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State Route 256 between

Main Street and Livingston Ave.

In Olde Reynoldsburg

614-861-5700

fishersgardens.com

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Fisher’s

Gardens

  1. Flowering Annuals

  2. Flowering Baskets

  3. Geraniums

  4. Container Gardening

  5. Tropical Plants

  6. Hanging Baskets

  7. Vegetables

  8. Herbs

  9. Perennials

  10. Trees

  11. Shrubs

  12. Roses

  13. Pansies

  14. Fall Mums

  15. Custom Container Planting

  16. Miniature Gardening

  17. Gardening Information

  18. Flowering Cabbage & Kale

  19. Houseplants

  20. Ground Covers

  21. Chemicals & Fertilizers

  22. Garden Supplies & Tools

  23. Unique Garden Gifts

  24. Pottery

  25. Seasonal Holiday Items

  26. Potting Soil

  27. Classes

  28. Seeds

  29. Garden Art

  30. Grave Blankets

SOIL REQUIREMENTS

    Lightweight or “soil-less” potting soils are best for inside plants.  This gives your plant ample room to spread it’s roots.  Be careful if you’re making your own mix.  Without a dependable means of sterilization, you run the risk of bringing in pests and diseases.

    Adding a small amount of sand is recommended for succulents, cacti, and other water retaining plants (such as Aloe and African Violets).  Be careful not to add too mulch.  Think of how the sand on the beach compacts down once it’s wet.  This is equivalent to Ohio’s clay soils.

PROVIDING FERTILIZER

    In nature the roots of a plant spread out to seek nutrients.  Always in the soil there is leaf mold, earthworm castings, and decaying plant material to give your plants what they need to survive.  In a pot inside your home what’s there is all your plant gets.  Once the nutrients are used up you have to add more.

    There are three numbers on every container of fertilizer (such as 20-20-20).  These numbers represent nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium (in that order).  Nitrogen helps make healthy green leaves.  Phosphorus encourages a strong root system as well as luxuriant flowers.  Potassium aids in disease resistance, promotes plant vigor, increases bloom, and strengthens stems.  A little bit of fertilizer is much better than too much.  Extra fertilizer can accumulate in the soil causing tip burn or browning.

    A diluted amount of fertilizer (half the recommended dosage) every two weeks should be sufficient through the winter.

WATERING

    Water causes more plant problems than any other single factor.      Too much water leads to lower leaf wilting, faded leaf colors, poor growth, and brown, mushy roots.  To remedy this remove any standing water, check for good drainage, trim brown roots, and repot in good soil.  Too little water for a plant shows up as green leaves turning dull green or yellow, drooping leaves, and buds falling off.  When to water?  Poke your finger about 1/2 inch into the potting soil.  It should feel moist but not wet.  If it feels dry or barely moist, water immediately and thoroughly (until the water runs out the bottom).  Let it stand for a minute and then thoroughly water again.

PROVIDING LIGHT

    How do you evaluate light?  During prime light time, place a sheet of white paper on the table or sill where a plant will reside.  Hold your hand about 12 inches above the paper.  If a clearly defined dark shadow results, the site receives bright light.  If a muted but clearly definable shadow results, the light is medium.  If your hand shadow is barely visible, the amount of light is low.  Make sure any plants your purchase can prosper in the lighting conditions you can provide.

PROVIDING HUMIDITY

    Filling a saucer beneath a plant with small pebbles and keeping them moist is a great way to keep moisture in the air.  Other ways are just leaving a bowl or tow of water nearby your plants.  As the water evaporates your plant will absorb it.