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    Hydrangeas: To Prune or not to Prune

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    When it comes to hydrangeas, the one questions most frequently asked is: why do my hydrangea not flower? Your hydrangeas may look healthy and full but still do not bloom. Many homeowners think it’s a soil nutrient or pH problem. More times than not, it’s […]

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    Tackle Early Spring Chores

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    As the first days of warmth elevate our spirits and we anxiously look forward to spring weather, there are a couple of important things to put on your “to-do-list” in preparation for the growing season. Wait until soils have had a chance to dry a […]

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    Understanding Seed Catalogs

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      Now is the time of year that gardening enthusiasts always look forward to; seed catalogs begin arriving in our mail boxes and we flip through their pages or check out the seed racks at Van Putte Gardens and dream about our summer gardens. With […]

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    Amaryllis Bulbs Make Terrific House Plants!

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    One of the most spectacular flowering houseplants associated with the holiday season is the Amaryllis bulb. They’re very popular, make wonderful gifts, and will brighten anyone’s home. If you haven’t had a chance to try one, do so, they’re lots of fun and very rewarding! […]

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    Where has all our Daylight gone? House Plants and Grow Lights to the rescue!

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    December 21, 2018 at 5:23 PM EST will be Rochester’s Winter Solstice. This will be our shortest day of the year, only 10 hours and six minutes of daylight. Every day is shortening as we approach it! Not only will we be experiencing Rochester’s winter […]

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    Tis the Season to Select Your Tree

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    As our annual holiday open house approaches, our green thumb staff has been busy transforming our nursery into a magical tree wonderland where your family will love picking out the perfect Christmas tree. We are often asked, which fresh cut tree varieties are the best […]

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    Winter Protection Can Save Your Plants!

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    Winter’s chilling winds and temperature fluctuations can take a toll on your ornamental shrubs and trees, anything that’s exposed above ground can be damaged during our severe winter months. There are several strategies that may help protect your valuable landscape. First: Stabilize Soil Temperatures Add […]

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    Amazon Warriors of the Insect World

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    Last week we talked about the tiny “sap sucking” spider mites and how to control them; this week we’ll tackle one of the more interesting group of insect pests. When things get hot, Aphid populations explode! They’re the Amazon Warriors of the insect world. During […]

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    It’s a Buggy Season

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    This summer’s excessive heat and the accompanying arid conditions (our home in Gates has had a major rain deficit this summer) that many people are experiencing is really stressing us out; it’s stressing out our plants as well. Plants that are under stress will have […]

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    Watering: A Goldilocks Dilemma

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    Proper watering is just about the most difficult challenge that gardeners face; especially this year with summer weather bringing record breaking heat and arid conditions that has lasted several weeks.   How a rain event works! When asked how often to water, or how much, I […]

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