Monday, September 20, 2010

National Flower Week ~ September 19 - 25

Here is a holiday we really know how to celebrate.  National Flower Week falls on the 3rd week in September every year.  It is a week to celebrate flowers by planting seeds, decorating, or even wearing flowers.  So this week we encourage you to do just that.

Here are a few ways you can celebrate National Flower Week.

  1. Buy fresh cut flowers and fill vases around your house.  You will see the difference it makes in your mood almost instantly.  It is very hard not to smile when you walk into a room filled with flowers.
  2. Start working on your garden a bit more.  Plant some bulb flowers to come up in the spring.  Move your potted flowers inside for the winter.  Go out and see what you can find new to pot inside.  Use our Everyday House Plant Guide to select and care for your plants.
  3. Send flowers to someone to brighten their day.  Nothing is better then a surprise.  Sending flowers for no reason at all lets that person know you are thinking of them, and you do not need a special occasion to do it. 

What other ways can you come up with to celebrate?  We want to hear from you. 

Friday, September 10, 2010

When & How to Re-Pot a House Plant

One of the questions we get a lot about house plants is when to replant.  The best way to tell is when the plant has stopped growing.  This lets you know that the roots have reached the maximum growth potential for the pot.  When the roots can no longer stretch and grow this can cause them to fight for room in the pot and cause the plant to become root-bound.  Root-bound plants will not grow and if they remain in the pot for too long may even die.  

When you do decide to re-pot your plant find a pot that is about 1/4" a size up from the one you are currently using.  If you are using a metal container make sure that it has a plastic liner.  Metal containers can rust and harm your soil.  This will help prevent the roots from growing faster then your plant.  The roots will stretch out in the new pot and stunt the growth of the plant.  Once the roots are comfortable your plant will grow once again. 

It is also a good idea to put something in the bottom of your pot.  If you put a small amount of packing peanuts in the bottom the roots will find them and cling to them instead of the bottom of the pot.  This allows the plant to grow quickly.  Once the roots have taken hold your plant will begin to bloom and grow once again.

Fill the pot about 1/3 of the way full with fresh soil.  Mix in any fertilizer that your plant is used to.  Some plants will require specific soil types or fertilizers. We use to see what fertilizer works best.

You will want the plant to come close to the rim without spilling over.  Leave a small amount of room, about 1/4 of an inch, from the original soil and the top of the pot.  Gently break up the roots and soil.  This is very important if your plants are root-bound.  This allows the roots to start growing again.  If you have other plants to add you can do that now.  Make sure to leave room between each plant for the roots to grow.  
Add soil around each plant and pat it down gently.  The soil does not have to be packed tight.  A little bit of flexibility is good for the roots.  You may want to wet the soil now as well with small amounts of water. 

Finish adding your plants and add fresh soil around the top of the pot.  This is also a great time to trim off dead or broken stems and flowers.  

Your plant is now ready for a touch more water and a nice warm place in the sunlight.   To see our series of tips on house plant care go here.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

We Can Do That Wednesday ~ Fundraising!

Did you know that The Secret Garden now offers fundraising events?

It's simple:
  • Select the dates you would like the program to run.  Up to one month
  • Spread the word to friends, family, and more.  You can use your organizations publications, website, and more.
  • We do the rest.
We know that in a difficult economy traditional door to door sales are sluggish.  What if you could raise money without any volunteers, without the hassle of order forms or pick up dates?  The Secret Garden has made it easier then ever to raise money for your group or organization.
When a customer shops with us in store, over the phone, or even online they just need to mention your group or organization.  10% of the total order will be collected on your behalf.  At the end of the program you will receive a check for the collected amount.

We do not require participants to show coupons or cards, this makes it easier for them to shop.  Our offer only excludes wedding orders and orders shipping out of town.  We do not require a minimum purchase.  We do all of the record keeping for you and email you updates.  

If this sounds like the program you have been looking for contact Lori today.

Lori Barrett


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