Spring Nursery Stock

Each fall we release tons of fresh new perennials, shrubs, and trees into our inventory throughout the month of September. Many of them were grown right here at the nursery by our wonderful production team.  All of this remaining stock is tucked away for the winter and protected from the harsh elements.

Fast forward to spring…

All of this robust stock has hardened off and is now adapted to our climate.  This means all our wonderful perennials, shrubs, and trees can be planted as soon as the ground has thawed out enough to dig.  Throughout the month of March, many of our little beauties will make their way from the Quonsets to the nursery blocks.  You can be confident that the plants you bring home are strong, healthy, and ready to go immediately into the ground without the muss and fuss of acclimating them.

Our spring nursery stock features many specialty plants that are limited in availability so shop early for the best selection.


Orchids have captivated mankind for thousands of years and there are many reasons we still love them today.  Their flowers bloom in many interesting colors and forms, from simple and elegant to complex and exotic. Their aesthetic beauty makes people happy and creates a calming, stress free environment wherever they are found. What usually begins as a curious fascination with orchids often turns into an outright obsession and many amateur growers have turned into passionate collectors.

There is a common perception that orchids are difficult to grow but most orchids are not quite as intimidating as you might think.   Orchids grow in the same conditions as many common houseplants and are usually no more difficult to care for.  With a few simple tips you’ll be growing beautiful orchids in your home in no time.

Orchids like bright light but not direct light so keep them near a sunny window or under a grow light.  Not getting enough light is the number one reason orchids fail to bloom.

Overwatering is one of the most common way of killing orchids but you don’t want to let them get too dry either. In general, orchids can be watered every 4-7 days during warmer weather and every 7-10 days during cool weather. Keep in mind that orchids’ needs vary significantly from one variety to the next, so check with one of our expert staff to ensure your watering schedule is right for your particular orchid.

Keep to a regular fertilizing schedule with an orchid fertilizer.  Fort Collins Nursery carries bags of specially designed orchid fertilizer as well as orchid potting mix and potting media to keep your orchids well-fed and happy.

Don’t repot orchids while in bloom unless absolutely necessary. A flower that is repotted while blooming is likely to drop its flowers, sometimes almost immediately.

Don’t water orchids with ice cubes- Remember, these are tropical plants and the ice is too cold and can shock the roots.

Fort Collins Nursery always has a great selection of orchids in stock including the following varieties:



Phalaeonopsis, also known as the ‘Moth Orchid’, is the most commonly found orchid at retail due to its ease of production, easily recognizable for their arching sprays of blooms.  They are also one of the easiest orchids to grow in the home and therefore a great starter variety for beginner growers. A mature Phalaenopsis is loaded with large flowers that typically bloom for 1-3 months each year.  


Cattleya orchids are often called the ‘Queen of orchids.’ They are known for large, showy, and sometimes fragrant flowers.  They generally bloom once a year and the blooms can last anywhere from one to three weeks. Due to their ease of growth and sheer beauty, cattleyas are the most hybridized of all orchid varieties.



Paphiopedilum, or ‘Lady Slippers’, are one the showiest orchid varieties. Lady Slippers get their name from the flower’s distinct slipper-shaped bloom pouch that is used for insect pollination. Paphiopedilum blooms are long-lasting and plants typically stay in bloom for about 6-8 weeks. Their exotic flowers come in many different sizes, shapes, and stunning color patterns.



Dendrobium is one of the most diverse genus of orchids with over 1,200 species and hybrids. They like as much bright light as you can give them and they prefer to be potted into little pots with their roots crowded into a tight space.  In the United States, the Dendrobium is second most popular orchid variety and they are loved for their colorful, showy flowers.  Dendrobiums long-lasting sprays of flowers remain in bloom for two to four weeks and can bloom several times throughout the year. Dendrobiums benefit from a rest period where they are kept cooler and drier when not in a growth phase.



Oncidium orchids are also known as dancing lady or dancing dolls. They have large sprays of flowers with many beautiful blooms that look like little flowing dresses. Oncidiums can be a little trickier to grow than some of the other orchid variety due to their susceptibility to root rot. The most common oncidiums however grow well under normal indoor conditions and are worth the extra care.

Originally published on October 3, 2018.  

Bird & Insect Houses

Fort Collins Nursery has a wide variety of supplies to help attract birds and insects that are beneficial to your garden.  Pollinators like bees and butterflies fertilize our flowers and help them bloom while pest-eating ladybugs and lacewings rid your garden of unwanted guests.  Plus, we receive additional benefits of having a backyard ecosystem full of life, movement, sound and color while bringing us closer to nature.  We have a large selection of bird and insect houses that are decorative as well as functional and encourage our little friends to visit or take up permanent residence in our gardens.  Homes are specifically designed for many different species including birds, lady bugs, bees, and butterflies!

Originally published on May 31, 2016. Updated on Feb. 1, 2019.

Down To Earth™ Fertilizer

Down To Earth™ features a complete line of natural and organic fertilizers, soil amendments, composts and potting media. They work with the microorganisms, fungi and organic matter in the soil to feed plants and stimulate growth. Their natural fertilizers are carefully blended from the best sources of organic nutrients in ideal proportions without the use of synthetics, growth stimulants or low quality fillers like poultry waste. You can be confident that you are giving your garden the best product available, whether it’s a multi-purpose blend or a specialized soil amendment.


Originally published on Feb 1, 2017. Updated on Feb. 1, 2019.


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 available.  You’ll find all your favorite varieties from Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co., Beauty Beyond Belief, Botanical Interests, Renee’s Garden, Seed Savers Exchange, and Territorial Seed Company 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,  Seed Savers or Territorial Seed 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 February 1, 2019.

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.



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!


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


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.


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.


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.

Don’t forget to check our great pottery selection to give your new plant a fashionable and functional space to live.


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


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.


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.