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Prettiest Plants on the Nursery: Coral Magic Crape Myrtle & Ichi Ki Kei Jiro Persimmon

Good Morning! We hope you had a wonderful weekend! In this series of posts, we'll be highlighting the best-looking plants on our nursery each week. We'll provide you with information about each plant and a nice picture of it, too. This week, we'll be taking a look at the Coral Magic Crape Myrtle and the Ichi Ki Kei Jiro Persimmon. 

Coral Magic Crape Myrtle

The Coral Magic Crape Myrtle is the perfect tree for your yard if you are looking for a small but vibrant myrtle. Coral Magic grows only 6-10 feet high and wide. Because of this, it fits nicely in smaller yard areas. Despite its small size, this crape myrtle will "wow" with its bundles of vibrant coral-pink flowers. Before the tree blooms, new red foliage emerges. By summer, it turns to dark green. Coral Magic is hardy in Zones 6-9 and should be planted in full sun with well-drained soil. It is mildew and leaf spot resistant.

  

Coral Magic Crape Myrtles in a #3 Pot ($34.95) are just beginning to bloom for the spring, and have lots of branching. Once they are in full bloom, these crape myrtles add a gorgeous pop of color to their environment. Order them now to catch the full beauty of the blooms! To see the product page for this item, click here.

 

Ichi Ki Kei Jiro Persimmon

The Ichi Ki Kei Jiro is the hardiest of all Asian persimmons. Nicknamed “Itchy,” this bountiful bearer features seedless, pucker-free fruit that is never sour — it’s sweet even when picked firm like an apple! It starts producing medium to large orange fruit in 2-3 years. At maturity, the Ichi Ki Kei Jiro reaches a height and width of 8-10 feet and is considered a dwarf. This non-astringent persimmon ripens in September or October and is self-pollinating. We graft the Ichi Ki Kei Jiro persimmon onto native American persimmon root stock. The Itchy persimmon grows well in USDA zones 6-9.

The Ichi Ki Kei Jiro Persimmon in a #1 pot ($34.95) is very tall, and already has blooms on it. This non-astringent persimmon is best when eaten while the fruit is still firm, like an apple. The Itchy persimmon is considered to be self-pollinating, but will produce better when planted in multiples. To see the product page for this item, click here.

April 24, 2017 by Bold Apps

Prettiest Plants on the Nursery: Wonderful Pomegranate & Bald Cypress

Good Morning! We hope you had a wonderful Easter celebrating the resurrection of our Savior. In this series of posts, we'll be highlighting the best-looking plants on our nursery each week. We'll provide you with information about each plant and a nice picture of it, too. This week, we'll be taking a look at the Wonderful Pomegranate and the Bald Cypress. 

Wonderful Pomegranate

Wonderful Pomegranates are a particularly sweet and delicious fruit that can grow to the size of a grapefruit. The pomegranates ripen in the fall to a yellowish-red and, once ripe, can be eaten fresh or used for juice. Besides the delicious fruit it produces, the tree is a good landscaping plant. It is quite showy with its large fruit and red, waxy flowers. At maturity, the Wonderful can reach a height of 8 - 12 feet. It is hardy in Zones 8-10, requiring 150 chill hours.

The Wonderful Pomegranates in a #5 pot ($54.95) are 3-4 feet tall, and most are covered in bright red blooms that will become fruit. Pomegranates are self-fertile, but will produce heavier when planted in multiples. To view the product page for this item, click here

 

Bald Cypress

The Bald Cypress is a deciduous conifer which is just about maintenance-free once established. It has a pyramidal shape and displays reddish brown, peeling bark as it matures. Its leaves begin light green as new-growth, turn dark green in summer, and finally change to a rich brown in the fall. The Bald Cypress has a medium growth-rate and is hardy in Zones 4-10. It reaches a mature height of about 50-70 feet and a spread of 20-25 feet. Plant in full sun or partial shade.


 

The Bald Cypress in a #5 Pot ($46.95) is approximately 3-4 feet tall, and is very lush this time of year. The bald cypress will make a beautiful, low maintenance addition to any landscape. To see the product page for this item, click here.

 

Be sure to check back next week for a new edition of Prettiest Plants on the Nursery.

April 17, 2017 by Bold Apps

Prettiest Plants on the Nursery: Elliot Pecan and Leyland Cypress

Happy Monday, and welcome to the very first edition of Prettiest Plants on the Nursery! In this series of posts, we'll be highlighting the best-looking plants on our nursery each week. We'll provide you with information about each plant, and a nice picture of it, too. This week, we'll be taking a look at the Elliot Pecan, and the Leyland Cypress. 

Elliot Pecan

The Elliot Pecan is a prolific pecan tree, yielding an abundance (around 82 per pound) of excellent quality, flavorful pecans. The nuts produced are thin shelled with a plump kernel. The Elliot is also scab resistant. It is a Type-2, or protogynous, pollinator, meaning that its stigma is receptive prior to pollen shedding. Because of this, the Elliot should be pollinated with Type-One pecan trees. This pecan is hardy in Zones 6-9 and can be planted in full sun or partial shade. The elliot will grow to a mature height of 75 to 100 feet, with a width of 60-75 feet. It grow best when planted in deep, moist, and well-drained soil. 



Elliot Pecans in a 4x4x10 pot ($24.95) are exceptionally beautiful right now. They've begun to "leaf out" from their dormancy, and are approximately 2.5 - 3 feet tall. The Elliot in a 4x4x10 pot will begin producing pecans within 3-5 years from their time of planting. Make sure your Elliot has a pollinator by purchasing one of our Type 1 pecan trees. To view the product page for this item, click here.

 

Leyland Cypress

 

The Leyland Cypress is a fast-growing evergreen tree with a pyramidal shape. The tree's dense growth and tall height make it a great choice for creating a border shade that will block unwanted sights and reduce neighborhood noise. Besides its utility, this evergreen is nice to look at with feathery soft, textured leaves. The tree grows 3 to 4 feet per year and reaches a height of about 60-70 feet and a spread of 15-25 feet. The Leyland is drought tolerant and hardy in Zones 6-10. The Leyland should be planted in full sun but can tolerate most types of soil, as long as they are well-drained. Once planted, prune for the first few years in order to encourage dense growth.

The Leyland Cypress in a #1 pot ($21.95) is very tall and is exhibiting signs of heavy growth this Spring. The trees are currently at least 3 feet tall, and have gorgeous branching that will provide great privacy as it ages. To view the product page for this item, click here.

 

Be sure to check back next week for a new edition of Prettiest Plants on the Nursery.

April 10, 2017 by Bold Apps

TreesAreCool Specialty License Plate Offered to Florida Drivers

The Florida DMV is now offering a “Trees are Cool” specialty license plate to its residents. This means that for a small fee, drivers can now have a license plate that supports Arbor research and education throughout the state of Florida. The plate, like others, can be customized to say anything, the default being “TREES,” with a link to treesarecool.com on the bottom of the plate (as shown below).

 

To order your custom plate, you can go to your local DMV and request it. There is also the option to order the plate online at eztagfl.com

Don’t live in Florida? There may be something comparable offered in your state! Just head on over to your local DMV in person or online to see the list of available specialty tags in your area.

August 22, 2016 by Bold Apps

Watering in the summer time: How much is too much?

One of the most important things we tell our customers is this: When it's hot outside, you HAVE to water your plant enough. Without it, you're almost ensuring its death. But there is another side to the watering coin; too much watering can have the same outcome as not enough. 

So how do you know how much is too much? There are some simple signs you can look for:

1. Your plant is wilting, but it looks like it has plenty of water.

As much as your plant must have water to survive, over watering can easily drown it. Your plant has to have oxygen to survive. There are pockets of air within your soil, and if you are over watering, those pockets get filled with water. without oxygen, your plant is bound to drown.

2. The tips of the leaves are turning brown or yellow.

 This is one of the quickest ways to know that you're over watering your plants. The leaves will be brown and limp; not dry. If the leaves are dry and crispy, then you're under watering your plants.

3. You notice the leaves falling off the plant.

When leaves are falling prematurely, or buds are not blooming at all, it's a sure sign you are over watering the plant. 

 

The heat of summer can be a death sentence for your plants, but over watering can as well. The best thing you can do is keep the soil moist as much as possible, and keep an eye out for the symptoms listed above.

If you aren't sure whether you're over watering or not, give us a call. We're always happy to help our customers as they work to keep their plants healthy for years to come. We can be reached by phone at (850) 270-0511 or toll free at (855) 817-5268. We're also available by email at info@plantmegreen.com.

July 20, 2016 by Bold Apps

Crape Myrtles: Saving a Split Tree

Crape myrtles are very popular trees for any landscape partially because they are beautiful, low-maintenance trees. Often time gardeners of all ability believe that all a crape myrtle needs is water, fertilizer, and a little pruning. We ran into a problem that is not often thought of and we would like to send a friendly warning to you.

                The problem we ran into with our younger crape myrtles was the weight of the budding flowers. Our beautiful Ms. Francis crape myrtle produced many flowers this year, and the only thought we gave to this was to look at their pleasantry. Soon after many flowers on the tree were in full bloom, we received a great deal of rain. The weight of the water, flowers, and leaves on the branches was far too much, and the root split.

 

As you can see, this photo was taken after we repaired the tree. Before telling you how to repair your tree, we will explain prevention. As we always say, listen to your tree. If the limbs on your crape myrtle are sagging or drooping, then there are too many flowers on the branch for adequate support and even a mild rain could split the tree. Also, the number of flowers you will potentially have to remove depends on the maturity of the tree. Younger trees are more susceptible to this problem because they will not have strong enough branches to support many flowers.

                If you are reading this looking at your dying crape myrtle looking for hope, repairing it is easy. There are many brands of “tree tape” out there but we simply use flagging tape. You will most likely need two people for the job. Push the two ends of the split back together in their natural position, and firmly wrap the tape around the tree. Wrap the tree generously and then tie off the end. We suggest removing all of the blooms on the branches that caused the split so that it may heal.

                Your crape myrtle has been saved. Next time it blooms, be wary of the strength of the limbs and how many flowers are present.

June 29, 2016 by Bold Apps

Fig Trees: Beauty & Bounty For Your Yard

While people often think about planting apple, peach or citrus trees in their yard, fig trees also might be an excellent option to consider. We have many different varieties of fig trees suitable for both large and smaller yards. Not only do our fig trees produce delectable figs, they are quite beautiful and enhance the look of any yard.

 

It might interest you to know that fig trees are one of the oldest continuously cultivated crops. In fact, fig trees were grown and harvested prior to the growing of wheat crops and these figs were much enjoyed by ancient Greeks and Egyptians. While typically, fig trees grow well and produce a bounty of figs when planted in warmer areas; these also can be grown in greenhouses or in containers, which can be brought indoors during the cold winter months.

 

If you have a smaller yard, the Chicago Hardy variety of fig trees might be just right for your needs. These can be planted in the ground or grown as container trees and tend to reach a mature height of about 10 to 12 feet with a spread of about 9 feet. These fig trees are quite heat tolerant and are an ideal option for USDA Zones 6, 7 and 8. As with most fig trees, these do prefer well-drained loamy soil, and need plenty of sunlight. These trees should be fertilized once per year and pruned lightly in the late winter months.

 

Another smaller variety to consider would be our Green Ischia fig trees. These stunning trees, which rarely grow higher than 15 feet, produce a bright, green-skinned fruit with a lovely, sweet pink interior. The green skin of this fig actually keeps the birds away, as they don’t recognize green fruit to be ripe for eating. The Green Ischia can produce two crops per year, especially in warmer locations. This tree is suitable for growing in USDA Zones 7-10 and can be planted or grown in a container.

 

Our White Marseilles fig trees have an illustrious past, as these trees were grown at Thomas Jefferson’s famed Monticello. These fig trees produce a very sweet fig that typically ripens toward the end of July. Again, this tree is a good choice for a smaller yard, as it typically reaches a height of about 10 to 12 feet. The White Marseilles fig is suitable for USDA Zones 7-10.

 

The Italian Honey fig trees are another option to consider, and the produce figs that are quite similar in appearance to the White Marseilles figs, although the skin and fruit are a bit lighter in color. The skin has a lovely tart flavor that contrasts nicely to the sweet flesh inside the figs. These fig trees produce well in a climate with hot summers, such as USDA Zones 7-10, and often produce two crops per year. These can be grown in containers and tend to be taller than the Chicago Hardy and White Marseilles fig trees, possibly reaching a height of 15 feet.

 

Figs can be eaten fresh, dried or preserved and the figs of the Texas Everbearing fig tree are ideal for preserving. This variety of fig tree tends to grow no higher than about 10 feet with a width of about 12 feet, and makes an excellent ornamental bush for just about any yard. These fig trees do prefer the warm summers one finds in USDA Zones 7, 8 and 9.

 

If you want a larger tree that is quite hardy, the Magnolia fig might be a good option.  This tree also is known as the Dalmatian, the Brunswick or the Madonna, but this fig by any other name is just as sweet, and these trees do produce a lovely, deep burgundy fruit that is quite delicious. While the figs are tasty, these fig trees often are grown because of their ornamental beauty. While it is primarily recommended for USDA Zones 7-10, these trees can grow well in areas with a slightly colder winter.

 

The Brown Turkey fig trees not only possess a whimsical name, they produce two crops of figs each year and you can eat the figs right off the tree. The figs themselves are a beautiful, lush shade of purple with sweet, amber flesh. These can grow to be quite large, from about 15 feet up to 30 feet in height and are best suited to the climates in USDA Zones 7-9.

 

Our Black Mission fig trees can grow to be quite large, with a mature height ranging from 40 to 60 feet high, so this tree is best suited to a larger yard. The figs from these trees can be eaten fresh, but also are perfect for drying and canning. This tree does need full sun and regular watering, and tends to grow best in USDA Zones 7-10.

 

In addition to these fig trees, we sell many other fruit-bearing trees. Our selection includes many varieties of apple trees as well as peach trees, olive trees, kiwi trees, pear trees, persimmon trees, plum trees and pomegranate trees.
April 15, 2016 by James Yee
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Know your zone: Why your USDA growing zone is so important

Plants are living, they are complex, and they need attention. They must be watered regularly, and they must be grown in the correct climate. How do you know which climate to grow them in? The USDA has graciously provided us with a map that has been marked off in zones (each having a number). Each zone represents a climate, and each climate can only support certain types of plants. For example, if you live in North Florida, you’re in USDA Growing Zone 8. This means your climate can only support plants that have been rated for growing zone 8, such as Lantana, Azaleas, some Apples, and Crape Myrtles. Zone 8 cannot, however, support some grapes, cherries, and high-chill peaches.

At Plant Me Green, we’re proud to provide our customers with a 100% Plant Replacement Guarantee. We are happy to replace any potted plants that die, free of charge*, as long as the reason for death can be reasonably attributed to us. We cannot, however, replace a plant that has been bought outside of its USDA growing zone. Purchasing a plant that is not ensured to grow in your climate will require much more work, and will result in an extremely dull or dead plant. Each climate offers its own unique set of growing conditions that, when respected, will produce vibrant plants that are full of life and happy to produce for years to come.

If you have any questions about your growing zone, or which plants are supported by your climate, you can always call us toll free at (855) 817-5268. We offer a USDA Growing Zone Lookup on our website, and all of our plants are marked with what growing zones they thrive in. Know your Zone!

To look up your zone, click here.

To read a full copy of our 100% Plant Replacement Guarantee, click here

*It is the responsibility of the customer to pay all shipping charges, in their entirety.

April 12, 2016 by Tori Deas

Fruits Trees & Pollination: What You Need To Know

If you are considering buying fruit trees, it helps to learn a little bit about pollination requirements for the type of tree you wish to purchase. Here are a few helpful facts and tips regarding the pollination of fruit trees.

 

Without pollination, your beautiful fruit trees will not produce a bounty of delicious edibles. Some fruit trees are self-pollinating or self-fruitful while others are non-self-fruitful. Self-pollinating fruit trees are those which do not need another type of tree nearby in order to complete the process of pollination. Cherry trees and peach trees are two types of fruit trees in this category.

 

Fruit trees, either container tree or bare root trees, that are not self-pollinating will need to be pollinated by another variety of tree. Apple trees and pear trees are two types of non-self-fruitful or non-self-pollinating trees.

 

When it comes to fruit trees, it is important to note that some types of self-pollinating trees experience a higher level of success when they are cross-pollinated with another tree. We always recommend that you purchase these self-fruitful trees in pairs, as you tend to enjoy greater fruit production. 

 

But what does all this mean? How does one ensure proper pollination? All you really need to do is select the type of tree that you want and then do some research and find out which trees are compatible for cross-pollination. Part of this compatibility includes finding two types of trees that bloom around the same time of year. This is especially important if you are planting just two fruit trees. When planting the two trees or several trees, it is important to plant the trees at least 15- 20 feet apart, as this allows for optimum pollination.

 

Among our selection, some of our self-pollinating fruit trees include peach trees, European plums, figs and persimmons. Again, it is wise to buy a twin for your fruit tree to improve fruit yield.

 

Our non-self-pollinating fruit trees include apple trees, pear trees, hybrid plum trees and blueberries. For any of these fruit trees, you will need to also purchase a compatible pollinator.

 

For instance, crabapple trees would be an excellent choice as a pollinator if you were planting just about any variety of apple trees. If you prefer not to plant crabapples, you can cross-pollinate with another type of apple tree. For instance, if you wish to plant a Granny Smith apple tree, cross-pollinate this tree with a Gala tree or perhaps a Golden Delicious tree. It’s best to select two varieties that you particularly enjoy eating, of course, as well as two varieties that are compatible pollinators.

 

Under the Plant Info tab on our homepage, we have a section entitled Pollination Requirements. This provides you with a great deal of information regarding our fruit trees. You can find helpful pollination suggestions for all of our non-self-pollinating fruit trees in this section.

 

In addition to thinking about pollination when buying fruit trees and bare root trees, it is important to consider your climate and soil conditions. You will need to select varieties that thrive in your Plant Hardiness Zone. We have a large selection of fruit trees, so it should not be difficult to find some excellent options for your property.

 

It’s also important to consider your yard size and the eventual height of the fruit trees you plan to buy. Because many fruit trees need to be planted at least 50 feet away from each other, property size is quite important.

 

At Plant Me Green, you can find a wide variety of fruit trees, including container fruit trees and bare root trees. We have more than one dozen varieties of apple trees as well as crabapple trees, pear trees, fig trees, persimmon trees and peach trees. In addition, we also sell blueberries, blackberries, and grapes. We even have pawpaw fruit trees, which produce a delectable fruit that some say tastes like a banana, while others say it tastes like a cross between a mango and a banana.

 

Take a look at our selection, and if you have any questions about fruit trees, container trees or bare root trees, don’t hesitate to give us a call or send us an email.
February 22, 2016 by James Yee

Bare Root Trees: The Gift That Keeps On Giving

If you are struggling to find the perfect gift for a special person in your life, a bare root tree might be an ideal option. There are many people for whom this would be a fantastic gift. An avid gardener or amateur horticulturist might enjoy a bare root tree as well as someone that simply wishes to add a beautiful tree to their property. At Plant Me Green, we have a wide variety of bare root trees to consider, as well as many other gift options.

 

When you think about buying a tree, you might think about purchasing a small tree in a container, and we do sell many container trees. Bare root trees are not in a container nor do they have soil around their roots. These are trees that you plant directly in the ground while they are still dormant, which simply means they have not yet begun growing their spring leaves yet.

 

There are several advantages to selecting bare root trees. For instance, planting bare root trees can be a bit easier to plant because they are lighter in weight, and usually less expensive than a container tree.

 

Bare root trees do need to be planted within just a few days of delivery, however, and they do need to be planted during the dormant season. The planting window varies a bit depending on your location and tree choice, but typically you need to plant a bare root tree no later than the earliest days of spring. For instance, the planting window for our bare root pecans runs from about mid-December until about mid-March.

 

Among our bare root trees, the bare root pecans are one of the most popular choices. We offer a wide variety of bare root pecans. In fact, we typically sell about 20 different varieties. With giving the gift of bare root pecans, it is important to consider your friend’s climate and soil condition before purchasing. Pecan trees also grow quite large, so it is also important to consider the size of your friend’s property.

 

If your friend loves spending time gardening and doing yardwork, bare root pecans or other types of bare root trees can be an excellent gift. These types of trees are best suited to friends who have a good amount of experience with gardening and planting. We offer many helpful planting tips on our website, so if your friend has some questions, they can find many answers right here at Plant Me Green.

 

Beyond bare root pecans, our selection of bare root trees includes bare root apple trees, bare root persimmon trees and much more. Of course, we also sell a wide variety of container trees. Some container trees can simply be placed in large pots and used to decorate a sunroom, porch or backyard. These can be a good option for someone with less planting experience.

 

Before you purchase bare root trees, bare root pecans or container trees and plants, be sure to use our handy Plant Hardiness Zone Lookup guide. You can find this feature by selecting the Green 101 tab on our homepage. Once you have identified the zone in which your friend lives, it will be much easier to select a tree or plant that will thrive in their area.

 

If you are uncertain exactly what type of bare root trees, container trees or plants your friend truly wants, consider purchasing a Plant Me Green gift card. These are available for purchase on our website and we can ship them directly to your friend.
February 22, 2016 by James Yee