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September 2014 
Issue Twenty
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We have not had a good penetrating rain the last few weeks. Make sure to water plants deeply so they do not go into shock.

Since we have had a soggy spring and summer, trees and shrubs that were planted in Spring have not developed as deep of roots systems as normal.

Watering deeply will make roots search for water deeper in the ground rather than remaining closely at the top.

Follow our watering tips to keep your plants healthy and alive.
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Trees, Shrubs, Perennials, Fruits, and Roses are on sale from
10 - 40 % Off
(Regular Prices)
(Does not include Asters)
Now through
October 15th
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8 Inch
5 or more $5.99 ea.
(Regular $7.99)
(Does Not Include Tricolor Mums)
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(Regular $33)
NEW FOR 2014!
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Butterfly Bush
' Lo & Behold Pink Micro Chip'

Pink Micro Chip' is one of the newest members of the miniature Butterfly bush family standing 18-24" short.

The bright pink flowers bloom continuously from midsummer through fall. 

Intoxicating fragrance is a pleasing addition to the garden or landscape.

Enjoy the fluttering of butterflies as they enjoy this plant just as much as you do.
Wilson's Garden Center
10923 Lambs Ln.
Newark, Ohio. 43055

740-763-2874 (Fax)

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We are a family owned and operated garden center specializing in plants that thrive in Central Ohio

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Good Afternoon Great-Gardeners,

Have you been listening to the weather channel? Some parts of the United States have already received their first snow of the year. Wyoming, Colorado, South Dakota and Montana all got hit with a rare September snowfall. I am hoping that is a long way off for us. 

It's Football Season! "GO BENGALS" is what I have been listening to since my daughter started Biddy League Cheerleading. She is super cute to watch. I have never understood football and I really do not understand flag football. To me men tackling each other for the sport of it seems kind of barbaric. It is fun watching the little ones play. At least they do not have to tackle each other. I will have to say though, "GO MICHIGAN," just to annoy all my fellow Ohioans.  I am a born Michigander after all.

My e-mail box is full of emails from other garden centers talking about "Fall is for Planting." Each year we stress it, but a lot of people do not know the reason why. So to answer that question, I will talk about the reasoning in this issue.

Another thing fall signals, is the time to bring in house plants. Usually I have left mine out all the way until October, but this year Mother Nature's cooler weather is forcing me to bring them in. There is a saying in the house plant world: in before Labor Day, out after Memorial Day.

If you've kept your poinsettia going through out the summer you have done better than me. Mine hit the trash can right after Christmas, but for those lucky few, it is time to start the re-blooming process.

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, hit reply. I would love to hear from you. As always, have a great-gardening day.

Cheering for the Bengals at LV on Sunday.
My baby girl bridged from Daisies to Brownies on Sunday. She has grown so much.
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In fall, the stresses of summer are over. There is usually more rainfall, cooler temperatures, and ground temperatures remain warmer.

Planting in the fall allows plants to establish a strong root system. (Roots will grow as long as soil temperatures stay above 40 degrees F.) Without roots, plants will not survive, as roots are their feeding system. Would you be able to survive without food?

The first couple of years are very important in the development of roots. Many people call the store asking why they have not seen any actual growth on their plants when they planted them in the spring. This is actually a good thing. What they do not see is that the plant is busy developing its root system under ground.

To help get plants rooted in well, use a fertilizer for transplanting plants and a rooting hormone.

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The one thing I dread each year is bringing my house plants inside. For one, I have to actually remember to water them inside. I am not very good at that. My husband always asks me why I don't just get rid of them and call it a night, but they have sentimental value because they were my mom's and they are almost as old as I am.

Depending on where your house plants are situated, you're supposed to bring them closer and closer to your house each day so they can get adjusted to lower light levels. Mine are right up against my house all summer so I do not have that option.

There are a few guidelines I follow when I bring my house plants in for the winter. First I make sure to pull out any weeds that may have decided to take root in the soil.

I also clean off any dead leaves and dead branches.

I spray off all the leaves, cleaning the undersides and tops of the leaves. My dog likes this part, and by the time I am done the plant is not the only one soaking wet.

To get rid of bugs in the soil I used to take my plants into the house and submerge them in the bathtub, but now I take a soaker hose and run it so it fills the pot up and flushes out the bugs. My house plants won't fit into my bathtub easily anymore. In case you're interested, I have a Schefflera and a Fiddle Leaf Ficus. That is the extent of my house plants.

After I make sure no critters are hitching a ride into the house I move my plants inside. This is where everyone differs in opinion. I move my plants straight to the spot I am going to leave them for the winter, but that is me.

Most experts say to move them slowly to the area where you want to keep them for the winter. This is to allow them to adjust to the inside of the house.

Every year I do have some shock from moving the plants from outside to inside. They lose some of their  leaves. This is normal. Once they get adjusted to being back in the house they stop shedding.

I have never had to use insect chemicals for my house plants, but it is sometimes a necessary evil. There are insecticidal soaps that can be used for spider mites, and systemics that can be used for other bugs. These can prevent problems from spreading to other house plants.

Once I have moved my house plants in for the winter I do not fertilize them again until early spring. I also do not water them as frequently as I do when they were outside and actively growing during the summer months. 
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The trick to getting Poinsettias to bloom is the strict light and dark schedule. If it is not followed chances are your Poinsettia will not bloom.

Starting September 20th until December 1st, keep your Poinsettia in light from 8 am to 5 pm. Place in a closet with no window from
5 pm to 8 am.

Once December 1st hits you can then place back in  a location away from drafts and indirect sunlight. Water as needed.

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