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Caring for Bare Root Plants

By Laurelynn Martin and Byron Martin

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Persimmon ‘Nikita’s Gift’

Your bare root plants are ready to go into the garden as soon as you receive them. If you can’t plant immediately, store in a cool location or refrigerator for up to 1-2 weeks. Make sure the roots never dry out and don’t let the plants freeze. Temperatures above 50° will cause the plants to start budding out.

Prior to planting, soak the roots in water for 30 minutes to 12 hours. Fruiting plants need a full sun location with rich, fertile soil. Dig a hole that’s 2-3 times larger than the root ball. This increased room allows you to spread the roots out laterally on all sides. You can add compost to the planting hole but don’t add any chemical fertilizer into the hole as this can burn the roots. Back fill the hole with rich garden soil and tamp down well so the plant is secure. Make sure the entire root system is underground and the plant should be at the same depth in the soil where it was grown before. (You can see this on the stem.) If it is a grafted plant, the graft union needs to be above the soil. It helps to leave a small reservoir for water on top of the planting hole. This can also be filled with mulch to keep down weeds and reduce soil moisture evaporation.

Water well once your bare root plant is in the garden. Continue to water a couple of times a week if the soil is dry. It’s helpful to stake the young plant for support as it grows. If you are planting grape vines, these will need a trellis, arbor or fence for support since the vines can reach several feet long.
Start fertilizing 2-3 weeks after planting. You can apply liquid or granular fertilizer but make sure to stop the fertilization program by mid-August so the plant can harden off for the winter.

Remove any weeds growing around the base of the plant since these will compete with plants for water and nutrients.

To grow the strongest plants, it’s best to pinch off fruit for the first year or two to allow plants to grow vigorously and become strong so they have more fruiting potential for their lifetime.

For more information, call Logee’s Customer Service 888-330-8038. Or go to our website http://www.logees.com/care

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How to Grow and Flower Indestructible Hoyas

By Laurelynn Martin and Byron Martin

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Giant Wax Plant

The genus hoya, commonly called Wax Plant, is a large group of mostly climbing or trailing vines, or sometimes shrubs native to tropical Asia, the Pacific Islands and Australia.

Native Habitat:
They are most often found growing as epiphytes in tropical forests where they climb up into or hang from the branches amongst the mix of other epiphytic plants. As they often grow lower in the canopy, as well as at the tops of the tress, they have a great adaption to varying light levels.

Hoyas as Indoor Plants:
Hoyas are famous as indoor houseplants because they can tolerate very dry conditions. This comes from their epiphytic nature where they can go through a dry season with little, if any, rain for months at a time, surviving on the air moisture and dew at night. When given favorable growing conditions, they will flower with a wide variety of colors and flower sizes from the tiny ¼” in diameter for each flower to the giants up to 4” in diameter per flower. The blooms often form clusters or umbels of many flowers although some are singular. Some hoya flowers have a waxy appearance; others are fragrant.

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The Joy and Ease of Growing Air Plants

By Laurelynn Martin and Byron Martin

Spanish Moss

Spanish Moss

Tillandsias, or air plants, are easy to grow and add dimension, color and texture to any gardening space. With over 730 species in the Tillandsia genus, they are mostly native to Central and South America. Also known as epiphytes, tillandsias thrive without soil and attach to other plants or trees. They are in the Bromeliad family. Some grow in the desert but the ones we are focusing on are generally found in the understory of a tropical forest. Nutrients and water are absorbed through the leaves. The thin leaved tillandsias are usually in the rain forest and the thicker leaved ones grow in drier habitats. The roots, which are limited, are used to stabilize the plants on trees or other structures rather than to access water and nutrients.

Some like the Spanish moss are rootless. Spanish moss is an air plant but it is an exception to the tropical Tillandsias. Spanish moss can be grown outside in the North where temperatures dip down into the teens. With a limited root system, Spanish moss derives its nutrients and moisture from the air.

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How to Care for Grafted Plants and Understand their Special Needs

By Laurelynn Martin and Byron Martin

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Grafted Blood Orange

It is important to understand how grafted plants are grown. Grafting is one way to propagate plants by joining two plants together to become a stronger, healthier plant. Although it is a little more complicated and time consuming than other propagation methods (like seeds or cuttings), it does solve some of the issues of reproducing particular cultivars that are grown for ornamental or agricultural uses. Logee’s sells many grafted plants including: adeniums, citrus, avocado, mango, persimmon, PawPaws, sapodilla and many more.

The Process of Grafting:
The grafting process involves taking two parts of a plant: the root system, or the understock, and the vegetative portion, or the scion. When two plants are closely related (the same genus or the same plant family), the root system (often a seedling or other specialty root system) and the vegetative portion (a twig or bud of a named variety) can be brought together to form a grafted union and create a new plant. Once the union takes, it allows the flow of water and nutrients through the vascular system of both pieces. This in turn joins the plant together and creates one plant.

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Growing Starfruit in Pots

Star Fruit is a juicy tropical fruit with a delicious tart flavor. The yellow fruit is 3-4″ long with a waxy skin and 5 prominent ridges. A cross-section of the cut fruit looks like a 5-pointed star. Star Fruit is low in calories and low in sugar so it’s an ideal fruit for the whole family to enjoy. When it’s grown in the tropics, one Star Fruit tree can provide fruit for up to three families because of its prolific fruiting habit.

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Star Fruit ‘Dwarf Hawaiian’ (Averrhoa carambola)

Where Star Fruit Grows
Star Fruit, or Averrhoa carambola. is a tropical fruiting tree in the oxalis family that’s native to tropical Asia. Widely grown throughout the warmer areas of the world, it has little hardiness but can tolerate a light frost and temperatures into the high 20’s for short periods. In general it needs temperatures above freezing to prevent plant damage.

Grown as a Potted Plant
As a northern container plant, it will survive in greenhouses or sunrooms during the winter months and it should be grown outside during the summer months. During the winter, night temperatures need to be kept well above freezing. Low temperatures will often lead to leaf drop and at times, the plant will almost completely defoliate. No worries though, the plants will recover once the warm temperatures return.

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How to Grow and Fruit Figs Inside or Outside

Abundant Fruit: Figs (Ficus carica) are some of the best fruiting plants for both the garden and containers. They are almost fool proof in their culture and yield a surprising amount of fresh fruit in one season.

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Outdoor Planting: Figs can be grown in most areas of the country as a landscape shrub or tree in the south up to zone 8 or higher and with protection as far north as zone 5 or even zone 4 depending on the planting site.  Under most growing conditions, they are deciduous, shedding their leaves to bare stems in late fall and winter. This gives the gardener an advantage as the dormant plants can be easily protected for wintering over in colder zones.

The Potted Fig: Figs can also be grown as container plants year-round. The pot size will restrict growth, which helps contain the size. Some varieties, such as ‘Petite Negra,’ grow well and produce an abundance of fruit in a pot as small as 6″. They can be moved outside in the summertime and back inside during the winter months. Do not be alarmed when your fig drops its leaves while inside. It is simply going into its winter dormancy. Reduce the amount of water given to the plant during dormancy but never allow the soil to dry out completely.

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Fruiting A Fig In Container

Ripening The Crop of Figs: One of the greatest challenges in growing figs in the north is being able to ripen the crop. Planting on the south side of a building is ideal for this purpose. In many areas of the north,…Read More…

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Blooming and Re-Blooming Orchids

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Phalaenopsis Orchid ‘Magic Art’ (Phalaenopsis hybrid)

Orchid flowering is induced by cultural and environmental stimuli, which occur cyclically throughout the year. Many have a regular floweringcycle of bud initiation while others can re-flower off the initial flowering spike. Certain Phalaenopsis are a good example of orchids that re-bloom off old flower spikes.

Whether blooming or re-blooming an orchid, you first must have a healthy plant and a healthy root system. To determine a healthy root system, we look at the vigor of the plant. Are the leaves shiny and not shriveled? Is the newest pseudobulb (on orchids like Cattleya or Oncidium), plump and not shriveled?

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Creative Container Contest At Logee’s

Danielson, CT – This Labor Day Weekend, Logee’s Greenhouses in Danielson, CT is hosting a First Annual Container Competition with proceeds to benefit local families for fuel assistance during the winter heating season.

Elsie Bisset, Don Taylor, Mae Flexer- local judges

Elsie Bisset, Don Taylor, Mae Flexer- local judges

Plant it, Grow it, Show it! – is the theme which means  as long as the container holds soil, it can be used in the competition. The judges, local celebrities in town, looked  for creative containers that took into consideration container name, texture, form and plant growth, originality and overall appeal.

NON-JUDGING ENTRY From Logee's Growers- "Hose of a Different Color" Filled with an assortment of Logee's plant in a coiled hose planter

NON-JUDGING ENTRY From Logee’s Growers- “Hose of a Different Color” Filled with an assortment of Logee’s plant in a coiled hose planter

Paint Can filled with Firecracker Plant

Paint Can filled with Firecracker Plant

NON-JUDGING ENTRY from Logee's Retail Department- called "Horn of Planty in C-Minor" planted with a Rex Begonia Vine (Cissus Discolor)

NON-JUDGING ENTRY from Logee’s Retail Department- called “Horn of Planty in C-Minor” planted with a Rex Begonia Vine (Cissus Discolor)

We like the idea of recycling containers for the purpose of planting and creating beauty.

Margarita on the Rocks- An air plant (Tillandsia) on rocks in a margarita glass

Margarita on the Rocks- An air plant (Tillandsia) on rocks in a margarita glass

We also like the idea of giving back to our local community in the way of heating assistance.

Recently, Logee’s was awarded a USDA Federal Grant, which helped build our energy efficient greenhouse reducing our heating bills. “We know how expensive heating fuel is,” says Byron Martin, the other owner of Logee’s, “and saving on our fuel expenses helped keep us in business so it feels good to help someone else with their fuel expenses.”

NON-JUDGING ENTRY- from Logee's Maintenance Department- Bug Bath filled with Carnivorous plants.

NON-JUDGING ENTRY- from Logee’s Maintenance Department- Bug Bath- filled with Carnivorous plants.

Seven categories were judged with prizes given: Best of Show, Logee’s Choice Award, Most Creative Container with one plant, Most Creative Container with mixed plants, and 3 honorable mentions. Elsie Bisset, town economic developer, Mae Flexer, state representative, Don Taylor, artist and entrepreneur.

some tough choices

The judges concentrating on their tough choices.

Judges with all the winners

From left to right, Elsie Bisset, Don Taylor and Mae Flexer with all the winning picks

Coffee, Tea or Bug Juice- Plants used Coffee Plant, Tea Plant and Carnivorous plants.

BEST OF SHOW-Coffee, Tea or Bug Juice- Plants used Coffee Plant, Tea Plant and Carnivorous plants.

Mother's Day Tea- Pink flowered impatients in a blue teapot

MOST CREATIVE WITH ONE PLANT-Mother’s Day Tea- Pink flowered impatients in a blue teapot

MOST CREATIVE WITH MIXED PLANTS- Hot Seat-Cryptanthus Ruby, Air plant in an old wire chair

MOST CREATIVE WITH MIXED PLANTS- Hot Seat-Cryptanthus Ruby, and Air plants in an old wire chair

 

HONORABLE MENTION-Glorious Snack- plant called the "Glory Bower" (Clerodendrum thompsoniae)

HONORABLE MENTION-Glorious Snack- plant called the “Glory Bower” (Clerodendrum thompsoniae)

Honorable Mention- Toasty Treat-Assorted Ferns in a toaster

HONORABLE MENTION- Toasty Treat-Assorted Ferns in a toaster

HONORABLE MENTION- Under My Umbrella- Fan Flower and Fuchsia planted in a fan-shaped letter holder.

HONORABLE MENTION- Under My Umbrella- Fan Flower and Fuchsia
planted in a fan-shaped letter holder.

Other entries  were in close running.

Andrea Agassi- Planted in a tennis ball hopper Agastache Raspberry

Andrea Agassi- Planted in a tennis ball hopper Agastache Raspberry

Fly Fishing- Carnivorous plants in a fish bowl.

Fly Fishing- Carnivorous plants in a fish bowl.

NON-JUDGING ENTRY from Logee's shipping department-

NON-JUDGING ENTRY from Logee’s shipping department-

Tree Spirit with the plant Fockea crispa

Tree Spirit with the plant Fockea crispa

Smoking Yoke with Pink Episcia smoke

Smoking Yoke with Pink Episcia smoke

Small Fry- with assorted succulents

Small Fry- with assorted succulents

Logee’s also has on display “The Garden Goddess Sculpture”  created by Logee’s employees. The structure contains more than 40 Logee’s plants valued at $500. Donations of $1 or more will give people a chance to win The Garden Goddess Sculpture.Drawing will take place at 5:00 pm on Labor Day.

Jusges standing by the Garden Goddess Sculpture to be given away Labor day.

Jusges standing by the Garden Goddess Sculpture to be given away Labor Day.

Many of the containers on display will also be sold to benefit the Access Agency in Danielson, CT where the proceeds will be going to help families with their winter heating bill. If you want more information about how you can help- go to http://www.accessagency.org.

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Mid-Season Plant Care Tips For Full, Lush Growth

About this time in mid-July, slow release fertilizers and granular fertilizers that have been top-dressed are losing their effect and your plants may be looking yellow and lackluster. Lots of rain or heavy irrigation can also leach nutrients from the soil. Now is a good time to give your garden a fertilizer boost for full, lush growth and maximum flowering and fruiting

Guardian Gate Collection well-fertilized mid season

Guardian Gate Collection
well-fertilized mid-season

A good top-dressing of an organic fertilizer will last 4-6 weeks or a balanced slow-release fertilizer can last 8-12 weeks. We don’t recommend heavily fertilizing in late August because plants that are susceptible to root disease need to stop putting on soft leafy growth. Most citrus and gardenias, for example, have a root system that can be susceptible to root disease and it is important to “harden off” the growth before bringing them inside for the fall and winter.

Coffee plant, leaves are yellow, in need of feed.

Coffee plant, leaves are yellow, in need of feed.

Coffee plant with deep green leaves

Healthy coffee plant- Notice the deep green color of the leaves.

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Logee’s Ponderosa Lemon Soap

Logee’s Ponderosa Lemon Soap is handcrafted by  local artisan, Julie Ignacio. She is the proprietor of Little House Homestead in our neighboring town of Brooklyn, CT. Her soaps are some of the best around. She uses milk from her goats, all natural ingredients, no detergents or petroleum. And yes, she makes our Logee’s Ponderosa Lemon soap from our famous “American Wonder Lemon.”

Lemon soap, one of Julie’s favorites, is renowned for its valuable properties. Lemon juice tones the skin, especially oily skin. It closes the pores and citric acid works as a mild exfoliant. Lemon also brightens the complexion, acts as a mild antiseptic and rejuvenates dull skin Plus, the fragrance is to die for.

Ponderosa Lemon Soap

The American Wonder Lemon- ‘Ponderosa’ (Citrus limon) growing in our Lemon Tree House since 1900.

The tree pictured has grown in the same spot for over 113 years and reliably produces lemons the size of footballs.  Here is Julie’s process of soap making.

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Ponderosa Lemon juice extracted

3Lemon juice ice cubes

An old-fashion glass juicer extracts the lemon juice.  Then, the juice goes into an ice-cube tray and frozen to keep the juice fresh for the soap making process.

5Drying peel and pulp

Dried lemon peels and pulp on Julie’s wood stove. After the drying,the peels and pulp get pulverized into a powder which will then be added to the soap mixture.

8Julie molding soap

Julie hand-shaping the lemon soaps.

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A close up!

9Soap curing

First, curing the soap in blocks. Then the blocks are shaped into lemons and cured again. This process can take up to 6 weeks.

Curing is a beautifully fragrant affair!

Curing is a beautifully fragrant affair!

14wrapping the soap

Finally, each individual soap is wrapped and weighs in at 8 ounces.

15Ready for Market

Presented in a wooden box, the lemons are ready for market. They retail at $12.95 per soap.

16Ponderosa Lemon

A Ponderosa Lemon sits in front of the tray of lemon soaps. One lemon is plenty of juice and rind for a batch of 12 soaps.

17Julie delivering soap

Julie delivering other soaps to our Retail store. These soaps are between 4-5 ounces and retail for $6.95 a soap.

18Handcrafted soap

She custom makes many soaps for us, which we are so grateful for. She has perfected Byron’s Honey soap and beautiful lavender and herb soaps.

Please stop into our Retail store and try Julie’s soaps. We are hoping to offer Logee’s Ponderosa Lemon Soap to our Mail-order customer’s this fall. Here’s keeping our fingers crossed that enough soap will be cured by the Holiday season.

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