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Living Air Ware™ Collectibles

Living Air Ware® Collectibles is a delightful new product line that brings air plants to life in a whole new way!  Each Collectible is styled out of a polymer clay and made to resemble a sea life creature, wild animal or other fantasy character.  The fun part is that they are also a living habitat for air plants that have been thoughtfully incorporated into the design concept to be a physical characteristic of the Collectible.  For example, in featured designs the air plant becomes the tentacles of the jellyfish, the mane of a lion, and the coronet of a seahorse. Each Collectible is specially fabricated to allow breathing room and proper water drainage while giving the air plant a good space to attach its roots.  

Air plants are extremely easy to care. Simply submerge them in water overnight twice a month and mist them 1-2 time weekly. Although each Collectible comes with easy care instructions, we recommend doubling the watering rate recommended due to Colorado’s particularly dry.

 

Originally published on October  3, 2018.  

Orchids

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

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

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

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

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

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.  

Pumpkins & Fall Décor

Next to changing leaves, perhaps no image symbolizes the coming of fall like the pumpkin. Once a staple of the annual fall harvest, pumpkins are used in a variety of delicious fall recipes such as pies, breads, cookies, and beer.  Their round shape and bright orange colors compliment the changing landscape and offer many unique decorating ideas for your home and garden décor.  Fort Collins Nursery has a wide variety of pumpkins, squash and gourds to suit your needs.  We have pretty pumpkins, fancy pumpkins, mini pumpkins and sugar pie pumpkins.  We have beautiful and tasty locally grown squash, warty squash and decorative gourds.  Straw bales and corn stalks are also available to give your fall display that extra kick.  While you’re here, browse this year’s great selection of new indoor fall décor.  We have a large variety of decorations and knick-knacks ranging from charming to downright spooky, perfect for this fun-filled season!

Originally published on October 1, 2015.  Updated on October 3, 2018.

Tree wrap & Rose Collars

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Fall is here and it’s time to start thinking about protecting our trees and plants from the impending winter cold.  We carry a variety of products designed to keep your babies safe from the elements and keep them looking their best after the thaw.  Two products that we highly recommend are tree wrap and rose collars.

 

Tree Wrap

Sunscald can occur on the side of young deciduous tree trunks.  A typical Colorado winter day may be sunny and up to 60 degrees Fahrenheit, causing the living layer under the bark to come out of dormancy and become active.  If Temperatures drop below freezing it kills active cells and conductive tissue.  Young, thin-barked deciduous trees, such as honey locusts, fruit trees, ashes, oaks, maples, lindens and willows are at highest risk. Commercial tree wraps made of crepe paper insulate bark and are an effective way to prevent sunscald.  In late October or early November, wrap trunks upward from the base of the tree to a point just above the lowest branches.  Overlap about 33 percent with each turn.  Secure the wrap with tape, but be careful not to attach the tape to the tree bark.  Be sure to remove tree wrap and tape the following April to avoid girdling and possible insect damage.  Information courtesy of CSU Extension

Rose Collars

Rose collars help to protect the grafts on grafted roses (hybrid tea, floribunda, grandiflora, and many other specialty varieties) from freezing by placing the rose collar around the base of the rose plant and filling it with clean leaf debris, mulch, or compost.  Remove debris from the base of the roses, and use a rose collar to hold, compost, straw or bark over the rose crown. Collars should be removed the following April. We carry heavy duty plastic rose collars that can be reused year after year.

 

Originally published on October 1, 2015.  Updated on October 3, 2018.

Winterizer

Lawns will especially benefit from fall fertilization with a healthier root system, which will mean a dense, green lawn in the spring. In Northern Colorado, lawns can be fertilized right up to Thanksgiving (late November). We recommend either Jirdon Winterizer Fertilizer (conventional) or AlphaLawn Turf Winterizer (organic).

Trees and shrubs do best with a complete fertilizer such as Jirdon Tree & Shrub Fertilizer, after leaves have fallen.

Autumn is also a good time to add chelated iron fertilizers for iron deficiencies, which is indicated by yellow-colored leaves throughout the growing season.

When in doubt, ask one of our knowledgeable staff to help you choose the fertilizers that are right for your landscape.

Originally published on October 31, 2012.  Updated on October 3, 2018.

Houseplants

After the September arrival of new trucks from California and Florida, our greenhouse benches are once again packed with thousands of beautiful houseplants. One plant we are particularly excited about is the pilea peperomioides or Chinese money Plant. The Chinese money plant has gained worldwide popularity for its beauty, unique shape, and relative ease of growing.  These plants are very difficult to find which makes us all the more ecstatic to have them available for you.  In addition to Chinese money Plant, we have new philodendrons, dracaena, crotons, fiddle leaf figs, citrus plants, Chinese evergreen, Norfolk pines, cyclamen and more.  We also have some fun new arrivals like large 5 gallon indoor cactus and agave as well as fresh shipments of ferns and blooming houseplants. 

Take a stroll through our greenhouse and check back periodically to see what other great delights you’ll find! Don’t forget to check out our great pottery selection to give your new plant a fashionable and

Originally published on September 4, 2018.  Updated on October 3, 2018.

Fall Annuals

As we transition into fall, many of our favorite summer flowers have wilted, withered and left behind a tired and shabby landscape.  Just because summer is over doesn’t mean you have to settle for a drab colorless garden.  There are many cool-season annual varieties you can plant now to provide your garden with a brilliant color palette throughout autumn. Fall annuals look great in your garden beds and patio pots and many are hardy enough to survive temperatures of 20 degrees or less.  Before you throw in the trowel and give up on the season, try adding the following fall annuals into your landscape:

Pansies

While pansies are perhaps best known for their multi-colored petals and scrunchy little faces, they are also one of the most popular cool weather annuals. They grow best when night temperatures are below 65 F, which makes them ideal for this time of year. Pansies will survive a frost and even if the blooms wilt in a hard freeze, the plants often endure. Pansies are a great way to add color to your garden beds and patio containers throughout the fall season and pair well with many other fall annuals and perennials.

 

Flowering Cabbage & Kale

Flowering cabbage and flowering kale are leafy annuals used as ornamental plants. They hold up well to frosty temperatures and offer dramatic color and texture in the garden.  Flowering cabbage and kale pair well with just about every fall flower and look great in garden borders and containers. While otherwise similar in color, appearance, and size, flowering cabbage has smooth edged leaves and flowering kale has serrated or frilly edged leaves. Both plants are technically edible but the taste is less than desirable as they were bred for their ornamental appearance and not for taste.

 

Dusty Miller

Dusty Miller is grown for its soft silvery-gray, fern-like foliage that offers a stunning contrast to the bright blooms and green leaves of other cool weather annuals. It’s the perfect filler plant for mixed containers and makes a terrific border or edging plant as well. Dusty Miller is deer-resistant, drought-resistant, and disease-resistant.

 

Snapdragons

Snapdragons are an excellent option for fall blooming annuals.  They have bright, cheery colors and are one of the few flowers that come in almost every color.  They are best known for their blooms that open and close like a dragon’s mouth when squeezed, making them a fan favorite of young gardeners everywhere.  Snapdragons work great in pots, planters, garden beds, as well as cut flower arrangements.  Their mix of color and height makes them a great candidate for placement towards the back of the garden bed.

 

Dianthus

Dianthus are another cool-season stunner with beautiful flowers and aromatic fragrances. While they might not look so tough, dianthus can keep on blooming even after a light frost. You’ll find dianthus in a range of colors, including shades of pink, white, red and purple. With so many color choices there’s an ideal variety for almost any color pallet.  Dianthus have bluish-gray, grass-like foliage that contrasts nicely with the warm color tones typically found in the autumn landscape. The mounded shape and long bloom time make dianthus perfect for containers or placed towards the front of garden beds and borders. Either way, be sure to plant them somewhere close to you so you can enjoy their pleasing fragrance.

Originally published on September 1, 2018.  

New Gifts & Decor

Often overshadowed by our unrivaled selection of plants, Fort Collins Nursery has a wonderful assortment of gifts and décor that is certainly worth some extra attention. Each summer, our gift shop buyer Troy visits the Las Vegas Gift Show to scour the show floors in search of fun new items to bring into the store. Keep an eye out for lots of new and unique gifts in the coming months, including these great items already in stock:

Vintage Posters

Make your own vintage poster with the vintage poster kit from Cavallini & Co. This do-it yourself kit has everything you need to turn your favorite Cavallini poster into a vintage-inspired wall hanging chart. This poster set offers an easy alternative to framing and brightens any office or living space. At Fort Collins Nursery, you’ll find poster kits plus a great selection of individually sold vintage posters featuring various subjects like maps, fruits, flowers, insects, bikes, and vegetables.

World’s Softest® Socks

Also new to the Fort Collins Nursery gift shop this month is the aptly named World’s Softest® Sock collection.  World’s Softest® Socks have been manufactured with care in Niota, Tennessee since 1991 and were born from one single thought…Softness.  While the label says they are made of 98% polyester and 2% spandex, we suspect they are actually spun from fluffy clouds and marshmallows. These socks are the ultimate in comfort and are available in many patterns and colors just in time for fall!

Good Paper Gift Cards

Good Paper Gift Cards are a wonderfully playful new line of greeting cards from Fair Trade Winds.  Each card is handcrafted and beautifully designed from recycled office scraps.  The collection features a variety of humorous and delightfully cheeky cards designed to commemorate life’s special occasions or simply lift the spirits of someone close to you.  Good Paper cards are also cards with a cause. Good Paper works with women who have escaped sex trafficking and exploitation to create their Sanctuary Springs greeting cards. Through their work crafting handmade greeting cards, the women establish a new life full of hope. Good Paper also works with young adults orphaned by HIV and Aids in Rwanda. Each card is hand-signed by its maker, connecting you to the life your purchase helps transform. 

 

Originally published on September 1, 2018.  

Fall Nursery Stock

When fall comes around, many nurseries are wrapping up the season and ready to shut the doors for the winter. You can typically expect to find the same tired looking stock that has been out on the shelves all season, the leftovers of what has not sold.  Not at Fort Collins Nursery!  Each fall we release loads of fresh, new plants into our inventory throughout the month of September.  We have freshly stocked perennials including all of your fall favorites like mums and asters plus dozens of new shrubs and trees that were grown right here at the nursery by our wonderful production team.  We also receive truck-loads of great new tree stock from several of our trusted wholesalers. Our fall selection is hands down the best you’ll find, and fall is a great time to plant – warm soils encourage rapid root establishment, while the coming cold weather means the plants aren’t spending energy growing foliage and blooming, leaving all that energy for root growth.

Originally published on September 1, 2018.  

Bulbs

Gardening, like many things in life, is all about planning ahead. The bulbs you plant this fall lie dormant through the winter months before producing those delicate pretty flowers that push through the melting snow and usher in spring. We have a huge selection of bulbs ready for you to take home. Choose from a variety of quality bulbs and roots including Crocus, Narcissus, Allium, Iris, and Tulips, as well as rarer varieties such as Colchicum, Chionodoxa, Grape Hyacinth, Snowdrops, Scillia, and Squill. 

 

Originally published on September 5, 2017.  Updated on September 1, 2018.