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Get an early start on your garden by planting 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 over these long winter months!

Fort Collins Nursery has a huge selection of flower, herb, and vegetable seeds arriving throughout the month of January.  You’ll find all your favorite varieties from Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co., Beauty Beyond Belief, Botanical Interests, Renee’s Garden, 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.  who specialize in rare and hard to find seeds from around the world, including 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 save you money by covering shipping costs for special order seeds that we do not already have in stock from any of the companies we carry.  

  1. Browse the Baker Creek, Beauty Beyond Belief, Botanical Interests, Renee’s Garden, or Seed Savers online store.
  2. Put together your list (Please specify which catalog  you are ordering from)
  3. Email that list to scott@fortcollinsnursery.com
  4. We’ll let you know when your seeds are in and ready for you to pick up.

We also have all the seed starting supplies you need to get your seeds ready for spring including seed trays, heating mats, mini greenhouses, grow lights and potting and planting mix.

 

Originally published on January 5, 2016. Updated on Dec. 28, 2018.

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 our flowering citrus plants.  Citrus are popular because of their delicious edible fruit and fragrant flowers.  Although 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 but can be kept smaller with periodic pruning, making them ideal for houseplants. They prefer full sunlight and moist, well-drained soil.   Stop by and check out our selection that includes lemons, limes, kumquats, oranges, and tangerines.  Here are several varieties worth considering:

Calamondin Orange

  • Features: Calamondin orange trees are fantastic plants that are loaded with fragrant flowers followed by a heavy fruit set. The trees produce small, juicy and sour oranges that are thin skinned and have many seeds.  Calamondin oranges are great for making preserves and jellies and for flavoring beverages and cooking recipes.
  • Light: Bright light, can be in full sun outside during the summer.
  • Watering: Evenly moist, well-drained soil.
  • Temperature: Prefers warmer temperatures but tolerate as low as 30°F for short periods.
  • Repotting:  Repot every one to two years to replenish nutrients in the soil.
  • Ease of Care: Easy.

Meyer Lemon

  • Features: Compact trees flower in late winter and produce many thin skinned, sweet, juicy lemons. This very popular lemon tree is ideal for growing in containers and is great for juices, fruit salads, desserts, preserves, and with fish.
  • Light:  Bright light, can be in full sun outside during 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 1-2 years to replenish nutrients in the soil.

Persian Lime

  • Features:  Persian lime tree have great smelling white flowers that typically bloom twice a year. The tree produces a thicker skinned and seedless fruit that is 2.5” long and 2” in diameter. The plant height and width are limited by the container size. Also known as seedless lime, Persian limes are great for cocktails, limeade, and cooking recipes.
  • Light: Bright light, full sun outside in summer.
  • Water: Evenly moist, well-drained soil.
  • Temperature: Prefers warmer temperatures, but tolerate as low as 35°F for short periods.
  • Fertilizer: Use fertilizer specific for citrus.
  • Repotting: Repot every 1-2 years to replenish nutrients in the soil.
  • Ease of Care: Easy.

Cocktail 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.
  • Repotting:  Repot every one to two years to replenish nutrients in the soil.
  • Ease of Care:  Easy.

 

Originally published on January 5, 2016. Updated on Dec. 28, 2018.

Houseplants

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Our greenhouse fills the winter void by adding loads of new houseplants from California and Florida.  With this massive selection, we have houseplants to fit all your needs.  We have low-water succulents and high-humidity loving ferns.  We have carnivorous plants, indoor trees, and hanging plants. What kind of houseplant are you looking for? We have them all!

Size

You’ll find tiny 2 inch succulents, 10 foot Fiddle Leaf Figs, and every shape and size in between.

Light

Do you have a dark space or room without windows?  Try one of many varieties of Philodendron that thrive in low light.  Do you have a big, bright, sun filled room?  A citrus tree soaks in the sun while providing you with intoxicating fragrance and delicious fruit.

Flowers

For a more traditional look, go with an Orchid or a Peace Lily.  For something with a little whimsy, check out a Flowering Anthurium with red, heart-shaped spathes and fleshy, flowering spikes.

Color

We have more than 50 shades of green, but if you’re looking for more pop try a Croton with bright yellow, orange, red and green leaves.   The dark green leaves of a Red Chinese Evergreen are flushed with bright red, making it a great accent piece for any home.

We are expecting fresh new shipment of houseplants by January 7th so be sure to check and see what comes in.

 

Originally published on January 3, 2017. Updated on Dec. 28, 2018.

Succulents

Succulents and succulent gardens are all the rage these days and we have a large selection of plants, containers, and potted succulent gardens to supply your demand! Succulents are a low-maintenance approach to houseplants. They are pest-resistant, enjoy moderate to bright light, require low water and can go dry between watering. Nearly anything can be used as a container for succulents, as long as you consider the importance of drainage for these drought-loving plants (using cactus and succulent soil can help prevent wet feet).  Container examples include tea cups, jars, glasses, vases, bowls, and aquariums.

Like houseplants, succulents can help you relax and breathe easy. Studies have shown that indoor plants can improve your concentration and boost your overall mood, making your day more productive and relaxing. Succulents can help keep your air fresh, remove toxins from the environment, and release more oxygen in the air. Pick up a beautiful succulent from our greenhouse and find out why they are so popular!

 

Originally published on November 2, 2017. Updated on Dec. 28, 2018.

Tools

Fort Collins Nursery has a great selection of garden tools to help simplify all of your planting and cleanup jobs. Rakes, shovels, planters, weeders, hoes, pruners, edgers and more are in stock and ready to take on all your toughest garden projects.  Here are a few great manufacturers and tools for you to consider:

FELCO Pruners:

FELCO Swiss-made cutting and pruning tools are designed to offer innovative and durable solutions to professional and domestic users alike. They are widely considered some of the best pruning tools on the market. FELCO tools are designed to work in harmony with nature and pruning professionals appreciate their clean, precise-cutting models because they guarantee the quick healing of the pruning wound. Fort Collins Nursery has a great selection of FELCO pruners, loppers, and pruning saws as well as replacement blades, sharpening tools, lubricants, and leather holsters.

Barebones Living Tools:

Barebones Living is a socially conscious company with a mission to supply the bare necessities for living – food, water, shelter, and power – in the most efficient and independent way possible to any location around the world.  Fort Collins Nursery has a variety of Barebones garden tools in stock including spades, hoes, and cultivators. These sleek and durable products provide the foundation to get your own sustainable garden up and running.  We also carry the Barebones Hori Hori multi-use tool that was voted one of the top 100 outdoor living tools for 2015 by This Old House. Its sturdy construction makes it perfect for pounding, digging, cutting, and measuring planting depth

Yard Butler Tools:

Yard Butler is an industry leader in developing and introducing unique new lawn and garden tools. Fort Collins Nursery has a great selection of Yard Butler tools including bulb planters, weeders, step edgers, core aerators, and rotary cultivators.   The Terra Planter is an all-purpose, unbreakable trowel for digging with a pick end that can be used for loosening, tilling, and furrowing the soil.  The Terra Weeder is a great “two in one” tool with four tapered tines acting like a claw hammer to lock and hold the weed for complete root removal. The second beveled straight edge can be used for cutting stubborn roots. Committed to quality and customer service, Yard Butler guarantees all their tools for life against any defects in manufacturing or materials.

 

Originally published on February 2, 2018. Updated on Dec. 28, 2018.

Patio Pots & Greenery

Add some festive greenery to your patio or porch this holiday season with a decorative patio pot from Fort Collins Nursery.  Each pot is beautifully handcrafted by our design team, loaded with fresh evergreen boughs and trimmed with holiday standards like pine cones, holly, and bows. Our eco-friendly pots are created from recycled chrysanthemum pots and regionally sourced materials.  These cheerful pieces are sure to put you and your guests in the holiday spirit.

Whether it’s a patio pot, fragrant garland, a Colorado Christmas tree, or a hand-decorated wreath for your door or that of a friend, Fort Collins Nursery has what you need for holiday decorating. We pride ourselves in carrying the freshest, regionally sourced, holiday greenery including…

  • Patio Pots
  • Wreaths
  • Garlands
  • Sprays
  • Centerpieces
  • Boughs
  • Cut & live Christmas trees

 

Originally published on November 30, 2018.  

Gifts

They 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:

  • Animal planters.  Alpacas, rhinos, flamingoes, oh my! Fun animal shaped planters for indoor plants.
  • Birdfeeders. Full range of beautiful and whimsical bird feeders, birdbaths, and birdhouses for your feathered friends.
  • Copper bells. Fair trade, handmade rustic copper bells.  Each is handcrafted and hand tuned in India.
  • Eco-friendly indoor lamps.Fabulous lamps, handmade from real cocoa, banyan and jackfruit leaves and available in many sizes and styles.
  • Vintage print posters.Great collection of beautiful posters for framing, crafting, or wrapping a unique gift.
  • SallyeAnder Soaps.Wash up with high quality, all-natural soaps available in many wonderful fragrances.
  • World’s Softest Socks. Warm your feet this holiday season! These socks are the ultimate in comfort and are available in many patterns and colors.
  • Colorado merchandise. Show your Colorado pride with great merchandise adorned with our state flag.

 

Originally published on November 9, 2015.  Updated on November 30, 2018.

Centerpieces

The 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.  Our handcrafted displays are made from classic holiday components including cut greens, pine cones, holly berries, candles and bows.

Blooming holiday plants like 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 great selection of miniature cypress trees, succulent centerpieces, and bonsai.  

Originally published on December 3, 2015.  Updated on November 30, 2018.

Holiday Ornaments & Decor

A fun part of the Holiday season is to recall all the memories we’ve created through our collections of ornaments and decorations.

At Fort Collins Nursery you’ll find hundreds of festive ornaments including a great selection of woodland creatures, snowmen, Santas, cardinals, nutcrackers, and ballerinas.  This year we are carrying some fun mid-century, country, and farm themed pieces as well as collections of elegant green and black, millennial pink, and blue and gold colored ornaments.  Each ornament is unique, and with styles ranging from classy to silly so there is something to fit every style of tree.

We also have a great selection of holiday decorations featuring snow globes, figurines, wall art, solar stakes, nutcrackers, mugs, Nordic gnomes, and flameless candles.  Create your own unique holiday display by filling a beautiful glass terrarium with blooming plants, tree boughs and miscellaneous trinkets.

Stop in and pick up a few items to add to your collection and create some new memories!

Originally published on December 2, 2016.  Updated on November 30, 2018.

Poinsettias & Holiday Bloomers

Blooming plants are an essential component of holiday decorating and design. Luscious options like poinsettias, amaryllis, Christmas cactus, and cyclamen are in full bloom this time of year, adding beautiful bursts of reds, whites, and pinks to your festive holiday displays. Bloomers can be used as table toppers, centerpieces or decorative accents to your home or office. Their soft petals and leaves create a wonderful compliment to the dark green tones and rigid needles of evergreen trees, wreaths, and boughs. Holiday bloomers also make great traditional holiday gifts that can be enjoyed through the holiday season and beyond. 

Make poinsettias, amaryllis, Christmas cactus, and cyclamen a part of your decorating and gift giving plans this holiday season!

Poinsettias

Poinsettias are not only one of the most popular plants of the Christmas season, they are also one of the most potted flowers in the United States with over 34 million grown each year. Poinsettias have small yellow clustered flowers that are surrounded by brightly colored leaves called bracts which are the true star of the show. While the red leaved variety may be the most popular variety, poinsettias grow naturally in a range of colors including white, pink, and red with solid or speckled leaves. Poinsettias have become more and more popular with the introduction of long-lasting cultivars that keep their color well into March.

Care:  Poinsettias thrive on indirect, natural sunlight so place your plant near a sunny well-lit window but not directly in the light which may fade the plant’s color. South, east or west exposures are ideal. Poinsettias are tropical plants and prefer warmer temperatures of 65-75°F during the flowering season. Avoid drafty locations near exterior doors to prevent cold air from shocking the foliage. Keep your soil evenly moist and well drained but be sure not to overwater.

Ask our staff for tips to extend the life of your poinsettia after flowering.

Amaryllis

Amaryllis is another popular holiday plant, revered for their long lasting, huge, trumpet-like flowers. These tropical beauties are a great source of vibrant holiday color. Like poinsettias, the red varieties are more typically associated with the holidays but they also come in other colors like white and pink. Amaryllis can be purchased at Fort Collins Nursery as easy to grow bulbs or as finished plants, already potted and in bloom. If you’re growing your amaryllis from a bulb, plant the bulb in good potting soil, water regularly, and provide bright indirect light. Of all the flowering bulbs, amaryllis are the easiest to grow and your plant should begin blooming six to eight weeks after planting.  As a general rule of thumb, plant your bulbs by October 15th for them to bloom by Thanksgiving, early November for them to bloom by Christmas, and mid-November for them to bloom by the New Year.

Care:  Amaryllis prefer bright light with an evenly moist soil.  Be careful not to over-water.

Ask our staff for tips to extend the life of your amaryllis after flowering.

Christmas Cactus

Christmas cactus are another great holiday bloomer that produces exotic flowers in a variety of colors that hang down like lovely Christmas ornaments from the end of the plant leaves. Their long bloom time spans all the seasonal holidays from November through January. They are low maintenance and easy to grow which makes them a popular choice for indoor growers this time of year.

Care:  Christmas cactus prefer a well-lit spot, shaded from direct sunlight. They prefer warm temperatures in the 55-70°F range.  Water your Christmas cactus when the soil begins to dry and be sure not to let them go completely dry while in bloom.

Ask our staff for tips to extend the life of your Christmas cactus after flowering.

Cyclamen

Cyclamen are another popular and easy to care for winter bloomer. They have long stocks of beautiful upswept flowers that grow in shades of pink, red, and white and bloom for weeks. Their attractive foliage features dark green heart-shaped leaves, often with a silver marbled pattern. Cyclamen have a compact growth habit reaching only about 8 inches tall making them a great fit for small spaces.

Care:  Cyclamen prefer bright light away from direct sunlight. They also like cooler temperatures around 50-60°F at night and no more than 65-68°F during the day. Warmer temperatures can cause the plant to yellow and the flowers to fade. A north or west facing windowsill is an ideal location to accommodate the plants lighting and temperature needs. Keep the soil moist but not soggy at all times. Deadhead to promote more blooms.

Ask our staff for tips to extend the life of your Cyclamen after flowering.

Originally published on November 1, 2018.