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Keep a sharp eye out for insects every single time you water your houseplants. Catching insects early is key to eradicating them and preventing their spread to other plants.
Look in the nooks and crannies where the leaves meet the stems, examine the undersides of leaves, and even check the top of the soil in the pot for larvae. A healthy plant will be more resistant to bugs than a plant that is struggling. Provide adequate water but be careful not to overwater which can encourage fungus gnats. Keep your plants away from heater vents and very cold windows. Cooler (but not cold) temperatures can help prevent mealy bugs.
If you do discover an insect infestation, isolate the plant to prevent any further spread. If “honeydew” is present, wash the leaves and stems. Try these organic methods of pest control on your houseplants, spraying all parts of the plant including the undersides of the leaves. Safer Soap is an effective but safe method to treat for insects. Stronger organic solutions would be Neem Oil or Spinosad (Captain Jack’s Dead Bug Brew).
Generally you want to spray every 7-10 days, but always check the product’s instructions prior to application. Before spraying your plant with any product, test a small area first and wait 24 hours. If the test area looks fine, go ahead and spray the entire plant and note the next application date on your calendar.
Common insects you might find on your houseplants are mealy bugs, whiteflies, aphids, scale, spider mites, and fungus gnats. Safer Soap, Neem Oil and Captain Jack’s are all available in our Garden Shop.
|FROM WILMA: Bill loves snow - his favorite vacation is a winter trip to the snowy Colorado Rockies. For several years we had a snowplow and he and I often went out in the early morning hours to plow snow. We have long since retired from those days but remember there was something inspiring about seeing Creation and the beauty of winter even on cold, snowy mornings.|
Whether snowy or not there is a stark beauty in nature at this time of year. Some call this “the dead of winter” but that is an oxymoron as winter is not “dead”. There is a lot going on in nature now. Most days are pleasant enough to take a walk, look at our garden areas and make plans for them, observe the changes in buds on trees and shrubs, and watch spring bulbs emerge.
If winter weather is too unfriendly to be outside, enjoy nature inside. Seed catalogs have arrived and I have been making a list of plants I want for my new pollinator garden. Whether we have a jungle of houseplants or just a few succulents tending to them can lift our mood. The Garden Shop is a pleasant place to visit on a winter day – you’ll find new displays of gift items, lots of seeds and supplies for most any kind of gardening, books, and much more!
|ECO-Friendly! These Down To Earth fertilizers and soil amendments come in compostable cardboard boxes and are perfect for growing organically. The selections on our shelves are OMRI-approved for Certified Organic growers and even include a Citrus Mix. |
Down To Earth:
- Vegan Mix 3-2-2
- Bat Guano 7-3.1-1
- Vegetable Garden 4-4-4
- Citrus Mix 6-3-3-
- Alfalfa Meal 2.5-0.5-2.5
- Fruit Tree 6-2-4
- Kelp Meal 1-0.1-2
What do the fertilizer numbers mean?
The fertilizer numbers reference the three macronutrients needed for plant growth, the N-P-K levels in the fertilizer: Nitrogen (N) - Phosphorus (P) - Potassium (K). A simple way to remember what each number stands for is "up, down, and all around."
- Nitrogen (N) is “up” and promotes leafy growth and green color. You always want adequate nitrogen, but too much nitrogen produces very succulent growth that is attractive to insects and disease.
- Phosphorus (P) is “down” and generally promotes root growth, flowering, and fruiting.
- Potassium (K) is “all around”. It helps build healthy plants and regulates plant systems.
If you are growing lettuce, you want a fertilizer with plenty of nitrogen to promote green leaf growth. If you are growing tomatoes, you want enough nitrogen for green leaf growth, but you want the bulk of the energy to go into producing fruit (tomatoes). Most organic fertilizers have lower fertilizer numbers than conventional fertilizer. Generally, organic fertilizers release their nutrients more slowly over a longer period of time, whereas conventional fertilizers like 10-10-10 give a big initial kick.
Reems Creek Nursery offers a number of different organic fertilizer options including larger bags, as well as conventional fertilizers.
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Covid Mask Update - Masks Required Indoors
Thank you for your continued consideration of other customers and our staff members. Your support during this time has been amazing and we appreciate each and every one of you.
- All people 5 years and older, regardless of vaccination status, are now required to wear a mask in all indoor public spaces in Buncombe County.
- Details: On August 18, 2021, the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners declared a Local State of Emergency requiring residents and visitors in any indoor spaces in public spaces to maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others. Effective immediately, indoor public spaces include business establishments, offices and workplaces, public transportation facilities and vehicles, and any indoor place the public is invited and allowed to enter and gather. The order applies to all people who are at least 5 years old, and face coverings are recommended for all people over the age of 2.
- Please stay home if you have a fever, a cough, or are sick.