">Please click here to read email if not displayed below:

Acer's Florist & Garden Center
Edition . Acer's Florist & Garden Center

pansies and spring flowers
Do you know that Acer's offers free
computerized landscape design?
Call (631) 343-7123 or send pics to Jim@acersgardencenter.com.
Seeds and seed starting kits

Seeds and seed starter kits are here; get a jump on spring flowers and vegetables!

Nursery Stock

Long Island's largest selection of chimineas!
Keep the chill at bay while your family and friends are over to play!

Impatiens Alternatives

We love impatiens as much as the next person, but the proliferation of downy mildew has taken much of the joy out of growing them.

Signs that your plants are suffering from an infestation of downy mildew are:
• Light green, yellowing or stippling of the leaves
• The leaves curl down along the edges
• White, downy-like growth on the underside of leaves
• Stunted growth, leaf drop and flower drop

The disease spreads rapidly by spores transmitted by splashing irrigation water and/or air currents, and primarily infects Impatiens walleriana (common garden impatiens); those with single flowers and double flowers are equally affected.

Because of this ongoing problem, many growers are decreasing their production of Impatiens walleriana, some as much as 60%. For this reason, finding this type of impatiens at all might be difficult this year. If you have your heart set on growing them, look for New Guinea impatiens or some of the other strains that have a high resistance to the disease. The Sunpatiens, Fanfare, Divine, Celebration and Celebrette series of impatiens are all resistent.

While there are fungicides on the market that will control the disease, extreme vigilance (and frequent treatment) is required. Because of this, we feel that attempting to grow many varieties of impatiens will prove to be problematic for most people.

We think the time has come to explore other options for summer color. After all, growing plants is supposed to be pleasant, right? Here are ideas for some great floral alternatives:

Dragon wing, angel wing, Rieger, tuberous or fibrous--there's a begonia that will appeal to just about anyone. Available in almost all the colors of the rainbow (except purple and blue), they will provide you with color throughout the summer.

For an edging plant or hanging basket candidate, lobelia can't be beat. Available in all shades of blue to white, these can be combined with other plants to create the cool feeling that only blue can provide.

Great color can be achieved with striking foliage, too:

Also called sweet potato vine, this trailer with arrowhead-shaped leaves is a great way to add purple-black, chartreuse or variegated foliage to a hanging basket.

Red, purple, pink, chartreuse, green and white--they are all available in one of the varieties of coleus--sometimes all in the same leaf!

The most well-known is coral bells but there are many others. These plants provide an accent of chartreuse, orange, peach or purple to the garden. Some have several different colors in each leaf; some sport interesting veining.

Happy planting!

Click to print this article.

Garden Primer
Can rain water "overwater" your plants?


It can if you have bad drainage or have plants close to a downspout. Most neighborhood properties are designed to allow water to drain away from the home, and if you have any type of slope at all your plants should be okay, barring a 30 day torrent of water. However, plants next to downspouts can suffer, so it is wise to add a downspout extension to steer water away from prized plants in areas where water might collect. It also helps to turn off your sprinklers on when it's raining...

If you still face a bad drainage situation, consider re-landscaping that area with bog-loving plants. If you hate bog-loving plants, you could always sell your home. After all, what good is a home if you can't plant your favorite plants around it?

Click to print this article.

2077 Jericho Turnpike, Commack, NY 11725
Open Monday-Sunday 9 AM to 5 PM