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Pest Control Products

Warning!  Garden pests are out there and will destroy your plants and veggies if given the opportunity. At Fort Collins Nursery we take pests seriously and have solutions for all your common pest related problems.

When it comes to garden pests, prevention is always the best option and there are several things you can do to keep them from showing up in the first place. Keep your foliage dry by watering the base of the plants and build healthy rich soil. Remove weak and dying plants and clear the garden of weeds and organic debris.  

If your garden is already under attack, the first step is identifying the problem by spotting the destructive culprits or the damage they have caused. Our knowledgeable staff is happy to look at your plant samples or photos to help with diagnosis.  Once you identify the problem we can help with the control process.  Here is a list of several popular products we offer to combat some of the more common problems:

 

  • Live-Ladybugs- Ladybugs are beneficial insects that naturally feed on garden pests like aphids, mealybugs, spider mites, thrips, and other soft bodied insects.  To put them to work, simply tap them out of the cardboard container around your garden in the morning, evening or on an overcast day. They move slowly during those times and will go straight to the food source. While the adults have a decent appetite, their larvae are the ones who do the most when it comes to controlling pests. Be patient with ladybugs and they will produce generations of pest control. They will stick around as long as they find a good food source but will otherwise fly away and seek food sources elsewhere.  (Sorry, we do not sell miniature leashes to keep them from moving on!)

 

  • Semaspore Bait- Semaspore Bait by Planet Natural is a naturally occurring grasshopper control that is extremely effective for combating your grasshopper problem.  After eating Semaspore, grasshoppers become sick, eat less and begin to die. The disease spore spreads to healthy grasshoppers through cannibalism. In 2-4 weeks, 50% of the grasshopper population dies, and most survivors are infected to continue spreading the disease. Infected survivors eat 75% less than healthy grasshoppers and lay fewer eggs. Semaspore is OMRI Listed for use in organic production and does NOT harm people, pets, beneficial insects, or the environment.

 

  • Beneficial Nematodes- Nematodes are beneficial microscopic organisms that live naturally in soil throughout the world and are parasitic to insects that have a larval or pupal life stage that occurs in the soil. They are particularly effective against cutworms, beetles, and root weevil larvae.  Nematode eggs are microscopic and come in a small sponge a million at a time. These are mixed with water and applied to the soil, where they hatch and go to work.

 

  • Monterey B.t.- t. is used to combat caterpillars & worms that munch on your beloved fruits, vegetables, ornamentals and shade trees. B.t is a biological insecticide and OMRI listed for organic gardening.  B.t. comes in an easy to mix, ready to use liquid concentrate and may be applied up to and on the day of harvest.

 

  • Diatomaceous Earth- Diatomaceous Earth is a natural contact insecticide that works by causing abrasions on insects as they come in contact with product, resulting in loss of body fluids, then dehydration. It is very effective in controlling snails, slugs, cockroaches, ants, earwigs and other listed crawling insects.  Diatomaceous Earth is digestible by earthworms and does not cause them any harm. To apply, simply use hand duster or bulbous duster to spread a light coating of dust to areas where crawling pests are found or may hide. Because it is a non-chemical control that does not harm mammals,  it is safe to use around the house, including around pets and children.  
  • Fertilome Triple Action Plus- Triple Action Plus is used to control insects, diseases, certain fungus, and mites on vegetables, fruits, nuts, herbs, spices, roses, flowers and shrubs. Triple Action is a combination of pyrethrin (a naturally occurring insecticide extracted from certain chrysanthemums) and neem oil (a plant extract that acts as an insecticide and fungicide). This product kills eggs, larvae and adult stages of many pest insects including whiteflies, aphids, spider mites, beetles, fungus gnats, ants, fleas and many others, as well as controlling powdery mildew, black spot, and rust. Triple Action Plus comes in a ready to use spray and in concentrate.
  • Safer® Brand Insect Killing Soap- Safer® Brand Insect Killing Soap kills soft bodied insects including aphids, mealybug,  and mites on contact.  Safer® soap utilizes the power of potassium salts of fatty acids to weaken the insect’s waxy protective outer shell.  It is a biological insecticide and OMRI listed for organic gardening, breaks down into its natural elements within 7-10 days, and does not persist in the environment.  Apply every 7-10 days when insects are present or as needed to prevent further damage.

We all know that gardening takes a lot of work, sweat, and sometimes tears to achieve the success we strive for.  Don’t let garden pests spoil your fun!

Originally published on July 5, 2017.  Updated on July 3, 2018.

Houseplants

As the calendar flips to July, veggies and annuals have all been planted and your garden and landscape are (hopefully) in tip-top form.  Now it’s time to turn some attention back indoors with houseplants!  We have a truck full of beautiful plants from Florida expected to arrive in mid-July with bountiful stock to fill our empty benches.  You’ll find an abundance of snake plants, ferns, philodendrons, fiddle leaf figs, Chinese evergreen, dieffenbachia, schefflera, citrus, and palms, just to name a few.  Don’t forget to check out our great pottery selection to give your new plant a fashionable and functional space to live.

 

Originally published on July 5, 2017.  Updated on July 3, 2018.

Daylilies

Daylily are in gorgeous bloom in the month of July.  The daylily is an interesting perennial plant that takes its name from its edible flowers which typically last just one day, opening in early morning and withering the following night.  Each day the flower is replaced by a new bloom from one of many buds on each stalk and one of many stocks in each clump of plants.  Daylilies come in a rainbow of colors, many different sizes and are suitable for all types of landscapes.

Here are a few varieties to consider adding to your garden:

Stella d’Oro

Stella d’Oro is an old favorite and one of the most well-known and popular varieties.  It has a rich yellow-gold color and was the first daylily developed for multiple blooms in one season. Stella d’Oro begins blooming in early summer followed by waves of rebloom into early fall.  It reblooms best if plants are deadheaded.  Each flower bloom lasts at least 16 hours each.

  • Height: 15”
  • Spread: 18”-24”
  • Hardiness Zones: 3-9
  • Flower Color: Yellow/ Gold/Orange
  • Foliage Color: Green

Sunlight: Full to Part Sun (minimum 4-6 hrs. Direct Sun)

Ruby Spider

One look and it’s easy to see why this incredible daylily is a multiple award winner!  The gigantic 9″ dark ruby red flowers are officially classified as “unusual form-spatulate” because the petals are long and spoon-shaped.  The petals open very wide and flat, displaying the large, golden yellow throat and matching midribs nicely. Planted singly or en masse, this outstanding daylily is sure to make a huge visual impact in the landscape!

  • Height: 34”
  • Spread: 18”-24”
  • Hardiness Zones: 3-9
  • Flower Color: Red/Yellow
  • Foliage Color: Green

Sunlight: Full to Part Sun (minimum 4-6 hrs. Direct Sun)

Desert Flame

Desert Flame sets your benches and gardens ablaze with the large 5 ½”, flaming red-orange blossoms.  This daylily produces beautifully ruffled flowers with a lime green throat and orange stamens.  Desert Flame is a rebloomer that blooms first in midseason and then again later in fall. This is a taller daylily with very strong well-budded and branched flower stalks and foliage that looks sharp all season long.

  • Height: 36”
  • Spread: 18”-24”
  • Hardiness Zones: 3-9
  • Flower Color: Red/Orange/Yellow
  • Foliage Color: Green

Sunlight: Full to Part Sun (minimum 4-6 hrs. Direct Sun)

Nosferatu

Similar to the highly regarded daylily ‘Bela Lugosi’, this variety offers a shorter height, fragrant blossoms, and more prominent veining in the oval shaped petals. Nosferatu blooms midseason and produces large 6” shimmering dark purple flowers with a chartreuse throat and pie crust ruffled petals.  A high bud count on well-branched stalks ensures many weeks of bloom. 

  • Height: 26”
  • Spread: 18”-24”
  • Hardiness Zones: 3-9
  • Flower Color: Purple/Yellow
  • Foliage Color: Green
  • Sunlight: Full to Part Sun (minimum 4-6 hrs. Direct Sun)

 

Originally published on July 1, 2016.  Updated on July 3, 2018.

 

 

Perennial Hibiscus

Perennial Hibiscus is one of our summer favorites and we’ll have it back in stock by mid-July.  Also known as Rose Mallow, these plants are large, fast-growing, and cold hardy.  They are valued by gardeners for their huge exotic flowers and showy foliage which make for a perfect addition to any perennial border.  Because of their size, they are a great choice to plant against a large fence or wall, or as a showy substitute for many small and medium shrubs. Most varieties produce beautiful bloom colors in white, pink, red and bi-colors, with individual blooms lasting for one or two days. Hibiscus start flowering in July and last until frost so now is a great time to pick one up!

Come in today and check out these beautiful varieties!

Berry Awesome

‘Berry Awesome’ Hibiscus has lavender pink flowers and a red eye with contrasting deep midnight green foliage. The plant gets nicknamed “dinner plate Hibiscus” because the flowers on this plant are a whopping 7”-8” wide. The flowers are produced from the top to the bottom of the plant, rather than just at the top like some other cultivars. The foliage forms a rounded habit and shows off from midsummer into early fall. ‘Berry Awesome’ is the perfect backdrop or centerpiece for sunny borders. Use it in place of a shrub in your garden.

  • Height: 4’
  • Spread: 4.5’-5’
  • Hardiness Zones: 4-9
  • Flower Color: Pink/Red
  • Foliage Color: Green

Sunlight: Full to Part Sun (minimum 4-6 hrs. Direct Sun)

Cranberry Crush

The ‘Cranberry Crush’ Hibiscus has a short but full, compact habit and scarlet red flowers. Flowers are produced all along the flowering stems rather than just at the top like some other cultivars. The buds are near-black and open to glossy, scarlet red flowers that are 7”-8” inch wide with heavily overlapping petals.  These dramatic blossoms cover the plant from midsummer to early fall and are set against a perfect backdrop of glossy deep green leaves with slight purple overtones.

  • Height: 4’
  • Spread: 4-5’
  • Hardiness Zones: 4-9
  • Flower Color: Red
  • Foliage Color: Green

Sunlight: Full to Part Sun (minimum 4-6 hrs. Direct Sun)

Perfect Storm

‘Perfect Storm’ Hibiscus features dark foliage like the beloved ‘Summer Storm’ Hibiscus but grows to a much more manageable size of 3’ tall.  ’Perfect Storm’ has huge, 7”-8” white flowers with pink edged petals and a bright red eye that radiates out the veins. The flowers bloom from midsummer into early fall. 

  • Height: 3’
  • Spread: 4.5-5’
  • Hardiness Zones: 4-9
  • Flower Color: Pink shades
  • Foliage Color: Green shades
  • Sunlight: Full Sun (>6 hrs. Direct Sun)

Part Shade: (4-6 hrs. Direct Sun)

Plum Fantasy

This incredibly heavy bloomer sets buds on the upper sections of the stems. Lipstick-red buds open to vibrant, large 8”-9”magenta red flowers with a deeper red eye and red stamens.  The distinctly puckered and crinkled texture of the flower petals is very unique among perennial hibiscus, giving them added dimension. The dramatic flower color really pops against the super dark green, maple-like foliage which takes on a tint of greyed purple late in the season.  ‘Plum Fantasy’ forms an upright rounded clump in the landscape and makes a fantastic specimen plant for sunny landscapes.

  • Height: 4.5’-5.5’
  • Spread: 4.5’-5.5’
  • Hardiness Zones: 4-9
  • Flower Color: Purple/Red
  • Foliage Color: Green
  • Sunlight: Full to Part Sun (minimum 4-6 hrs. Direct Sun)

 

Originally published on July 5, 2017.  Updated on July 3, 2018.

Drip irrigation makes summer watering a snap

By Jesse Eastman

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You may know the old saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” When it comes to gardening, preventing your plants from drying out is worth well more than a pound of veggies, flowers, and a beautiful landscape. Keeping plants watered throughout the summer can be expensive and challenging. Hand watering takes time and sprinklers can be wasteful. Drip irrigation is a great solution that delivers the right amount of water exactly where it needs to go. It can be run on a timer, allowing you to enjoy your summer without the stress of constantly worrying about your garden. Here’s a few tips to get you started:

• Know your plants
While some plants thrive in dry conditions, others can be quite thirsty. A drip system allows you to give each individual plant the right amount of water for its specific needs. If you’re unsure how much water your plants need, ask your garden center professional for advice. Another important consideration is the soil. Sandy soil tends to drain water away more quickly than soil that is either heavy with clay or rich in organic material.
• Draw a plan
Sketch out each flower or garden bed, including the dimensions of the bed, how far it is from the nearest water source, and how many plants you need to water. This allows you to purchase the correct supplies the first time. Rows of small plants, such as lettuce, radishes, and many annual flowers can be best served with soaker hose, while larger individual plants like tomatoes, squash, and many landscape perennials, shrubs, and trees are better served with individual emitters.
• Have a budget
Depending on the size of your garden and what you’re growing, you can spend as little as $20.00 on a 4’x8’ bed for something basic. Depending on how intricate you want your system to be, you can certainly spend more. Proper care and maintenance of your system, including winterizing it in the fall, can reduce upkeep costs in the long run. Whether you want to spend a lot or a little, the multitude of options available to use with drip irrigation makes it accessible for budgets of all sizes.

 

Originally published on June 1, 2017. Updated on June 1, 2018

Shrub Roses

Looking for beautiful color all summer long? Try adding a shrub rose for summer color, even in a harsh location. Some of our most popular shrub roses include Morden Sunrise, Winnipeg Parks, Hope for Humanity, Sunrise Sunset or a Knockout.

Shrub roses do well in most parts of Colorado and are the hardiest of rose varieties. Choose a full-sun area with well-drained soil. Avoid areas with other shrubs to cut down on root competition.

Make sure to amend the soil lightly when planting, digging a hole about twice the width of the container but no deeper than the plant’s existing rootball. Click here for our handy planting guide

Shrub roses also benefit from early spring pruning. Remove dead, diseased or winter-damaged canes, and open up areas for air circulation and shape. There is no need to cut back shrub roses to the ground like the hybrid roses. Past-bloom flowers develop into attractive rose hips, which add a dab of winter color and food for birds.

Ask a nursery tree and shrub representative for more tips, fertilizers and maintenance on shrub roses.

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

Annual Patio Pots & Hanging Baskets

Be sure to stop in and check out our beautiful selection of hanging annual baskets and patio pots. These fun, colorful decorative pieces turn any patio into a relaxing oasis and help to utilize all available growing space.

Hanging baskets come loaded with several varieties of annuals including mandevilla, verbena petunias, and geraniums. We also have great options for shady areas like begonias, impatiens, and lobelia.  

 

Our patio pots are popping with a variety of bright and colorful annual flowers including petunias, geraniums, impatiens, and calibrachoa. Cordyline and calla lilies provide extra height and stunning leafy accents to the displays.

 

Originally published on May 3, 2016. Updated on June 1, 2018

Keep It Cool w/ Patio Fountains and Misters

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As summer heats up, Fort Collins Nursery has a great selection of patio fountains and misters to help cool you down.

Patio Fountains

The calming sound of running water creates a peaceful environment, reduces stress, and can block out unwanted background noises.  The running water can also cool down your garden, making your outdoor living experience more enjoyable.  As water evaporates into the air, the humidity levels increase and helps soothe your skin.

We have a large variety of Al’s Garden Art brand fountains in stock that are as aesthetically pleasing as they are relaxing.  Since 1949, the Al’s Garden Art brand is renowned for its designs of authentic, handcrafted and finished water features and garden art.

Have an old fountain in need of new life?  Our Pond Boss fountain pump replacements can get that water flowing again.  Each pump is designed with an optimum pumping height in mind and built for efficient and long lasting use.

Cobra Mist Stands

Our Cobra portable mist cooling stands from Orbit are a cool product and a must have for summer.  This freestanding mister attaches to any standard garden hose and provides localized mist cooling.  Cobra mist stands are perfect for sunbathing, working in the yard, watering plants, or for cooling you down while you enjoy a late afternoon cocktail on the patio.

 

Originally published on July 1, 2015. Updated on June 1, 2018

Tomatoes

Fort Collins Nursery has over 40 tomato varieties that were diligently grown for you by our talented production team right here at Fort Collins Nursery.  Each plant was started with high-quality, organic seeds and re-potted into a 1 gallon container.  By the time our tomato plants are ready to sell, they are more mature than most store bought starts, so they’ll require less time between planting and producing tomatoes.  While the value is great, your favorite thing about our tomatoes will be how good they taste!  Look for the Fort Collins Nursery labeled containers to spot one of our own!

Here are some unique and delicious varieties to try:

Striped German

A new addition to Fort Collins Nursery this year is the Striped German tomato. The Striped German is a high yielding plant that produces large 12-16 oz. fruit.  The fruits have a smooth texture with yellow and red marbling that looks beautiful sliced.  Indeterminate. 78 days to maturity.

 

 

 

 

Polbig

Polbig is another variety we are growing at Fort Collins Nursery for the first time this year.  It is a high producing plant that yields a deep-red, 6-8 oz. fruit which uniformly matures on the vine.  This meaty, very good tasting tomato is perfect for salads, slicing, and sandwiches.  Polbig tomatoes tolerate cooler temperatures and have high resistance to fusarium wilt, tobacco mosaic virus, and verticillium wilt. Determinate. 60 days to maturity.

 

 

 

Pruden’s Purple

Early Brandywine type.

Large to very large (many over 1 lb.) fruits are flattened and smooth (except for shoulder ribbing on some), and resist cracking. Vivid dark pink skin with crimson flesh. Medium tall, potato-leaf plants. Indeterminate. 67 Days to Maturity.

 

 

 

 

Tomato ‘Fiaschetto di Manduria’

Fiaschetto is a regional treasure of Puglia in Southeast Italy. These small 2-3 oz plum shaped tomatoes hang like grapes from the bushy plants in prolific quantities.  In Puglia it is preferred even over the more famous San Marzano for its freshness and fruitiness. The perfect size for halving and dehydrating for enjoying in the winter months on your pastas and pizzas. Extremely early harvest for a paste type and conveniently concentrated for processing purposes. Determinate. 65-70 Days to Maturity.

Shrub Roses

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Looking for a hardy shrub for your landscape that needs little to no maintenance? Our beautiful shrub roses make great additions to your garden. Shrub roses take the best traits from the hardiest rose species and combine them with modern repeat blooming and diverse flower forms, colors, and fragrances. There are many varieties, varying in height and width of spread. Shrub roses bloom all season and May is the perfect time to plant.

Here are some great varieties to check out next time you visit us:

 

Champagne Wishes

Traits: Champagne Wishes features clusters of soft apricot-colored buds that open fully to blooms of antique white with just a hint of apricot before fading to a clear white. This shrub rose combines beautifully with perennials in a mixed border or planted as a refined low hedge. It has disease-resistant, medium green foliage.

  • Height: 3-4 ft.
  • Width: 2-3 ft.
  • Water: Moderate
  • Bloom: White
  • Zones: 4-7

 

Sunrise Sunset

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Traits: A stunning blend, with bright fuchsia pink petals, blending to apricot near the centers. Blue-green foliage is disease resistant on this ever blooming shrub rose. It’s dense, spreading habit makes it an ideal ground cover.

  • Height: 2-3 ft.
  • Width: 4 ft.
  • Water: Moderate
  • Bloom: Pink/Red
  • Zones: 3/Hardy

 

Morden Sunrise

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Traits: A Parkland series rose with creamy orange-yellow buds that open to slightly wavy petals accented by orange stamens.  The color matures from dark orange over a yellow base to light orange, then finishing creamy white-yellow.  Very hardy with good disease resistance.

  • Height: 2-3 ft.
  • Width: 2-3 ft.
  • Water: Moderate
  • Bloom: Apricot
  • Zones: 3

 

Winnipeg Parks

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Traits: One of the toughest Parkland Series roses available. Flowers are produced in clusters on a low-growing, compact plant. Attractive foliage has a reddish color to the new growth. Beautiful and large cherry red-pink blossoms turn to large red hips that add a bright statement to the garden in the fall.

  • Height: 3-4 ft.
  • Width: 3-4 ft.
  • Water: Moderate
  • Bloom: Hot Pinkish-Cherry Red
  • Zones: 3