Deep Roots Garden Center             Newsletter                          December 2012

 Thank you to all our loyal customers!





Garden Center & Flower Shop



Shop Early for Christmas Trees


Best Christmas Trees in the South Bay!


We at Deep Roots Garden Center are very happy to say that for Christmas 2012 we will be continuing the long standing tradition of selling “The Best Christmas Trees in the South Bay” from the 207 N. Sepulveda Blvd. location.


This tradition started with Bob’s Nursery and, like Bob, Deep Roots’ owner Jon Bell is dedicated to providing the highest quality of trees possible.


We are rooted in the local community and we want to show our commitment to family traditions. The magical quality of Christmas starts with the tree and we are dedicated to providing the "Best Trees in the South Bay" this year and in the future. We CARE about our trees and are proud to offer our tree service to our community once again.


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.

Come see our Christmas Decor!


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. 


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!

Holiday Table Centerpieces

During the Holidays all the family unites around a table groaning with good things to eat and drink... You have brought out the best china and your crystal wine glasses.....  what better way of completing the scene than a stunning floral centerpiece?


Call our talented team of floral designers and we will custom create a beautiful and dramatic floral arrangement to your specifications.


Call 310.379.3634 today and place your order for your gorgeous Holiday Centerpiece or other Holiday floral arrangement

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.  


Bagrada Beetle

Please continue your vigilance over the pest called the Bagrada beetle. If you see them on your cabbages or kale please try to eradicate them. They are a real threat to California's organic farmers.


For information on this destructive species click on this link:


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

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 comes in two sizes: big enough for trees up to 8' and 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 were 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 Heather at 310-379-3634. 


Tree Stand Exchange Policy

We will honor the Old Christmas Tree Stand exchange program or sell you a new one that can be exchanged next year and in years to come. There seems to be some confusion about the stand exchange so just to clarify here's how it works:


1. Bring in your old stand (if you have one) when purchasing your tree to receive full credit for the stand that is on the tree you are purchasing.... a stand for a stand - EXCEPT for miniature stands. We do not exchange miniature stands.


2. Your stand must be the same type as that we use - welded rebar with railroad spike and a heavy gauge plastic bucket. It is OK if the stand was purchased at another tree lot as long as we can re-use it. It must be in reusable condition, meaning no cracks in the rebar, the spike must be relatively straight, and the bucket must not have any holes or cracks.


3. We DO NOT buy back stands or issue any sort of refund or store credit for stands that are simply returned and not exchanged during the purchase of a tree. In other words once you buy the stand it is your stand. We exchange it year after year to save you the inconvenience of having to put it on the tree yourselves each year.


4.You are responsible for storing the stand until the following year. We do not take back stands to store and we do not accept an early return of the stand, neither do we issue any form of refund or credit for stands.


* (NOTE: Please do NOT return your stand immediately after Christmas. We will not accept stands for exchange until next Christmas Tree season.)

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