Pellaea Rotundifolia (Button Fern)

Scientific name: Pellaea rotundifolia
Common name(s): button fern, roundleaf fern, rock fern
Origin: New Zealand
Family: Filices
Light: medium
Watering: keep soil evenly moist, avoid sogginess and allow some surface drying.
Fertilizing: all-purpose mix every 1-2 months
This unusual fern is great for terrariums or dish gardens when small and makes a beautiful specimen by itself as well. It is low growing and forms a rosette of fronds from it’s center.

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Nephrolepis Exaltata (Fern)

Scientific name: Nephrolepis exaltata
Common name(s): varies by variety
Origin: widespread: Florida, Brazil, Africa, Asia, Australia
Family: Filices
Light: medium, protect from direct sun
Watering: keep soil evenly moist, avoid sogginess, can handle some surface drying
Fertilizing: all-purpose mix monthly during spring and summer, discontinue in fall and winter.
A.) Nephrolepis exaltata bostoniensis (Boston fern) Discovered in Boston, it is probably the best known fern in cultivation and has been popular since the late 1800’s.
B.) Nephrolepis exaltata “Fluffy Ruffles” (fluffy ruffle fern) A denser and lacier form.
C.) Nephrolepis cordifolia ‘Duffii’ (lemon button fern, pygmy sword fern) A super compact, tougher variety less prone to dropping fronds.

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Nematanthus/Hypocyrta (Goldfish Plant)

Scientific name: Nematanthus (usually still sold under the old name of Hypocyrta)

Common name(s): pouch flower, goldfish plant
Origin: Tropical America
Family: Gesneriaceae
Light: bright light for best flowering
Watering: moderately moist soil is best. some surface drying is necessary between watering
Fertilizing: all-purpose every 1-2 months, blossom-booster mix when encouraging flowering.
Unusual shaped flowers usually orange-yellow, appear regularly if given enough light. Makes a great hanging plant, or use in a mixed planter when young, Naturally shiny foliage attracts attention and always looks healthy. Pinch back occasionally to encourage more compact growth. In the fall, it may loose a few leaves, but new leaves quickly replace the old.

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Murraya Exotica (Orange Jessamine)

Scientific name: Murraya exotica
Common name(s): orange jessamine
Origin: India, Ceylon, Philippines, Australia
Family: Rutaceae
Light: medium-bright
Watering: moderate moisture, let soil slightly dry between waterings
Fertilizing: all purpose every 2-3 months. Avoid feeding in winter. A blossom booster to encourage blooms.
This ornamental evergreen shrub grows slowly, but can eventually reach up to 8 ft. It’s delicate leaves and small bell-shaped flowers that smell like Jasmine make it a beautifully uncommon specimen plant. Needs good light to bloom.

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If You’re Easily Amused…

HelleboreIf, like me, you are easily entertained, here’s a fun thing to do the next time you’re out walking the streets of McMinnville:

Stroll on over to the new crosswalk signal at 5th and Adams. Press the button 3 times and sing along as it plays the beginning of the Dreidel Song. Next, continue on down to 2nd and Adams. If you stand on the corner between the walk signals, it sounds just like you are in the middle of a Pong game – Beep…boop…beep…boop…..
And then when you press the arrow button, a stern voice will say “Wait” which you should if you value your life. Then when the signal changes it says “Step” and that is your cue to get a move on. Of course, once you get out into the crosswalk, it continues giving more instructions but don’t stop to listen.

(All this new crosswalk technology is pretty cool, but what I’d really like to hear is more variety. Perhaps they could program a random playlist of “Step in Time” from Mary Poppins or “Do the Hustle” by Van McCoy or my personal favorite “Walk Like an Egyptian” by the Bangles.)

And finally, continue walking until you come to 9th and Baker where you can rest and enjoy a hot cup of tea. Check out this week’s featured tea (profiled on our website) by clicking here.

Musa (Banana)

Scientific name: Musa
Common name(s): banana, plantain
Origin: varies according to variety
Family: Musaceae
Light: high light, near a bright window
Watering: keep soil evenly moist at all times, but not soggy
Fertilizing: an all purpose blend may be used every two months if desired
Add a tropical feel to your home with a banana plant. Rarely produces bananas indoors, but makes a handsome specimen.

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New Ideas for Your Decor

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Turn your favorite empty bottles into vintage-inspired candle holders. New in the shop are these ingenious flower-shaped holders that can sit easily in the neck of any olive oil, wine or other glass vessel thanks to its attached cork stopper. With a rustic metal finish, these are perfect for your favorite tapers and will be the envy of your next dinner party guests.

Also new this month, you will notice some fresh wall art including botanical prints on both canvas and metal, gardening signs made of wood or tin, and artisan pieces made of cotton and vintage kantha materials (woven and in macrame styles). Treat your eyes and your walls to some new decor for spring today.

Monstera Obliqua Expilata (Lace Leaf)

Scientific name: Monstera obliqua expilata
Common name(s): window leaf, Swiss cheese vine, lace leaf
Origin: the Amazon
Family: Araceae
Light: high to low
Watering: moderate moisture
Fertilizing: all purpose mix every 3-4 months
An unusual vine with perforated leaves. Makes a great hanging basket plant. It prefers good humidity and light, but adapts well to dry and darker areas. It takes well to water-culture and can be trained on a trellis.

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Monstera Deliciosa (Swiss Cheese Plant)

Scientific name: Monstera deliciosa

Common name(s): split-leaf philodendron, hurricane plant, Mexican bread fruit, Swiss-cheese plant

Origin: the jungles of Southern Mexico and Guatemala
Family: Araceae
Light: high to low
Watering: moderate moisture
Fertilizing: all-purpose mix every 3-4 months
An easy to grow plant that adapts to almost any situation, it grows quite large and makes an impressive floor plant. Although this plant tolerates low-light, it needs brighter light for the leaves to split well. It’s perforated foliage is believed to have evolved as protection against hurricane winds. In it’s native home, it climbs high into the trees using it’s aerial roots. It also produces a delicious banana-like fruit, however in the home it rarely does so. Some people choose to cut off the cord-like aerial roots, but it is best to point them into the pot and let them grow into the soil if possible.

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Mikania Ternata (Plush Vine)

Scientific name: Mikania ternata

Common name(s): plush vine, purple passion, purple velvet vine
Origin: Brazil
Family: Compositae
Light: medium to high (high light for brighter color)
Watering: moderate moisture
Fertilizing: all purpose mix every 2-3 months
A very graceful and eye-catching vine with purple fuzzy leaves that are delicately shaped. A rapid grower, it can easily be kept under control by regular pruning. It is a great addition to mixed planters especially when a ground cover is needed. It looks great alone too, and makes a wonderful hanging specimen.

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