Short days, grow lights

If you noticed a slight sluggishness in your routine when the days begin to get noticeably shorter, imagine what your sun-loving tropical houseplants are feeling! Houseplants will lose their leaves and grow small, thin leaves in their place when plagued by low-light conditions. Using regular florescent or incandescent bulbs do not typically replace the color […]

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Are your evergreens looking yellow or brown? This might be why…

Extreme temperature changes over short periods of time during winter months can leave evergreen trees looking a little yellow and sad. There are a number of different reasons an evergreen tree might be turning yellow/brown and/or dropping needles this time of year. Sometimes it’s perfectly healthy, other times it’s not. How do you tell the difference, […]

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Spider mites love dry indoor conditions

Colorado winters are often a very dry time of year, both inside and out. This warm, dry indoor climate is an optimal condition for spider mites, a common plant pest. Spider mites are small, and difficult to spot. Inspect your houseplants for small flecks of discoloration and leaf loss. They also produce areas of webbing, which […]

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Winter care for woody shrubs, trees

Don’t forget to water your woody trees and shrubs! Pick a day through the winter that is over 40 degrees and water thoroughly through the winter. Late winter is also a good time to prune deciduous trees and shrubs. Thinning cuts help encourage growth and increase the amount of light reaching inside branches. Winter is also a […]

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Christmas tree care

Deck your halls with a fresh cut Lodgepole pine, Scotch pine, Alpine fir or Fraser fir from Fort Collins Nursery! You can keep your tree fresh with a little care. When you get your tree home, cut about an inch off the trunk, and immediately place the trunk in a reservoir of water. Keep this […]

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Winter herb gardening

Indoor herb gardens are a great way to extend the growing season and spice up culinary dishes. Choosing individual pots for herbs help control the moisture needs of particular plants. Most herbs like to be well watered, but also have good drainage. We recommend using an organic fertilizer high in nitrogen, such as Age Old […]

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Cleaning beds, amending soils

Think there’s nothing to do in the winter garden? Think again! When garden soils soften, and days grow warm, amending soil and cleaning garden beds is the best preparation for a successful spring! Rake leaves, grass clippings, and the remains of the vegetable garden from forgotten corners of the lawn and garden then add to […]

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Winter watering for Houseplants

Plants need water – just not as much as you’d think.  Many people stick to a watering schedule of about once a week for their houseplants.  While this is generally a good rule to follow, you may need to change your habits in the winter.  The amount of water plants use is reflected by their […]

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Add amaryllis for indoor winter color

Amaryllis (Hippeastrum) are a great way to bring some magnificent color indoors during the gray winter months. Although they naturally bloom in the Spring, many are ‘forced’ to bloom around the holidays, making them popular holiday plants with their large, showy, log-lasting blooms.  Their distinctive lily-like blossoms sit, often in clusters of up to four […]

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Tis the season … for fungus gnats

Tis the season … for fungus gnats

Have you noticed an annoying visitor that you haven’t been able to get rid of? We’re not talking about a relative that’s overstayed their holiday welcome … we’re talking fungus gnats. These small black flies live and breed in the soil of houseplants. With each watering, more gnats are given a warm, moist incubator for […]

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