Celebrate the 4th of July with Family: Patriotic Plant Displays, Outdoor Games, & More

Celebrate the 4th of July with Family!

Happy 4th of July! Celebrate America’s birthday in style with patriotic plant displays, festive plant tag decorations, and family-friendly outdoor games! Let freedom ring in your garden and celebrate safely with your family! Spend your day doing fun activities, creative crafts, and creating memories!

HOW TO MAKE A PATRIOTIC PLANT DISPLAY

4th of july display

Decorating for holidays is almost as fun as celebrating! It gets you in the spirit and creates an excitement to have some fun. Right now, we all need to stop and take some time to relax and have fun with our loved ones. Let’s celebrate America in style!

Patriotic Container Garden

patriotic pottery

Start your patriotic plant display with fun pottery! You can choose from our selections of pottery available in red, blue, or white. Our pottery ranges in size and style so you can find the perfect container for your planting adventures!

Or, you can create your own patriotic pottery! To get started, you will need the following supplies:

  1. 10 in Terra Cotta Pottery
  2. Calloway’s Premium Container Potting Soil
  3. Sun loving plants in patriotic colors like Cora® XDR, Sweet Potato Vines, Salvia, or Pentas
  4. White spray paint
  5. Red and Blue paint
  6. Paint brushes

STEP 1: PAINT YOUR POTTERY

spray paint

First, cover your terra cotta pot in white spray paint. You may need to apply multiple coats to cover the pottery completely.

paint around stars

Then, with a pencil, draw your stars on the top portion of your pottery. You can hand draw your stars or use a stencil. Here is a FREE stencil that you can cut out and use to help!

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE STAR STENCIL!

fourth of july stencil

Paint the top of the container blue. You can create a navy blue paint color by adding a little bit of black paint to your blue paint. Paint around the stars which should stay white.

paint blue

Next, after the top is finished, start painting the red stripes on the bottom portion of the container.

add red stripes

You can use a ruler to draw the lines, hand paint, or use tape to keep the lines crisp. It is all up to you! Let your container dry completely before starting to plant.

STEP 2: ADD YOUR PLANTS

When your pottery is dry, it is ready for planting! First, add your Calloway’s Premium Container Potting Soil, leaving room for your plants.

potting soil

Then, add your sun-loving color in shades of reds and whites to stay in theme with your celebration. Use the “Thriller, Filler, Spiller” Method for an interesting plant display.

pentas

For your “Thriller” plant, select a dynamic plant like Pentas. They also mimic fireworks with their small, starburst type blooms.

cora vinca

For your “Filler” plant, try a smaller plant with large blooms and gorgeous foliage like Cora® XDR. This new variety is extra disease resistant and will last through our hot Texas summer!

white cora vinca

Mix it up with by variating shades of red and white for an extra colorful display.

sweet potato vines

Finally, for your “Spiller” plant, use a vining beauty like Sweet Potato Vines. The gorgeous green color will complete your container creation and as it grows it will spill gracefully down your container.

When you are finished planting, water in thoroughly, letting the water drain through the drain hole. Add more potting soil if needed.

 

Patriotic Plant Tag Decorations

flag plant tags

Now that your container is painted and planted, add some sparkle! Decorate your container with patriotic plant tags! Use our FREE template and grab your markers! Color American flag themed stars, flags, and fireworks!

fourth of july firework plant tags

TO PRINT AND DOWNLOAD THE FREE PATRIOTIC PLANT TAG TEMPLATES, CLICK HERE!

fourth of july flag plant tags

After everything is colored, cut out the shapes or squares. Glue to a piece of cardstock or poster board for more control. Then, glue a popsicle stick to your tag. You can also decorate the popsicle sticks to take your tags to the next level!

patriotic plant tags

Complete your container garden and add your tags!

usa pottery

To complete your patriotic plant display, add more colorful containers in red, white, or blue and top them off with your other plant tags.

firework plant tag

Add streamers or other fun and festive Forth of July decorations.

4th of july decorations

Once everything is set up, leave room for snacks on your display, and get ready to start having more fun!

4th of july display

 

FOURTH OF JULY GAMES FOR THE FAMILY

Now that you are all set up to celebrate! Let’s have some fun! Play some games with your family. The fourth is a great time to start a game of softball, start a pie eating contest, do a scavenger hunt, throw the football, create your own game, or try our Fourth of July Pottery Ball Game.

Fourth of July Pottery Ball Game

pottery game

Similar to the game skee ball, this fun game is easy to set up and has a lot of flexibility with supplies! Use 6 terra cotta pots and set up in a triangle. You can decorate these pots as well or add the number of points to the pots to help make the game easier. Or keep the pottery as is and use them later for other planting adventures!

points for game

Each pot is worth a certain number of points, use the image above as your reference. The back 3 are worth 1 point, the middle 2 are worth 3 points and the front pot is worth 5 points. Whoever gets to 21 points first, wins!

pottery ball game

You can use bean bags or a ping pong ball. If you are using bean bags, add a few stones or some sand to the bottom of the pottery to weigh them down.

This is great game for all ages and is a good tool for doing a little math refresher for your kiddos during the summertime! Add new rules and make the game as crazy as you want! This inexpensive activity will give your family hours of fun!

 

3 WAYS TO SHOP

At Calloway’s and Cornelius, we want to make gardening easier for you with 3 ways to shop. Our open-air stores are here for you to enjoy, or you can call our store nearest you and place an order over the phone for Curbside Pickup! Plus, try shopping online! When you shop online, you can select Curbside Pickup or use home delivery!

pinwheel

Questions about plant care, availability, or quantities of plants? Call our store nearest you! Our Texas Certified Nursery Professionals are here to help with your planting needs!

4th of july containers

Happy Fourth of July and Happy Birthday America! Share your creations and celebrations with us on our Facebook page or Instagram and use hashtag #CALLOWAYSNURSERY or #CORNELIUSNURSERY! We love to see what you create!

 

 

 

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Petra Croton: Grow Colorful Plants Indoors

Croton plants, also known as “garden croton” are native to the tropical forests of southeast Asia. In their natural habitat, these plants can grow into a strikingly beautiful shrub. Their beauty makes a strong impact in your home or garden too! Petra Crotons are easy-to-grow houseplants and are known for their colorful and variegated foliage, covered in shades of green, red, orange, and yellow. At Calloway’s and Cornelius, we have several varieties, sizes, and styles of Croton plants for you to find your favorites.

It’s a dense herbaceous annual with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its wonderfully bold, coarse texture can be very effective in a balanced garden composition. This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. These plants will grow to be about 6 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. Although it’s not a true annual, these plants can be expected to behave as an annual in our climate if left outdoors over the winter, usually needing replacement the following year. As such, gardeners should take into consideration that it will perform differently than it would in its native habitat.This plant does best in full sun to partial shade.

 

Petra Croton Indoor Plant Growing Guide

This woody perennial is largely considered as a houseplant in colder climates, noted for its striking foliage; glossy, leathery, ovate or lanceolate leaves in a bright range of colors. It features dainty racemes of white star-shaped flowers from late winter to early spring. Its attractive glossy oval leaves emerge green in spring, turning plum purple in color with showy red variegation and tinges of yellow the rest of the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

 

BREATHE EASY WITH PETRA CROTONS

croton tag

Petra Crotons can be grown outdoors or as a houseplant. When grown indoors, they provide many other benefits to your health by helping clean the air that you breathe. Houseplants are known to help purify the air in your home and Crotons provide the same benefit. According to the EPA, the level of pollutants in our indoor air is significantly higher than the air we breathe outdoors.

croton plant selections

Growing plants indoors can greatly reduce the level of toxins in our space. More importantly, NASA deemed Crotons are one of the top 50 best air-cleaning houseplants. Indoor plants clean the air in three ways:

  1. They absorb pollutants into their leaves and the toxins are then absorbed into the plant’s roots. Those toxins are transformed into nutrients for the plant.
  2. Indoor plants also emit water vapors that help the plant pull polluted air to the roots, converting it into plant food.
  3. While absorbing toxins, indoor plants also release fresh oxygen back into our homes.

petra croton leaves

 

BRING COLOR HOME WITH CROTON PLANTS

As temperatures are getting hotter, we are spending more time in the refreshing indoors. Why not fill our spaces with beautiful, easy-to-grow color? Petra Crotons are a hot choice for colorful foliage to adorn your indoor space. Take your plants to the next level and make a statement in your home. Pair your Croton plants with stylish pottery! Here are some different design ideas and styles for your inspiration:

 

Industrial Edge

croton plants in terra cotta

Let your Croton plants shine when you plant with neutral, industrial style containers. Add accents of man-made elements like terra cotta pottery and concrete-themed containers.

indoor crotons

The clean shape and natural colors will modernize any style or space, making your plants the perfect focal point.

indoor plant ideas

 

Go Retro

petra croton in retro pottery

Add a retro touch to your indoor space with a matte pink container. The geometric pattern, lines, and unique shape speak to the vintage vibe and will complement your Croton plants fabulously.

design ideas with crotons

The pretty pink color brings out the red and orange hues in your Petra Croton leaves, creating a groovy statement in your home!

indoor plants

For more information about our fantastic line of retro pottery selections, check out our blog here!

 

Hand Painted

painted pottery for crotons

Our many different selections of hand painted pottery come in a variety of color schemes. They are full of color, design, and personality.

crotons in pottery

Give your home a pop of color when you pair these beautiful creations with colorful Croton plants. The personal touch of planting in hand painted pottery will give your home a cozy feel with a colorful accent.

petra croton design ideas

 

PETRA CROTON PLANTING TIPS

indoor color

For your planting success, plant with a quality, well-draining potting soil like Calloway’s Premium Container Potting Soil. Our new Premium Container Potting Soil helps your plants get the best start for healthier, continued growth. Made with water saving ingredients like Hydrogel water holding crystals, Expanded Shale and Coconut Coir to aid in moisture control in your containers. Other beneficial ingredients include sphagnum peat moss, composted rice hulls, composted pine bark, earthworm castings, Dolomite lime, and trace elements to keep your plants happy and healthy. Silicon Enriched™ to provide container plants with the same benefits as those grown in the Earth’s soil as it helps to improve drought tolerance delay wilting, and to help increase stem strength. Make sure your container has a drain hole to keep your plant’s roots healthy. If it does not, add stones first before your potting soil to create a drainage system.

To start planting, fill your pottery selection with Calloway’s Premium Container Potting Soil, leaving room for the plant. Remove your plant from its plastic container and gently loosen up the root ball. Plant into the potting soil and water in thoroughly, letting the water drain through the container. Then, add more soil if needed.

petra crotons

Place your Croton plant in a sunny location in your home to keep the new leaves and new growth nice and colorful.

Keep the soil evenly moist and only water when the soil dry outs. To help make watering easier, try using a RapidTest® Digital Moisture Meter to help measure the moisture in the soil and see if you are watering your plants enough.

If humidity is low in your home, mist the leaves with water once a week to mimic tropical conditions that these plants love.

Feed with Calloway’s Tropical Plant Food as directed. Our 15-5-10 special formula contains a controlled release nitrogen, Fx Iron®, calcium, and other key components to help your tropical plants have healthier growth. Fx Iron® is an environmentally friendly source of iron that promotes new growth and dark green foliage. It helps keep your Tropical plants green without staining concrete surfaces. Our Tropical Plant Food is ideal for Bougainvillea, Hibiscus, Indoor Plants, and more.

croton leaves

As with many indoor plants, keep in a location that is out of reach of curious pets and kiddos.

For more information on Petra Crotons, visit our blog here!

 

GARDEN WITH EASE

croton plant

At Calloway’s and Cornelius, we want to make gardening easier for you with convenient ways to shop. Our open-air stores are here for you to enjoy, or you can call our store nearest you and place an order over the phone for Curbside Pickup! Plus, try shopping online! When you shop online, you can select Curbside Pickup or use home delivery!

hand painted pottery

Questions about plant care, availability, or quantities of plants? Call our store nearest you! Our Texas Certified Nursery Professionals are here to help with your planting needs!

Happy indoor planting! Share your indoor plant displays with us on our Facebook page or Instagram and use hashtag #CALLOWAYSNURSERY or #CORNELIUSNURSERY! We love to see what you create!

 

 

 

 

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Father’s Day Gardening Gift Guide

Happy Father’s Day!

Say thank you to Dad to all of his love and support with the perfect presents. Give Dad gifts that keep on giving and support his outdoor interests. Whether he loves grilling or gardening, we have great gifts that Dad will love! Plus, enjoy FREE Father’s Day plant tags – perfect for the kids to decorate, recipes for the grill, and more!

GARDENING GIFTS FOR THE GRILL MASTER

barbeque rosemary

Barbecue Rosemary is the perfect gift for your grill-loving Dad. Barbecue Rosemary is known for its straight stems that make for excellent barbecue skewers. A popular herb, this plant provides great flavor and a delicious aroma from the plant’s natural oils.

Rosemary is a woody herb with a full flavor. It holds up well under extreme heat and prolonged cooking times, making it a great choice for adding to braises and stews. The sturdy stems make it an even better choice for grilling.

Rosemary is rich in folate, vitamins, and minerals. It is also full of antioxidant-rich properties and anti-inflammatory compounds which help to improve blood circulation of the body and boost the immune system.

Rosemary

When prepping your Barbecue Rosemary for cooking, rinse your stems under cold water, gently rubbing away any leftover soil or debris from your garden. Pat the herb dry before using.

Available in nice, 6 inch containers, Barbecue Rosemary should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and it will not tolerate standing water.

Recipes with Barbecue Rosemary

Pair your Barbecue Rosemary plant with tasty recipes to help Dad take his BBQ to the next level! Skip the skewers and use sprigs of Rosemary for grilling flavorful chicken or fresh steak kabobs. Try Baja-Style Rosemary Chicken Skewers with Fresh Barbecue Rosemary or Rosemary Steak Skewers with Balsamic Glaze & Fresh Barbecue Rosemary.

Rosemary Chicken Skewer Recipe

Rosemary Steak Skewer Recipe

TO PRINT AND DOWNLOAD THE RECIPES, CLICK HERE!

 

FATHER’S DAY PLANT TAGS

plant tag for dad

Make Dad’s gift even more special with a personalized plant tag! Get the kids involved and let them decorate for Dad! Available in fun tie shapes, you can write a message or color a fun pattern.

Father's Day Tag

After decorating and with adult supervision, cut out the tie templates and glue to a popsicle stick. Try backing your tag with card stock or poster board for stronger support.

Father's Day Plant Tag

Add to the Barbecue Rosemary plant to complete the gift!

Father's Day Plant Tag Template

DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE FATHER’S DAY PLANT TAG TEMPLATE HERE!

 

FATHER’S DAY GARDENING GIFTS

father's day gift set

Get Dad out in the garden with a Father’s Day Gift Set. Make your own selections for the right tools and supplies that your Dad needs to be successful in his garden. Put it all together in a hand-painted, terra cotta pot for the perfect gift!

Here is what you will need to get started:

  1. 10 inch terra cotta pot
  2. Paint and paint brushes
  3. Gardening gloves
  4. Hand tools like shovels, trowels, and pruning shears
  5. Garden décor like garden flags by Evergreen®

gardening tools

 

STEP 1: PAINT THE POTTERY

painted pottery

Perfect for the kids to help, try this fun project! Grab your paints and paint brushes, and paint a fun message, image, or pattern for Dad. Have the kids put their hand-prints on the pottery with paint, tell dad he is a superhero with a super design, or have everyone paint their name to give the gift a sentimental touch.

father's day pottery

 

STEP 2: ADD THE GARDENING GIFTS GOODIES

After the container is complete, start adding the tools and other garden gifts for Dad.

gardening gloves

Add gardening gloves, so he can keep his hands protected. Then, add some staple hand tools, like a hand trowel or cultivator like the Corona® eGrip Cultivator.

cultivator

Pruning your plants is important for encouraging new growth and maintaining the health of your plants. Give Dad hand pruners to help aid in his gardening success. Try the Corona® ClassicCUT® Bypass Pruner, ideal for branch and stem pruning.

pruning shears

Complete the gift set with equipment to help Dad water his plants! Explore the selection of water wands and other watering tools to add to the gift set!

watering tools

After Dad is all set with his new gardening tools, add in a few pieces of garden décor, like garden flags by Evergreen®. Try Texas-themed flags or see if we have flags for Dad’s favorite sports team.

garden flags

Please note, selections and availability will vary by store.

gift ideas for dad

Set up the tools inside the pottery for a ready-to-go gift! Add a bag of Calloway’s Organic Container Potting Soil to the mix! Dad can re-plant his Barbecue Rosemary into his personalized pottery.

Fathers day gift set ideas

Have both presents setup and ready to go for a special Father’s Day gift that Dad will always remember. Support his hobbies and give him the gift of relaxation while he reconnects with nature.

 

3 WAYS TO SHOP

At Calloway’s and Cornelius, we want to make gardening easier for you with 3 ways to shop. Our open-air stores are here for you to enjoy, or you can call our store nearest you and place an order over the phone for Curbside Pickup! Plus, try shopping online! When you shop online, you can select Curbside Pickup or use home delivery!

fathers day plant tag tie

Questions about plant care, availability, or quantities of plants? Call our store nearest you! Our Texas Certified Nursery Professionals are here to help with your planting needs!

Happy Father’s Day! Thank you to all the Dads out there for all that you do! Share your Father’s Day creations and celebrations with us on our Facebook page or Instagram and use hashtag #CALLOWAYSNURSERY or #CORNELIUSNURSERY! We love to see what you create!

 

 

 

 

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Plant Vinca for the Summer: All About Cora® XDR

Summer is on its way and the Texas sun is already preparing us with beautiful sunshine and longer days. Now more than ever, we are ready for a relaxing and colorful season. We welcome the warmth as it encompasses and soothes our souls. This summer, let’s embrace the season with the same child-like excitement we felt as kids. Let’s take the first step and adorn our spaces with gorgeous color. Bring home the magic of the season with lasting blooms like Cora® XDR. Cora® XDR is a new and improved Vinca variety, known for being tough, bold, and beautiful. Read our blog to learn more about Cora® XDR plants, get artistic with a FREE family activity, and explore the benefits of planting Cora® XDR for a fun and colorful summer.

 

Vinca – The Perfect Flowers for Your Summer Garden

 

CORA XDR® VINCA

cora vinca plants

Cora XDR® is part of the Catharanthus roseus species, also commonly known as Periwinkle. The XDR variety is a new and improved selection for your gardening success. Cora XDR® Vincas are easy to grow annuals with an upright mounding habit. They can grow to a height of 14-16 inches with a 18-20 inch spread. These beautiful blooms prefer full sun to provide a bright and colorful impact to your landscape.

cora xdr vinca plants

Vinca plants are native to Madagascar making their need for the summer heat perfect for a thriving Texas garden. Cora XDR® blooms are available in shades of pink, red, white, and lavender with glossy, green foliage. They are easily recognizable and well-known for their “eye” at the center of the bloom.

vinca

Cora XDR® are low-maintenance blooms perfect for borders, flowerbeds, and containers.

 

THE BENEFITS OF PLANTING CORA XDR® VINCAS

vinca

Cora XDR® Vincas have been deemed “the vincas that fight back”. They are tough with a higher resistance to disease, drought, and more. This plant has better genetics for an improved performance and durability, making it easier to adapt and thrive in our Texas climate.

 

Extra Disease Resistance

Cora XDR® plants are extra disease resistant! They offer season long color and survival due to its durability and resistance. Compared to other Periwinkle varieties, Cora XDR® is highly resistant to many of the toughest diseases and other environmental threats.

vinca

 

Easier to Grow

Cora XDR® has improved branching, uniformity, and abundance of blooms. Cora XDR® is tolerant to many conditions, making it easier to care for and grow.

vinca - white cora xdr

 

Higher Heat and Drought Tolerance

Cora XDR® plants love the sun because they originated from a hot and drier climate. They can easily adapt to our Texas gardens due to developing a higher tolerance to these harsher conditions. With the proper care, Cora XDR® will thrive throughout our Texas summer.

vinca - mixed cora xdr

 

THE COLORS OF CORA XDR®

Cora XDR® are known for their bright and unique coloring. Explore the many shades of Cora XDR® and see what color suits your landscape design best.

Strawberry

vinca - strawberry cora xdr

Cora XDR® Strawberry is a bold bloom with matching pink eye. There are no color variations or gradients, but that doesn’t matter. This gorgeous, magenta bloom shines bright on its own.

 

Polka Dot

vinca - polka do cora

Cora XDR® Polka Dot is a classic beauty. The clean, white blooms with bright pink center draw your eye in like a bull’s eye, especially against the glossy, dark green leaves.

 

Orchid

vinca - orchid cora xdr

Cora XDR® Orchid contains purple blooms with a white center and yellow eye. The purple hue is bright and cheery to add a punch of color to your flowerbeds or containers.

 

Red

vinca - red cora xdr

Cora XDR® Red is ravishing! The bright eye and deep red blooms speak to your soul. The warmth in the fiery hue is complimented by the cool, green foliage and will shine throughout the season.

 

Pink Halo

vinca - pink halo cora

Cora XDR® Pink Halo creates a gorgeous contrast of bright pink to bright white. This vibrant bloom will catch your eye with its beauty and will sparkle in your landscape.

 

White

vinca - white cora

Cora XDR® White is like a breath of fresh air for your landscape. The cool and crisp white color is a refreshing addition to any flowerbed or container garden.

 

Want more color?

vinca - cora xdr coloring page

To make gardening extra creative, do some coloring! Get the family involved and plant your Cora® XDR blooms together, and then relax and unwind with our FREE coloring page. Create blooms that are as crazy or as colorful as you want; or explore your inner artist and try to capture the hues of your favorite blooms.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD OUR FREE CORA XDR® COLORING PAGE!

vinca - cora xdr free coloring page

Get some snacks, turn on some music, and spend the afternoon being artistic and creative together. Coloring and using your imagination is a great way for you and your family to refresh and recharge. Take a break from the world and escape to your own moment in time with your family and nature.

vinca - cora coloring page

 

FEEDING YOUR CORA XDR® PLANTS

flower food

For lasting blooms and healthy plants, feeding your Cora XDR® Vincas is very important. Feed with Calloway’s Premium Flower Food as directed. Give your flowers that extra boost of power with our new Premium Flower Food! Great for all blooming flowers like Begonias, Cyclamen, Pansies, Petunias, Periwinkle, and more. Our 12-4-8 specialized formula contains nitrogen, Fx Iron®, phosphate, and other key ingredients to help your flowers bloom with big, bold color! Fx Iron® is an environmentally friendly source of iron. It helps keep your flowers blooming without staining concrete surfaces. Calloway’s Premium Flower Food can be used on new plantings, established beds, and hanging baskets.

vinca - strawberry cora vinca

 

3 WAYS TO SHOP

At Calloway’s and Cornelius, we want to make gardening easier for you with 3 ways to shop. Our open-air stores are here for you to enjoy, or you can call our store nearest you and place an order over the phone for Curbside Pickup! Plus, try shopping online! We are working diligently to add more inventory to our online stores for your gardening ease! When you shop online, you can select Curbside Pickup or use home delivery!

vinca - polka dot cora xdr

Questions about plant care, availability, or quantities of plants? Call our store nearest you! Our Texas Certified Nursery Professionals are here to help with your planting needs!

vinca - orchid cora

Let’s celebrate the season by spending time together in nature. Let’s embrace the magic of summer with colorful blooms and family memories! Share your colorful creations with us on our Facebook page or Instagram and use hashtag #CALLOWAYSNURSERY or #CORNELIUSNURSERY! We love to see what you create!

 

 

 

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Tropical Hibiscus: Create an Oasis for Your Family Staycation

Need a vacation? Create a beautiful tropical escape right in your very own back yard! Now is the perfect time to treat your family to a backyard staycation they will never forget! Create memories and spend time together outdoors in your garden. Learn how to create your tropical oasis with tropical hibiscus, metal art, and other fun garden décor and accents!

 

TROPICAL HIBISCUS TRADEWINDS™

tropical hibiscus

Enjoy an island getaway in your landscape with beautiful Tradewinds™ Tropical Hibiscus. These amazing blooms are full of bright and bold colors that will easily transform your garden to a tropical haven. Tradewinds™ Hibiscus is a leading variety known for its large, exotic blooms surrounded by the attractive glossy, green foliage. These vibrant shrubs produce daily flowers from spring to the fall. The bold blooms make for gorgeous cut flowers to accent centerpieces or place settings, or you can incorporate into a floral arrangement.

tropical hibiscus

Tropical Hibiscus will grow to be about 3-5 feet tall with a spread of 3-4 feet. This plant does best in full sun when planted in a landscape or partial sun when planted in containers, but a good rule of thumb is to allow the plants to receive about 4 hours of sunlight daily. The brighter the light and heat, the greater the flowering! These flowers require an evenly moist soil and will not tolerate standing water. Never allow the soil to dry out or allow plants to wilt. Plant in a well-draining soil and allow the water to drain through the soil and out of the drain hole when watering.

tradewinds logo

Save on Tradewinds™ Tropical Hibiscus starting today, June 5th – June 11th! All Tropical Hibiscus is 50% off!

 

TROPICAL HIBISCUS: TIPS FOR PLANTING IN CONTAINERS

tropical hibiscus

Planting Tropical Hibiscus in containers and decorative pottery gives you freedom to decorate your landscape with these beautiful plants. You can accent your plants with fun and funky containers to give your back yard a personalized touch that fits your style.

Another benefit for planting in containers is temperature control. Tropical Hibiscus is not hardy outdoors when temperatures drop below 50 degrees. When you plant in containers, you can easily move your Tropical Hibiscus to shelter and protect them when temperatures drop.

Watch the video below to learn how to easily plant Tropical Hibiscus in containers!

Simply, add Calloway’s Premium Container Potting Soil to the container, leaving room for the plant. You can add pebbles or stones to the bottom of the container to help with water drainage and to prevent the drain hole from getting clogged.

tropical hibiscus plants

Then, add your plant. Remove your Tradewinds™ Tropical Hibiscus from the container and gently break up the root ball. Plant in the potting soil and add more soil if needed.

Water in your plant thoroughly until the water drains through the drain hole.

 

FEEDING YOUR TROPICAL PLANTS

tropical plant food

For a lasting escape of tropical color, feed your plants with Calloway’s Premium Tropical Plant Food! Our 15-5-10 special formula contains a controlled release nitrogen, Fx Iron®, calcium, and other key components to help your tropical plants have healthier growth. Fx Iron® is an environmentally friendly source of iron; promoting new growth and dark green foliage.

tropical hibiscus and plant food

It helps keep your Tropicals green without staining concrete surfaces. Our Tropical Plant Food is ideal for Bougainvillea, Hibiscus, Indoor Plants, and more. Apply every 30 days from the time of planting and use as directed!

 

GET FESTIVE WITH GARDEN DÉCOR & METAL ART

tropical hibiscus decor

Have fun with your outdoor space by adding tropical accents and garden décor! Capture the playful nature and give your back yard a new look and feel. Create a fresh experience for family fun and true relaxation!

Lawn Décor

Have a family flamingle with with garden décor! No landscape or garden is complete without the artful wonder of lawn décor and metal art. We offer a wide variety of lawn products to add some flair while enhancing the beauty of your garden. Choose from colorful flower spinners, kinetic stakes, solar lanterns, and assorted animals made of lovely ceramic and metals like a fun flamingo from Regal Art & Gift.

wind twirler

Add movement and color to your landscape with a Wind Twirler from Evergreen®! The soothing swirls of color gives your garden a touch of character and cuteness.

Complete the look of your tropical design with garden flags from Evergreen®! Explore all of the darling designs and unique styles that fit your home best.

Finally, add your own tropical touches with pillows, grass skirts, and fun table linens to make your tropical getaway perfect for you!

Water Fountains

water fountain

Bring the tropics to life and add tranquility to your garden with a beautiful water fountain. These amazing pieces of décor are available in multiple styles and sizes including lightweight variations, to fit your porch, patio, or garden oasis.

water feature

You’ll love the soothing sounds of your personal water fountain, as you relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature.

 

MOSQUITO CONTROL

Protect your family from pests like mosquitoes so you can enjoy your backyard staycation in peace! Explore our Mosquito Control Center, available at every Calloway’s and Cornelius locations. We have a wide range of products made to effectively control and prevent pesky mosquitoes.

mosqutio control

BioAdvanced® Mosquito Killer FizzTabs are only larvicide that stops all 4 larval stages of mosquitoes! With a patented bi-layer tablet, this slow release formula dissolves over 60 days, providing constant coverage. Drop a FizzTab into any pond, rain barrel, or areas where water easily collects. The formula penetrates the water from the top to the bottom!

Spartan Mosquito Eradicator is one of the most effective, long lasting, continuous mosquito control systems! Spartan doesn’t use sprays, fogs, coils, or zappers. All you need is water to activate and enjoy up to 90 days of mosquito control. It is easy to install around the perimeter of your home.

mosquito control products

Summit Mosquito Bits® uses environmentally sound mosquito control to stop the larval population with corn cob granules coated in Bti. Mosquito Bits can be sprinkled in flowerbeds, containers, or anywhere mosquito larvae might be. It is easy to use and effective. With over 50 years of experience, Summit Mosquito offers an array of products to help you stop mosquitoes in their tracks.

Summit Mosquito & Gnat Barrier Spray stops insects on contact! It lasts up to 4 weeks against insects, including mosquitoes. Packaged with a convenient hose sprayer, it is perfect to use on fences, decking, and along the edge of your foundation.

 

OTHER FAMILY FUN ACTIVITIES TO DO OUTDOORS

While you are spending time outdoors and enjoying your tropical escape, create memories together with fun family activities! Take photos and make an album to enjoy later. The options are endless for all the fun you can have outdoors!

  • Do a family scavenger hunt
  • Jump rope
  • Play hopscotch
  • Throw a frisbee
  • Kick a soccer ball
  • Read a book
  • Relax in a hammock
  • Take a nap
  • Have a picnic
  • Paint or draw

 

3 WAYS TO SHOP

tropical hibiscus

At Calloway’s and Cornelius, we want to make gardening easier for you with 3 ways to shop. Our open-air stores are here for you to enjoy, or you can call our store nearest you and place an order over the phone for Curbside Pickup! Plus, try shopping online! We are working diligently to add more inventory to our online stores for your gardening ease! When you shop online, you can select Curbside Pickup or use home delivery!

Questions about plant care, availability, or quantities of plants? Call our store nearest you! Our Texas Certified Nursery Professionals are here to help with your planting needs!

As you can see, a backyard staycation is exactly what you need! Enjoy the gift of time we have together and the beautiful weather outdoors. Have fun and create a tropical oasis for you and your family! Soak up the season and make lasting memories!

 

 

 

ref: tradewindshibiscus.com

Pollinator Garden Growing: Invite Beneficial Insects & Birds

Get outside with your family and get involved in your garden! Beneficial pollinators are extremely important to our environment and way of life. Spend time together and learn about plants that attract pollinators, start a Pollinator Journal together and observe all of the wildlife around your plants, and enjoy a simple craft project with Calloway’s Premium Bird Seed.

 

THE IMPORTANCE OF POLLINATION

althea

Pollination is more than aiding in the creation of beautiful plants, it is essential to ecological survival. All plants need to be pollinated and the human race depends on pollinators for our world’s survival.  Our food and plant-based products require pollination which creates higher crop yields and more flavorful fruits. Did you know that more than half of the world’s healthy fats and oils, like sunflower oils and canola, come from pollinated plants?

Take a breath of fresh air and thank pollination. Pollination produces flowering plants which in turn create breathable oxygen for our world. Since levels of carbon dioxide have been increasing at an alarming rate in the last century, pollination is the key to keeping our plant population thriving. Without pollinators, our plant population would decline throughout our world.

Plants also help our water system and prevent soil erosion. The water cycle depends on plants to return moisture back to the atmosphere and we need pollinators to keep those plants thriving.

 

POLLINATOR GARDEN GROWING: PLANT TO ATTRACT POLLINATORS

You can help pollinators and the ecosystem by planting selections known for attracting beneficial bugs and birds like bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies. Here are some great options for planting now!

Pentas

butterfly and pentas

Pentas are heat-tolerant, and have star-shaped blooms clustered on top of dark green foliage. It does best in full sun to partial shade and is a perfect choice for adding dynamic color to your flowerbeds or containers. With nectar-rich blooms, Pentas are one of the best pollinator-friendly plants you can grow.

pentas

Bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds love Pentas and will make it a popular plant in your landscape. Plant with Calloway’s Premium Flowerbed Garden Soil in your flowerbeds or Calloway’s Premium Container Potting Soil in your container gardens.

 

Lantana

lantana with hummingbird

Love butterflies? Plant Lantana! Butterflies love this heat and drought-tolerant plant that is a perfect addition for your summer garden. Lantana produces a vibrant display of colorful flowers clustered among the green foliage. It is deer-tolerant and easily adapts to both dry and moist soil conditions. Lantana does best in full sun to partial shade and thrives in your sunny flowerbeds and containers. Plant with Calloway’s Premium Flowerbed Garden Soil for healthy and happy roots.

 

Perennial Salvia

salvia

Salvia is a gorgeous shrub with spikes of flowers. It is a great choice for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds, yet it is deer-tolerant. Bees also enjoy the nectar-rich blooms. Salvia does best in full sun to partial shade and prefers moist soil conditions. It shouldn’t be allowed to dry out. Plant with Calloway’s Premium Flowerbed Garden Soil and enjoy these unique and gorgeous blooms.

 

Esperanza

esperanza

Esperanza, also known as Yellow Trumpetbush, is a heat-loving and full shrub covered in yellow trumpet-shaped flowers. It can grow to be about 6 feet tall with a spread of 4 feet. Bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies will love to visit this plant. Esperanza does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers moist soil conditions and shouldn’t be allowed to dry out. The upright habit makes this plant a great selection for a “Thriller” plant in your landscape design. Plant with Calloway’s Flowerbed Garden Soil for gardening success.

 

Althea

raspberry smoothie althea

Althea contains double blooms that adorn this medium-sized shrub from mid to late summer. It will easily adapt to your garden and is great in mass plantings. Drought-tolerant, Althea grows best in partial sun to full sunlight. It attracts bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies to your garden, but is deer-tolerant and rabbit resistant! Plant with Calloway’s Premium Tree & Shrub Garden Soil.

 

Hibiscus

hummingbird

Hibiscus plants are pollinated by insects like butterflies, but they are a favorite to hummingbirds, who account for most of its pollination. Hummingbirds hover over the open bloom and draw the nectar from the plant while coating themselves in pollen. The pollen is then sprinkled to other plants by the flapping of the hummingbird’s wings. Hummingbirds are attracted to the bright colors of Hibiscus plants, especially the red hues. The shape of Hibiscus blooms forms a bull’s eye which guides the hummingbird to the flower. Hibiscus does best in full sun when planted in a landscape and enjoys partial shade when planted in a container. It requires a well-draining soil like Calloway’s Premium Tree & Shrub Garden Soil.

hibiscus

For more tips on how to properly plant shrubs, check out our blog here!

 

POLLINATOR JOURNAL

Now that you know some great plants to add to your landscape. Watch them work! Spend some time with your kiddos and start a Pollinator Journal. Teach your family about the different plant selections and relax outside while you observe the different visitors throughout the day. Take notes of the time of day and the quantities of bees or butterflies enjoying your plants. Then, sketch a picture of what you see. Spending time with art and creativity will help you learn and grow about your plants and pollinators.

pollinator journal

DOWNLOAD OUR FREE POLLINATOR JOURNAL FOR YOU TO PRINT AND ENJOY HERE!

 

POLLINATOR GARDEN GROWING: SUPPORT POLLINATORS TO YOUR GARDEN

BUG HOUSES

bee house

Provide shelter and support for pollinators with more than just plants. Explore our selection of bug houses from Evergreen®, like bee houses and ladybug houses. These adorable homes create a safe place for beneficial bugs to nest and lay eggs. The design is made to mimic a natural habitat that bees need.

ladybug house

All bug houses are available in different sizes and styles, you are sure to find the perfect house to add to your landscape.

 

BIRD FEEDERS

hummingbird feeders

Bird Feeders and birdbaths are another great way to attract pollinators to your landscape. Birds need food, shelter, and water to maintain the energy required to properly pollinate. Check out our Birding Center at our store nearest you to explore our vast selection of feeders, bird seed, nectars, and more!

bird bath

Want to create your own bird feeder? Try this craft project with your family and make your own. The key to a successful bird feeder is the quality of seeds. Calloway’s Premium Bird Seeds are made with top ingredients that birds love.

bird seed

 

HOW-TO MAKE A PEANUT BUTTER BIRD FEEDER

SUPPLIES:

  • Stale Bread
  • Peanut Butter
  • Calloway’s Premium Bird Seed
  • Cookie Cutters
  • String

Step 1: Cut Out Shape and String Hole

cut bread with cookie cutters

Get your slice of stale bread and use your cookie cutters to create a cute design. Stale bread is stronger than regular bread and will be able to support the weight of the bird seed.

make a hole

After your shapes are made, use a straw and make the hole for the string. Add the string so that it will be ready to hang up after adding the rest of the ingredients.

add string

Step 2: Spread Peanut Butter

add peanut butter

Spread peanut butter over each slice of bread. Cover generously so that it can hold an adequate amount of bird seed!

Step 3: Add Bird Seed

add bird seed

After you add your peanut butter, place into a pan full of bird seed. Allow the bird seed to completely coat and cover the peanut butter.

Step 4: Feed The Birds

bird feeder ideas

When everything is complete, take it outside and tie to a tree branch. Allow an adult to help hang the bird feeder if working with kids. Then, sit back and watch the show of birds that will come to visit your creation! Take notes in your journal and have fun working together to help our friendly pollinators.

feed the birds

 

3 WAYS TO SHOP

At Calloway’s and Cornelius, we want to make gardening easier for you with 3 ways to shop. Our open-air stores are here for you to enjoy, or you can call our store nearest you and place an order over the phone for Curbside Pickup! Plus, try shopping online! We are working diligently to add more inventory to our online stores for your gardening ease! When you shop online, you can select Curbside Pickup or use home delivery!

yellow lantana

Questions about plant care, availability, or quantities of plants? Call our store nearest you! Our Texas Certified Nursery Professionals are here to help with your planting needs!

Enjoy the gift of time we have together and the beautiful weather outdoors. Engage in your garden to learn and grow as a family in your plant knowledge. This is a great opportunity to focus on helping our world and what better way than to support pollinators! Work together as a family keeping our environment thriving! Remember, don’t worry, BEE happy!

 

 

 

REF: tylerpaper.comgardendebut.comsensiblegardening.comsciencing.comyourconroenews.com fs.fed.us

Summer Flowers for 2020: Soiree® Kawaii Catharanthus

Summer Flowers Soiree® Kawaii Catharanthus

Are you looking for fantastic summer color? Soiree® Kawaii Catharanthus is one of the hottest annuals around! Tiny, yet terrific, this plant will sizzle all season long with a punch of flower power. Available at all Calloway’s and Cornelius store locations by this Friday, May 22nd. Let’s learn more about this outstanding selection!

 

WHAT IS SOIREE® KAWAII CATHARANTHUS?

Summer Flowers white peppermint Soiree® Kawaii Catharanthus

Soiree® Kawaii Catharanthus is a low-maintenance, heat-loving annual. It is covered in clusters of small, star-shaped blooms that glitter against the dark green and glossy leaves. The name “Kawaii” means “cute” in Japanese to describe the adorable flower size and shape. The Soiree® Collection from Suntory Flowers reinvents the variety best known as the vinca plant, also considered as the little sister to vincas. This new variety was created to offer a different look and other distinct benefits. It is available in gorgeous shades of white peppermint, coral, and light purple.

 

SOIREE® KAWAII CATHARANTHUS PLANT CHARACTERISTICS

Summer Flowers light purple Soiree® Kawaii Catharanthus

Soiree® Kawaii Catharanthus is an annual bedding plant. It is highly self-branching with a tight mounding habit and shape. They do not get “leggy” and maintain a continuous coverage of blooms. Soiree® Kawaii Catharanthus will grow to about 10 inches in height with an 18 inch spread. It is tolerant to our city environment and brings vivid color to your landscape. This plant creates small mounds of carefree color in your garden while providing outstanding coverage.

 

THE BENEFITS OF PLANTING SOIREE® KAWAII CATHARANTHUS

Summer Flowers Soiree® Kawaii Catharanthus plants

  • Provides carefree color all summer long
  • Outstanding garden performance
  • Thrives in Texas heat
  • Superior branching with mounding habit
  • Provides incredible flower coverage that will last through the hottest and most humid conditions
  • Attracts beneficial pollinators, like butterflies, to your garden and is not particularly attractive to deer

SUMMER FLOWERS PLANTING TIPS FOR SOIREE® KAWAII CATHARANTHUS

Summer Flowers coral catharanthus

Sun Requirements

Soiree® Kawaii Catharanthus does best in full sunlight to partial shade throughout the day. This plant prefers warm environments and thrives in the heat.

 

Planting in Flowerbeds

Summer Flowers Soiree® Kawaii Catharanthus in flowerbeds

Plant your Soiree® Kawaii Catharanthus with Calloway’s Premium Flowerbed Garden Soil. Calloway’s Premium Flowerbed Garden Soil is made from the highest quality ingredients, it provides optimal conditions for vibrant blooms, and contains water saving ingredients like expanded shale, coconut coir, and earthworm castings. Additional ingredients include composted pine bark, composted rice hulls, sphagnum peat moss, dolomite lime, and more to help your flowerbeds perform their best. Calloway’s Premium Flowerbed Garden Soil also contains beneficial mycorrhizae which transports and increases nutrient uptake to the plant and organic ingredients to help promote rapid root growth, enhance nutrient retention, and balances air and water around the roots. Also added is a beneficial, slow-release fertilizer to help feed your plants for up to 6 months.

For new beds, till the top layer of existing soil with 3 inches of Calloway’s Premium Flowerbed Garden Soil. Smooth the surface, gently break up the root ball and plant your flowers. Space out accordingly, keeping in mind the spread growth and water in thoroughly.

 

Planting in Containers

Summer Flowers light purple catharanthus

For planting your Soiree® Kawaii Catharanthus in containers, plant with Calloway’s Premium Container Potting Soil. Our new Premium Container Potting Soil helps your plants get the best start for healthier, continued growth. It contains the highest quality ingredients for your planting success. For added moisture control, this soil is made with water saving ingredients, like hydrogel water holding crystals, expanded shale and coconut coir. Additional ingredients include sphagnum peat moss, composted rice hulls, composted pine bark, earthworm castings, dolomite lime, and trace elements. Silicon Enriched™ to provide container plants with the same benefits as those grown in the earth’s soil and it helps to improve drought tolerance, delay wilting, and increases stem strength in some crops. Calloway’s Premium Container Potting Soil also contains a slow release fertilizer which feeds for up to 6 months.

To plant in containers, select a container with a drain hole. Fill your container with Calloway’s Premium Container Potting Soil, leaving room for the plant. Gently break up the root ball and plant. Water in thoroughly and add more soil as needed.

 

Watering Guidelines

Soiree® Kawaii Catharanthus thrives in evenly moist soil conditions and will not tolerate standing water. Allow the soil to dry before watering again.

Summer Flowers white peppermint Catharanthus

 

Feed your Plants

To keep your Soiree® Kawaii Catharanthus thriving throughout the summer, feed with Calloway’s Natural Garden Food as directed. Our Natural Garden Food is one of the leading fertilizers for an organic landscape. Enhanced with Jobe’s Biozome® and Archaea, a unique blend of beneficial microorganisms, which breaks down complex minerals to improve long-term soil quality. This highly enriched fertilizer also contains helpful mycorrhizae, a healthy bacteria that stimulates growth above and below the soil. All in an upright, zip seal bag, with easy-to-read directions for your gardening needs and planting success!

 

3 WAYS TO SHOP

Soiree® Kawaii Catharanthus arrives in all store locations, this Friday! At Calloway’s and Cornelius, we want to make gardening easier for you with 3 ways to shop. Our open-air stores are here for you to enjoy, or you can call our store nearest you and place an order over the phone for Curbside Pickup! Plus, try shopping online! We are working diligently to add more inventory to our online stores for your gardening ease! When you shop online, you can select Curbside Pickup or use home delivery!

Summer Flowers landscaping with Soiree® Kawaii Catharanthus

Questions about plant care, availability, or quantities of plants? Call our store nearest you! Our Texas Certified Nursery Professionals are here to help with your planting needs!

Mark your calendars and let’s grow for the summer!

 

Summer Flowers suntory

 

 

ref: greenhousegrower.com

Way to Grow Graduates: Garden Gift Ideas For A Special Celebration

GRADUATION GIFT IDEAS; WAY TO GROW, GRADUATES!

Graduation is a little different this year and we know that the dream moment of walking across the stage in their cap and gown may not become a reality. Make your Graduate feel extra special with a fun and festive display. Give them the graduation celebration that they deserve and gift them with plants and beautiful containers that they can cherish for years to come. No matter if its 5th grade graduation, high school graduation, or even college, show how proud you are of their hard work and their amazing accomplishment with a family celebration that they will always remember. Plus, teach your Graduate life lessons about planting that can keep them growing for a colorful future!

 

GRADUATION PLANT TAGS

graduation plant tags

First, give the celebration a bold and thoughtful touch with Graduation Plant Tags! Enjoy the FREE template with various designs in the link below to get started!

DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE GRADUATION PLANT TAGS HERE!

graduation plant tag template

Simply, color or paint the different designs. Use their favorite colors or their school colors to really make them pop! After you are finished decorating, cut out the plant tags and glue to a popsicle stick so that it can easily be placed into any container garden!

plant tags for graduation

Personalize the plant tags and even write an inspiring note! Tell your Graduate how special they are, give advice for the future, or even jot down care tips for their container garden gift.

 

HOW TO MAKE GRADUATION CONTAINER GARDENS

graduation pottery

STEP 1: SUPPLIES

You will need the following items to create the graduation-themed pottery:

  • Plants – try low-maintenance varieties for starter plants like succulents and cacti or create a container garden for the sun or shade
  • Calloway’s Premium Container Potting Soil
  • Terra cotta pottery from Calloway’s or Cornelius
  • Decorative moss and pebbles

STEP 2: DECORATE YOUR CONTAINER

Create personalized, graduation-themed pottery that your Graduate can keep for years to come and re-use with different plants in the future. This little keepsake will always remind them of what they accomplished and their special day of celebrating.

Graduation Cap Pottery

graduation cap pottery

Using their favorite or school colors, paint a cap and tassel on one of your terra cotta pots. Keep the design modern and simple.

Diploma Pottery

diploma pottery

Paint a diploma on your terra cotta pot in the same color scheme as the rest of the designs. Have some fun with this one and create a graduation ceremony. Announce your kiddo’s name, have the family cheer loudly, and hand them their container garden diploma! Create a memory for that special moment that they will always cherish.

Way to Grow Pottery

way to go pottery

Another option for decorating the Graduation containers is to write an inspirational message! Make it sentimental or simply state, “Way To Grow!” This message will encourage them to keep it up and keep growing in their knowledge and character.

Other Decorative Pottery

decorative pottery

STEP 3: START PLANTING & ADD SOIL

Once your containers are ready to go, fill them with Calloway’s Premium Container Potting Soil. Select a container with proper drainage for moisture control to keep your plant’s roots healthy. After you add your plants and water in thoroughly, add more soil if needed.

STEP 4: PLANT SELECTION

When selecting plants, remember to keep these details in mind:

  • Where will the container garden be displayed?
  • What are the sunlight requirements?
  • What are the watering requirements?

When planting a container garden, it is always best to select plants with similar sun and water requirements to grow successfully! Use the “Thriller, Filler, Spiller” method for a bright and dynamic display. This will help you create an interesting layout for your plants!

succulent garden

For easy care and plants that can be kept indoors, try gifting your Graduate with gorgeous succulents or dynamic cactus varieties. Let your Graduate build confidence with these lovely and low-maintenance plants. Visit our blog here for more information and tips on planting a succulent container garden!

container gardens for sun

Give your Graduate a new project to care for with a container garden made for the sun or the shade. Give them the gift of guidance and planting tips. Grow together and bond as you each learn how to properly care for a container garden and help your Graduate learn the tools for planting success in the future. For tips on planting container gardens for the sun or the shade, visit our blog here!

aloe

For more help on care tips and instructions, keep the plant tags that are provided with your plant selections. They contain all the vital information that the plants need to grow successfully, and your Graduate will be come more accustomed to what they are growing and how!

 

LET THE CELEBRATION BEGIN

decorative moss

To complete the Graduation containers, add a final touch to complete the look. Try adding decorative moss or stones and pebbles. After you water in your plants, cover the soil with the decorative elements.

gifts for your graduate

Finally, add your personalized Graduation plant tags to various containers and set up your display!

graduation ideas

It is time to celebrate! Make some fun snacks and turn on some tunes. Have fun with your family and most importantly, take some time to show your Graduate that they are awesome, what they have accomplished is important, and give them the encouragement to keep on working hard, to keep learning, and to keep growing!

Focus on the moment and make this the Graduation that they will remember forever. Plus, teach them the ability to cope with the unexpected and turn it into a positive experience and memory. This is a lesson that they will hold onto as they move on into the next stage of their future. Learning the basics to plant care is the first step to setting up your Graduate with the knowledge and confidence to create a strong and sustainable future for themselves.

 

OTHER GRADUATION GIFT IDEAS

gardening gloves

We have tons of great gift ideas at our store nearest you! Treat your Graduate with adorable pottery, garden décor, or gorgeous gardening gloves! Pick up a watering can, shovel, and plant food to aid in their planting success. Or, pick up a Calloway’s or Cornelius Gift Card so they can explore and discover all the planting possibilities!

 

3 WAYS TO SHOP

At Calloway’s and Cornelius, we want to make gardening easier for you with 3 ways to shop. Our open-air stores are here for you to enjoy, or you can call our store nearest you and place an order over the phone for Curbside Pickup! Plus, try shopping online! We are working diligently to add more inventory to our online stores for your gardening ease! When you shop online, you can select Curbside Pickup or use home delivery!

Questions about availability or quantities of plants? Call our store nearest you! Our Texas Certified Nursery Professionals are here to help with your planting needs!

Show us how you are celebrating your Graduates on social media! Tag us in your photos and use #CALLOWAYSNURSERY or #CORNELIUSNURSERY and #TIMETOGROW!

CONGRATULATIONS CLASS OF 2020! WE ARE SO PROUD OF YOU! KEEP IT UP AND KEEP ON GROWING!

 

Container Gardening: The Perfect Mother’s Day Gift for Mom

Container Gardening: The Perfect Mother’s Day Gift for Mom

Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful mothers out there! Show Mom how much she is appreciated and treat her with goodies for her Garden. Make a gift from your heart that is lovely and personal with a beautiful Container Garden and top it off with a Mother’s Day Card Plant Tag! Check out our container gardening tips and other great gift ideas to make Mother’s Day extra special.

MOTHER’S DAY CARD PLANT TAG

plant tag

First, make your own Mother’s Day Card with our FREE template! Color it, personalize it, and make it special with a thoughtful note.

mother's day plant tag

DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE MOTHER’S DAY CARD PLANT TAG HERE!

mother's day plant tag template

When the tag is decorated, carefully cut it out. Always use adult supervision with kids and scissors. Glue it to cardstock or poster for a thicker card, or you can use as is. Glue a popsicle stick to the back of the card so that it can easily be placed in your container garden creation!

mothers day card

 

Container Gardening Tips:

HOW TO MAKE A CONTAINER GARDEN FOR MOM

Container Gardening for sun

STEP 1: SUPPLIES

You will need the following items to complete your creation:

  • Plants for sun or shade – depending on where you will be displaying your container garden
  • Calloway’s Premium Potting Soil
  • Pottery from Calloway’s or Cornelius
  • Calloway’s Natural Garden Food or Calloway’s Premium Flower Food

STEP 2: ADD SOIL

Fill the container with Calloway’s Premium Potting Soil. Select a container with proper drainage for moisture control to keep your plant’s roots healthy. After you add your plants and water thoroughly, add more soil if needed.

STEP 3: PLANT SELECTION

When selecting plants, remember to keep these details in mind:

  • Where will the container garden be displayed?
  • What are the sunlight requirements?
  • What are the watering requirements?

When planting a container garden, it is always best to select plants with similar sun and water requirements in order to be successful!

For the perfect gift, use the “Thriller, Filler, Spiller” method for a bright and dynamic display. This will help you create an interesting layout for your plants!

 

THRILLER PLANT

Option for Sun

Container Gardening pentas

Pentas are a great choice for gorgeous, sun-loving color and is the perfect “Thriller” plant for your container garden. They will dazzle in your container gardens with their showy corymbs of star-shaped flowers! Pentas are available in many colors and sizes to fit Mom’s style!

Option for Shade or Partial Sun

coleus

Coleus are low-maintenance annuals that love the shade! With heart-shaped leaves in a range of colors that also produce spikes of beautiful blooms. Choose a larger and colorful variety to really make a thrilling impact in your container garden!

 

FILLER PLANT

Option for Sun

cora vinca

For one of your “Filler” plant selections, use Cora® XDR Vincas. They are striking, showy, star-shaped flowers that provide strong, sun-loving color with glossy green oval leaves. Cora® XDR is great as a container filler or a colorful addition to flowerbeds.

zinnia

Another “Filler” option for the sun are Zinnias. Zinnias produce daisy-like blooms from mid-spring through summer. Heat and drought tolerant, this plant is great for containers or as a cut flower in arrangements.

Option for Shade or Partial Sun

 begonia

A “Filler” plant option that thrives in shady spots of your landscape, try Ambassador Begonias! This rich-green leaf series of Begonias is known for their early, large flowers on compact plants. They are wonderful performers in container gardens and flowerbeds and are heat-tolerant.

Another great option for the perfect “Filler” plants are Impreza™ Impatiens. These beauties are draped in stunning, colorful round flowers at the ends of the stems from mid spring to late summer. Its small pointy leaves remain green in color throughout the season.

 

SPILLER PLANT

Option for Sun

sweet potato vine

Choose plants with a trailing habit like Sweet Potato Vines for your “Spiller” plant selection. Sweet Potato Vines are a wonderful addition to gardens and containers, with their rich, heart-shaped leaves and gorgeous color.

Option for Shade or Partial Sun

bolivian inch plant

For a shade or partial sun “Spiller” option, try the Bolivian Inch Plant! Bolivian Inch Plant has ovate shaped leaves that are green on the surface and purple on the underside. It grows quickly and is best used as a groundcover or in a hanging basket and makes a beautiful container plant.

 

LEARN HOW TO PLANT YOUR CONTAINER GARDEN HERE

 

DISPLAY YOUR CONTAINER GARDEN FOR MOM

container garden ideas

Once your container garden is planted, add your Mother’s Day Plant Tag! Now your gift for Mom is complete and ready to share!

container garden for sun

 

OTHER GIFT IDEAS

We have tons of great gift ideas at our store nearest you! Treat Mom with adorable pottery, garden décor, or pretty gardening gloves!

evergreen flag

Explore the selection of garden flags from Evergreen™ and find a style that will suit Mom! Choose from flags with sports themes to cute country themes with herbs.

garden decor

Add decoration to Mom’s container gardens or flowerbeds with spinners or friendly creatures that will give movement and character to her garden!

spinner

Give Mom a gift that keeps on giving like garden gloves! We have a wide variety of different designs and color schemes that Mom will love! Help her protect her hands while she enjoys time in her garden.

garden gloves

Support or introduce Mom to a new hobby like birding! Bring relaxation to her life while she supports our beneficial pollinators and observes the beautiful wildlife. Give her a gift set of bird seed, bird feeders, and more!

birding

Don’t feel like planting? Look for pre-made creations at our store nearest you, while supplies last, or pick up a gift card! Gift Cards are available for purchase in store or online!

pre-made container creations

3 WAYS TO SHOP

Ready to get your supplies together and start planting for Mom? At Calloway’s and Cornelius, we want to make gardening easier for you with 3 ways to shop. Our open-air stores are here for you to enjoy, or you can call our store nearest you and place an order over the phone for Curbside Pickup! Plus, try shopping online! We are working diligently to add more inventory to our online stores for your gardening ease! When you shop online, you can select Curbside Pickup or use home delivery!

Questions about availability or quantities of plants? Call our store nearest you! Our Texas Certified Nursery Professionals are here to help with your planting needs!

Happy Mother’s Day! Show us the Container Gardens with Mom by tagging us on social media! Tag us in your photos and use #CALLOWAYSNURSERY or #CORNELIUSNURSERY and #TIMETOGROW!

Cinco de Mayo – Celebrating with Plants

Cinco de Mayo – Celebrating with Plants

Happy May! The weather is getting warmer and the sun is shining! Cinco de Mayo is coming up, so why not spend some time celebrating with your family while enjoying the beauty of nature and plants! Have a family fiesta and decorate together with stylish pottery, edible plants, succulents, cacti, and more! Plus, get creative with free decoration templates that your family can color together, learn how to make a sombrero with pottery, and enjoy tips on planting and design!

FIESTA DECORATIONS

Fiesta Flags

string rope through flags

First, let’s make things festive with fun Cinco de Mayo décor like Fiesta Flags. There are 3 different styles of flag templates that you can print and your family can decorate.

fiesta flags

Color with markers, crayons, pencils, or paint; it is up to you! Make the flags vibrant and colorful to really jazz up your celebration! Depending on the size of the flag banner that you want to make, that will determine how many flags you need to decorate.

decorate flags

When the flags are done, carefully, cut them out and always use adult supervision when crafting with kiddos. You can glue the flags to a piece of poster board for more support or use as is. Have an adult use a hole punch and create holes on the top 2 corners of each flag.

rope

Then, carefully, run string, ribbon, or rope through the holes, one flag at a time. Hang your new Fiesta Flag banner when it is ready to go!

fiesta flag display

Click here to download the Fiesta Flags Templates!

 

Sombrero Plant Tag

sombrero plant tag

Give your potted plants a little spice with Sombrero Plant Tags! First, color the sombrero to your liking, making a couple different variations to place in your different container gardens!

sombrero plant tags

When you are done decorating, cut out the sombrero. Feel free to glue to a piece of poster board and then, cut it out for stronger support. Then, glue the sombrero securely to a popsicle stick and place in your festive potted plants.

plant tags for cinco de mayo

Click here to download your free Sombrero Plant Tag Templates!

 

Sombrero Pottery

sombrero pottery

Take your terra cotta pottery to the next level and turn it into a stylish sombrero! When the celebration is over, you can use the saucer and pot as decoration in your home for your indoor plants!

terra cotta pot and saucer

First, paint the rim of the pot with a festive pattern and colors. You may need to add additional layers of paint for a more bold and vibrant color.

painted pottery

Then, paint the saucer. We continued the green color for the saucer to complete the look. Allow everything to dry before putting your sombrero together.

paint plant saucer

 

Other Decorative Pottery

For a simple, yet modern look, use color blocking with the other paint colors you used on the sombrero. Just paint the bottom half of your pottery for a pop of color against the natural hue of terra cotta.

color block design

Don’t feel like painting? Explore our selections of decorative pottery, available in many styles, colors, and sizes, like gorgeous hand-painted pottery. Have fun selecting from the glossy, modern shapes to the bold and natural textures and varieties that we have available!

sombrero plant tag in planter

Find an eclectic array of pottery in bright and festive colors to really bring your celebration to life!

 

Cinco de Mayo Planting Tips

Fresh Herbs and Veggies

fresh herbs

Have some fun with your fresh and edible plants! They make the perfect decoration to any celebration because of their lush green color and gorgeous foliage. Their textures and fragrances are visually and naturally beautiful and will compliment any fiesta décor, plus you can reap the benefits of growing fresh produce for your family! When getting ready for your celebration, you and your family can learn the basics of planting edible plants and the importance of creating a more sustainable life together! Check out our blog here for more information on the important of starting your Victory Garden!

When planting herbs, you can usually plant a couple varieties together, depending on the size of your container and if there is room.

tomato plants

Tomato plants and peppers need room to grow. For your Cinco de Mayo fiesta, plant individually in a larger container. As your plants grow larger, it will need to be transplanted to your garden so you can really reap the tasty benefits.

For planting edible plants in containers, you need a good, quality potting soil. Choose Calloway’s Premium Potting Soil for its many benefits like the moisture-retaining capabilities that will keep your plant’s roots happy and healthy. Add the potting soil to the container, leaving room for the plant.

Next, remove your plant from the plastic container and gently break up the root ball. Place in the potting soil and water in thoroughly until the water drains through the plant’s roots and out the drain hole. Add more potting soil if needed.

Succulents and Cacti

A fiesta is not complete without the unique styles and colors of succulents and cacti. They are available in many sizes and varieties for your decorating needs! Call our store nearest you for information on fresh arrivals of these beautiful plants.

When planting succulents and cactus plants, use a potting soil like Black Gold® Cactus Mix. It is made from a unique blend of horticultural grade perlite, pumice, earthworm castings, compost and bark that these plants crave. Plus, it helps provide the ideal soil structure and drainage.

succulents and cacti

Fill your container with Black Gold® Cactus Mix, leaving room to plant. Add your succulents or cactus selections to the container. Remember, the amount you plant will vary based on the size of the container. Mix these plants together for a desert theme container garden. For more tips on planting succulents in containers, check out our blog here!

After you are done planting, water in thoroughly and add more Black Gold® Cactus Mix as needed. Water again when the soil is dry.

 

COMPLETE YOUR CINCO DE MAYO DISPLAY

cinco de mayo celebration

Now that your plants are planted, and your decorations are complete. Set up your Cinco de Mayo celebration display!

hang flags

Hang your Fiesta Flag banner and place the sombrero plant tags in a few containers.

decorative pottery

Bring together all the different pottery and plant selections so that you can admire your work!

cinco de mayo decorations

 

3 WAYS TO SHOP

Ready to get your supplies together and start planting? At Calloway’s and Cornelius, we want to make gardening easier for you with 3 ways to shop. Our open-air stores are here for you to enjoy, or you can call our store nearest you and place an order over the phone for Curbside Pickup! Plus, try shopping online! We are working diligently to add more inventory to our online stores for your gardening ease! When you shop online, you can select Curbside Pickup or use home delivery!

cinco de mayo with plants

Questions about availability or quantities of plants? Call our store nearest you! Our Texas Certified Nursery Professionals are here to help with your planting needs!

Have so much fun and stay safe celebrating with your family! Engage in gardening and spend time being creative together; feel the pride and enjoy the fresh taste of your home-grown vegetables and herbs! Plus, breathe easier in your home and enjoy the air purifying qualities of indoor plants like succulents.

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Show us your fabulous celebration displays by tagging us on social media! Tag us in your photos and use #CALLOWAYSNURSERY or #CORNELIUSNURSERY and #TIMETOGROW!

Pizza Gardens: The Perfect Family Gardening Activity

Pizza Gardens: The Perfect Family Gardening Activity

If your family loves Pizza, plant a Pizza Garden! Bring back a concept of normalcy with your kids and grow for the perfect Pizza Party. In school, Pizza Parties are always a reward for hard work, good grades, and achieving goals. Work together as a family and reap the benefits of a deliciously fresh pizza made with ingredients from your own back yard! Learn about nature, get creative, and grow as a family to accomplish the goal of a plentiful Pizza Garden!

Pizza Garden Check List

STEP 1: INGREDIENTS

planting with herbs

You will need the following “ingredients” to create the perfect Pizza Garden:

  1. 5 X 8in Terra Cotta Pots
  2. Fresh herbs like Parsley, Sweet Basil, Oregano, and Onion or Garlic Chives
  3. Tomato plant
  4. Calloway’s Premium Potting Soil
  5. Garden tools like hand shovels or trowels, gloves, and a watering can
  6. Calloway’s Natural Garden Food
  7. Crafting supplies like paint and paint brushes

 

STEP 2: PAINT YOUR POTTERY

8 in terra cotta pots

First, get your pottery in the Pizza spirit! Paint slices of pizza for a fun and funky look! Let each family member create their own slice or work together for a cohesive style.

painting pottery

Teach your kids how to create different colors by blending primary colors together. Use the color wheel as a reference. Experiment with different mixtures to see what it creates. If you mix yellow with a little bit of red, you can start to create the color orange or mixing red and green creates brown! The colors they can create can become limitless and the knowledge they will gain is essential.

paint pizza slice

Paint the crust and cheesy slice for the base of your design. Then, add your toppings like pepperoni!

add toppings

Label each slice/container with a letter to spell out the word “PIZZA”. Each herb and the tomato plant will have their own container.

pizza planters

 

STEP 3: PLANT FOR PIZZA

fresh herbs

When your Pizza Pottery is complete, it is time to start planting your herbs and tomatoes like:

First, in each container, add your Calloway’s Premium Potting Soil, leaving room for your plant. Remove your plant from its plastic container and gently loosen up the root ball.

oregano

Plant in the potting soil and water in thoroughly until the water drains through the container and out the drain hole. Add more potting soil if needed. Repeat this process until all herbs and your tomato plant are planted!

herbs

For tomato plants, once they start to grow larger, they will need to be transplanted to a larger container or a garden bed. Add a tomato cage or trellis to help support your plant as it grows and produces delicious fruit.

Teaching your family how to garden and spending time gardening together provides many benefits. Engaging in nature and taking care of plants teaches responsibility, self-confidence, teamwork, the basics of cause and effect, and it promotes physical activity. Take time to discuss the different plants, their leaf shapes, their scent, and their sun and water requirements.

 

STEP 4: PLANT CARE

plant tag

For easy access to plant care information, keep your plant tags! They provide all the information that you need to grow successfully. Display your plants in an area that receives about 6-7 hours of sunlight per day and avoid letting the soil dry out. Edible plants in containers require more frequent waterings to maintain a properly moist soil.

Feed your plants with Calloway’s Natural Garden Food. Natural Garden Food is one of the leading fertilizers for an organic landscape. Enhanced with Jobe’s Biozome® and Archaea, a unique blend of beneficial microorganisms, which breaks down complex minerals to improve long-term soil quality. This highly enriched fertilizer also contains helpful and healthy bacteria that stimulates growth above and below the soil.

 

STEP 5: PIZZA PARTY

pizza herb garden

Take pride in your creations and take care of your plants! Work together and achieve your goal of growing fresh herbs and tomatoes for the most delicious Pizza Party ever! Before you know it, you will be enjoying each tasty slice! This activity will grow your family closer together and give each member of the family the responsibility and knowledge to contribute to a more sustainable life.

Ready to get started? We are open! Shop our open-air stores and pick up plant selections, pottery, plant food and potting soil. Call our store nearest you to place your order for Curbside Pickup or shop online! A member of our team will contact you when your order is ready!

We want to see your Pizza Gardens! Show us how you are growing for PIZZA! Tag us in your photos and use #CALLOWAYSNURSERY or #CORNELIUSNURSERY and #TIMETOGROW!

 

 

 

reference: stayingclosetohome.commontessorinature.com

Sow The Seeds of Victory: Gardening Tips & Activities with Seeds

Sow The Seeds of Victory: Gardening Tips & Activities with Seeds

Planting to provide for your family is essential to creating a sustainable future. Sow the seeds of victory and reap the rewards by growing vegetables and planting to support our environment. Victory Gardens are no longer a concept of the past; starting a Victory Garden will help our world grow a stronger root system and will help us all focus on what is important. Spring is here and its beautiful outside! Get outdoors with your family and grow together with seeds! Planting seeds gives you control over the growing process and it’s a cost-effective approach to enjoying fresh edibles and spring color. Learn tips on gardening with seeds and try our seed planting activity that you and your kids will love!

THE HISTORY OF VICTORY GARDENS

Victory Gardens were created to relieve tensions during a time when essentials where in high demand. They produced a solution and built a more positive and sustainable life for the people of our nation.

During World War I, a food crisis hit the world and America formed a plan to help. The National War Garden Commission set forth the mission to the American people to “Sow the Seeds of Victory”. Americans were encouraged to contribute to the effort by planting fruits and vegetables as a means of supporting their families and allowing America the ability to support and feed the troops.

During World War II, this concept re-emerged. Families on the American home front worked together to do their part and began their harvest. During this time, it was estimated that over 20 million Victory Gardens were planted producing a plentiful harvest of 10 million tons of fresh fruits and vegetables. Communities came together to ensure each home was fed, school lunches were provided, and our troops were supported.

Victory Gardens boosted moral throughout the country. They gave Americans a sense of relief, knowing that their families and their troops had access to quality nourishment. Victory Gardens grew more than just vegetables, they produced purpose for Americans during times of unease. They paved the way to a successful, sustainable, and unified life for our country and our homes. Start your Victory Garden now and plant the seeds for success and sustainability for you and your family!

THE BENEFITS OF PLANTING SEEDS

vegetable and flower seeds

Grow Organically

Know exactly where your food comes from by planting seeds. When you plant with seeds, you control the whole growing process, from the soil used to the fertilizers. Provide your family with fresh produce and peace of mind.

Save Money

Planting with seeds is the most cost-effective way to grow fresh edibles and color. A packet of seeds is affordable, especially for the quantities of plants that you can grow from each pack. Growing a productive garden of fresh edibles will feed your family for far less than buying it from the grocery store.

Flexibility

Many seeds are recommended to start their growing process indoors. This gives you the time and flexibility to produce a sturdy root system before they are planted in your garden. You get a head start for planting success and the opportunity to have some control over Mother Nature.

Rewarding & Fun

Grow in your confidence in gardening with seeds. Watching the seeds sprout and develop into strong and healthy plants is an accomplishment. It will teach you many valuable lessons about life and give you a since of pride, relaxation, and contentment.

SEED SKETCHBOOK AND PLANTING ACTIVITY

how to plant seeds

Make education fun with gardening! Work together and get creative planting seeds! Teach responsibility and educate your kids about our environment and the benefits of supporting our local ecosystems. Learn patience together and build a better connection to the Earth. Let’s paint our pottery, plant our seeds, and watch them grow!

Step 1: Supplies

painting seed pottery

To get started, you will need the following:

  • Terra cotta pottery
  • Botanical Interests® Seed Packets
  • RapiClip® plant labels
  • Calloway’s Premium Potting Soil
  • Crafting supplies like paint, colored pencils, crayons
  • Mist spray bottle

paint

Step 2: Decorate your Pottery and Plant Labels

painting zinnia

Paint what you are planting! Have each family member select a pack of seeds. These seeds will become their responsibility to care for and watch grow. Take some time to talk about the variety they are planting and discuss the details of the plant like:

  • Does your plant flower or grow produce?
  • How will your plant look in full bloom?
  • What do the leaves look like?
  • What color are the blooms?

seed activity

After studying the plant, start painting! Use creativity to educate and engage. Paint what you are growing and how you think it will look when it is fully established. This will create a visual goal to work towards accomplishing throughout the growing process.

seed plant labels

Then, create a plant label that is personalized for your seed selection. You will move this label to your garden bed when your plants are ready to be transplanted so you know what is growing and where.

Step 3: Plant your Seeds

potting soil

It is time to grow! Start planting with Calloway’s Premium Potting Soil. Calloway’s Premium Potting Soil has all the ingredients your seeds need for proper moisture control to grow a strong and healthy root system.

add potting soil

Put the soil in a large bin and let your kids scoop their own soil. Have them count how many scoops they used, especially for younger kids so they can practice their numbers.

compare seeds

Remove the seeds from the packet and take some time to compare all the different varieties of seeds. Examine the shape, size, and color. Explore the differences of edible seeds vs. flower seeds.

plant seeds

Then, pinch 2-3 seeds and place it in the soil. Add more potting soil on top to cover the seeds like a blanket.

cover seeds

Seeds need water and light to grow. Mist the soil with a spray bottle to give the soil the proper moisture that your seeds need. Watering the soil directly will shift the seeds in your container. Add your decorated plant label and place your containers by a sunny windowsill.

zinnia seed planting

It is important to give your seeds the light they need to start growing and to keep your soil at the proper temperature that is required for growing your seed varieties.

Step 4: Seed Sketchbook

display seed pottery

After planting is complete, it is time to watch your seeds sprout and grow. Get the kids and spend some time observing your plant. Take notes of the care steps you have taken for each day and any changes you notice. Sketch out the developments and record the number of sprouts from a top and side view. Once the sprouts are really showing, take measurements to keep record of the growing rate.

seed sketchbook

CLICK HERE TO PRINT YOUR SEED SKETCHBOOK TEMPLATE!

This is a great project that can continue well into the summer. It will teach everyone how to grow in responsibility and how to grow for success.

PLANTING TIPS FOR SEEDS

seeds

Easy Seeds to Grow

For your planting success, here are some great varieties of seed to grow. Starting with quality seeds like the seeds from Botanical Interests® and varieties like:

  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Peppers
  • Cucumbers
  • Zucchini
  • Beans
  • Corn
  • Carrots
  • Zinnias
  • Marigolds
  • Sunflowers
  • Cosmos

Direct Sowing VS. Planting Indoors

When planting seeds, there are 2 ways to get started and it will depend on the variety of plant. The package instructions will provide these details and requirements. Direct sowing is planting seeds directly in your garden bed or you can start by planting indoors. With direct sowing, the soil temperature will determine when you plant your seeds outdoors while planting indoors gives you control over the soil temperature and gives you a leg up on your plant’s maturity by the time it is planted in the ground. Soil temperature is the most important factor for successful seed growth.

cherry tomato and zinnia seeds

When grown indoors, your plants will let you know when they are ready to be transplanted outdoors. The plants will have several sets of leaves and a strong root system. Once moved outdoors, water in thoroughly as seedlings can dry out quickly, especially during our Texas summers.

How to Plant Seeds Outdoors

Determine the location of your garden and plan out your planting area. Plant in an open area that receives at least 5-7 hours of sunlight daily. Avoid planting in areas that easily puddle or flood when it rains. Plant taller plants in the back of your garden bed to avoid over shading the other plants.

Before you start planting, remove all weeds, debris, and rocks in your garden. Use an organic rich compost like Calloway’s Organic Compost and start your bed off right with the added benefit of Expanded Shale. Expanded Shale is a light and porous soil amendment. It improves the aeration and drainage in your soil.

Start by spreading about 3 inches of Expanded Shale onto the soil. Then, till the top layer of existing soil with 3 inches of Calloway’s Organic Compost. Calloway’s Organic Compost helps improve drainage and stimulates beneficial microorganisms for plant growth. Smooth the surface and start planting. When you are finished planting, always water in thoroughly.

Plant your seeds at the depth recommended on the seed packet. Use 1 to 2 fingers width of space between each seed and keep the soil moist. Germinating will vary by seed variety, but sprouts are expected to appear within 5 days to 2 weeks.

When the seeds start to sprout, start the thinning process. Thinning creates room for growth. Gently, pull out the unwanted seedlings, leaving the healthy ones untouched. This is a good method for creating air movement and circulation around the roots of flowers and leafy vegetables. Root crops like beans, squash, and cucumber need a more careful approach. These should be thinned as soon as possible before the roots start to intertwine to avoid root disturbance.

As vining plants start to grow, add in stakes and trellises to create support for producing heavy fruits.

planting seeds with kids

Ready to get started? We are open! Shop our open-air stores and pick up your seed selections, pottery, plant tags, and potting soil. Call our store nearest you to place your order for Curbside Pickup. A member of our team will contact you when your order is ready!

zinnia seeds

Sow the seeds of fun and education together as a family and do your part in growing for a more sustainable life. Happy sprouting!

 

 

 

 

REF: gardeningknowhow.comhomegardenseedassociation.combuggyandbuddy.com