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!

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.

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!

Pet Collar Charms

New in the shop is a way to add a touch of love to your furry friend’s collar. Linked to sturdy silver clasps, these heart-shaped crystal pendants feature either Tiger’s Eye, Amethyst, Obsidian, Rose Quartz or Green Aventurine. To read more about these charming pet accessories, head over to www.crystalpetlove.com. To purchase these charming pet accessories, head to Incahoots where you can see them in person and you won’t have to pay shipping.

fun New Opportunity for Kids!

 

unnamed 9 We have a Kids’ Planting Day is coming up on Saturday, May 12th (more info next time) and coincidentally I just ran across this program that was developed to promote horticulture, but specifically to target children who may not be considering horticulture as a career path.

The Seed Your Future project has now begun its first major initiative called Bloom! Through eye-catching content delivered inside and outside of the classroom, BLOOM! is educating and exciting young people and their families on the endless possibilities in horticulture and introducing them to a lifelong passion and maybe even a career.

On the campaign website, WeAreBLOOM.org, youth can explore the world of plants through an interactive quiz, social media content, infographics and video profiles of people working in the horticulture field today; teachers and youth program leaders can access educational tools and resources on the BLOOM! Scholastic website; and parents and partners can find resources to talk to young people about the world of plants and spread the word about BLOOM!

You can help carry the important message of this campaign by sharing BLOOM! resources with your colleagues, family, friends and—in particular—the youth in your life. For more information, visit WeAreBLOOM.org.

A Colorful Summer Ahead

The window will soon be closing on your chance to save a whopping 33% on full flats of locally grown annuals – these are the plants that produce flowers all summer long. The usual price for a full flat is $29.94, but if you order now, they can be yours for just $20.00!

The information you need (with pictures) to decide on the best plants for your garden is now right here on our website. Easily browse through the selection of over 100 choices and while you’re there, you can also place your order.

And if you already know what you want, click here for the printable PDF form, fill in how many you need of each and return the form to Incahoots by whatever method you prefer.

Orders for the Plants by the Flat Sale are due by this Saturday, April 21st.

Your flats will be available to pick up at the end of next week.

It’s the Little Things

One thing that keeps life so interesting is that you never know what a day will bring.

We pulled in to the back parking lot the other morning and were greeted by this intriguing display of Cairns (aka – stacks of stones). For millennia, Cairns have been created all over the world, quite often they are used to mark trails. But this is the first instance I’m aware of where anyone may have needed guidance traversing our parking lot.

The someone or someones did quite a neat job with the stacks and we’re not sure whether to attribute them to humans, elves, or the resident 9th Street squirrel. But like most environmental art, it was only temporary and the stones have been returned to their more stable positions.

If You Haven’t Already Heard…

At the risk of sounding like a broken record (which is a totally inaccurate metaphor to use in an email), I hereby once again present you with the information about our annual Plants by the Flat Sale. Remember, orders are due by April 21st.

The information you need (with pictures) to decide on the best plants for your garden is now right here on our website. Easily browse through the selection of over 100 choices and while you’re there, you can also place your order.

And if you already know what you want, click here for the printable PDF form, fill in how many you need of each and return the form to Incahoots by whatever method you prefer.

Your flats will be available to pick up and plant at the end of April when the rains will have ended, the skies will have cleared, and the birds will chirp in three-part harmony.