The Ficus lyrata, commonly called the fiddle-leaf fig, is a perfect indoor specimen plant. The plant features very large, heavily veined, and violin-shaped leaves that grow upright on a tall plant. These plants are native to the tropics, where they thrive in very warm and wet conditions. This makes them somewhat more challenging for the home grower, who is likely to have trouble duplicating these steamy conditions, but they are fortunately relatively tough plants also that can withstand less-than-perfect conditions…
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Posted by Sarah on November 21st 2016 in
I would like to introduce you to one of our favorite little doodads, a kissing ball! Kissing balls are made of fir bough branches tucked into a sturdy core of floral foam. They are intended for the outdoors and make lovely hanging porch decorations. Some are decorated with cones and berries and some are just fluffy green. The boughs of choice for these unique pieces come from Nobel trees and…
Posted by Sarah on October 18th 2016 in
Early Spruce Top Care: Evergreen tree tops last and last. Putting them in your containers this early can only mean that you should sprinkle a little water on the tops of them on the sunniest and warmest days. Here at the garden center we use the watering hose to dash water across our greens every morning. Another trick of the trade is to spritz your greens with a product…
Posted by Sarah on October 9th 2016 in
So, it’s time to think about saving plants from the cold. Here at Sunnyside we track the daily temps, the lows in particular, this time of year with great care. Tropical plants/house plants, and most annuals, are sensitive to temps below 45 degrees. BRING IN the plants you want to save from MN winter. At Sunnyside we encourage you all season long to use popular tropical houseplants as accents in your…
Posted by Sarah on October 4th 2016 in
Fun for all, trophies for some. Do you have what it takes to be a Derby winner? Anyone could be the 2016 winner for MOST CREATIVE, FURTHEST DISTANCE, or SHORTEST DISTANCE. Gear up and give your pumpkin the thrill ride of it’s life this Saturday at Sunnyside Gardens. For starters, you need a pumpkin and dose of creativity to get that thing rolling on wheels. Name your pumpkin, give it a…
Posted by Sarah on September 30th 2016 in
The perfect autumn centerpiece is here! These Pumpkin Succulent Gardens will add beauty to all of your fall celebrations, but the best part may be that the succulents can last much longer. With proper care, you can replant these little beauties and enjoy them for months, if not longer. First, you must mist the Pumpkin Succulent Garden daily with clean water. The succulent roots will begin growing into the moss,…
Posted by Sarah on September 14th 2016 in
You have a yard, I have a yard. I like flowers and fruit just like you, while my family prefers we have more turf grass to play kick ball on. Being a homeowner means making compromises with your housemates whether they be 6 years old or 46 years old. For those of you who need to address some yard and garden issues, I have to tell you that fall is…