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Bringing Autumn Colored Plants to Your Back Yard

Summer is winding down and fall will soon be here! Depending on where you live, the seasonal change from summer to fall will bring about beautiful changes in the trees' leaves. The green color will fade and turn to yellows, oranges, reds, and even dark purples. Many people from all over the world travel near and far just to see these magnificent changes! Both local residents and adventurous tourists travel to see the brightly colored foliage throughout Vermont, New York, New Hampshire, and parts of Massachusetts as well as areas of Michigan and Wisconsin. In Japan, there is a traditional custom for viewing the changing colors called, "momijigari." Korea also has such a tradition that is called, "Danpung-Nori," which is popular in the Seoraksan and Naejang-san mountains. 

For many people, traveling to far off places is not an option, but you can also experience these amazing color changes right in your own back yard! Planting a variety of tress and shrubs will bring these autumn colors to your home. Such trees include Sugar, Red and Japanese Maples. The red color of the Japanese Maple will even turn a dark purple and will often times carry these colors throughout the springtime. Dogwoods, Crape Myrtles, and Cherry trees bring to mind spring flowers, but the leaves on these trees will turn gorgeous shades of red, yellow, and orange in the fall. Birch trees and Pomegranate display an array of yellows and golds and the Sweet gum will revel in a splendid mixture of colors along with Blueberry bushes. 

Check out our varieties of Maple, Sugar Gum, Crape Myrtle, Birch and Cherry Trees. We also have Blueberries and Pomegranates. Be sure to consider your environment (climate, temperature, soil type) when choosing your plants. Plant Me Green is here to help you bring autumn to your yard!   

 

August 15, 2017 by Bold Apps

Successful Gardening: A Planting Guide for the New Addition to Your Garden

Here at Plant Me Green there are two different ways you can receive our plants. Some varieties come in bare root style, while most others are potted plants. Depending on the style you purchased, will determine how you will initially care for our leafy friends.
To begin the planting process, you will need to dig a hole that is approximately as big as the root system you are planting. Next, place the plant in the hole you have created and make sure the top of the plant's root system is level (or just above the surrounding soil). Remove the packing material and pack dirt firmly around the root system. Allow the soil to settle, then proceed to add extra soil as needed in order to remove air pockets. Remove any rocks or debris from around the plant and water the root system until thoroughly saturated. Once your plant is in the ground, you will need to water adequately during the establishment process, unless otherwise noted by Plant Me Green. Finally, stake and mulch the plant if necessary.
Bare root trees can only be shipped while in their dormant stage of growth, which happens between December and March, unless otherwise noted in your plants description. Your tree may look dead, but it is alive. Dormant trees lose all of their foliage during wintertime. Bare root trees should be planted within 7 days of arrival. If you need to wait longer, heel them in. In order to heel in your bare root trees, dig a U-shaped trench that is wide and deep enough to hold your trees. Remove trees from their packaging and lay them at a slight angle in the trench. Leave a small angle in between each plant. Back-fill the trench with enough soil to cover the roots. Do not overfill. Water the plants sufficiently. When you are ready to plant, gently remove the soil using a trowel. Fill a large bucket with water and soak the root system for 24 hours. At this point you can plant your tree.
Plant Me Green ships potted or container plants all year long and can be planted at any time during the year. However, optimal plating time is considered to be Spring through the Fall. You do not have to plant your potted plant right away. As long as you water sufficiently and provide it with adequate sun exposure, you are able to leave your plant in the pot. If you begin to notice signs that your plant is root bound, simply re-pot it into a larger container or plant it in the ground. Potted plants that are left sitting on concrete surfaces will need to be watered more frequently as concrete retains more heat. These plants need to be watered daily due to exposure of the extra heat. Should the daily temperature be hotter than usual, you may want to water these plants twice a day. When given adequate water and sunshine, your potted plant can reach its full growth potential within two months of planting.  
July 19, 2017 by Bold Apps

Caring for your plant in extreme heat

When the summer time hits, your plants need extra care. The heat, beating sun, and pests all converge to create the perfect atmosphere for a wilted and sick plant. When the heat hits, you can be prepared with just a few extra steps.

 

  1. Water, Water, Water!

Ensuring you plant has access to enough water is one of the most important things you can do to give it a fighting chance in the summer. Make sure your soil is moist, not soaking wet, at all times. A plant that gets too much water can be in just as much danger as one that doesn’t get enough, so be very watchful of its signs. If you start to notice any leaves turning yellow or the plant looks wilted (but the soil is wet), it may be time to cut back a little.

 

  1. Shade (if possible)

Just like us, plants can get tired from being in the hot sun all day. If your plant is in a pot, try to move it into a partially shaded location. Filtered light is best during a time of extreme heat. You can still shade a plant that is permanently planted in the ground by hanging some cloth to create the filtered light you need. Providing shade can be a great help to your weary plant, but it is important to note that young plants or trees that have been in the ground for less than 1 year are the most susceptible to complications from the heat, and should be protected most.

 

  1. Mulch

Adding a barrier of mulch around the base of your tree or shrub will protect the root system all year long. In the winter it provides an extra layer of insulation that will help the plant stay warm and dry. In the summer, it helps keep the root system cool and moist. When mulching around the base of a tree, make sure to leave a 1-2 inch gap between the trunk and the mulch to allow for oxygen to reach the plant.

With a little bit of TLC and preparation you can have a thriving plant, even in the heat of the summer. Your tree will thank you! If you have any questions regarding the planting or care of your plants, feel free to contact us at 850-270-0511 or email us at info@plantmegreen.com
July 19, 2017 by Bold Apps

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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