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

October, 2018 Newsletter

October Yard Chores
    It has become a habit to mention that October is the best month to do your fall plant feeding. Temperatures have finally dropped a few degrees and the threat of a major storm has subsided. All plants have been stressed by the high heat and lack of rain, and they could use a boost to get them back on track. When fertilizing, remember the rule of thumb of one pound of fertilizer for every three feet of height for palms and trees. Half that amount is applicable for the average shrub. Pulling away mulch when applying the fertilizer is important as mulch absorbs nitrogen from the fertilizer that's intended for the plants. After applying the fertilizer, replace the mulch and water thoroughly.   
    As an alternative to synthetic fertilizers, organic fertilizers not only feed the plants, but they also provide beneficial organisms like mycorrhizal fungi. These organisms increase the surface area of the roots and add a layer of protection by living between and in direct contact with the roots and the soil around them. Their main benefit is to increase the plant's ability to gather nutrients and water from the soil. This process is beneficial to plants at any stage, but it's particularly helpful during the plant's establishment period. 
New at SmartyPlants 
    We have introduced a new line of light-weight contemporary planters from the Netherlands. Pottery Pots Company was the brain child of two Dutch brothers who began their company in a garage in 2008. Now marking their 10th-year anniversary, Pottery Pots has become a global player in the manufacturing of pottery made from Fiberstone. This material is a combination of fiberglass and stone powder which ensures a durable material that is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use at any temperature. Fiberstone comes in natural colors with glossy or matte finishes. Their glossy options include a car-lacquer finish for a highly durable shine. Stop in to see this line of simple and elegant designs that are light weight and low maintenance as well as being a great alternative to glazed pottery.
    We just restocked our Mad Mats indoor/outdoor-rug collection with new and exciting styles and colors. Save 15% until the end of October on these durable yet lovely rugs. 
Plants of the Month
    Asystasia gangetica 'You're So Vein' Ganges Primrose or Veined-Leaf Chinese Violet.  
Native to Asia, this is an eye-catching perennial with unique ruffled and puckered green leaves veined in bright white. As it sprawls over the ground, it produces lavender trumpet-shaped flowers which attract butterflies. It thrives in sun or partial shade and can tolerate dry conditions, heat, humidity, salty air, and nutrient-poor soils. 'You're so Vein' is great for mixed containers, planter boxes, or hanging baskets. Available here in 6"and 10" pots and 16" hanging baskets. The 6" and 10" pots are 20% off until the end of the month. 
Dwarf Barbados Cherry or Dwarf Pink Mound 
Without coaxing or pampering, dwarf Barbados cherry produces small pink-&-white dainty flowers followed by red edible cherry-like fruit throughout the year. With a very high vitamin C content, it is said that 1 cherry equals the vitamin content of 12 oranges. They can be used in jellies & jams, and they freeze without losing their vitamin potency. 
    Native to West Indies & Central America, this plant is drought tolerant once established. Grows to 2'-4' tall by 2'-3' wide making an excellent hedge or year round accent in full sun to partial shade. Butterflies and bees are attracted to the nectar, & the fruit is a favorite among the birds. We are pleased to offer 3-gallon and 7-gallon dwarf Barbados cherry with buds, blooms, & fruit!  

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