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.

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