SPRING FLOWERS!

Spring Lilies, Pansies, Violas, Tulips, Hyacinths, Floral Azaleas & Floral Hydrangeas!

Zergott’s Garden Center carries a wide selection of spring flowerseach year. Check our website home page for our current hours because they change with the seasons.

Spring Lilies are traditional, fragrant additions to your holiday table!  By choosing a plant with buds and flowers in various stages of development you extend the time your plant will thrill you with blooms.  Our lilies are two times as tall as the pot, showing they have not been stressed by the grower.  Remove the yellow anthers from the center of the flower to prevent their pollen from staining the flowers, your tablecloth or carpeting.  Doing so will also help prolong the life of your blossoms.  Water your lily only when the soil is dry to the touch.  If you leave the wrapper on it be sure the water is not sitting inside the wrapper under the pot. Over watering can kill a plant sooner than under-watering.  As each flower fades, remove it. Display your lily in bright light but  avoid direct sunlight, drafty areas and heat sources. To create an interesting tree-shaped display, put the lilies on overturned boxes of varying heights covered with a tablecloth.  (CAUTION: If you have a cat, don’t choose the lilies because the entire plant and pollen are highly toxic to cats!)   

Welcome the bright colors of Pansies as you close the door on winter!  The pansy is a cool weather annual with heart-shaped petals that overlap.  The centers look like cute, small faces.  Even though pansies look delicate they are hardy enough to stand the weather fluctuations of springtime.  They are short-lived as perennials in USDA Zone 7 and higher, usually deteriorating after their first year of bloom.  (We are in Zone 5.) So they are frequently grown as annuals or biennials.  (A biennial is a plant that requires two growing seasons to complete its life cycle.)  They can self-seed so keep this in mind when choosing an area for your pansies.

Pansies require full sun to partial shade but prefer the latter as the days warm up.  Most types reach 4-8”, spreading 8-12.”  They will bloom from spring through early summer.  Use pansies for edging or planters.  They complement spring flowering bulbs because they will be flowering when the spring bulbs fade.

Most Violas are annuals or short-lived perennials.  Many will self-seed and come back on their own, which can delight you as the cold winter days pass by.  Plant in rich, moist, well-drained soil with much organic matter, in full sun.  As blossoms fade pinch off the blooms at the base of the flower stems to promote blooming.

Stop in to Zergott’s Garden Center to plan for spring!!

 

Posted on March 31, 2015 .