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Olive

Even frost-tolerant olive varieties can't survive extended periods below 20F or -7C. Bring your olive tree inside to a cool room near a south- or west-facing window and ensure good drainage. Allow to dry out between watering. Light pruning encourages fresh, new growth.

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Citrus

Your citrus tree should be planted in a pot with good drainage and plenty of room for growth. Grow citrus in full sun outdoors and in a bright, sunny window in a cool room indoors during winter. Keep the soil evenly moist and fertilize regularly in warmer months. Use fertilizers that have high nitrogen content.  Citrus trees require lots of light - supplemental lighting may be required indoors.

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Nepenthes

Nepenthes are tropical pitcher plants that need very different growing conditions that other carnivorous plants. They should be planted in well-draining potting mix that is not too high in nutrients, and most need at least four hours of bright sunlight per day.

"Highland" Nepenthes tolerate the temperatures and humidity levels typical of most homes, but are healthier with lower evening temperatures (45-65 F or 7-18 C).

"Lowland" species often require higher humidity and evening temperatures (70F or 21 C and up). But great choices for home growers are hybrid Nepenthes that grow vigorously in typical household temperatures.

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Plants for south-facing windows

South-facing windows provide the highest levels of lights. This strong, direct light lasts most of the day and may be too intense for foliage plants, but it great for flowering plants and succulents. In northern latitudes, the light intensity in south-facing windows can increase during winter months as the sun's trajectory remains closer to the horizon.

Ficus elastica

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Tillandsia cyanea 

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Carnivorous Plants

                 

Carnivorous plants grow naturally in sunny, humid conditions. By replicating these conditions you will provide the plants with natural habitat - moist open terrariums or trays of water with direct sunlight. Keep the soil moist.

There is an amazing place to find out more about carnivorous plants 

http://www.carnivorousplants.org/cp/WhatAreCPs.php

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Mother's Day. March 14th, 2017

Origin of Mother's Day goes back to the era of ancient Greek and Romans.

"The earliest history of Mothers Day dates back to the annual spring festival the Greeks dedicated to maternal goddesses and especially to honor Rhea, wife of Cronus and the mother of many deities of Greek mythology". As far as 250 B.C. ancient Romans celebrated a spring festival, called Hilaria dedicated to Cybele, a mother goddess.

"The more recent history of Mothers Day dates back to 1600s in England. Here a Mothering Sunday was celebrated annually on the fourth Sunday of Lent (the 40 day period leading up to Easter) to honor mothers." But by mid 19th century the celebration almost completely died out.

The celebration as it is seen today is a recent phenomenon and started in 1908 when Anna Jarvis, a social activist, held a memorial for her mother.

Mother's Day is celebrated on different days in different countries. Second Sunday of May, 21 of March ( Spring Equinox) and 8 of March ( International Women's Day) are among the most popular dates.

This year it is on May 14th.

Flower are the most common Mother's Day gifts. Fresh and fragile, beautiful and elegant - they represent all the love and gratitude.

Roses, peonies, tulips, lilac - are among the most popular choices. 

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More Hard-to-kill plants

4. Spider Plant - can live in either bright or low light. Can be watered frequently or not and still look good.

5. Aglaonema - can grow in any light, but shows the best color in medium or indirect light. Water when the soil dries out. 

  

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Hard-to-kill plants

We are often asked what plants can be neglected and still survive. So we wanted to give you some ideas.

1. Wax Plant - easy to grow, survives with any amount of light and not much water

2.Golden Pothos - tolerates lower humidity, less light and cooler temperatures than other plants

3. Aloe - although it needs direct sunlight, it does not require much watering. Once - every couple of weeks depending on the pot size, temperature and light.

 

 

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Administrative Professional Week April 24-28

"During World War II, there was a shortage of skilled administrative personnel in the United States due to Depression-era birth-rate decline and booming post-war business. "

National Administrative Professionals’ Day was first proclaimed by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Charles Sawyer in June 1952. 

The modern observance is known as Administrative Professionals Week – and is an opportunity for bosses everywhere to recognize the contributions of hard-working and dedicated assistants, receptionists and office workers.

Most common gift for this special day is the gift of flowers - either a long lasting plant or a fresh flower arrangement. We offer a variety of orchids and fresh flowers to make your assistant feel special and appreciated.

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Orchids

We are very happy to add to our collections a variety of phalaenopsis orchids.

Orchids are really easy to maintain and will make your apartment or office looking more beautiful and elegant.

Basic requirements:

  • A moderately bright windowsill or similar spot to grow in.
  • Watering when it begins to dry out, usually every 7 to 10 days.
  • Fertilizing with a special orchid fertilizers.
  • Repotting when the bloom is finished.
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