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Acer's Florist & Garden Center
Edition 18.25 Acer's Florist & Garden Center June 21, 2018

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Veggies

Organic Veggies have arrived! It's summer; plant now, before it's too late!


Florist

We do funeral work. 631-343-7123. Custom pieces by request.


Nursery Stock

We are fully stocked with amazing plants for all your garden needs!


Arrivals

Tropical hibiscus, Mandevillas, gardenias, palms, crotons and other exotics are here!


Arrivals
Arrivals

Huge, beautiful selection of hanging baskets and patio planters!


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Landscape

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Attract Pollinators

Regardless of how well you care for your plants, many of them will not fruit without being pollinated. Some plants have separate male and female flowers, and require the pollen is transferred from the male to the female flower. With fertilization, the female flower becomes a squash, or a watermelon, or a cucumber. Without, it dries up and falls off the plant. Other crops, such as tomatoes, peas, and beans, are self pollinating, but must be shaken by the wind or a pollinator to achieve fertilization.

Hand-pollination can be an effective tool in the home garden, ensuring that every female flower is fertilized, but it is very labor intensive. Luckily, we have natural pollinators, such as bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Getting their attention is generally pretty easy by using bright colored flowers, or flowering trees, but having a large variety of flowers will attract more of the over 400 species of bees that reside in NY. Most of the species of bees in NY reside in cavities, whether in underground tunnels or in holes in trees or walls, or in "mud-huts" that they build. Others, most notably the European honeybee, prefer hives.

Chances are, you have at least a few of these species of bees in your neighborhood. Attracting them to your yard is not difficult. Having a variety of different plants, especially native ones, will help to attract as many bees as possible. An untended lawn is awash with native flowering plants. Clover, violets, daisies, and dandelions are all important food sources for native bees, and allowing some room for native wildflowers like these to grow will attract some bees.

If you're looking for a more manicured look, consider planting some sunflower, salvia, poppies, penstemon, lupine, larkspur, milkweed, daisy, or black-eyed susans. All of these are native plants and will help feed the bees that will inevitably move over a plant or two to check out your tomatoes, peppers, or squash. Many of them will attract hummingbirds and butterflies as well. More diversity in the flowers in your garden will lead to a more diverse collection of pollinators. The more pollinators there are in your garden, the more likely it is that you will have a great crop this summer.

If you have trouble with too many or aggressive bees, contact your local bee specialist. Exterminators do just that, exterminate. Having a beekeeper move a hive to a location where it is welcome and sustainable will help ensure that it will survive to help us out with our crops next year.

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Garden Primer

How deep should I plant my tomato plants?

Answer:
Although it goes against conventional wisdom, tomato plants should be planted deeper in order for them to grow a stronger root system and produce more fruit. Set your plants deeply into the soil, burying them up to their first set of true leaves (strip off all other leaves below these).

For taller spindly plants, pinch off the bottom leaves (leave the branches) and lay them sideways in a trench. Carefully and gently bend the stem upward so that the upper few inches of stem and leaves are above the soil surface. Although the plant will look crooked for a few days, it will straighten up and roots will develop along the buried stem.

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