Tea of the Week: Snow Monkey Plum

Snow Monkey Plum is a delicious black  tea that makes a beautiful brew, which is why it’s this week’s tea of the week. While some people think that this tea has a similar taste to bubblegum, the tea is predominantly plum flavored with no tastes of monkey (or snow).

 

This tasty smooth bodied black tea makes a delicious iced beverage which is perfect for the spell of hot weather we are having. If you would like to try Snow Monkey Plum, you can come on down to Incahoots and we would be happy to brew you a pot, or you can buy it in bulk for $14 per pound!

Plant of the Week: Peperomia

As we work our way through the seemingly endless amounts of plants, I thought that the Ripple Peperomia would make the perfect plant of the week! While there are many different varieties of peperomia, we will be focusing on the wonderful ripple peperomia. This low growing plant is native to Brazilian rain forests grows to be around 6-8in tall with similar spread. It has rippled leaves that are so dark, they’re almost a purple color.

Peperomias prefer to be kept around 68 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit and will respond well to being kept under florescent lighting, which makes them perfect for an office desk. Peperomias are particularly susceptible to root rot, so a well drained soil is very important. Keep the soil moist, but not soggy or waterlogged. Watering below the leaves is ideal. Peperomias can be propagated one of two ways, root division or leaf cuttings. If by leaf cutting, trim off a leaf with a small amount of stem, dip in rooting powder and place in moist potting soil in bright indirect light. Cover with a plastic bag and remove occasionally to allow for more air!

If you want to add a Ripple Peperomia to your collection, come on down to Incahoots and you can pick up a 4in pot for $4.99!

Tea of the Week: Madagascar Vanilla

This week’s tea of the week is a lovely recommendation from my wonderful co-worker Dianne, Madagascar Vanilla. Originally a product of the western hemisphere, now all the best vanilla comes from Madagascar. Vanilla comes from a vine like orchid plant coming from the genus of, you guessed it, vanilla. The vanilla is extracted after the pod has been dried and withered.

Generous pieces of vanilla beans garnish this wonderful tea, adding to its aroma and flavor. If you would like to try this tasty black tea, you can come on down to Incahoots and we would be happy to brew you a pot, or you can buy it in bulk for $14 per pound!

Plant of the Week: Mothers Day!

Seeing as Mothers Day is quickly approaching (this Sunday for those of you who didn’t know), I’ve decided to do plant of the week a little differently this week. Instead of one plant with a long article, this week there will be multiple plants with short descriptions and basic care to give you all some ideas for plants that moms will love.

First up on the list is an anthurium! Native to South America, this unique bloomer is sure to make the mother in your life happy! These beautiful plants grow well in bright indirect light and should only be watered when the soil is dry to the touch, as they are prone to root rot.

Up next is a plant of the week returnee, the phalaenopsis orchid. Native to South East Asia, this plant is a staple of beauty and makes the perfect gift. High humidity and bright, indirect light are key for this wonderful plant’s survival. Once the potting medium begins to dry, water your orchid but make sure it doesn’t sit in the water.

The next plant is the wonderful begonia. Native to South and Central America, Africa and South East Asia, these plants can be planted indoor or outdoors! These plants enjoy bright, indirect light and high humidity levels. Allow the soil to dry before watering and water into the soil, not the leaves as to keep fungi from endangering the plant.

The final plant on today’s list is another plant of the week returnee, the African Violet. Native to Eastern tropical Africa, this easy to care for plant is another great gift for those who’s green thumb isn’t as amazing as others.  Don’t allow the violet to dry out or become soggy, moderate watering is all they need. Medium to bright, indirect light is perfect for these little plants!

If you saw any plants that you think the mother in your life would enjoy, come on down to Incahoots and pick up one for a wonderful gift. We can also foil wrap and repot plants for that extra touch!

This Just In…

Some fun new copper wind chimes and wind spinners have come our way. Made just over the hill in Tillamook by Jerry Lawrence, each is unique and eye-catching (and also ear-catching in the case of the chimes). Bright and shiny now, they will develop a rich, warm patina over time.

Kids Planting Day

It looks like the weather will be just peachy for our Kids’ Planting Day this Saturday. Bring the kids in to plant a container garden (great Mother’s Day gift! hint, hint) anytime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and they’ll be able to create a potted masterpiece. For just $8 per container, we’ll provide the container, plants, soil, instructions and advice – and even take care of the cleaning up.

And a quick note about new plant arrivals: In addition to all kinds of clematis, you’ll find fresh passion flower vines and golden hops. There are also begonias, gerberas, and some stunningly colorful cineraria. And of courses all types of hanging baskets.

Tea of the Week: Harmony Garden

As another Tuesdays rolls around, so do the clouds and rain so this week’s tea of the week is a tasty herbal blend that is perfect for the sudden chill, Harmony Garden. This mild, caffeine free herbal blend of mint and flowers has hints of strawberry, peppermint and chamomile with little intensity. This soothing brew is perfect for cozying up with a good book or sitting by the window and watching the rain.

If you want to give harmony garden a try, you can head on down to Incahoots and we would be happy to brew you a pot, or you can buy it in bulk for $22 per pound!

Plant of the Week: Hydrangea

Prom season has us over here at Incahoots going wild with flowers practically growing out of our ears, so why not pick the beautiful Hydrangea as this week’s plant of the week! Native to Southeastern Asia and both North and South America, the hydrangea is known for it’s round, almost pom pom like flowers that come in a variety of colors.

When planting hydrangeas outdoors, planting in the early spring or fall is ideal so that they can establish a good root system before summer. Most varieties will do well in part shade to full sun. Water the plant deeply about once a week, unless it is particularly hot and dry, which would require more watering than usual. Indoors, hydrangeas need a lot of light, but need to avoid direct sun. Make sure that your hydrangea does not dry out, but it also doesn’t sit in water, which could cause root rot.

If you would like to try growing your own hydrangea, you can pick one up from Incahoots for $14.99 for a one gallon container!

Tea of the Week: Monks Blend

Another week has come upon us which means it’s time for yet another tea and this week’s tea of the week is Monks Blend! Originating from Sri Lanka, this delicious black tea has been infused with grenadine and vanilla makes for a lovely treat any time of the day. This tea is sweet and tasty with a touch of dryness and a subtle bouquet.

 

If you want to give Monks Blend a try, you can come on down to Incahoots and we would be happy to brew you a pot or you can purchase it in bulk for $32.50 per pound!

Plant of the Week: China Doll

Another Thursday means it’s time for another plant of the week, and this week’s plant is the China Doll! Originating from southern China and Taiwan, the China Doll has rapidly become a popular house plant and is very easily obtained. This plant sports shiny, dark green leaves and grows similarly to a tree, but indoors it will remain relatively compact and similar to a shrub. While this plant can be a tad finicky, it’s care is rather simple and makes a great houseplant.

China dolls need lots of bright, indirect light. Around 4-5 hours of this lighting is about how much it should get, and if your windows can’t provide this, you might consider getting grow lights to aid. This plant should be watered only when the top of the soil is dry because they are prone to root rot and can’t sit in water. If the soil prevents proper drainage, placing pebbles at the bottom of the pot might help. They prefer to have temperatures around 65-75 degrees and will not tolerate drafts. Similar to the crotons we talked about a couple weeks ago, China Dolls do not like change. Take caution when moving or repotting the plant (it prefers to stay pot-bound) as it could drop it’s leaves.

If you want to bring the lovely China Doll into your household, you can come on by Incahoots and pick one up for $4.99 for a 4in pot!