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Winter Plant Sale

 

When the winter blues get the best of me, I often visit greenhouses and floral shops, diligently searching for green-leaved and brightly-blooming house plants to take home and brighten my home surroundings.

On February 5th and 6th the Memphis Botanic Garden is having its annual winter plant sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., benefiting the horticulture and education departments. The sale provides a great opportunity to dispel those winter doldrums with plenty of green and vivid blossoms. People will also have the opportunity to learn more about house plants by asking questions, as our horticulture staff and many volunteers from the Tennessee Master Gardener program will be on hand.   

We will be offering a wide array of plants to suit your individual needs and tastes. Patrons will even have the opportunity to have their plant selections custom potted and ready to enjoy.

Some of my favorite indoor plants that we will offer include:

  • Asplenium nidus  (bird’s nest fern) - This beautiful tropical fern offers the benefits of easy care and interesting foliage and is well for a home or office, requiring only indirect light and high humidity. 
  •  Alocasia x amazonica ‘Polly’ (African mask) -  As the common name suggests, this plant offers intriguing leaves shaped like little masks marked with highly-contrasting whitish colored veining. A. x amazonica ‘Polly’ requires moist soil, humid conditions, and bright, indirect light.   
  • Cyclamen persicum. Cyclamen offers brightly-arrayed blossoms and beautiful heart-shaped foliage requiring bright, indirect light and medium water. Cyclamen does not do well in drafty conditions and should be allowed to dry between watering. Do not allow water to enter the crown of the plant. C. Persicum prefers cooler temperatures (around 50-55F) that make them great for those cooler rooms in your home.
  • Hypoestes phyllostachya ‘Pink splash’ - Known commonly as the Pink Polka dot plant, this brightly colored plant offers beautiful foliage splashed with bright pink coloration. H. phyllostachya requires bright, indirect light and moist, welldrained soil.  This plant is a great choice for bringing the bright color of spring into the grey of winter. Saintpaulia cvs. (African Violet).  These tried and true beauties come in a wide array of colors, sizes and bloom types. African violets are fairly easy to maintain by providing moderate to bright, indirect light and medium water. These plants also do best by allowing the roots to dry between watering and avoiding getting water into the crown of the plant. African violets provide bright, reliable color that is easy to maintain.
  • Spathiphyllum cvs. (Peace Lily) - Peace lilies offer deep green coloration and tolerate lower light conditions and medium watering. Spathiphyllums are a fail-safe for your home and office environments and will brighten a dreary space by adding lush green and white spathe blooms into your area.
  • Also available is Spathiphyllum ‘Domino’ which offers the reliability of the more common cultivars with variegated leaves. 

Of course, these are some of my favorites, but we will be offering many other great plants including ferns, succulents and cacti, and numerous tropical plants to suit your taste, light requirements, and budget. So come and experience a blast of color at our annual plant sale. 

And don’t forget that special someone too, as Valentine’s weekend is only a week after the sale.

By Kevin Bravata, Greenhouse Horticulturist at MBG

Posted by Memphis Botanic Garden at 10:30 AM

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