Houseplant Series Pt. 2 – Follow the Light

Houseplant Tips Series. Part 2 – Follow the Light!

Check back in this series for tips on successfully jumping in on the houseplant craze.

If you’re at the garden center looking for a new little green friend to take home, you might see care instructions with words like this: Direct, Indirect, Bright, Moderate, Low… If you’re not used to buying plants for indoors, you may wonder what exactly is the difference? Is it even that important? The answer to the latter question is Yes, and No. “Yes” because the most crucial part for long term success is putting a plant in the correct light conditions. “No” because some times plants will adapt to changes in light conditions (within reason). For starters, lets shed some light on these categories mentioned above. See what I did there?

Light Categories – What Do They Mean?

  1. Direct vs. Indirect – Basically this is the strength of the sunlight your plants are getting. Direct light would be light from the sun directly hitting the plant. Indirect would be light rays that bounce around a few times before they hit your plant
  2. Bright, Moderate, Low 
    1. Bright Light – Plants that like Bright Light are usually needing about 6 hours of sunlight inside your home. The best way to get this is to put them very close to a Southern exposure window because south facing windows get the most sunlight throughout the day. Your second best option would be near a west window. These areas are usually close to a window or a room with great southern exposure. 
    2. Moderate Light – Most plants either require moderate light or will adapt to it. I like to think of moderate light as any room in your home that you can comfortably read a book in without turning on the lights. This could be an area near southern windows or a room with many windows that get good indirect light throughout the day. In my house, I have a room with a large bay window facing the East, and four large windows facing the west. This is my main ‘plant room’ and has decent light throughout the entire day. Kitchens, Foyers, Sitting rooms, and some bedrooms may fit into this category. 
    3. Low Light – Think of this as an East or North facing window, or a room with only one or two windows. Bathrooms and Bedrooms usually fit into this category. 

What Else Should You Know?

  1. What’s outside of the window? – Just because a window faces south does not mean you’ll get Bright Light. What if there’s a large tree or structure blocking your view? Think about the outside of the home.
  2. Plants will adapt – Plants may adapt to new light conditions and move up or down between the categories. During this time, the plant may drop leaves as it’s getting used to lower light levels.
  3. Plants will lose color and become dull if they require more light than they are getting. You may also see the bending and stretching towards the window. In this case, you should probably move it towards the window and continually rotate it so that it keeps its shape. 
  4. Don’t try to adapt a plant to direct light. If you put a plant that needs indirect light into direct light, you’ll see some damage. Most often the leaves will burn and turn brown, or white.
  5. There’s less sunlight in winter. You’ll notice plants slowing down, losing leaves, or changing a bit during the winter months. This is probably because the lower light levels in winter and your plant is going through a dormant period. Just be calm and slow down on your watering as you wait for the spring growing season. 
  6. Light bulbs inside your home don’t count. Plants need full spectrum light produced by the sun or special growing bulbs. 
 
Our Favorite Plants for Each Light Category
 
Indirect Light (unless otherwise mentioned)

 

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Low Light

Air Plants
Benjamin Ficus
Rubber Plant
Orchids
Succulents
String of Pearls (Direct)
Aloe (Direct)
Norfolk Island Pine (Direct)
Cactus (Direct)

 

Moderate Light

Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree
ZZ Plant
Pothos
Spider Plant
Palms
Ponytail Palm
Philodendrons
Monstera
Pothos Vine
Pilea

Bright Light

Birds Nest Fern
Ferns
ZZ Plant
Aglaonema
Deiffenbachia
Snake Plant

Orchid

Rubber Plant

Succulents

ZZ Plant

Fiddle Leaf Fig

Monstera

Snake Plant

Bird’s Nest Fern

Aglaonema

Succulents

Learn how to care for your succulents, and how to grow more at home! 

Succulents, the little plants that have gripped the heart of people everywhere for their small size and ease of care. While succulents are fairly indestructible… there are a few things you need to do to keep them alive an healthy.

So let’s talk about care…

1. Soil

Use a well-drained potting soil. A main ingredient of any potting mix for succulents will be organic matter. Peat moss, the main ingredient in most, is hard to wet and then dries out quickly.

2. Light

Succulents do best in bright indirect light. Too much light and, they may burn in the afternoon sun. Too much shade will cause them to stretch.

3. Watering

Don’t over water. Allow the plant to dry out between waterings. Provide fertilizer every other time you water to promote growth and plant health.

4. Cirulation

Succulents don’t like being planted in closed containers, like a terrarium with a lid. The extra moisture and humidity could increase chances for rot or disease.

Propagation

Pictured is Succulent propagation

By Leaf

1. Pick off the lower leaves of your succulent
a. Gently wiggle the leaf off the stem, you want a whole leaf
2. Lay your leaves out on a counter or on top of dry soil to callous at the end
3. Once the ends have dried (may take from a few days to a week) add some water to the soil
4. After a few weeks you will start to notice little roots and baby plants sprouting from the leaves
5. Once the baby plant starts growing you can repot the plant in it’s own pot

By Stem

1. Cut the top off the plant
2. Remove a few of the lower leaves from the stem
3. Set the plant top out on a counter or dry soil to callous
4. Once a callous has formed (a few days to a week) add water to the soil and stick the stem into the soil
5. Continue to water as normal
a. Be sure to not over water
6. What do I do with the remaining plant stump?
a. Leave the plant stump alone for a few weeks and you should notice new shoots growing from the       sides of the stump

Are you ready to start growing your own succulents? Come to Wasson Nursery, we have the plants, pots and knowledge to help get you started! See you at the nursery!

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Summer Plant Watering

Summer plant care: 101

It’s Warm out there!

While it may seem natural to water plants frequently throughout the summer, it’s more important to pay attention quality than quantity. If you are watering multiple times a day, there’s a good chance you may be over doing it.

Instead… here are some tips on how to water in the summer months.

1. Think cool.

While we often think about watering in the heat of the afternoon… shake of that immediate impulse to reach for the hose. For maximum impact, water in the early morning or in the evening. This allows for the plants to soak up that H2O. If you water in the middle of the day, you run the risk of the water evaporating before ever reaching your plant!

2. Be thorough.

Make sure to be thorough in your watering. It’s very important to make sure your plants are fully saturated. This will help you increase the time between watering. When watering, slow and steady wins the race. This prevents runoff and allows water to penetrate deeply into the soil.

3. How do I know when to water?

We’re glad you asked. Take a handful of soil, and if you can feel the moisture, then there’s no need to water. If it’s dry… give that plant a drink!

Don’t forget about the free fertilizer

At Wasson Nursery, we’ve got free fertilizer for those who bring their own jugs for a fill up! Stop by and get the same stuff we use on our own plants! See you at the nursery!

 

Want plant help?

If you’re looking for plant recommendations or plant care tips, you’ve come to the right place!

We’re here to help answer your questions!

All you need to know about mulch

There’s nothing like the smell of fresh mulch. Hello, Spring!

As any plant lover knows, it’s not truly spring until you get your hands on some mulch and start spreading! But ordering your mulch can come with a fresh crop of questions. How much do I order, what kinds are best and are there any chemical solutions I should be putting down with my mulch… Take a deep breath! We’ve got your answers!

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The Ultimate Spring Planting Guide: Shady Space Perennials

The Ultimate Spring Planting Guide: Shady Space Perennails

Spring is almost here and we are ECSTATIC for another spring planting season. You may not know it yet, but 2018 is your year for the landscape you’ve always wanted because we’re here to help guide you along the way.

This is the first of a multipart series where our experts give you their insider tips on which plants will thrive in your yard. Today, we’re going to start with your shady spaces.

Areas shadowed by trees, your home or fencing can provide a challenge when it comes to picking a gorgeous plant, but don’t fret! You have options!

Here are our top 4 shade lovin’ plants for your yard!

1. Hostas

Pauls Glory

Hostas are a shade favorite with hundreds of variations and sizing ranging from 12 inches to four feet.

Our pick is the Pauls Glory, otherwise known as the Plantain Lilly. It’s beautiful, low-maintenance and works in your bed or in a container. It’s green-blue fringed leaves and gold-to-white centers make for a beautiful pop of color in your shade space.

 

Here’s what you need to know about the “Pauls Glory”:

Need plant advice? Get in touch with one of our experts!

Sizing

It’s an easy grower that gets to be two feet tall and spreads 3-4 feet.

Color

Boasts a chartreuse and blue-green color that brightens to gold as season progresses

 

Sun

Loves part to full shade and thrives in well-drained soil (but can handle a little sun).

Bloom Times

Blooms in mid summer with lavender flowers.

Watering

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2. Coral Bells

Plum Pudding, Caramel

Coral Bells have a broad palette of color, which makes them an easy favorite for all of us at Wasson Nursery. They’re easy to grow and can do well in sun or shade (but too much sun can burn the leaves), and grow well in the Indiana clay soil.

The plum pudding and caramel combo is a stunning choice for any yard. The dark sleek leaves of the plum pudding pairs amazingly with the caramel’s light gold and peachy tones.

 

Here’s what you need to know about the Coral Bell:

 

Sizing

Moderate: grows to be 24 in. tall and 18 to 24 in. wide.

Color

The Plum Pudding black leaves contrast well with the Caramel gold & peach tones.

 

Sun

Thrives in part shade to full sun areas.

Bloom Times

Blooms throughout the summer

Watering

Weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.

3. Astible

Can you say spring blooms? These showy flowers have fern-esque foliage help add some color to your shady spots.

Why we love them? While many flowers with gorgeous blooms fail in the shade, these guys thrive. They’re the perfect solution for beds that don’t tend to get a lot of sunlight.

 

Here’s what you need to know about the Astilbe:

 

Sizing

Moderate: grows to be 24 in. tall and 18 to 24 in. wide.

 

Color

Colors vary. Choose your favorite!

 

Sun

Full shade to partial sun

 

Bloom Times

Late Spring to Early Summer

Watering

Water regularly… Once a week or more in extreme heat or container

4. Ferns

Japanese Painted Fern

The Japanese Painted Fern creates a beautiful statement with it silver frond with a touch of blue and deep red stems.

This moderate grower gets to reach about 2 feet tall and 2 feet wide and is a great solution for any shade garden.

Here’s what you need to know about the Japanese Painted Fern:

 

Sizing

This moderate grower gets to reach about 2 feet tall and 2 feet wide.

Color

Dark green-blue fronds that fade to silver and deep red stems. 

Sun

Loves part full to partial shade.

Bloom Times

Dramatic foliage color.

Watering

Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil.

Pre-order today, get your plants by April 9th!

If your eager to get started, click on any of the links above to reserve your plant! We’ll make sure it gets to your closest Wasson location for pick up on April 9th. At Wasson Nursery we’re here to help you build a better backyard!

DIY Pumpkin & Gourd Planters

Pumpkin Flower Planter:

  1. Pick a large pumpkin. Carve the top wide enough to fit a 4-6 inch plant. Clean out the inside of the pumpkin and let it dry.
  2. Insert the plant, leaving it in its nursery pot. It is very important that you leave the pot around the soil. (Remove plant from pumpkin to water, and let all water drain before re-planting. Try not to get any excess water in the pumpkin.)

View Full Circadee Tutorial Here

Pumpkin Succulent Harvest:

This fall decoration is made by glueing moss onto a pumpkin, then glueing various succulent stems onto your moss (no need to cut your pumpkin!) The succulents will begin to grow into the moss, and once your pumpkin deteriorates you can remove the moss and succulent and re-plant it in another container to keep all year round!

Read Full Simply Happenstance Tutorial Here

Gourd Flower Planter

  1. Choose a gourd that is stable enough to stand by itself, and large enough to hold your flower vase. Carve the top wide enough to insert your flower vase, clean out the inside of the gourd and let dry.
  2. Insert the entire vase into the gourd and place your flowers inside the vase.

See More Decoration Ideas at Better Home & Garden

Spring Planting Calendar

Cole crops like broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage can be direct seeded into your garden around March 15, assuming the ground can be worked, but it’s better to start them indoors around February 16 and then transplant them into the garden around April 6. Do the same with lettuce and spinach.

Plant onion starts and potatoes around February 26. Sow the seeds of peas (sugar snap and english) at the same time. If the ground is still frozen, then plant these as soon as the ground thaws.

Do you want to grow tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants? Start these indoors around February 16. Then, around April 22 you should start watching the weather forecast and, as soon as no frost is forecast, go ahead and transplant those into the ground.

Now, for all the summer vegetables like beans, cowpeas, corn, squashes, pumpkins, cucumbers, watermelons, gourds and sunflowers, you should plant those seeds directly into the ground around April 26, or if your soil is still very cold, once the soil is near 60° F in temperature.

Have Rose Slugs? Here’s how to get rid of ’em!

Have Rose Slugs? Here’s how to get rid of ’em!

Have lacy holes dotting your rose leaves? You probably have Rose Slugs.

These pesky insects can be hard to spot because their lime green color helps them blend in perfectly with their prey… your roses. They hide underneath the leaves of the plant and eat through them. If left alone, these plants are capable of destroying your roses.

Give your blooms the best chance to survive the attack by grabbing some Sevin, Eight or Bayer Rose & Flower spray.

**Please note that these products can kill off other types of insects in your yard.**

Treat by spraying the top and undersides of the leaves thoroughly, and make sure to keep pets away from the spray as it dries.

Want more great plant tips? Make sure to check out our learning center!

Want a Natural Privacy Fence? Here are 5 Great Options from Wasson Experts!

Want a Natural Privacy Fence? Here are 5 Great Options from Wasson Experts!

Want some separation from the neighbors, but don’t want the hassle or upkeep of a run-of-the-mill fence? There are plenty of ways to create that privacy you want with some beautiful greenery! Here’s a list of 5 plants that our experts recommend to create a natural privacy fence!

1. Emerald Green Arborvitae

These hardy trees are dark green in color and stay that way all year round. Just plant them 3ft. apart for a neat hedge! Emerald greens resist the snow and ice and are among the thickest evergreens you can plant.

There are plenty of opportunities available for this adaptable tree, so pick one up in our Garden Center today to get that natural barrier you are looking for!

2. Buckthorne Fine Line

This noninvasive shrub grows in a columnar shape, and its wispy appearance will add some texture to your landscape. Dark green in color, the Buckthorne Fine Line grows to be 5-7 ft. tall but only 2ft. wide, making it ideal for those with limited space requirements.

This versatile tree will add a nice vertical accent that you’re sure to enjoy for years to come!

3. European Hornbeam Trees

Looking for privacy in tight places? The European Hornbeam Tree is for you! This tree thrives in full to partial sun and tolerates most soils conditions. These trees will get big… 40 ft. tall and 25 ft. wide kind of big.

Otherwise, this tree easy to care for and can even survive urban conditions!

4. Cypress Trees

If you want a fast-growing tree to line your yard, the Cypress is for you. They grow at a rate of 3-5 ft. a year, and they have a higher tolerance to pests and diseases than other evergreens. These trees can get to be 40-60 ft. tall and 20-25 ft. wide., which makes them perfect for blocking out the road or your neighbor’s yard!

Just put these trees in the full sunlight and well-draining soil to watch them grow. Little to no maintenance required!

5. Sky Pencil Hollies

These narrow, columnar shrubs can be used to create a traditional hedge or to create a loose border that features variety of different plants. The Sky Pencil Holly will retain its shape without pruning, but pruning might be required if you want to keep the shrub from growing too high.

This shrub can reach up to 10 ft. tall but will maintain a narrow width.

Need more help finding the perfect natural privacy screen?

Give us a call at (765) 759-9000! We’ll help you find the perfect fit for your yard!

Add a Splash of Fall Color to Your Porch this Season. Create a stunning Fall Pot!

Add a Splash of Fall Color to Your Porch this Season. Create a stunning Fall Pot!

Its finally starting to cool off outside and that means that Fall is in full swing! If you’re like us, you probably love a good fall pot. Getting the perfect fall look isn’t that hard, just follow these tips from the Wasson Experts. You’ll create a stunning pot in no time and hopefully have a little fun along the way!

Pick the right plants!

Fall annuals are in bloom and are a great addition to any fall pot! Pick out your favorite color of mum or pansy to add a splash of vibrancy to your pot. You can then use cabbage and kale to fill in you pot with some deep green color.

The most import component of a great fall pot is creativity so feel free to add a pumpkin or gourd to accent your plants.

How to plant in your pot

Make sure to remove the packaging pots your plants came in. If your plants are covered in roots, rip off the outside covering before planting in your soil. This makes sure that your roots can dig into your soil and truly thrive. Be sure not to plant your plants too deep into the pot.

Have fun!

Spice up your pot with a personal touch! You can add Indian Corn, Mini Bales or anything your heart desires to make your pot truly pop! Need help finding inspiration? Come talk to us! Our staff is here to help answer your questions and give pointers as you dive into the fall planting season.

Looking for a place to pick up your fall pot essentials? Check out Wasson Nursery! We’ve got the plants and the expertise you’ve known and trusted for 40 years. Happy Planting!