10'.



Watering your tree regularly will help it stay fresh longer. Simplify this back breaking job with Santa's  Magic Water Spout. No more crawling under the tree, risking ornaments

and tinsel. There is a dipstick to measure the existing water level and and a waist level reservoir easy to access and refill.


Post Christmas Tree Pick-up Service

When the gifts have been unwrapped, the turkey eaten and the egg-nog has all gone you are left with the Post Christmas Tree standing forlornly in your living room. What to do? First remove all decorations and garland and then...

call us and (for a small fee) we will come and pick up your tree, take it away and take it to its final resting place...  310.376.0567


Deep Roots Holiday Decorating Service

Deep Roots Holiday Home & Office Decorating team are again honored to have been asked to provide the floral decorations for one of the gorgeous homes on the Manhattan Beach Sandpiper's tour.


The Holiday Decorating Service still has a few openings so if you are interested please call Lisa at 310-379-3634. Below is a photo of Lisa, Isabel and Ramona decorating the Christmas tree at the Lakers' office in El Segundo last year. To see our Holiday Design picture galleries click here


Deep Roots Garden Center • 207 N. Sepulveda Blvd. • Manhattan Beach • CA • 90266
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