What’s New at the Nursery

Pottery

Pottery_NLAesthetically, we all know what plants add to any room or patio space.  You may spend hours finding the perfect plant to spruce up your end table or fill that empty space in the corner.  As soon as you bring it home you instantly notice the room is brighter and more cheerful.  We recommend that you don’t stop there.  Every gorgeous plant deserves a fashionable and functional home to rest its roots.  At Fort Collins Nursery you’ll find thousands of beautiful decorative pots that add even more pop to your star plants.

We have hundreds of Lotus International pots arriving in early February.  These ceramic pots are sturdy, colorful and range in size from 2” to 24”.  You’ll find glazed planters, rustic pottery, tabletop pottery and bonsai assortments.  Another line to consider is the German made Scheurich pots.  These European style cache pots don’t have drainage holes so there is no need to re-pot.  Just drop your plant in, plastic container and all!

With something for every taste and budget, you’re sure to find the perfect counterpart for your new plants.

Johnny’s Selected Seeds

Johnny's_Seeds_NLOver the past month we have been busy selling hundreds of varieties of seeds to eager gardeners throughout the northern Front Range.  This month we are adding Johnny’s Selected Seeds to our inventory, giving you even more planting option for your home and garden.  Johnny’s is a privately held, employee-owned seed producer and merchant headquartered in Winslow, Maine.  They are known for their high quality standards and were one of the original nine companies to sign the Safe Seed Pledge.  Among serious home gardeners and market farmers, Johnny’s is considered one of the most respected sources of seeds and growing information.  They have a vast catalog consisting of thousands of delicious fruits, vegetables, herbs and beautiful flowers.  We are happy to special order any Johnny’s Selected Seeds packs that we do not already have in stock.  As a vendor, we receive much better shipping rates than direct to customers so we are happy to save you a little green.

  • Browse the Johnny’s Selected Seeds online store.
  • Put together your list (Please specify you are ordering from the Johnny’s catalog)
  • Email that list to scott@fortcollinsnursery.com
  • We’ll let you know when your seeds are in and ready for you to pick up.

Citrus Plants

Citrus_NLTake a stroll through the Fort Collins Nursery greenhouse this time of year and you will be struck by the intoxicatingly sweet aroma of blooming citrus plants.  Citrus are popular because of their delicious edible fruit and fragrant flowers.  While native to more tropical environments, citrus do well in indoor containers and are surprisingly easy to care for.   Depending on the variety, citrus can grow 6-25’ tall and prefer full sunlight and moist, well drained soil.   Stop by and check out our selection that includes lemons, limes, kumquats, oranges, calamondin, grapefruit, and tangerines.  Here are several varieties worth considering:

 

Cocktail_NLCocktail Citrus

  • Features: Cocktail trees are a unique approach to growing citrus.  A Meyer Lemon and a Key Lime growing in the same container!  The lemon produces many thin skinned, sweet, juicy lemons.  The lime is small and juicy, with a sweet-tart flavor.  Cocktail Citrus are great for those short on space.
  • Light:  Bright light, can be in full sun outside during the summer.
  • Water:  Evenly moist, well drained soil.
  • Temperature:  Prefers warmer temperatures, but will tolerate as low as 35°F for short periods.
  • Fertilizer:  Use fertilizer specific for citrus.
  • Repotting:  Repot every one to two years to replenish nutrients in the soil.
  • Ease of Care:  Easy.

 

SatsumaMandarin_NLSatsuma Mandarin Orange

  • Features:  Produces fragrant white blooms in early spring.  Small, virtually seedless, sweet, juicy oranges ripen in fall.  Smooth, bright orange skin is easy to peel and internal segments are easy to separate.  Perfect for container growing as the tree usually only gets four to six feet tall.  Best eaten fresh, but can be canned or juiced.
  • Light:  Bright light, full sun outside in summer.
  • Water:  Allow to dry slightly between watering.
  • Temperature:  Prefers warmer temperatures, but will tolerate as low as 30°F for short periods.
  • Fertilizer:  Use fertilizer specific for citrus.
  • Repotting:  Repot every one to two years to replenish nutrients in the soil.
  • Ease of Care: Easy.

 

VariegatedPinkLemon_NLVariegated Pink Lemon

  • Features:  Lemons are just the icing on the cake!  Attractive variegated leaves with flavorful, pink fleshed fruit.  Variegated Pink Lemons are great in mixed drinks, as a marinade and for cooking and baking.
  • Use:  Containers, move indoors for winter.
  • Water:  Prefers moist, well drained soil.
  • Sun:  Bright to full sun.

Seeds

Seeds_NLGet a jump on your garden by starting seeds this winter.  Seeds are less expensive than starter plants and come in hundreds of varieties not typically available as starts.  Perhaps more importantly, growing from seed gives a sense of accomplishment and something to do throughout the long winter months!

Fort Collins Nursery has a huge selection of flower and vegetable seeds arriving throughout the month of January.  You’ll find all your favorite varieties from Renee’s Garden, Botanical Interests, Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co. and Seed Savers Exchange in stock all winter long.

Looking for something different to plant this year?  Check out hundreds of interesting varieties from Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co. which specializes in rare and hard to find heirloom seeds from around the world.  Examples include Berkeley Tie-Dye Green Tomato, Scarlet Kale, Chinese Red Meat Radish, Blue Potatoes and Missouri Pipe Corn.

Looking to support a great cause by simply purchasing your seeds?  Check out the extensive catalog from Seed Savers Exchange, a non profit (501(c)(3) status) organization dedicated to saving and sharing seeds.  Seed Savers maintain a collection of more than 20,000 heirloom and open-pollinated vegetable, herb and plant varieties.

We are happy to special order any Baker Creek or Seed Savers seeds that we do not already have in stock.

  • Browse the Baker Creek or Seed Savers online store.
  • Put together your list (Please specify which catalog you are ordering from)
  • Email that list to scott@fortcollinsnursery.com
  • We’ll let you know when your seeds are in and ready for you to pick up.

Fresh Cut Trees

Tree_NLThe Christmas tree is one of the most iconic symbols of the holiday season.  The dark green foliage and smell of fresh cut wood and needles bring a piece of nature right into your living room.  The lights, bows and ornaments that you hang are a reflection of your own personality and bridge past memories with new holiday experiences.  At Fort Collins Nursery, we understand the importance of picking out that perfect tree and our dedicated staff will brave the snow and the cold to help you find it!

This year our tree lot features native Alpine Fir and Lodgepole Pines that were harvested locally in Larimer County.  The Lodgepole have long been a local favorite because of their distinct Colorado look with pine cones still attached as a beautiful reminder of their place in our local ecosystem.  We have also brought in several varieties of plantation grown Scotch Pine and Frasier Fir from Minnesota.  The Frasier is considered one of the more popular and traditional varieties because of its fragrance, shape and strong limbs.  Each tree is cut fresh by our trusted suppliers and vary in size, ranging anywhere from a 2-3 foot table topper to 14 foot giants.

Sustainable Gift Ideas

WaterGarden_NLAt Fort Collins Nursery, we are proud to do our share in protecting the environment as demonstrated by our involvement with the City of Fort Collins’ voluntary ClimateWise program.  With the earth in mind, some of our favorite new gift items this season are of the eco-friendly variety.

-Plantable Wrapping Paper

Give twice this year by wrapping your presents in Plantable Wrapping Paper by Blooming Plantables.  After unwrapping your gift, the paper can be planted in pots or in the ground to grow veggies, herbs or flowers.   The paper is 100% biodegradable and the GMO free seeds generally sprout in 3-4 weeks.  Each gift you wrap will truly be the gift that keeps on giving!

-Water Garden

Another fun sustainable gift idea is the Water Garden by Back to the Roots.  The Water Garden is a fish aquarium that grows food by creating a closed-loop ecosystem where the fish feed the plants and the plants clean the water.  You can grow your favorite herbs and greens without ever having to water or fertilize.  Plus you will receive endless enjoyment from your new pet fish!

Centerpieces

Centerpiece2_NLThe holiday season is filled with parties, dinners and family gatherings.  Before hosting your next get together, dress up your tables with beautiful Holiday Centerpieces from Fort Collins Nursery.  These hand crafted displays are made from classic holiday components including cut greens, pine cones, holly berries and bows.  We have several options available including classic centerpieces with candles, evergreen Yuletide baskets and hanging evergreen balls.  Poinsettia, cyclamen and Christmas cactus add bright color and are another great option for a centerpiece or table display.  For a less traditional display option, check out our succulent zoo baskets featuring owls and reindeer decked out with succulent plants and festive holiday accents.

Holiday Wreaths

Wreaths_NLLet your friends and family know how special they are with a custom Fort Collins Nursery wreath, hand-decorated just for them.  Visit our store or website to choose from a wide variety of wreath options and have them shipped anywhere in the US.

Gifts

Gifts3_NLThey say it is better to give than to receive.  Whether you choose to treat yourself or someone else, we have tons of great new gifts for everyone on your list.

Of course we have all the great gardening related gifts you’ve come to expect but we also like to think outside the garden.  Not sure what you’re looking for?  Here are a number of fun ideas to get you started:

 

  • Festive Décor. Ornaments , figurines, lighted trees, wall art, snow globes, and more!
  • Vintage Light Bulbs. Perfect for indoor or outdoor settings
  • Hydrofalls Wall Planters. Create a living wall with these attractive self-watering wall planters.
  • Art Poles. Decorate your garden with colorful, UV resistant art poles, available in winter and garden themes.
  • Molten Glass Globes. These combinations of thick glass melted over gnarled tropical wood make beautiful sculptures that can be used as terrariums, vases or aquariums.  Each glass piece is uniquely formed to the tropical wood base.
  • Gifts Galore. We have Ninja Bread Cookies, bottle trees, Garden-in-a-Can, Mushroom Mini Farms, metal animal statues, plantable wrapping paper, knit bottle toppers and even a giant metal truck cooler. You’ll find everything you need and then some!

Holiday Greenery

Poinsettia_NLIt’s impossible to imagine the holiday season without plants and greenery coming to mind.  Presents under a tree, brightly colored poinsettia displayed on the dinner table and wreaths to greet guests as they arrive at the front door.  At Fort Collins Nursery, you’ll find a great selection of fresh cut and live trees, wreaths, holiday bloomers, evergreen boughs, and more to embellish your home with holiday spirit!

This year’s first batch of fresh cut trees will arrive just in time for our Holiday Open House the weekend of November 21st.   Looking for something different this year?  Bring home a living tree to display on your porch or patio.  A living tree can be brought indoors to decorate the week of Christmas and returned to the great outdoors to await spring planting.

Our elves in the design center will be busy preparing your custom handmade wreath orders for you and your friends.  Visit our store or website to choose from a wide variety of wreath options, shipped anywhere in the US.

Our greenhouse is filling up with winter classics like poinsettia, Christmas cactus, amaryllis, and cyclamen.  These winter bloomers add color to your home and make perfect hostess/host gifts for your holiday party.  For a less traditional take on holiday greenery, we have mixed succulents planted in moss wreaths, wood frames and festive animal shaped baskets.  These succulents are not cold hardy but are perfect for a sunny spot indoors, or outdoors in summer.

New items are arriving throughout the month of November so be sure to call in and check for availability.