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October 2017 Newsletter

Good time to fertilize

Since we all felt nature's wrath from hurricane Irma on September 10th, we have been trimming, pruning, removing, raking, and sweating, all the while wondering what the rest of the storm season would bring. Hopefully, we can put Irma behind us and move with the gardening chores that October has for us.

Foremost is your fall fertilizing. Everything in your yard could use a boost. While Irma's strong winds dried out leaves on some plants like bougainvillea on the day of the storm, other plants are just now showing the effects. A good feeding will hasten new leaf growth and help your plants recover from hurricane stress. Remember the good rule of thumb of one pound of fertilizer for every three feet of height for palms and trees. One half that amount is applicable for the average shrub. Pulling away mulch when applying feed is recommended as mulches absorb nitrogen from your fertilizer taking it away from the plants that need it. Replace the mulch and water in the fertilizer. 

Herbs & Vegetables 

Growing vegetables and herbs is also on the fall schedule. Whether starting from seeds or juvenile plants, October is the month to start your winter crops. Our new supply of organic seeds has arrived including herbs, vegetables, fruits, sprouts, and flowers. SmartyPlants can get you started with the right growing media as we have non-peat cups and trays to start your seeds. We also have the excellent seed-starting soil mix from Organic Mechanics, and our organic fertilizers include fish emulsion, seaweed extract, worm castings, and the Dr. Earth line of organic feeds. Many herbs and vegetable starter plants have also arrived. We have patio tomatoes, jalapeno and habanero peppers, Brussel sprouts, eggplant, collards, okra, zucchini, squash, cabbage and an assortment of herbs in 4 ½-inch and 1-gallon pots.

Interesting Specimens

If your yard needs some replacements or additions, think about some uncommon palms. A Florida-native, the Buccaneer or Sargent's palm (Pseudophoenix sargentii), is a palm for the extremes as it is drought and salt tolerant. A slow grower, it general reaches only 15 feet in height, and its swollen trunk base and silvery gray fronds makes it a striking specimen. These are available in 15-gallon pots.

The red Latania (Latania lontaroides) has sometimes been called a dwarf Bismarkia, but they are not related. Besides its show-stopping red petioles, the Latania silver fan-shaped leaves have 'fur' on them, making them even more unusual and striking. Reaching a height of twenty-five feet and a spread of fifteen feet, the red Latania is drought and salt tolerant. We have these beauties in 7-gallon pots.


Wild Lime

For the butterfly enthusiast, the wild lime (Zanthoxylum fagara), native to South Florida and the Caribbean, is a must. It is a host plant for the giant Swallowtail butterfly. A very thorny plant, it is sometimes planted as a protective barrier. Since it can be a menace as a bush, we only offer it in a standard or small-tree form with a single trunk. This makes it much easier to keep shaped plus your swallowtails will be at eye-level for viewing! SmartyPlants has 3-, 7-, and 15-gallon sizes available.   

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(October 8th)


Melaleuca Mulch

If you are re-mulching your beds, this is a good time to try melaleuca mulch. We offer this product as an environmentally prudent alternative to cypress mulch. Melaleuca is made from an invasive tree species that is native to Australia, and it has become increasingly invasive to many wetlands and uplands, including the Florida Everglades. It was also known as the mulch that settles (diminishes) the least in a 2-year period.

September 2017

Hurricane Irma

   In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, we must first be thankful that we did not experience more damage than we did.  Yes, many of us lost power (and some of us still don't have it), maybe suffered some damage to homes, and certainly experienced much damage to trees and plants.  This is unfortunate, but it can all be repaired or replaced, and for that we are grateful.  Power was recently restored at SmartyPlants, and we want to take this opportunity to offer you a few tips regarding your plants.
    For trees that are down - it may be possible to replant them.  We suggest that you first trim them back a bit so they have less foliage to support.  Once trimmed, straighten them up and stake if necessary.  Water will make the biggest difference to the success of the process.  Sustained winds are very drying to plants, and although it rained during the hurricane, it certainly did not rain enough to saturate the soil.  Many, if not most of the leaves on plants and trees, will probably fall off in the next week or so if they haven't already.  This is normal, but water diligently for the next couple of weeks to rehydrate trees and help them to keep as many leaves as possible. 
    For trees that were damaged (e.g., limbs broken off) - with a sharp instrument, make a clean cut to trim off the part that was broken.  Again, water thoroughly to re-hydrate and reduce stress.
    For plants that were blown over and are dry and/or defoliated - consider salvaging them by trimming them back and watering them regularly.  Trim back in a roundy-moundy manner (like the picture below) and water, water, water.  How much to trim back depends on the plant and how much of it was damaged.  Certainly trim at least just past the damaged part.  Depending on the plant, you should see new growth in a matter of a week or two.   
    October is the month for the quarterly recommended fertilization, so once the plants are fully hydrated, a fertilizer application will certainly help them recover completely.  
    We are now open and fully operational.  If you have specific questions or concerns about your plants, stop by; we are here to help.  In preparation for the hurricane, we had moved all the shade-house plants into the building and laid down all the plants in the sun, so our plant stock is in pretty good shape. 
    Thank you for your business; we look forward to seeing you again soon as we all get back to normal life as we knew it just over a week ago.
We appreciate your continued support.

Marta Edwards and Paul Harding

August 2017 New Arrivals

Just Arrived!
This amazingly beautiful and striking shade loving ginger comes back bigger and better every year! Makes a stunning container plant during the warmer months, and it's low maintenance. When mass planted, you are sure to get a tropical feel in your garden.  
This little colorful and easy plant will brighten your small spaces.  
So many varieties and sizes from which to choose!
   Stop at SmartyPlants this weekend to see what else just arrived - a fabulous array of fun, colorful, and summer-loving selections.  

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