Archive for April 20, 2018

Heirloom Seeds

There are some gardening terms used today that need a bit of clarification. One of those terms is Heirloom seeds, they can also be known as Heritage seeds.

Heirloom seed refers to open-pollinated; pollinated naturally by the wind or insects, which produce plants like the parent plant. Heirloom and Heritage seeds are seeds that are passed down from family to family or generation to generation. Heirloom or Heritage seeds are often more tasty, aromatic and have a higher vitamin content.

There are family Heirloom seeds and Commercial Heirloom seeds. Commercial Heirloom seeds are seeds that are passed down in the company that have been used for many years. Thus Heirloom seeds do not necessarily mean Non-GMO.  The Heritage and Heirloom seeds that Dunvegan carries are Non-GMO and say so right on the package.

Some terms to be aware of:

Organic seed refers to the way seed is grown

Heirloom refers to the parent plant.

Hybrid is a plant that is not bred from seed.

Untreated seeds are seeds that are not treated with insecticides or fungicides.

More questions? Please feel free to give us a call or stop in and talk gardening!

 

 

 

 

Orchids

 

   

Once a hobby only for the rich, Orchids have become one of the most beloved plants for indoor and outdoor use around the world and the rule is: once you get one Orchid, you will become hooked and need more!

With over 30,000 species being identified, Orchids are a very diverse family. Orchids can be as small as a thimble or they can grow to over 20 feet tall in some instances. Flower sizes can range from mosquito-sized blooms to the size of a common dinner plate. Colorful and often fragrant, Orchids are thought to be a tropical plant.

Orchids can be grown indoors and are Perennial in nature, Orchids will rebloom – usually with a little bit of help. Orchids can bloom once a year, biannually or even continuously.

Orchids like light and after over watering, being too hot or in a wrong light location is usually a cause for killing off orchids. Place Orchids near a window but not in the window, they love light but not directly.

If your Orchid has wrinkly or leathery leaves, it is probably being overwatered. Orchids need a special type of soil, one that is fast draining but also water retensive.  Here are Dunvegan we have several varieties of already potted Orchids. Orchid seeds grow slowly and it can take 2 years or in some cases 7-10 years for a plant to bloom; this often is why certain species are more expensive.

If your Orchid has stopped blooming, it is not dead, it is taking a much needed rest. Place the orchid in a cooler part of the house 55-60 degrees is ideal and feed it 20-20-20 every other week until it starts to grown again.

Come check out our blooming selection of Orchids, feel free to ask us questions on how to care for them and ask us about ice cube watering for Orchids.