Love is in the air plants

Love is in the air plants. They’re the perfect little gift to share with those you love. From your lover to your BFF, all of the loves in your life will thank you for this little piece of heaven we have on earth. They’re great for home decor, wedding and baby shower table-scapes and office spaces. So how do you care for these plant oddities that require no soil or pot? We’ll tell you…

Air Plant Care

Air plantsLight. Air plants thrive off of indirect sunlight. Whether they receive natural light from a window or fluorescent lighting from an office window, just be sure yours isn’t taking in too much heated light. Too much bright light could cause your air plant to dry out.

Water. Just because these plants don’t require soil doesn’t mean that they don’t require water and food! That being said, air plants are very easy to care for so don’t let a little maintenance routine throw you for a loop! Watering is simple. Just do it once a week. You can use a spray bottle and simply mist each plant thoroughly. Signs of dehydration are wrinkled or dry, browning leaves. If you feel your air plants aren’t getting enough water, try giving them a bath. Place the plant in a container filled with water for about two hours and then place it back in your favorite place to display it.

Food. Fertilizing your air plants is great if you’d like to see yours bloom. (Yes! They can bloom!) It’s also not necessary for regular maintenance. So if you’re a lazy plant parent, feel free to skip this step completely. But if you’re in it to win it (by that, we mean you want to see yours bloom), try a water-soluble bromeliad fertilizer.

Do you have additional questions about air plant care? Or are you looking to find an air plant? Visit us at Garden Supply Company. We have a new shipment located in our house plants section!

Cyclamen Care

Give the gift of color this Valentine’s Day with a cyclamen. We’ll help you keep yours in living color through the season here.

In general, cyclamen are easy-care plants. This is good for those of us who may not always be so good to our potted plants! Just follow these easy steps:

CyclamenMake them feel at home. In the wild, cyclamen can be found in the woods with their root systems hidden and flowers peaking out towards the sunlight. Do your best to imitate this atmosphere by keeping your plant around room temperature. Find a place for your cyclamen near a window but not directly in front of it. Cooler, low-light environments could have your plant blooming through mid-spring! Warmer, brighter climates may just send your cyclamen into an early dormancy.

Don’t chance the cold. While cyclamen is beautiful outdoors in pots and within our landscapes, this particular plant doesn’t do so hot in the cold! So if you’re keeping your cyclamen outside, just be sure to bring them inside if the weatherman calls for temperatures lower than 50 degrees.

Water once a week. The easiest way to ensure you’re not drowning your cyclamen, is to place your pot in a tray of about an inch of water overnight just once a week. This allows the plant to rehydrate without moistening the soil at undesirable levels.

Keep it clean! Dead-head any dead or yellowing leaves.

If additional questions arise, feel free to swing by GSCO any time! We’ll be happy to help you raise a healthy cyclamen!

Honey Cough Suppressant Recipe

Down with a cough? Don’t worry. Bee happy! Why is that? Bee-cause we have a super simple recipe to make your throat feel just fine. It’s all-natural and there’s no need to visit your local pharmacy. We do recommend, however, visiting us to pick up a jar of our GSCO honey–the most important ingredient!

BeesHoney Citrus Soother

Ingredients:

3 tea bags (green or black)

1 cinnamon stick

3 cups boiling water

1/4 cup honey (local if possible)

1 cup grapefruit juice

Directions:

Boil water. Place cinnamon stick and tea bags in tea pot. Add boiling water to tea pot and steep for three to five minutes. Once the tea has steeped, removed tea bags and cinnamon stick. Pour grapefruit juice and honey. Enjoy!

*Recipe by honey.com

The easiest plant you’ll ever buy

The ZZ plant is the easiest plant you’ll ever buy. Coincidence that it’s name rhymes with the word easy? Well, it’s proper name is Zamioculcas zamifolia. So naturally botanists back in the day began to refer to it as it’s acronym. The ZZ plant name stuck.

ZZ PlantMore than likely, all of you with black thumbs are looking out the window to your backyard plant graveyards and thinking: Easy-care, sure…I’ve heard that before!

But seriously, this is a plant that does best when almost totally ignored. How’s that for easy?

Although the ZZ plant does best in moderate light, these plants still do fine with little to no light. Now that you know what they look like, you’ll begin to notice that these are the plants you’ve seen in public restrooms and office spaces with no windows. They weren’t fake!

How is it that these green, rubbery-looking plants still appear so healthy with so little care? The ZZ plant holds water in a similar manner to a camel. Under the soil, these African natives carry potato-like rhizomes which allow them to store water during drought. Lucky for us, this evolutionary root system works in our indoor container gardens just as as it does in it’s natural environment. So what does this mean for it’s caregiver? ZZ plants only need to be watered once the soil is completely dry to the touch or about once a month. If you notice the leaves begin to yellow, think of it as the yellow light on a stoplight. This is your plant cautioning you to stop watering it so much.

ZZ plants do fine without fertilizer but if you feel yours needs a little something, use a half-strength plant food up to twice a year during warmer months.

Garden Supply Company has plenty of ZZ plants in stock now and a new collection of pots to plant them in. Come by and turn that black thumb green!

Garden cocktail recipe: It’s thyme to party

It’s the last day of the year. You know what that means? It’s thyme to party with Garden Supply Company’s special garden cocktail recipe made with ingredients from your very own landscape. Try it with us for the countdown with these easy steps:

It’s thyme to party

It's thyme to partyIngredients

  • Gin
  • Prosecco
  • Cranberry juice
  • Fresh thyme
  • Pansy flowers (They’re edible!)

Directions

  • Fill your cocktail shaker with about half of a cup of ice.
  • Pour 6 fluid ounces (or 4 shots) of your preferred gin into the shaker.
  • Add 6 fluid ounces of cranberry juice and shake.
  • Pour into cocktail glasses and add a splash of your preferred prosecco for a little sparkle.
  • Add fresh thyme to each glass and garnish with pansy flowers!

A DIY gift for yourself: Relaxing lavender bath salts

It’s time to relax. You’ve been running, running, running. You’ve been rushing between stores, grabbing gifts for all you know. You’ve been chauffeuring the kids between Christmas pageant rehearsals and Nutcracker shows. You’ve given yourself paper cuts on gift wrap trying to get it all done. And you’re exhausted.

Now, it’s time for you. So take it. But first, we’ve got a gift for you. It’s a gift you can easily make in the comfort of your own home and it’s one you can share! No more worries about last minute gifts. This will do just fine! So before you turn on the hot water to soak your sore feet, grab these inexpensive items from the store (or your garden!). It’s time to make your own lavender bath salts.

Lavender Bath Salts

Lavender-Bath-SaltsWhat you’ll need:
1 cup Epson salt
1/2 cup natural sea salt
20-30 drops of essential oils*
2-3 tablespoons dried lavender buds or other dried herbs like rosemary**
Glass container with lid

Directions:
Combine ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir until blended evenly. Transfer to your preferred glass container and seal with the lid.

To use:
Add about 1/2 cup of your freshly-made bath salts to hot running bath water. Relax!

*Choose one or more of your favorite scents! We love lavender by itself or combined with juniper and rosemary or peppermint.

**If you don’t have dried lavender buds, no worries! You can use a selection of fresh herbs from your garden or dry them yourself. If you go with fresh herbs, just be sure to use the bath salts right away. If you’d like to dry your own lavendar or rosemary, strip the needles and buds from the stems. Place them on a sheet pan and set the oven to 225 degrees. Heat until the herbs are completely dry (approximately two hours).