Hours: Tuesday through Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. * Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. * Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.* Closed on Mondays

1515 N. Dixie Highway in Lake Worth, FL--just south of West Palm Beach. (Click for Map) * info@ameliascapes.com * 561-540-6296

September 2018 Newsletter

What's New?    

SmartyPlants owners Paul and Marta recently attended a trade show for a chance to see new items by current suppliers and a chance to add new vendors with unique and unusual home and garden d├ęcor. It was a very successful buying spree and some of their finds are already arriving at SmartyPlants!

   Our line of gorgeous teak planters are here. These one-of-a-kind pieces are shaped from teak roots. In several shapes and sizes, these planters hold many cracks and crevasses that are suitable for growing ferns, foliage plants, tillandsias, or bromeliads. Stunning on their own too, they can be left bare to create a simple yet elegant showpiece. Since they are made from teak, they can withstand our Florida climate whether used outdoor or indoor.

Two new product lines that will be arriving in a few weeks include a high-end line of hand-woven baskets. These will be a great alternative to indoor ceramic pots for displaying interior foliage plants. The second is a line of Chinese porcelains that will include pots, bowls, garden seats, and chargers. This porcelain is the real deal. It is produced using the centuries-old techniques including foot stomping. Each piece is painstakingly hand painted and handcrafted, producing flawless pieces that can be passed on from generation to generation. Look for more about these items in upcoming newsletters. 

Plant of the Month
 Native to Sri Lanka, Wrightia antidysenterica or 'Arctic Snow' has become one of SmartyPlants signature landscape plants. This plant can be used as a specimen, hedgerow, accent plant or a container thriller. With its dark green foliage and star-shaped white blossoms, it is a visual stunner. On its own, it will grow to 5 to 6 feet tall. Minimal trimming once a year can produce a nice shrub of 3 to 4 feet. It requires full sun and only moderate watering once established. Its major benefit is its profusion of white 'snowflake' flowers that cover the shrub at least 10 months of the year. No significant pests bother it either, but temperatures below 60°F will make it slightly unhappy. If you are looking for a white accent shrub for pots or landscape beds, Wrightia 'Arctic Snow' could definitely fit the bill. Smartyplants has it in both 1-gallon and 3-gallon pots.   

 Getting Ready for Season
For our customers who like to raise their own herbs, fruits, and vegetables now is the time to prep your growing beds or pots. After weeding and removing remnants of last year's crop, apply a fresh layer of organic material, like composted cow manure or mushroom compost, and work it into the existing soil. This will supply non-burning nitrogen and other beneficial nutrients to your soil. It will also help to hold moisture in your soil. Other organic fertilizers like hen manure or seaweed extract, can be added when starter plants or seeds are added to your beds. Our organic seeds and small pots of herbs and vegetables have begun to arrive. SmartyPlants is also carrying a new organic weed killer that is citric-acid based. WeedKleen, which is produced locally, will allow you to keep your growing beds weed free without the use of synthetic chemicals. It is available now in 32-ounce spray bottles.

Labor Day Sale

Our final summer holiday is Labor Day, this Monday, September 3rd. As SmartyPlants is closed on Mondays, we decided to bring you a Labor-Day Sale Event on Saturday the 1st & Sunday the 2nd only. If you have been waiting to add a water feature to your garden or patio, now is the time. 

20 % Off Fountains 
All of our in-stock factory-assembled fountains will be 20% off. Pebble, slate & granite fountains, which are sold as separate components, are excluded. Fountain delivery and installation is available for an additional charge.  

20% Off Aquatics
All in-stock aquatic plants and accessories including, containers, fertilizers for pond plants, and algaecide treatments for aquatic gardens will be 20% off. 

There will be other items on sale over the weekend at 20% and 30% off. Stop by SmartyPlants to find that special item that you've been wanting at a reduced price.

August 2018 Newsletter

Fruit Trees
Here in South Florida, we are lucky to live in a climate where the selection of tropical fruit trees that can flourish is quite diverse. SmartyPlants offers many different fruit trees, but the two most popular ones are avocados and mangoes indeed. The fruits from the different trees vary in size, texture, and flavor. Depending on variety and affected by weather conditions, the fruits appear on the tree at different times of the year. The charts below give you a quick summary of the fruiting season for the different varieties of avocados and mangoes that we normally have in stock.

Of all the avocados (Persea americana) grown in Florida, most people are familiar with the California Hass avocado. The Florida Hass is a Mexican type avocado that was selected from a California Hass seed and was planted on the west coast of Florida. It has been acclimated to the high humidity in this region. The main difference between the Florida Hass and its California parent is that the Florida variety contains significantly less fat. The Hass avocados are smaller than all of the old-school varieties grown for many years in Florida.

Most mango trees will grow larger than 30 ft, but the Julie, the Juliette, and the Nam Doc Mai are considered dwarf of semi-dwarf varieties (10-15 ft) that can be grown in a small yard or even in a container on a patio. These are all delicious varieties that are sweet, juicy, and fiberless. Low nitrogen fertilizer is a good option for mango trees. Otherwise, too much growth is promoted on the tree itself thereby retarding the flowering and fruiting stages.

Below are other fruit trees that grow nicely in Florida. We often have many or most of them in stock. You will notice that there are no citrus trees on the table; a special license and State inspections are required for nurseries that sell citrus trees in Florida.

SmartyPlants carries organic soil amendments and organic fertilizers, like the Dr. Earth, to help keep your fruit trees growing and producing.  While August is a hot month, it is a great month to plant fruit trees. New roots grow rapidly and afternoon nourishing rains also help. Most of our fruit trees are available in 3 or 7-gallon containers, which are a small enough size to transport in any vehicle. 
Garden Art
(Items identified in the building) 
30% off

Gardenstone Planters & Benches 
50% off/

Wrightia religiosa 15gal
20% off 
(until the end of the month)

Please remember our new Saturday hours
 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM
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