Plant of the Week: Stromanthe Sanguinea

This weeks Plant of the Week is Stromanthe Sanguinea, picked by one of our wonderful employees who loves this plant because she says the leaves remind her of watercolors. Stromanthe Sanguinea is a stunning tropical perennial from the prayer plant family. This plant is native to the rain forests of Brazil, so it requires high humidity and temperatures. It has however been adopted as a wonderful houseplant in cooler places, such as here in Oregon.

This plant is very stunning because its long, shiny leaves are a dark green on top, and a very bright fuchsia color on the underside. Although this plant prefers temperatures about 65°F, but can often survive in temperatures down to 40°F if you would like to plant it outdoors.

If you are interested in this plant, come check it out down here at Incahoots!

Tea of the Week: Malty Assam

Assam is one of the largest tea producing areas in the world, and is home to many of the best black teas of India, including Malty Assam. Malty Assam is a tea produced from a very specific tea plant, called Camellia Assamia, a tea plant with larger leaves.

Tea leaves grown to make Malty Assam undergo a very specific process. Newly sprouted leaves are plucked and withered over warm air to remove some of the moisture. They are then rolled very delicately. Once they have oxidized, they are baked as a final step.

Malty Assam is a very rich and malty (as mentioned in the name) black tea. It has a slight caramel sweetness to it as well. You can come down to Incahoots and try a pot of this delicious tea, or buy it in bulk for $45 a pound!

Kid’s Planting Day

Mixed AnnualsMother’s Day is almost here and one thing that we love to do is have kids drop by to plant a container garden (which they may even give to their mom). So on Saturday, May 12th bring the kids by anytime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and they’ll be able to create a potted masterpiece. We’ll provide the container, plants, soil, instructions and advice – and even take care of the cleaning up. Cost is just $8 per container.

Spring Has Sprung!

Lavender Tree

Along with the wonderful weather, plant trucks have been arriving this week and you will be delighted by the selection of plants now in the outdoor yard. In addition to the colorful annuals and perennials lining the benches, there are many varieties of Clematis and other vines, all types of hanging baskets, and cool new succulents.

One plant that caught my attention, was this lavender trained in a tree form. I’ve seen my share of plants over the years, but this is the first time I recall seeing lavender done this way. It even comes with a color-coordinated price tag!

So Many Soap Dishes

SoapDishes

Dreaming of a bathroom remodel, but restricted to a new soap dish kind of budget?

Do not despair; Incahoots is here for you. Whether your tastes lean toward glass and metal or colorful enamel, or even ceramic with a bird on top, treat yourself to a fun new design element to spruce up your counter today. Combine one of these cute dishes with a fresh candle, relaxing bath bomb, new lotion, your favorite flavor of tea, and a bouquet of fresh cut flowers, and we become a one stop shop for your next spa day.

You’re welcome!

Spring Is Nearly Upon Us!

Lettuce

I hope you’ve had some time to get out in the garden recently. Last Sunday was such a perfect day to be out doing a bit of pruning, weeding and mulching – we even fired up the electric mower and gave the grass a quick once over. On the first nice gardening day it’s easy to overdo it and it’s a good thing we had other things to take care of or we would have been really sore on Monday.

Spring is now less than a week away and that means it’s time to get out and put some veggies in. Fresh arrivals in the garden department this week include tray packs of Lettuce, Snow Peas, Kale, Spinach, and Cabbage. All these veggies are USDA organic.

Zebrina Pendula (Inch Plant)

Scientific name: Zebrina pendula
Common name(s): wandering jew, inch plant
Origin: Mexico, Guatemala
Family: Commelinaceae
Light: medium to bright diffused
Watering: moderate
Fertilizing: an all-purpose mix every 1-2 months
Silver, green and purple leaves make this plant an eye catcher; it’s ease of care and adaptability make it a favorite. Zebrina is great as a groundcover in a mixed planter, as a hanging specimen, and also grows wonderfully in water gardens.

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Zamioculcas Zamiifolia (ZZ Plant)

Scientific name: Zamioculcas zamiifolia
Common name(s): ZZ plant, the toughest houseplant ever
Origin: Zanzibar
Family: Araceae
Light: medium to low
Watering: moderate moisture is best, but tolerates dry or soggy soil
Fertilizing: all purpose mix every 3-4 months
This plant requires no green thumb. It is famed as the toughest houseplant ever. It tolerates all kinds of abuse (low light, soggy soil, drought, drafts) and no pests are known to bother it. It’s naturally shiny foliage always looks great. It grows very slowly and seldom needs repotting in fact it enjoys being rootbound. It’s only requirement is to keep it out of direct, hot sun.

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Yucca (Palm Lily)

Scientific name: Yucca
Common name(s): palm lily, false agave
Origin: The deserts of North and South America
Family: Liliaceae
Light: high to very high light
Watering: water thoroughly, then allow soil to dry out before watering again.
Fertilizing: use a cactus mix every 3 to 4 months
This is one of the toughest house plants around. While it won’t tolerate low light, it can endure dry air, dry soil, and cold drafts without ill effects. It is not extremely fast growing, but can eventually reach 6 feet tall. A must for homes with a desert, or southwestern decor.

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Tillandsia Cyanea (Pink Quill)

Scientific name: Tillandsia cyanea
Common name(s): pink quill plant, silver bird, wild pine
Origin: Equador
Family: Bromeliaceae
Light: medium to bright. Bright for blooming
Watering: let soil mostly dry between waterings.
Fertilizing: all purpose every 2-3 months
This fascinating plant adds a small piece of the tropics to any setting. Its bright pink central spike lasts for months, and in addition, along the sides, one by one large purple flowers unfold exuding a sweet clove like scent. (See also Bromeliad for more information)

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