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Acer's Florist & Garden Center
Edition 17.51 Acer's Florist & Garden Center December 21, 2017
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We are closing at 3pm Christmas Eve and will be closed Christmas Day.

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Christmas Trees and Wreaths

A beautiful selection of Christmas trees and wreaths has arrived! Come and visit Acer's for all your Holiday decorating needs.


Acer's Gift Shop

The Gift Shop at Acer's carries a Full Range of Unique Gifts, including Custom Silk Arrangements, Lifetime Candles, and Gardening Accessories. We also have a Full Line of Seasonal Decor that will have your home radiating the Spirit of the Season.Holiday Decor


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Gardens for Kids

By Tamara Galbraith

Now is a good time to start planning your spring and summer gardens. Try planning a garden that will get kids involved!

Not all plants are created equal in the eyes of children. Although they don't differentiate when it comes to flowers and vegetables or annuals and perennials, kids have their hands-down favorites. They prefer huge flowers like marigolds, petunias, and sunflowers and small vegetables like cherry tomatoes, dwarf carrots, and radishes.

They love unique color shades, too, so make sure to include flowers with multi-colorings such as pansy, snapdragon and striped impatiens, and vegetables such as purple carrots, and 'Easter Egg' radishes, along with striped beets and tomatoes.

Textured plants are irresistible. If your conditions are right for them, include the fuzzy woolly thyme and lamb's ears, the prickly coneflower and strawflowers (for sunny locations) and donkey tail fern, maidenhair fern and columbine (for shadier spots).

Fragrant plants transport the imagination. If you grow them now, your child will always remember the scents of gardenia, heliotrope, roses, peonies, and lilacs. If you show them which plants to rub between their fingers, they'll never forget lavender, chocolate and pineapple mint, lemon balm, rosemary, basil, and scented geraniums.

Butterflies fascinate children, and there are many colorful plants that that will attract them. Consider including butterfly bush, lantana, monarda, salvia, sweet peas, and veronica--but don't overlook carrots, dill, fennel, and parsley to round out their diet.

Positively pickable plants also get the thumbs-up from kids. While mom's landscape may be off-limits for bouquet gathering, children should have free rein over certain cutting gardens. Cosmos, snapdragon, salvia, zinnia, coleus, and celosia are just a few that will produce more blooms if frequently picked.

Don't overlook spring- and summer-flowering bulbs that hold the promise and surprise of things to come. Use the same rules as above when selecting colors and varieties.

Gardening can truly be a fun experience for children. So start planning their garden today. You'll be getting started on creating memories that will last a lifetime.

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Garden Primer
How can I get my poinsettias to re-bloom next year?

Answer:
  • Fertilize your plant every two weeks after the blooming season with a balanced, all-purpose fertilizer. Continue through August.
  • By March or early April, when the colored bracts begin to turn or fall, cut the plant back, leaving 4 to 6 buds.
  • Re-pot into a slightly larger container (2-3 inches larger in diameter).
  • Keep the plant indoors near (not directly in) a sunny window or outdoors in a morning sun-afternoon shade location. Water and fertilize regularly, and by the end of May you should see vigorous new growth.
  • Make sure to turn the plant so that the new growth grows evenly on all sides.
  • If you have been growing them outdoors in the summer, when fall comes bring your poinsettia indoors to a sunny location before night temperatures fall below 55-60°F at night. Check for pests and diseases and place the poinsettia in a south window.
  • Poinsettias begin to set buds and produce flowers as the nights become longer.
  • Beginning October 1, keep your plants in complete darkness for 14 continuous hours each night by moving it into a dark room or placing a large box over it.
  • During the day, allow 6-8 hours of bright sunlight. Flowers should mature in 60-85 days.
  • Continue this for 8-10 weeks, and your poinsettias should develop a colorful display of holiday blooms!

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