What’s New at the Nursery

Holiday Wreaths

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Let your friends and family know how special they are with a custom Fort Collins Nursery wreath, hand-decorated just for them.  Visit our web store to choose from a wide variety of styles, sizes, and ribbon options. More custom options are available if you visit us in person, so if you need something extra special, stop on by! 

Due to rising costs of  shipping and supplies we are no longer able to ship wreath orders.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

Holiday Trees

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The Christmas tree is one of the most iconic symbols of the holiday season.  The dark green needles and smell of fresh cut wood brings 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 are 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 Fraser Fir from Minnesota.  The Fraser 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.

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.

This year’s first batch of fresh cut trees have arrived just in time for our Holiday Open House the weekend of November 18th.  

Winter houseplant care: A pinch of planning for a pound of pride

by Gerry Hofmann

Originally Published November 2013

LemonNow that the weather is definitely ‘fallish’ & even sometimes a bit like winter, many gardeners turn their attention to the cousins of our outdoor landscapes, namely houseplants. They manage to tide us over the cooler winter months quite nicely, if we just give them a little preventative attention.

Some plants have had a summer vacation of their own outside, enjoying the extra light & air for a few months. If you had any in this category, a couple of things to watch out for can keep trouble at bay: spraying them with tepid water, including the undersides of the leaves in the kitchen sink to dislodge any dirt.  It may also be a good idea to knock the smaller ones out of their pots to check for insects looking for a free ride inside.  Give them a good drink while you’re at it, since inside heated air is very drying, which will draw water out of the soil, too. Some leaves need removing if they have gotten sunscald or show evidence of slug or insect damage. When you trim, clean the scissors or clippers (ideally with rubbing alcohol) between cutting different plants so you are not transmitting anything from one to the other.

Most houseplants species originate in the hot, humid tropics. They are happiest in those conditions; however, that can be a tall order to replicate with our over-heated homes. Restoring some of the humidity with frequent misting along with situating plants near kitchens & bathrooms will replicate some of that.

Before looking for brand new houseplants, investigate where you are most likely to site them. Are the spots on the south or west side, where strong sunlight extends? If so, you may find the most success with succulents. These are thick-leafed plants, which are utilized to store water within.  About the only way you can kill a succulent is to overwater it.

Speaking of watering, many people take the ‘more is better’ approach with sketchy results. Especially in sealed-bottom pots, where the extra water has no place to go, too much watering prevents the roots from accessing oxygen. Basically, the plant drowns. The best way to prevent this is to limit watering to 1-2 times a week, deep-watering when you do. Smaller plants may need water more often than larger ones. (If you find a plant wilting long before this, it may be root-bound. That means that it has used up a lot of the materials in the soil, making a bigger plant & roots along the way. Find a bigger pot for it.) The easiest way to check for water is to check the soil moisture just below the surface dirt; if it doesn’t stick to your fingers, it’s pretty dry. You can also just lift the pot (unless it’s too big) to check the weight, a dry plant weighs considerably less……after a little practice you will be able to tell quite easily.

If you are in the market for a larger plant & have a sunny spot, consider a citrus plant. A lemon tree, for example, can bring an aura of the warm Mediterranean into your home, which is especially welcome during the oncoming winter months. Citrus plants are relatively care-free & pest-free and may even yield some bonus fruit. The blossoms of many smell quite sweet too. Fort Collins Nursery has a wide variety of citrus plants, including: oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruits, kumquats, tangerines, key limes, and more!

 

Holiday Greenery

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It’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 should arrive just in time for our Holiday Open House the weekend of November 18th. 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 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.

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

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 gardening. 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!

Amaryllis and Paperwhites

Amaryllis_NLBig, colorful blooms of the amaryllis are hard to resist this time of year. Fort Collins Nursery has stocked many different varieties including Opal Star with creamy white striping on red petals and Magic Green with cream star-shaped flowers suffused with green and overlaid with lines and speckles of wine red. We have Apple Blossom featuring spectacular flowers in white with pink pastel. For intense red color try Black Pearl featuring stunning, velvety dark maroon flowers and Red Lion with huge, bright red blossoms.

Are fragrant paperwhites your favorite holiday centerpiece? We have several Narcissi varieties waiting to bloom including the popular Ziva and Chinese Sacred Lily, bearing fragrant blooms with golden yellow cups. For more sensitive noses, the nearly scentless Inbal variety is a beautiful pure white and only lightly scented.
Don’t forget a bulb planter, vase, or pebbles to complete the look. We also offer prepackaged kits, the perfect gift for anyone on your list.

Elizabeth Keith Wall Art

Elizabeth Keith Designs is a Cary, North Carolina based company with a mission to inspire, calm and delight you through creative garden art.  The centerpiece of their product line is a collection of whimsical garden suns with faces. Each face displays a unique personality and emotions of calm and happiness. The sun faces are sculpted in clay to achieve warmth and character before being cast in durable materials for production.  The faces are then superimposed upon a background of beautiful, twisted metal rays.

In addition to the sun faces, Elizabeth Keith has a wide variety of wonderful metal word signs and metal garden art to choose from. The metal word signs feature fun and catchy phrases like “You Are My Sunshine,” “This Wine is Making Me Awesome,” “Let it Bee,” and “Talk Dirt to Me.” The metal art collection includes many popular sellers like the Tree of Life, Cat on the Moon, Birds on a Branch, and Sea Horse. Each piece is made with recycled metal and cement and intended for indoor or outdoor use.

Stop by Fort Collins Nursery to shop from our great selection of Elizabeth Keith wall art and add to your home and garden collection today.  

Blobhouse Garden Pet Planters

Blobhouse is a line of garden sculptures and planters by Portland, Oregon based artist Gesine Kratzner in collaboration with Georgetown Home & Garden. Kratzner is an internationally renowned artist with a passion for drawing and sculpting whimsical, squiggly creatures and developing worlds and stories for them to inhabit. Her art can be found in children’s books, award winning animated commercials, and galleries along the West Coast. In 2017, she partnered with Georgetwon Home & Garden to transform these delightful little creatures into a line of functional garden sculptures and planters known as Garden Pets. These pet sculptures are individually tagged and given cute names such as Cosmo, T-Bone, Elvis, Otto, and Arlo. In addition to being fun and whimsical, the planters look fantastic when filled with small houseplants and succulents. Blobhouse planters are lightweight and made of durable polyresin material, complete with a drain hole.

Raspberry Spear and Ivory Spear Crabapple

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The uniquely columnar and absolutely stunning Raspberry Spear and Ivory Spear Crabapple trees are 2017-2018 new releases from J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co. and now available at Fort Collins Nursery. Each tree was produced through more than 30 years of in-house crabapple breeding, selection, evaluation and introduction. These pollinator-friendly trees are remarkably narrow and offer excellent disease resistance, brilliant flower display and profuse crops of persistent (meaning they don’t drop and make a mess), brightly colored fruit.

 

Raspberry Spear Blossoms

Raspberry Spear Crabapple

The Raspberry Spear Crabapple features deep pink buds that open to bright magenta flowers in spring. The clean and disease-free summer foliage maintains a dark purple color with bronzing on the older leaves in late summer and early fall, when orange tints appear. Purple-red fruits ripen to deep bright red and persist into late autumn or early winter.

  •   Height: 20’
  •   Spread: 8’
  •  Hardiness Zones: 4
  •  Shape: Narrow upright column
  •  Foliage: Purple
  •  Flower: Magenta pink
  •   Fruit: Maroon to deep red, ½”, persistent

 

Ivory Spear Blossoms

Ivory Spear Crabapple

The Ivory Spear Crabapple features deep pink buds that open to white flowers on this densely upright, narrow tree. The leaves stay clean and disease free throughout the growing season, forming a uniform column of dark green foliage in the landscape. Bright cherry red fruits contrast well with the dark green leaves and persist into late autumn, when a touch of yellow fall color adds seasonal interest.

  •   Height: 18’
  •    Spread: 7’
  •    Hardiness Zones: 4
  •    Shape: Narrow, tightly columnar
  •    Foliage: Dark Green
  •    Flower: White
  •    Fruit: Bright Red, ½” persistent

Cohasset Molten Glass

In October, we are bringing in new stock from the Cohasset Molten Glass collection.  The base of these beautiful sculptures are made from the root of the Gumal Tree or reclaimed Teak, recycled from the large market of Balinese Teak and other hard wood furniture.  The glass vessel is made from recycled hand blown glass that is formed to fit the detailed contours of the wood base. Each molten glass sculpture is a completely unique piece of art and no two are alike!

Cohasset Molten Glass sculptures can be used as a vase, aquarium, terrarium or just admired for their natural beauty.