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Triple Oaks Nursery & Herb Garden Newsletter
September 2012
in this issue
Garden Day !
Window Sill Garden/ Red Violets
Fall Planting Choices
 Dear Triple Oaks Friends ,


Fall is the best time to plant because the warm sunny days and cool nights encourage good root growth. If there are no heavy autumn  rains a once a week deep soaking is needed.  Plant seeds now for quick fall crops like lettuce, greens, radishes and hardy herbs. Plant late blooming perennials that are often overlooked in spring, they will balance your garden. Late blooming mums are the best as they do not shrivel with the heat of early season September.

 But remember that is sure is the best time to plant trees and shrubs that are in pots or balled and burlap. Many can not be dug now, but there are plenty in the nursery that are already dug. Evergreen often can be dug in late September and into winter, but there are often plenty already dug or in pots.
If you do not have any holly trees, plant a few foster or winterberry holly now for color all winter. Plant some witch hazel or camellia for winter blooms. 

There are countless choices to plant. Email me to set up a time that Joe or I can help you plan a garden. Jola and our other nursery people are always there and are happy to help you too. Our crew can delivery and plant your selections for you too.

 As the hours of daylight get shorter and we look toward autumn and then winter our classes beckon. Continue to grow as your plants do. sign up for one of our Gloucester county college 6 week courses or one of our many one stop classes.  Many will be featured in this newsletter and others are on our Triple Oaks calendar.  Be part of the Triple Oaks family and get to know us better at a class, plant talk or open house.

Fall Herb Class/ make a dried wreath and arrangement

  fall is for planting 2012
PHS, Master Gardeners and Gardeners everywhere
 Triple Oaks has always supported Pennsylvania Horticulture Society, Master Gardeners and garden clubs.  To celebrate gardens and gardeners we have set aside October 21 as this appreciation day. Usual PHS and master gardeners 10 % discount doubled, refreshments and door prizes. Garden tours with Joe or Lorraine. 

There is no charge for this event, but we would like an RSVP so we know how many kielbasa sandwiches to make !
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Plant and Plant a window sill garden  soon for   winter enjoyment 

This summer was so hot and humid that cuttings from plants rooted easily if they did not dry out. ( someone told me if you put your toe in the mist/rooting bed it would sprout!)

All the herbs we put in our mist bed rooted in half their usual time. However the cuttings that thrilled me the most were some I traded with a Cumberland County master gardener to get,  episcia Chocolate soldier.  These are related to the african violet as both are gesneriads and need similar conditions. Both root well.  Although some root the leaves in water I find better luck with putting a few leaves in a baggie with a few inches of sterile pro mix  very wet potting soil in it. This is hung over a small nail in a window that does not get hot sun. soom the leaves root and can be put in small pots in an East window.

I have always loved these awesome plants with colorful leaves and bright red blooms. Once you locate them it is not always easy to grow them  Although they like a similar environment to African violets they like it a bit warmer. Make sure that Chocolate soldiers are  always in an area that stays above 65. Although the plant needs to somewhat dry out between waterings, they require a humid environment and love a good soaking. So mist the air surrounding the plant with lukewarm water.  Once a month use a water soluble fertilizer to feed them. I have also successfully used osmocote time relaese for blooming, 14-14-14.  

Since Chocolate Soldiers (Episcia or 'Flame Violets') prefer a shade to partial shade environment, an east exposure should be perfect. However, make sure the plant is not receiving any harsh noon day sun.



I have always loved to grow blooming houseplants  and as a child had a window sill full of violets and a few episcia. I remember always wanting to stop in the hardware  store in Sea Isle City 45 years ago to buy the episcia they sometimes had under their growlight.


I have African violets on a table in the same window since they will  also respond well if you follow the same rules when growing them. Because in their native environment they grow in a semi-shaded spot, they flourish in a window that has good morning light. This, coupled with moisture, adequate watering and feeding, and moderate temperatures will insure many pretty blooms throughout the year.


I usually have best luck with my violets when they are in northeastern or just plain east windows most of the year. During the darkest days from November to February I try to keep them in brighter windows with a southwestern exposure, but when the sun gets more intense in late spring the leaves brown if it gets too hot. I have one violet across from the kitchen table that blooms all the time. It faces east and gets gentle sunbeams from early morning till after lunchtime. It thrives here along with episca and a maidenhair fern. The secret is frequent watering. Whenever there is a little water left in a glass on the table I dump it in the plant. You'd think that this would be too much, but what with the sun and the little stony cement containers that hold the water as it drains through it seems to be just right. The plants often dry out in between waterings, but never wilt. In winter they need more when the fireplace insert sends out dry heat.


Some folks have great luck growing violets under 'Gro -lights.' Standard fluorescent lights are also good, especially if one is warm white and one is cool white. Violets need to have 12 hours of light and be about 12" from the light tubes.  Be sure it is not stuffy and there is moving air if you use grow lights.


 I hate to remind everyone, but fall and winter are on the way so it is time to think about wonderful window gardens. Succlents and cacti for the hot sunny places . Herbs and tropicals  also work well in the bright sun, but need a bit more water. Nothing is more fragrant than an orange or lemon in a sunny spot. Gardenia, calla lilies, jasmine are just a few of the colorful fragarnt tropicals that make a showy window garden.


Ferns and other shade plants will do well in a north or east exposure. So plan your window garden now. Join me for an indoor plant talk October  7 at 1:30. No charge but please RSVP so we know how many to plan for.

Sign up now for our one of a kind pumpkin class on October 23,
taste pumpkin soup and pie, make a fresh flower arrangement in a ceramic pumpkin and more.

pumpkin and spice__________________________________________________________________________
night blooming jessamine
Night blooming jessamine are great fall bloomers that perfume the night air. bring in for a house plant before frost.
Some fall interest ready to plant now!
perennial sedum 222
 Sedum plants  are drought tolerant and bloom long into fall. plant in sunny, well drained spot for a no care , easy to grow long lived perennial.

plant knock out , the easiest to grow and longest to bloom rose of all!
foster holly

Foster Holly is a wonderful holly for any sunny or semi sunny spot. great shiny foliage all year long, lots of berries and it doesn't get too big come get one now ! 
ilex verticillata

Winterberry holly is best after frost when leaves are gone. Berries last long into winter when hungry birds get them. plant now!
carnivorus plant
Make a bog garden, ask Joe for easy instructions. We have great,hardy , native carnivorous plants now.
These are just a few of the many great plants we have for fall and winter interest. Sign up now for Lorraine's 6 week Gloucester County College Fall is for planting class that is held here at the nursery. Begins September 12, see flyer above. It will help you to plan and plant an all season garden with winter glory!
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