Bower & Branch https://www.bowerandbranch.com Bower & Branch - Plant Creatively! Tue, 10 Nov 2020 20:15:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.6 Winterizing Perennials https://www.bowerandbranch.com/winterizing-perennials/ Tue, 10 Nov 2020 18:49:21 +0000 https://www.bowerandbranch.com/?p=11313 Sleet, snow, and frost, oh my! Winter is just around the corner, and in the garden, that means most of your perennials are going dormant. With these cold temperatures on their way, it is time to put your perennials to bed for the winter. While it may seem like your garden has gone quiet during […]

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Sleet, snow, and frost, oh my!

Winter is just around the corner, and in the garden, that means most of your perennials are going dormant. With these cold temperatures on their way, it is time to put your perennials to bed for the winter. While it may seem like your garden has gone quiet during these chilly days, a lot is happening underneath the soil. Winter gives plants a time to rest before they can bloom come spring; below the ground, your perennials are growing roots and leaning on the nutrients and moisture from the soil. These winter care tips are all about protecting the roots – otherwise, you may not find your plants healthy and vibrant as spring and summer arrive! With a little love, your perennials can live long and prosper!

Pruning

Many perennials will die back as we move from fall to freezing; winter prep often starts with pruning back dead leaves and stems. It is important to protect these perennials by cutting back dead foliage to just a few inches above the ground. Your perennials will hide quietly away and emerge victorious when the frost is gone, and spring greets us.

However, it is important to note that there are some perennials that provide a much needed food source for birds during the Winter. Perennials such as Echinacea, Rudbeckia, Sedum and Coreopsis provide food for a wide variety of birds with their dried flowers and seedheads, so consider what you cut before you cut!

 

Mulching

Forming an insulating blanket on the garden using mulch helps keep in winter moisture and protects the root system from tissue damage during freezing temperatures. Add a layer of insulation on top of the soil; about 2-3 inches of mulch. Mulch materials should be organic matter; you can even use pruned evergreens, dried leaves, or clean straw as mulch. We all need a warm blanket to snuggle under during those cold days.

 

Watering

Some winter months, we’re waiting for the snow, but it doesn’t come. When the ground isn’t quite frozen during those dry spells, it is good to water your plants at least once a month! Keep a little irrigation going, so they have something to drink while they rest till spring!

 

*Winterizing your perennials is beneficial for your plants to be nice and cozy as they get ready for their big blooming show next season! For your specific questions or needs please reach out to our Plant Whispering Team for all your winter care tips! 

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Our 2020 Holiday Collection Sneak Peek https://www.bowerandbranch.com/our-2020-holiday-collection-sneak-peek/ Sun, 01 Nov 2020 15:49:37 +0000 https://www.bowerandbranch.com/?p=11149 Oh,  what fun! Take a sleigh ride into the holidays with Bower & Branch!‘Tis the season!It’s that time of year again, when the peace of winter is about to be upon us. Trees will quietly be wrapped in snow, and the scent of fresh pine and hot apple pie invigorates the crisp air—the enchanting sounds […]

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Oh,  what fun! Take a sleigh ride into the holidays with Bower & Branch!

‘Tis the season!

It’s that time of year again, when the peace of winter is about to be upon us. Trees will quietly be wrapped in snow, and the scent of fresh pine and hot apple pie invigorates the crisp air—the enchanting sounds of frozen twigs and the crunch of leaves beneath your feet. It is the celebration of one year’s end and a new year beginning for us and the trees.

Put on a cozy sweater, bake a pie, and enjoy the sweet melodies of Bing Crosby crooning holiday songs by a warm fire. The holiday season is a time to slow down, cherish family traditions, and enjoy all the sugar cookies you’d like! The magic of tiny feet barreling down the hallway, waiting under the tree as our hearts swell in generosity. 

 “And as the snow falls from above, we fill our hearts with joy and love and tidings of peace to one and all.”  – Victor C. Johnson

Joyful Blooms – Florist Azaleas

Let the Christmas cheer sing through the holidays with stunning clusters of trumpet-shaped flowers! Ruffled in riveting blooms as these bright classic flowers will indeed become your new Christmas tradition. Rich green foliage accenting elegant blossoms that your loved ones will adore with breathtaking azaleas.

Merry Evergreens – Live Tabletop Christmas Trees

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and a live tabletop Christmas tree is the most adorable ornament of all! Fill your home with holiday cheer, and capture the beautiful memories in all the decorating joys. Creating magic with gorgeous evergreens fit for any space, big or small, for all to enjoy.

 

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What Dogwood Personality are You? Barking up the right Tree. https://www.bowerandbranch.com/what-dogwood-personality-are-you/ Wed, 16 Sep 2020 05:50:04 +0000 https://www.bowerandbranch.com/?p=10967 Dogwood trees are known for their delicate beauty, introducing us to a new spring each year with intriguing canopies of colorful layers and blooms—each one with its unique personality and its own set of appealing traits. What’s in a name and the meaning behind each one of these trees. See which Dogwood you identify with […]

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Dogwood trees are known for their delicate beauty, introducing us to a new spring each year with intriguing canopies of colorful layers and blooms—each one with its unique personality and its own set of appealing traits. What’s in a name and the meaning behind each one of these trees. See which Dogwood you identify with the most, and you can bloom and grow together!

The thinker.

Just like the revolutionary Scarlet Fire Dogwood, you are the thinker getting lost in your thoughts and motivated by learning, invention, and thinking outside the box. You love to investigate new solutions and a quest for never-ending developments. You have a tenacity to improve systems and ideas while also being gracefully beautiful!

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As a natural abstract thinker, the Scarlet Fire is a problem solver resisting disease and being low maintenance – they got it! Rich fuchsia blossoms like no other! The lush, dense foliage highlights those vivacious blooms lighting up your landscape in late spring and early summer! Also, keep an eye out for the Stellar Pink Dogwood, as they have a very similar personality!

 

 

the conservationist.

More than just a pretty face, you have a beautiful big heart for nature and especially for the birds. You are inquisitive and curious, spending time being creative on ways to be the keeper of the natural world. Your unique style and generous heart make everyone gravitate towards your calm spirit.

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Pagoda Dogwood trees are full of compassion for birds and butterflies, as this delightful native plant is packed full of beneficial qualities and delicious fruits! Also referred to as “Pigeonberry”—a reference to the fact that passenger pigeons once adored the fruits. Help the National Audubon Society’s conservation efforts and stand out from the rest with unique branching structure and sweetly scented white flowers. Pagoda Dogwood is the gift that keeps on giving to not only your landscape but to our pollinating friends!

 

 

The Bashful one.

As the Little Poncho Japanese Dogwood, you may be bashful and quiet, but you’re also highly conscientious and a friendly listener. You are very interested in those around you, seeking out authenticity and attention to detail. Letting others have the spotlight is your gift because you genuinely want to softly encourage. Little do you know that sometimes the most extraordinary things come in small packages. Your humble heart doesn’t go unseen, and your gorgeous colors always shine through as many of those around you easily fall in love with your sweet spirit.

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A petite gem, the Little Poncho Dogwood is the lustrous spirit we all didn’t know we needed. Blooming generous amounts of ivory flowers all summer long as the deep green foliage takes a backseat. Small touches of detail shine through the happier this tree gets with crimson-red fruits blooming late summer. It’s the bashful tree that isn’t aware of its beauty – commanding attention without overpowering your overall landscape design! If you like this adorable fella, you’ll also fall in love with the Red Pygmy Rutgers Dogwood!

 

the blissful one.

Being on Cloud Nine is something we all seek, and for the Blissful One, it happens naturally. Every situation- especially if it’s challenging- is a learning opportunity waiting to happen. Joy sings through your soul; your heart is quick to forgive as if you emanate an aura of peace and love that lifts up everyone around you.

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Bring your landscape into a state of euphoria with Cloud Nine Dogwoods. Marvel at their striking beauty and light-hearted personality. Rarely is it seen not full of color; even in the cool fall months, it puts on a sensational burgundy-red show. Illuminate your gardens, and brighten your mood – even the birds gravitate towards its cheerful fruit

 

The old soul.

The original Japanese Dogwood, the old soul of the group. You have an insatiable appetite for wisdom and knowledge – yearning for a more peaceful simplistic life, with a record player filling your home with soothing jazz or Motown bops. You give advice well beyond your years while always looking fresh and spritely.

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Enjoy year-round beauty and grace! Japanese Kousa Dogwood is a timeless classic and will turn heads boasting in brilliant white flowers. There’s nothing more majestic than a dogwood in spring, decked out with fabulous blooms! Its story began thousands of years ago, and to this day, we continue to learn more from this ancestral tree as we create exquisite cultivars stemming from this beauty! Looking for a little bit of a brighter color, though still want that classic touch? Check out the Pink Flowering Dogwood!

 

A VALIANT Leader.

Bravery is not the absence of fear, but rather the triumph over it. You’re willing to take chances and be fearless to follow your vision. As the Cherokee Brave, you are courageous to stand up for what you believe in—pursuing your purpose, while also helping to build others up to be valiant leaders as well.

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Lucille Ball once said, “I am not funny; what I am is brave.” Cherokee Brave Dogwood encompasses a vigorous strength for being disease resistant while displaying brilliant blush toned blooms. Completely unafraid to show off its elegant colors in your garden as one of the first to emerge new life each spring. Never a dull moment in your backyard with this Dogwood. Check out its counterpart – the Cherokee Princess Dogwood!

 

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Butterfly Weed: If you plant it, they will come! https://www.bowerandbranch.com/why-plant-butterfly-weed/ Mon, 20 Jul 2020 20:00:10 +0000 https://www.bowerandbranch.com/?p=10768 A new beginning to a more colorful world.If you plant it, they will come! Butterfly weed is an absolute must-have this summer to start your own butterfly garden! Butterfly Weed is famous for its vibrant bright orange blossoms, and many butterfly visitors, especially inspirational to our ever missed Monarch’s! Plant this Spirit near your favorite […]

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A new beginning to a more colorful world.

If you plant it, they will come! Butterfly weed is an absolute must-have this summer to start your own butterfly garden! Butterfly Weed is famous for its vibrant bright orange blossoms, and many butterfly visitors, especially inspirational to our ever missed Monarch’s! Plant this Spirit near your favorite summer sitting area while curious pollinators join along, attracted to these fragrant flowers and their nourishment. This native plant’s qualities are inspirational to our little winged friends as they are grown neonicotinoid free, which means they can enjoy rich nectar unharmed. The benefits of having Butterfly Weed planting in your garden are bountiful and endless!

Ornamental Value 

One of the joys of summer, and appropriately named attracting a bevy of beautiful butterflies. Butterfly weed has a strong personality with its bold tangerine blooms and alluring scent. Adding a touch of exuberance to your quiet garden beds, it is so much more than its good looks and charm. 

Watching butterflies is a delight at any age, and discovering a treasure trove of them is even more exhilarating! Invite this colorful character to all your summer garden parties, bringing kids and families together in wonder and conservation. Do you remember the magical moment as a child seeing these winged jewels flutter by? Planting Butterfly Weed is one of the best ways to get children interested in gardening and introducing them to Monarch protection. Bring color and life from your garden beds into your home!

Pollinator Value

You don’t have to own a farm to make a difference, even the smallest of gardens can make a big impact. Butterfly Weed can play a significant role in enriching conservation efforts for our pollinators. Bees are very fond of Butterfly Weed blossoms and its nourishing nectar. It can feed the bees enough to make a small crop of honey. They say, “Bee the change you want to see,” more honey is the sweetest reason to plant.

Oh, to be a butterfly, and flutter upon a delightful feast; those golden orange blooms saturated in sweet nectar! Butterfly Weed contributes to many of our pollinating friends, and one of the most beautiful and graceful are the Monarchs. They certainly do their fair share in bringing seed and fruit production to neighboring crops, and always pleasing to watch. Butterflies of all kinds, and particularly Monarch’s have enchanted mankind for centuries. A population that is dwindling as humans destroy habitats. An amazing way to help is by planting a butterfly-friendly garden with multiples of Butterfly Weed! Even the smallest of gardens can bring uplifting change!

BUTTERFLY WEED IN YOUR GARDEN

 

Should I plant Butterfly Weed?

There are a couple of reasons to consider planting in your landscape. Vibrant blooms are certainly one of them; as they will add a wonderful pop of color to gardens with clusters of bright tangerine flowers. But there’s another reason so many people are planting it now. 

You may have heard that Butterfly Weed is important for monarch butterflies. While it is a source of nectar for them, it’s more than that, it is actually a necessary host plant for them. This is because the monarch butterfly caterpillar only eats milkweed, and this is why mature butterflies only lay their eggs on them. Without these host plants, the caterpillars will starve. Planting milkweed is such a simple way to help the monarch butterfly population!

 

Where to plant, and care:

Butterfly Weed loves to bask in all-day sun, and it will grow in just about any type of soil as long as it’s well drained. Once it’s established, the plant will be quite drought tolerant. Butterfly Weed develops a thick taproot to enable it to survive during dry periods, which makes it difficult to transplant, so don’t try to move a well-rooted plant. Deadhead spent flowers to encourage rebloom. Cut back plants any time before new growth appears in the spring. Be patient—this Spirit is slow to emerge. You may want to mark its location before winter comes, so you don’t forget where it is! Once you’ve determined what conditions your plant needs to thrive, plant them somewhere you (and butterflies) can enjoy them! 

Is Butterfly Weed toxic?

Butterfly Weed secretes a milky sap (hence its name). This sap can be harmful to humans, pets, livestock, and other animals—but ONLY if it is consumed in very large quantities. Fortunately, the sap tastes so foul that most critters (monarch caterpillars excluded!) are more than happy to leave the entire plant alone. Thank goodness for common sense!

Is Butterfly Weed invasive?

Butterfly Weed is often seen as an invasive weed. Truthfully, although “weed” is in the name, it is not a weed at all, and over 100 varieties are native to the US! While it is not a weed, it does grow very quickly, so you’ll want to maintain it to make sure it doesn’t quickly outgrow the planting spot you’ve chosen. Be prepared though, as caterpillars will readily handle pruning if present.

How do I water?

For many varieties, you don’t really need to! As long as your area is not prone to drought, you can leave your plants alone and they will do just fine.

How do I care for Butterfly Weed over winter?

Butterfly weed, will enjoy the protection of a little mulch during colder months, most varieties require very little winter care. Once the plants start to die back in the fall, you can trim them all the way down and wait for them to re-emerge in spring.

Butterfly Weed is grown neonicotinoid free. What does that mean and why is it important?

Neonicotinoids are systemic pesticides chemically related to nicotine which are used to make plants and trees less susceptible to insect damage.  A growing number of studies have shown that neonicotinoid pesticides harm birds and pollinators – both by leaching into the soil and causing neurological effects, and by killing off insects that some species rely on for food. For this reason, our growers do not use this to protect our winged friends.

Dealing with aphids and other pests

Aphids (often very small and bright orange-gold in color) suck sap from plants. To deal with a severe infestation of aphids, spray plants with cold water (but be careful not to harm any monarch butterfly eggs in the process). Cold water should be sufficient in removing aphids; if it does not solve the problem, you can spray affected plants with insecticidal soap. This should only be done if absolutely necessary. 

These plants are also extremely attractive to slugs, which will eat holes in the leaves and badly damage flowers. If you see large holes in your plants’ foliage, check for slugs in the evenings. Dropping slugs into a bucket of water mixed with dish soap is an effective and mess-free way to remove these pests from your garden.

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How to Water Your River Birch Tree https://www.bowerandbranch.com/watering-birch-trees/ https://www.bowerandbranch.com/watering-birch-trees/#respond Fri, 17 Jul 2020 12:38:20 +0000 https://www.bowerandbranch.com/?p=10751 The facts: You can NEVER over water a River Birch! No matter what you think, during the summer months, you are most likely not watering enough. And that thunderstorm? Didn’t do much help either!You wouldn’t know this until mid-summer – when the heat is at its hottest, the air conditioner can’t keep up, and your […]

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The facts: You can NEVER over water a River Birch! No matter what you think, during the summer months, you are most likely not watering enough. And that thunderstorm? Didn’t do much help either!

You wouldn’t know this until mid-summer – when the heat is at its hottest, the air conditioner can’t keep up, and your Birch’s sashaying leaves have suddenly turned bright yellow. It’s time to water!

Birch Trees are known for their water-guzzling habits (we’re lookin’ at you River Birch!), so it is essential to increase your watering for those trees during the summer. If you see the leaves on your Birch, begin to turn yellow, water water water! When using the Bower & Branch Water Element, our Growers recommend filling it every 3-5 days. This allows the pressure within the bag to maintain, so water is continuously dripped at a rate in which the Birch will receive a sufficient amount of water.

Here are a few steps to keep your River Birch healthy and happy:

  1. Water the river birch tree once every 3 to 5 days in the spring. Using a trickling hose – water the tree slowly and deeply, over a one to two hour period. The river birch likes moist soil and should receive between 30 and 40 gallons of water a month, rainfall included. Note that during the heat of summer months, it is essential to water daily! Watering is crucial during those heat waves!
  2. To protect the tree’s shallow roots and reduce weed competition, spread a 2 to 4-inch layer of organic mulch around the tree every spring. This will improve the soil and help to retain moisture.
  3. Early in the spring, you can feed your tree Bower & Branch Elements™ Fertilizer for optimum growth. Spread the granular fertilizer evenly over the tree’s entire root zone. 

Birch planters, LISTEN PLEASE, your newly planted Birch requires extreme amounts of water in the first year of growing. We must water deeply; sufficient water is probably the most critical factor in maintaining a healthy birch tree. This could require hours of slow drip hose watering on your tree, repeated 3 to 4 times weekly through the summer months. You will not kill your tree from overwatering in any way – it wants to grow, it wants to thrive today – the only limiting factor is available water deep in the ground where your roots are.

Turn on your hose today – We are in the heat of summer, and your new tree needs you!

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How to use Lenten Rose in Your Home Garden https://www.bowerandbranch.com/lenten-rose-garden-uses/ Wed, 04 Mar 2020 16:17:10 +0000 https://www.bowerandbranch.com/?p=10171 Helleborus, also known as Lenten Rose – an often overlooked, but absolutely essential addition to your landscape – are a plant that have to be seen to be believed! And where better to catch these winter wonders than in YOUR garden? Bower & Branch is excited to highlight two superb varieties this spring – Helleborus […]

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Helleborus, also known as Lenten Rose – an often overlooked, but absolutely essential addition to your landscape – are a plant that have to be seen to be believed! And where better to catch these winter wonders than in YOUR garden? Bower & Branch is excited to highlight two superb varieties this spring – Helleborus ‘Ivory Prince’ and Helleborus ‘Pink Frost’! To best beat the winter blues here are a few suggestions on how to enjoy the Lenten Rose, trust us, it will quickly become one of your favorite perennial Spirits!

Woodland Gardening WITH LENTEN ROSE

Being a shade loving perennial, the Lenten Rose require copious amounts of, you guessed it, shade! As a result, woodland gardens are the perfect spot for planting. Added bonus? Deer and rabbits need not apply here — bitter tasting compounds in the leaves and other parts of the plant keep your new addition from becoming a salad bar for those pesky rabbits. Tucking them between hostas and ferns will add to the texture of your landscape, while strong (re: long) blooming performance in the winter months will provide true four-season interest!

Decorative specimen – LENTEN ROSE

Hellebores do a fantastic job anchoring that part of your landscape you just can’t seem to find the right plant for. Even when it’s not in bloom, its’ brightly colored venation in the leaves, and its short, wide stature provides the right balance of color and impact. Plant Lenten Rose in an elevated area outside of a well-glazed window, or alongside a walkway where it’s sure to be seen.

Dry Locations FOR LENTEN ROSE

Lenten Rose has outstanding drought resistance and while a dry, shady spot seems counter to conventional thinking, such areas do exist. Supplemental watering is necessary while your new plant is stretching its roots and becoming established as with any new addition. The difference here is once rooted it largely takes care of itself – even throughout the summer months – save for a trim pre-Spring to relieve the plant of the previous years’ older foliage.

Cut Flowers OF LENTEN ROSE

Helleborus – Lenten Rose cup-shaped blooms work very well in a vase on their own as a single cultivar or as a part of a Hellebore bouquet with different varieties. For best results take cuttings when the blooms are a bit more mature. A good rule of thumb is after the seed pods start to set. Place your freshly cut flowers in water as soon as possible and enjoy the color that can last week after week!

REMEMBER

While there are a vast amount of different approaches to making Lenten Rose your own, these considerations are just the beginning. We encourage you to try new and different ways to create your plant palette the way you choose!  For more information connect with us through our expert Plant Whisperers! You can chat, call (866) 873-3888 or email them at plantwhisperers@bowerandbranch.com!

For more fun ways to use Lenten Rose in your garden, check out what Laura, at How’s it Growing?, is doing with her Bower & Branch Lenten Roses!

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American Beech – An Unsung Hero https://www.bowerandbranch.com/american-beech-native-unsung-hero/ Mon, 17 Feb 2020 22:12:35 +0000 https://www.bowerandbranch.com/?p=10143 American Beech – Fagus grandifoliaAmerican Beech is possibly our country’s most elegant forest tree. The great American Beech is a Native Tree from Maine to Florida – to Eastern Texas north to Michigan and into southern Ontario Canada. American Beech is believed to have been native across the continental United States prior to the last ice […]

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American Beech – Fagus grandifolia

American Beech is possibly our country’s most elegant forest tree. The great American Beech is a Native Tree from Maine to Florida – to Eastern Texas north to Michigan and into southern Ontario Canada. American Beech is believed to have been native across the continental United States prior to the last ice Age.

 

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GROWTH HABIT

These legacy trees are slow growing, adding 1-2’ annually and can reach 120’ tall. Generally, you will see them in the 50-70’ range. These wonderful specimen trees can have a spread of about 40-60’—in a native woodland setting, trees rarely grow wider than 40’ wide.

American Beech are hardy to zone 3 and grow well all the way to zone 9, these trees can tolerate shade and may be one of the best trees for shaded spaces.

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FUN FACTS

American Beech are of high value, and are true legacy trees. Unfortunately, they are rare finds today.

These legacy trees can live for 300-400 years. Tree enthusiasts and novices are both humbled when standing beneath these trees of such great heritage. 

And get this! they’re tolerant of deer and of Black Walnut!

FEEDS WILDLIFE AND MORE

American Beechnuts are food for birds, deer, squirrels, etc! Beechnuts are produced each fall and ripen right on the tree. These triangular shaped nuts can also be pressed for cooking, lamp oils, and can be used as flour!

In your landscape, you’ll be fortunate to reap the benefits of beechnuts—wild turkeys enjoy them! The harvest is fast and furious! Learn more about which birds love this Native American Beech, here!

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PESTS AND DISEASES

Yep! With no serious pests or diseases, this might explain the 400 Years of life expectancy for American Beech.

However, recent concerns have been identified for Beech Leaf Disease, a relatively new and still unnamed discovery of what might be causing some death of younger Beech Trees in particular. Still in research, enough to cause concern, but not alarm.

GOOD LOOKIN

The smooth grey bark is easily recognized—and so very distinctive. Great loves of the past have been memorialized in its bark carvings for generations. 

With its golden bronze fall foliage, it is a true favorite of many through the winter months. Younger beech leaves never let go, and are so easily seen and enjoyed all the way through to spring when new emerging young leaves complete the release of last year’s foliage. It’s a truly beautiful process.

 

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AMERICAN BEECH APPROVED

Early settlers quickly became aware that where populations of American Beech were formed, this generally indicated that the soil was best for farmland, healthy and vibrant. Many American Beech were harvested and cleared for farmland. Where American Beech grows well—so will corn.

American Beech grow in colonies, thickets or groves from shallow roots, making beautiful stands of these forest beauties. These trees are difficult to transplant. Always choose container grown Beech Trees over balled & burlap, survival will be enhanced and so will growth in the first couple of years.

Where to Plant American Beech

  • Woodland Settings
  • Shaded Landscapes
  • Hillsides
  • Property Markers
  • Legacy & Memorial Gardens

*Avoid Urban settings

How to Use American Beech in your Landscape

  • Native Tree – Specimen Tree – Focal Tree – Legacy Tree
  • Woodland Landscape – Use to create a Native Woodland Landscape
    • Plant in Groves, creating a beautiful outdoor woodland living space—and BONUS: a bird landscape!
  • Near your windows – enjoy the wildlife views!
  • Add to your wooded lot or create a wooded lot
  • Property Boundary Planting – large lots
  • Woodland Gardens – for example, plant them in a bed of Helleborus (Lenten Roses!)

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Live Container Grown Christmas Trees – How to Care for Them https://www.bowerandbranch.com/live-container-grown-christmas-trees-care/ https://www.bowerandbranch.com/live-container-grown-christmas-trees-care/#respond Wed, 20 Nov 2019 19:59:53 +0000 https://www.bowerandbranch.com/?p=9860 HOW TO CARE FOR LIVE CONTAINER GROWN CHRISTMAS TREESLive container grown Christmas trees can be planted outdoors for ongoing benefits after the holidays – talk about perfect recycling!  A real, living Christmas tree provides native bird habitats, a great landscape addition and wonderful family memories.Remember to order your Tree Marker – Memorializing this year’s Christmas!1. […]

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HOW TO CARE FOR LIVE CONTAINER GROWN CHRISTMAS TREES

Live container grown Christmas trees can be planted outdoors for ongoing benefits after the holidays – talk about perfect recycling!  A real, living Christmas tree provides native bird habitats, a great landscape addition and wonderful family memories.

Remember to order your Tree Marker – Memorializing this year’s Christmas!

1. Water with Ice Cubes

Live, container grown, Christmas Trees can be watered by using a few ice cubes each day. The number of ice cubes depends on how large the container is; add ice cubes as required to keep soil moist and do not allow the Evergreen to dry down at all. Ice cubes provide a true slow release irrigation system in the simplest form and will even assist in keeping soil temperatures in the range best for the living evergreen.

  • Water regularly while Indoors
  • Potted trees will dry out more quickly – keep the soil moist but not soggy.
  • Use the ice cube Home irrigation system! Add 12 ice cubes daily to maintain even moisture throughout the entire time your live Christmas tree is indoors.

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2. Mind the Roots

  • Place the tree, still in the Bower & Branch grower pot undisturbed, into a decorative basket, container, or tree collar of your choice and style!

3. Choose the Right Bright and Sunny Spot

  • Place your live Christmas tree by a window, where it’ll receive as much light as possible.
  • Keep away form fire places or other direct heat sources
  • Cool windows are the best windows!
  • LED lights are preferred.

4. Bring the tree outside

Once the holidays are over, bring your potted evergreen outside for some cool, fresh air and admire it as your new front door tree until planting time.

Live Christmas trees are best planted as soon as possible. Follow these simple rules of thumb to insure your Christmas tree lives for years and years:

  • Dig your planting hole long before Christmas on a warm and sunny late fall day.
  • Store your soil in your garage where it will not freeze or some other location that provides some protection from extreme cold or freeze.
  • Keep your soil right in your wheelbarrow – makes for easy planting later!
  • Use Bower & Branch Composition Planting Mix at planting time.
  • Recommended 10-14 days indoors and decorated.
  • Un-decorate your tree after Christmas, move to mild temperature area (garage or outdoor shed or area protected from wind)
  • Water well after moving outside!
  • Plant 3 days after hardening-off period on a nice, calm and sunny early Winter’s day.
  • Follow Bower & Branch Planting instructions.
  • Keep moist whenever possible and protect from wind through the winter.

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Live Tabletop Evergreen Trees – How to Care for Them https://www.bowerandbranch.com/live-tabletop-evergreen-trees-care/ https://www.bowerandbranch.com/live-tabletop-evergreen-trees-care/#respond Wed, 20 Nov 2019 18:44:08 +0000 https://www.bowerandbranch.com/?p=9850 HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR LIVE TABLETOP EVERGREEN TREES INDOORS… AND AFTER THE HOLIDAY SEASONThese fresh live tabletop evergreen trees, alive with the fragrance of the season, are easy to care for and can be planted outdoors for ongoing benefit after the holidays – talk about perfect recycling!These evergreen trees may also be grown in […]

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HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR LIVE TABLETOP EVERGREEN TREES INDOORS… AND AFTER THE HOLIDAY SEASON

These fresh live tabletop evergreen trees, alive with the fragrance of the season, are easy to care for and can be planted outdoors for ongoing benefit after the holidays – talk about perfect recycling!

These evergreen trees may also be grown in containers on the patio, or on the fire escape through the year.

1. Water with Ice Cubes

  • Your live tabletop evergreen can be watered using a few ice cubes each day to keep soil evenly moist for the time you are enjoying indoors. Ice cubes provide a natural slow release indoor irrigation system for your trees and plants and may even help to keep soil temperatures cooler as desired for your living tree.
  • Size AAA – 3 ice cubes a day
  • Size AA – 6 ice cubes a day
  • Size A – 12 ice cubes a day

 

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2. Mind the Roots

  • Do not disturb the tree in the pot provided until planting outdoors or planting into larger container.
  • Keep roots moist with regular ice cube watering as needed.

3. Choose the right bright and sunny spot

  • Place your live tabletop evergreen by a window, providing as much light as possible.
  • Cooler air by the window will help your tree enjoy the indoors so much better.
  • Keep away from fire places or other direct heat sources.

4. Move it out!

  • If desired, after the Holidays, your evergreen can be placed outdoors in an area protected by wind or extreme cold.
  • Plant as soon as the ground allows.
  • Protect from freezing temperatures until spring.
  • Keep moist through the winter.
  • Cover the plant with burlap, a blanket – just keep the evergreen a little warmer than cold!
  • Follow Bower & Branch Tree planting recommendations. Enjoy!

Any more questions, please talk (or chat below!) with our Plant Whisperers directly; they’re always happy to help! (866) 873-3888 // plantwhisperers@bowerandbranch.com 

Growers’ Note

Moving Evergreen Trees indoors for the holidays provides so much enjoyment and brings a true, real and fresh feeling into your home or apartment.

While indoors, keep moist, in a sunny and bright location – do not allow to dry out. If you prefer, after the Holidays, you can slowly harden off your tree and return the tree to the outdoors. Be watchful of freezing, drying and wind damages. Most winter tree loss is caused by drying roots and foliage. Protect from wind and severe cold. Have fun and enjoy for even more seasons! 

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How to Care for your Indoor Florist Azalea Plant https://www.bowerandbranch.com/how-to-care-for-your-indoor-florist-azalea-plant/ https://www.bowerandbranch.com/how-to-care-for-your-indoor-florist-azalea-plant/#respond Tue, 19 Nov 2019 19:21:07 +0000 https://www.bowerandbranch.com/?p=9836 HOW to CARE for your INDOOR FLORIST AZALEA PLANTAzaleas are the multicolored joys of Christmas and the bright blooms of spring. Can you grow azaleas indoor successfully? The answer is, of course, you can! There are a few tricks you need to know to keep these beauties blooming year after year. 1. Keep soil moist.Bower […]

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HOW to CARE for your INDOOR FLORIST AZALEA PLANT

Azaleas are the multicolored joys of Christmas and the bright blooms of spring. Can you grow azaleas indoor successfully? The answer is, of course, you can! There are a few tricks you need to know to keep these beauties blooming year after year.

1. Keep soil moist.

  • Bower & Branch recommends simple ice cube watering – depending on the pot size, drop two or more ice cubes daily to keep soil moist. Ice cubes provide slow-release indoor irrigation and does not allow the soil to dry down – which azaleas just don’t like! Add ice cubes as needed to keep soil evenly moist.

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2. Keep in bright spaces.

  • To keep those blooms gorgeous and filled with holiday cheer, move your azaleas to areas of bright light for best results. Let them soak up some sun, then place back as your centerpiece or focal point!

3. Fertilize once a month with Elements water soluble fertilizer.

  • Once the blooms have faded, give your plant a little more light and fertilize. Mix fertilizer with water or frozen in the ice cubes to make little popsicles for your azalea. See more instructions on the Elements® Fertilizer label or contact Bower & Branch Plant Whisperer.

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4. Not Hardy in the North!

  • In the spring, when it starts to get a bit warmer outside, transplant your azalea’s into a larger container to bloom on your patio all summer long! Use Bower & Branch Composition Planting Mix for your growing soil.
  • In the south, plant outdoors after any danger of freeze.

 

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For more information on indoor florist azaleas, click here!

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