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Getting the Most from Your Garden This Winter Season

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Mon, Nov, 26, 2018 @ 18:11 PM

The post-Thanksgiving rush is on to get ready for the holidays and the gardening season is quickly becoming a memory. There is still plenty to do during this season including decorating your home with festive decor. Instead of shopping at the same store as your neighbor for the latest yard ornaments, why not create a festive custom look, that costs you next to nothing? Your holiday decor just might be hiding in your backyard. Here's how to make a gorgeous garland with your own greens.  If you don't have greens in your yard, visit your local garden center and ask for leftover tree cuttings for no cost. We've also got some tips for helping out wildlife during the winter months.

Deck the Halls: Greens from your Garden 

Swag Bundles  Swag

 Materials & Supplies

  • Jute twine cut to the length of the garland you want + extra for hanging
  • Floral wire
  • Your favorite Corona Hand Pruners

Instructions

  • Cut 6-inch pieces of greenery from your favorite shrubs and ornamental grasses. Make sure to cut pieces of varying colors and textures. (What you cut depends on where you live.)
  • Make bundles of 3-5 pieces by wiring the cut ends of the pieces together. (You can bundle 3-5 cuttings from the same type of plant together or make bundles with a few different types of cuttings in each bunch.)
  • Tie one end of your piece of twine to a doorknob and hold the twine taut. 
  • Start wiring the bundles to the twine. (Leave enough twine at the end to hang the garland.) Hold the first bundle, cut ends up, and tightly wrap the wire around the twine and the bundle. For the first one it helps to poke the end of the wire through the twine once to hold the bundle in place. Do not cut the wire! Use the same piece of wire for the whole garland for extra strength.
  • Place the next bundle along the twine about 3/4 of the way down the first bundle. Wire the second bundle to the twine and one piece from the first bundle. (This helps hide the twine once you hang up the garland.)
  • Continue wiring bundles to the twine until it is covered. 
  • Hang up and enjoy!

Pro Tip: Hide Your Cuts

Keep in mind that fall isn't the ideal time to fully prune anything, so you're going to want to take a few cuttings from a variety of different shrubs. 

Here's the easiest way to hide your pruning cuts: Cut pieces for your garland from the underside of the branch. Works like a charm! If that isn't possible, try to remove a piece of branch that has another piece drooping over it, so the cut will be hidden. 

 

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Fall Cleanup Part 2: Leave a Little for Wildlife 

Still working on fall cleanup? Make sure not to completely mow down everything in your garden. While that's tempting, it doesn't leave much for visiting wildlife to snack on. Here are our tips for easing up on cleanup so you can enjoy visits from your feathered (and furry) friends. 

  • Allow ornamental grasses to stand until snow or ice knocks them down. Their flowers are a good food source for birds and small mammals.

  • Let perennials dry and stand as well. Goldfinches love coneflower seeds and you'll love seeing their bright plumage in your garden. The insides of these plants also provide winter habitat for native bees and insects.

  • Leave some (but not all) leaves. It's not a good idea to allow dense mats of leaves to form on your lawn or in your flower beds. (Chop them up with your mower or leaf shredder and use them as mulch.) You can move a few piles of leaves to the edge of your property, though, to provide homes for overwintering native insects and butterflies. 

 

Tell us your winter gardening tips 

With so many regions and climates, there are many different activities to enjoy in the garden during the winter. Whether you're planting cool season crops, protecting your roses from the winter freeze or draining your irrigation system, we want to hear what tips work for you. Please share a comment, include your garden zone and tell us what works best for you during the winter garden season. 

Topics: holiday, Holiday Decorating Like the Pros, Winter Garden Prep, gardening, Landscaping

Demystifying Hydrangeas - Pt 1

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Fri, Nov, 02, 2018 @ 18:11 PM
an introduction to the many types of hydrangeas

GILN Social Media Icon-1Did you know that hydrangeas are the most Googled shrub and flower on the planet? They are a favorite for many gardeners, yet often times they confuse one for another. Different types of hydrangea produce different types of flowers, can thrive in different zones, and have different requirements when it comes to pruning. We caught up with Stacey Hirvela, of the #1 plant brand, Proven Winners and she helps shed some light on this amazing shrub.

The 6 Types of Hydrangeas

If you’ve ever had a hydrangea shrub that hasn’t bloomed or wasn’t the mop-head burst of color you had expected, chances are, it’s related to the type you have. Whether you pruned it back when you shouldn’t have, or put the wrong one in the wrong spot, it can lead to disappointment for any gardener. The folks at Proven Winners joined us for a podcast to help make sense of all the types. 

Hydrangea PodcastKey discussion points include;

  • What makes these hydrangeas similar?
  • What makes them different?
  • Define what it means to bloom on old wood and bloom on new wood.
  • Explain how this affects pruning your hydrangea.
  • Describe how to prune the types of hydrangeas.
  • Why reblooming hydrangeas bloom on old and new wood – what does this mean for gardeners and for pruning?

Since there is so much information about hydrangeas to cover in one podcast, this episode is part 1 of 2. Download this and listen on a walk or out in the garden. Proven Winners also has this free handy guide, Demystifying Hydrangeas so you don't have to take notes. And if you have questions, join us live via Twitter.


Listen  Now, Chat Later

Since 2014,  Corona along with its industry partners, American Horticultural Society and Proven Winners, has been hosting plant-related topics via Twitter.  The new podcast gives chat participants an opportunity to hear the chat take place,  then  connect live with the host and guests. It's an opportunity to ask questions about the podcast, the general topic discussed or get more information on something that was shared. 

Chat Live and Win!

The live discussion takes place on 11/6/18 at 2PM ET. To join the discussion, log on to Twitter and search for #plantchat. If you are using Twitter, be sure to select "Latest" at the top to see the latest tweets. We'll also have plantchat prizes for those who listen to the podcast and can answer questions from it during the tweetup, including Corona tools! So listen to the podcast while you garden or commuting to the office then join us for the live chat!  And please share the good news on your favorite social networks too!

Resources

Be sure to connect with our host and guest on all their websites and social media networks. Visit Gaga's Garden and connect with her on Twitter and Facebook

Topics: #Plantchat, gardening, hydrangea, shrubs

Basics of Growing Roses Successfully

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Fri, Oct, 26, 2018 @ 15:10 PM
Rosarian Susan fox, says there is a rose for everyone

GILN Social Media Icon-1Gardeners quite often mention that they love roses but they are too hard to grow. Or that they take too much time, they don’t have the space to grow them or roses just don’t do well. We caught up with Susan Fox, a noted rosarian on a recent Green Industry Leaders Network podcast, who covered some basics about roses and a personal guarantee, there is a rose out there for everyone!

Basics of Growing Roses

susan_fox_on_corona_tools2If you have never grown roses successfully, live in a cold climate or claim you have a black thumb, there is a rose for you. Susan shares some great insights on new roses available for gardeners, tips on seasonal care, varieties that will perform well, and resources she relies on when sharing this great news with budding rose growers.

Key discussion points include;

  • How do I know they will work in my garden?
  • What are some time-saving roses?
  • What are good roses for new gardeners to start out with?
  • How to know if roses will grow well in your zone.
  • Are there any options for gardens with partial sun?
  • What are some seasonal tasks gardeners should be doing?
  • Suggestions for small garden and containers roses.
  • Number one mistake people make when buying a rose?
  • What trends are on the horizon for roses?

Listen  Now, Chat Later

Since 2014,  Corona along with its industry partners, American Horticultural Society and Proven Winners, has been hosting plant-related topics via Twitter.  The new podcast gives chat participants an opportunity to hear the chat take place,  then  connect live with the host and guests. It's an opportunity to ask questions about the podcast, the general topic discussed or get more information on something that was shared. 

Chat Live and Win!

The live discussion takes place on 10/30/18 at 2PM ET. To join the discussion, log on to Twitter and search for #plantchat. If you are using Twitter, be sure to select "Latest" at the top to see the latest tweets. We'll also have plantchat prizes for those who listen to the podcast and can answer questions from it during the tweetup, including Corona tools! So listen to the podcast while you garden or commuting to the office then join us for the live chat!  And please share the good news on your favorite social networks too!

Resources

Be sure to connect with our host and guest on all their websites and social media networks. Visit Gaga's Garden and connect with her on Twitter and Facebook

Topics: #Plantchat, gardening, roses

What Makes Soil Key to Gardening Success

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Fri, Oct, 12, 2018 @ 11:10 AM

Did you know that soil is the most important influence on plant growth? Some of the key soil functions include: physical support for plants, the source of nutrients and water for plant growth and, food and biomass production. In fact, the Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that  95% of our food production depends on soil. To help put that all into perspective, we interviewed soil expert, Cristina da Silva on Corona’s Green Industry Leaders Network, #plantchat podcast series.

IMG_0516In addition, nutrient recycling; carbon sequestration including CO2; and the filtration/purification of water are all accomplished by the world’s soils. Soil is a biological habitat for microorganisms and a source of antibiotics and pharmaceuticals now and for the future. 

On this episode, Cristina Da Silva, owner of Soil Groundwork, an online resource for information on soil, and founder of #Groundchat on Twitter. Cristina draws from a deep well of knowledge and experience, with both a BS and an MS in Horticulture plus a Residential Garden Design certificate. She has scientific papers in the Plant Physiology Journal and more 100 garden/gardening magazine articles plus a gardening column for a major national newspaper. In addition to being a professional horticulturist and designer, she adds that she is a “real gardener” and her 30-year career includes running a garden design/maintenance firm.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Cristina in this GILN podcast episode, to find out her best tips for working with your garden soil. 

 

Key discussion points in this #Plantchat podcast include:

  • Why is soil important?
  • Explain the “Big Picture“ for soil
  • What does pH mean?
  • What is the best way to test and get to know your own soil?
  • What is soil texture?
  • What is soil structure?
  • How does tilling affect garden soil?
  • What are the Top 3 Common Myths about soil?
  • What are the best ways to prevent and correct compacted soil?
  • Are there specialized plants for “problem soils” like sand, clay, acidic, alkaline, wet or dry?
  • What are some alternatives to dealing with poor soil?
  • What is the single most important Soil Tip?

Listen Now, Chat Later

GILN Social Media IconSince 2010, Corona along with its industry partners have hosted tree-related topics via Twitter.  Our podcast format gives chat participants an opportunity to hear the chat take place, and then connect live with the host and guests. It's an opportunity to ask questions about the podcast, the general topic discussed or get more information on something that was shared.

Download and subscribe to the Green Industry Leaders Network podcast on Simplecast, iTunes or Google Play. Be sure to connect with Corona Tools and share your thoughts on this podcast. 

Join Us Live via Twitter

The live discussion takes place on 10/16/18 at 11AM PT/ 2PM ET. To join the discussion, log on to Twitter and search for #plantchat. If you are using Twitter, be sure to select "Latest" at the top to see the latest tweets.

So listen to the podcast while you garden, or as you commute to the office, then join us for the live chat. And please share the good news on your favorite social networks too!

Resources

Be sure to connect with both our guest and with us on all our websites and social media networks. Connect with Chris at Corona Tools on TwitterFacebook and Instagram. Connect with Cristina da Silva on social networks on Twitter and Facebook.

Topics: #Plantchat, soil, soil biology

What to Know When Selecting the Right Fruit Tree

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Sat, Oct, 06, 2018 @ 16:10 PM

After chatting with gardeners over the years, one topic they can't get enough of is fruit trees. Whether discussing soil prep, planting, proper care or pruning techniques, many want to know how to get the maximum yield from their fruit trees. We were thrilled to interview a renowned fruit tree expert on Corona’s Green Industry Leaders Network, #Treechat podcast series.

Selecting the right fruit tree variety for your zone is the first step in the process. Nurseries offering disease-resistant varieties, ordering your tree at the right time, and planting it in the right spot at the right time of year, can help ensure a bountiful harvest each season.

Our guest on this #treechat podcast is Susan Poizner. Susan is an urban orchardist, journalist, author of the award-winning Growing Urban Orchards  and the creator of OrchardPeople.com, an online training program for fruit tree care. She is also the host of the Urban Forestry Radio show and podcast. Susan started the Urban Orchard movement in 2010 to inspire, educate and empower gardeners to grow fruit both organically and successfully.

On this episode, we interviewed Susan to learn more about her experiences growing fruit trees and her brilliant training series, Orchard People.

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Key discussion points for include:

  • What's an urban orchard?
  • How and why did you start Orchard People in 2010?
  • Why is the choice of appropriate varieties so important for success?
  • What to do before you plant? What are “Dwarfing Rootstocks”?
  • What is the best way to water your fruit trees?
  • Why don’t some trees ever fruit?
  • How does specialized fruit tree pruning differ from pruning ornamental plants?
  • When is the best time to prune and how does the time of year affect your fruit trees?

Listen Now, Chat Later

GILN Social Media IconSince 2010, Corona along with its industry partners have hosted tree-related topics via Twitter.  Our podcast format gives chat participants an opportunity to hear the chat take place, and then connect live with the host and guests. It's an opportunity to ask questions about the podcast, the general topic discussed or get more information on something that was shared.

Download and subscribe to the Green Industry Leaders Network podcast on Simplecast, iTunes or Google Play.

Join Us Live via Twitter

The live discussion takes place on 10/9/18 at 11AM PT/ 2PM ET. To join the discussion, log on to Twitter and search for #treechat. If you are using Twitter, be sure to select "Latest" at the top to see the latest tweets.

So listen to the podcast while you garden, or as you commute to the office, then join us for the live chat. And please share the good news on your favorite social networks too!

Resources

Be sure to connect with both our guest and with us on all our websites and social media networks. Connect with Chris at Corona Tools on TwitterFacebook and Instagram. Connect with Susan Poizner on social networks on Twitter and Facebook.

Topics: #treechat, fruit trees

Creating Gardens and Landscapes to Support Wildlife

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Sat, May, 12, 2018 @ 15:05 PM
David Mizejewski Shares with American Horticultural Society on Plantchat Podcast

IMG_6716Corona presents the first Green Industry Leaders Network, #plantchat podcast, featuring National Wildlife Federation's, David Mizejewski.  The Garden for Wildlife™ movement, started 45 years ago to help gardeners plant with purpose. By supporting wildlife in gardens and landscapes, the movement is an effort to double the abundance of butterflies, birds and other  essential pollinators. On this episode, Beth Tuttle, president and CEO of American Horticultural Society, a founding partner of #plantchat, interviewed David to learn more about this fantastic program.

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Our gardens and landscapes play an important role in supporting Earth's pollinators.  The types of trees, shrubs and plants you grow can create an ecosystem that helps sustain them. Providing the things they need to survive; water, food, shelter, and a place to raise their young. In this inaugural plantchat podcast, David talks about the Garden for Wildlife program and how each of us can get involved. Key discussion points include;

  • How and why did the National Wildlife Federation start the effort all those years ago?
  • What do plants and gardening have to do with wildlife? Most people don't want wildlife in their garden, right?
  • What do people need to do to create a wildlife habitat garden?
  • Why are native plants so important for wildlife?
  • What's a Certified Wildlife Habitat?  Why should people certify their yards and gardens?
  • Why are pollinators declining and how can gardens help?

Listen  Now, Chat Later

Since 2014,  Corona along with its industry partners, American Horticultural Society and Proven Winners, has been hosting plant-related topics via Twitter.  The new podcast gives chat participants an opportunity to hear the chat take place,  then  connect live with the host and guests. It's an opportunity to ask questions about the podcast, the general topic discussed or get more information on something that was shared. 

Chat Live via Twitter

The live discussion takes place on 5/29/18 at 2PM ET. To join the discussion, log on to Twitter and search for #plantchat. If you are using Twitter, be sure to select "Latest" at the top to see the latest tweets. We'll also have plantchat prizes for those who listen to the podcast and can answer questions from it during the tweetup, including Corona tools! So listen to the podcast while you garden or commuting to the office then join us for the live chat!  And please share the good news on your favorite social networks too!

Resources

Be sure to connect with our host and guest on all their websites and social media networks.

American Horticultural Society - visit their website and connect on Twitter and Facebook

David Mizejewski for the National Wildlife Federation - visit his website to for upcoming appearances, books and connect with him on social networks.

Topics: #Plantchat, American Horticultural Society, gardening, National Wildlife Federation, David Mizejewski

Top 10 Favorite Corona Garden Tool Gifts Ideas

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Wed, Nov, 15, 2017 @ 03:11 AM

Great Garden Gift Ideas for Under $40

Ask any gardener what they could use more of in the garden, and you’re bound to hear, more money, more time and more tools. It's no surprise, having the right tools for the job can help save a lot of time and money. Over the years, we've talked to a lot of gardeners who have some clear favorite Corona tools in their tool shed.

So, we put together this helpful list of long-time, garden tool gift ideas, for the busy gardener on your shopping list. And since most gardeners are on a budget, these gift ideas range from $10-$40. Look for for the special online code below and you can save some green in the process.

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 Corona is Making Wishes Come True

Do you have a favorite Corona tool on your holiday wish list this season? Tell us what you’d like to see on your doorstep in the comments section. We’ll be selecting 3 wishes to receive what's on their list. Check out the list of favorites and get the details to win below.

top10-1.gif1. Extendable Garden Tool Series ($13/each)

Designed for gardeners who love working on raised-bed gardens, small gardens and tight access locations, these hand tools can go the distance. Extendable handles reach 18-34”, these tools are well balanced and ideal for gardeners who have physical strength limitations that make larger tools hard to manage.  A great surprise gift idea to help that person in your life who may want to spend more time gardening, but feels limited today.  VIDEO>  ExtendaHANDLES in action

 

top10-2.gif2. RazorTOOTH Saw 10” Folding Saw ($31)

RazorTOOTH Saw® is extremely fast and efficient. “BEST SAW EVER! For 8” cuts, no need to own a chainsaw. I’ve made a living with this saw and it never lets me down.” - Web review by Mountry.

The Corona Folding RazorTOOTH Saw® is the favorite tool of choice for landscapers, gardeners, hunters and campers.  VIDEO > RazorTOOTH Saw

 

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3. ComfortGEL® Micro Snip ($15)

Trimming herbs, roses or hydroponics? The NEW Corona Micro Snips with ComfortGEL ® grips are engineered for those precision cuts. Sharp stainless steel blades with double-bevel tapered tips provide maximum control. A great addition to any toolbox.

  

   

4. BigLOAD™ Leaf Rake - 30" ($33)

Rake your leaves in half the time and move on to your next project with the BigLOAD™ Leaf Rake. The Corona 30” BigLOAD™ Leaf Rake features a unique head design that maximizes load capacity and is both lightweight and durable. Featured with a five-star rating on Gardendingproductsreview.com.

 

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top10-5.gif5. RatchetCUT™ ComfortGEL® Anvil Pruner ($36)

Put more cutting power in your hands with the 4-gear ratcheting action. RatchetCUT makes a series of smaller, full-leveraged cuts. Power through thick branches and dead wood up to 3/4’ with less stress and fatigue.

 

 

 

top10-6.gif6. FlexDIAL® ComfortGEL® Bypass Pruner ($36)

Named in ROL’s Top 100 Innovations 2017, FlexDIAL® lets gardeners dial in your own custom setting to reduce work and fatigue during repetitive cuts like dead-heading. Dial to 8 for larger hands, 1 for smaller hands. What’s your number?

 

 

Our ComfortGEL® garden tool series features six go to tools for all gardeners. There is no such thing as too many trowels but these have the best grips in the garden. Other favorites in the range are the transplanter, hoe/ cultivator, weeder and scoop. The transplanter with a serrated 2 ½” wide blade is ideal for transplanting potted plants, dividing perennials and planting bulbs. The depth gauge makes its fast and accurate. The large capacity scoop makes transporting soil, mulch, ice melt or pet food easier and with less mess.  VIDEO  >  ComfortGEL Garden Hand Tools

 

top10-8.gif8. DualLINK™ ComfortGEL® Bypass Pruner ($25)

Its compound lever amplifies cutting power on branches and limbs up to ¾ with less work. The full steel chassis with ergonomic comfort grips and coated, non-stick, high carbon steel blade, will provide performance and durability, season after season.

 

 

 

 

 

Maximize the sharpness and performance of your favorite pruner (shovels and garden hoes too) with Corona’s Sharpening Tool. The 5” super carbide file will keep blades sharp which means cleaner, healthier cuts with less effort. The perfect stocking stuffer and last minute gifts for avid gardeners and landscape enthusiasts. VIDEO >  Sharpening Your Corona Pruning Tools


Gardeners love these snips for a wide range of applications. Professional floral designers chose this tool for quick, controlled cuts. Stainless steel blades prevent rusting and reduce germ build-up. They’re the perfect size to keep a pair in the garden shed, a kitchen drawer and in the console of your car.

 

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Tell Us What's on Your Wish List!

Does your shovel need to be replaced? Need the extended reach of a tree pruner? Could you use a new pair of shears to trim back that wall of vines or sculpted shrubs? Tell us what Corona tool tops your holiday wish list this season and how it will help you in the garden. We’ll select our top 3 favorite comments, which means you could find it on your doorstep.

Wish List Rules

  • Submit your comment below with the tool from our website that you would most like this year
  • Include the product name and link, and why the tool is on your wish list
  • Participants may submit up to 3 selections, however only one tool will be awarded to winners
  • All comments must be submitted by 12/15/17
  • We’ll chose 3 eligible comments on 12/18/17
  •  Open to US addresses only (Continental US, AK and HI)

Start the Garden Season at a Seed Swap

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Wed, Jan, 11, 2017 @ 18:01 PM


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Winter may not seem to be the ideal time for most people to think about their gardens. However this time of year, savvy gardeners are busy planning and preparing for the upcoming growing season. Including attending a local seed swap for seeds during National Seed Swap Day on 1/28/17.

There is more than seeds at a seed swap event. You'll find educational session from expert gardeners and horticulturists who share great tips and ideas for confident gardening. If you want to learn more about attending one in your area, join us for our first live streaming #plantchat on 1/16.  We'll have a live Q&A with Kathy Jentz, editor of Washington Gardener Magazine

Win Corona Tools and SeedKeeper Deluxe


IMG_5303.jpgA great way to learn how to grow is through asking questions. Just take a look at the topic highlights in the Discussion Overview below and submit  your question at the end of this post in the comments. Want to know how to find a seed exchange in your zone? Or maybe how do you start your own local seed swap?  You can also ask your question during the chat.

We'll pick the best question  to win an  amazing seed starting and saving package from Corona Tools.  It features Corona's ComfortGEL® garden hand tools (trowel, transplanter, extra large scoop), curved snips for thinning seedlings and  our printed guide, Principles of Planting.  You'll also need a great way to store seeds throughout the year,  which is made easy with a SeedKeeper Deluxe kit. The combined set is shipped from Corona follwoing the live event. ($85 value) .

Discussion Overview  

Share your thoughts and takeaway great information  including:

  • What is National Seed Swap Day - Hear how it got started and grown.
  • How to Find Good Seeds – learn how and where to get good quality seeds that you can grow with confidence.
  • Tips for Seed Starting and Saving – discover methods to help grow seeds and properly save them.
  • Truths and Myths About Seeds – from organic vs. non-organic  to  GMOs, here's what you should know about seeds.
  • Find Your Local Seed Swap – tips for finding your local seed swap.

About Plantchat

Connect and share with the green industry leaders live on social networks to learn and share about hot topics in the green industry. Now plantchat is part of the  Green Industry Leaders Network (GILN) presented by Corona and its partners.  We are an alliance of professional organizations who are advancing the horticulture, tree care, and landscaping industries.

Topics: Corona Tools, #Plantchat, seeds

Grow Daffodil Bulbs with Confidence

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Thu, Oct, 06, 2016 @ 17:10 PM


daffodils_on_plantchat.pngIt's that time of year when gardeners everywhere start planting bulbs to produce amazing flowers in Spring. On the next  #plantchat, 10/17, we'll dive into  the specifics of daffodils bulbs, varieties and tips for growing them with confidence.


The   American Horticultural Society and  Longfield Gardens will be sharing their knowledge and how-to tips for growing one of Spring's most beloved bulb flowers. We will also be awarding prizes during this #plantchat including the Longfield Gardens  Golden Glow Collection and a Corona ComfortGEL® trowel and transplanter with integrated depth gauges for precise bulb planting!  Here's how  you can win  one of these great prizes.


Win Longfield Bulbs and Corona Tools
  

ComfortGELTrowel3214.jpgA great way to learn how to grow is through asking questions. Just take a look at the topic highlights in the Discussion Overview below and submit  your question at the end of this post. Want to know which bulbs grow best in your zone? Or what should you do with daffodil bulbs once they have bloomed? You can also ask your question during the chat.

The experts will be on hand and answer all your questions live. We'll announce the lucky winner of the Longfield Gardens Golden Glow Collection and Corona garden tools during the chat. So come join us and hopefully see you name in tweets!

You're Invited to Tweet  

Join @CoronaTools and #plantchat co-partner, American Horticultural SocietyDigital Communications Manager,  Charlotte Germane and Vivieka Neveln,  tweeting as  @AHS_Gardening, and special guests Kathleen LaLiberte and Marlene Thompson of Longfield Gardens tweeting as @LFGardens . Our topic is Growing Daffodil Bulbs with Confidence. The live chat begins Monday, October 17, 2106 at 11 a.m. PT / 2 p.m. ET, where we come together with green industry experts and fellow horticultural tweeps each week to discuss all things related to plants and horticulture, since 2014.

Discussion Overview  

Share your thoughts and takeaway great information  including:

  • When and How to Plant Daffodils  – tips for when to plant bulbs and proper planting methods.
  • Selecting  Daffodils – learn what the difference is between narcissus and jonquils varieties.
  • Bulb size relates to number of blooms – understand how size determines the number of stems many blooming stems.
  • Container Daffodils – growing in daffodils in containers creates brings bursts of Spring throughout the garden and patio.
  • Best Daffodils for Naturalizing – discover which cultivars multiply quickly and lead to more blooms.

Join the Conversation

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Don’t miss out on this exciting topic and join the conversation via Twitter. Just sign into #plantchat with your Twitter ID and you can follow the conversation and share with the community. Be sure to add the hashtag to all your tweets or join us in the plantchat room on Tweetchat.  They will automatically add it for you and it's easy to watch the conversation as it happens!

If you do miss the live event, you can still access the Storify recap, accessible 24/7 that will be posted following the live chat. The transcript includes all the information and links shared during the discussion. 

About Plantchat

Connect and share with the green industry leaders live on Twitter and 24/7 to learn and share about hot topics in the green industry. Now plantchat is part of the Green Industry Leaders Network (GILN) presented by Corona and its partners.  We are an alliance of professional organizations who are advancing the horticulture, tree care, and landscaping industries.

Topics: Corona Tools, #Plantchat, AHS

Tips for Growing Roses With Confidence in Your Garden

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Thu, May, 26, 2016 @ 14:05 PM

roses_on_Corona_Tools-compressor.jpgIf you have ever felt growing roses is too difficult or you just can't do it, we have a boost of Corona Confidence that will make anyone a success when growing and caring for roses. Here are some easy tips you can use to grow them from America’s Favorite Rose Gardener, Chris Van Cleave. He's the co-host of Rosechat Radio, and known on Twitter as @redneckrosarian, and shared his 3 top tips for growing good roses.

We also want to hear your favorite tip for growing roses successfully, which could win you an exclusive Corona Tools Rose Care Kit. Just check out the details following Chris' tips for how to submit your tip for a chance to win!

3 Top Tips by America's Favorite Rose Gardener Chris Van Cleave

ChrisVanCleave-.jpg1 - Select the right rose for you

  • Knowing what you want before you go to the garden center will make shopping easier
  • Do you want a tall rose with single blooms on a stem? (hybrid teas)
  • Do you want multiple blooms on a stem? (floribundas & shrub roses)
  • Color Preference?
  • Do you need a low maintenance shrub? (Knock Outs, drifts, OSO Easy Roses)
2 - Location. Location. Location
  • Roses need at least 4 hours of full sun a day to thrive.
  • They should also be planted in a well-draining compost rich soil.
rose1.jpg3 - A Little Care Goes A Long Way
  • Here are some things I to to keep my roses at their very best:
  • Keep my garden beds clean of fallen leaves
  • I give my roses a good haircut in the spring (once bloomers and climbers after they bloom)
  • I water deeply at least once a week
  • I apply a balanced fertilizer every six to 8 weeks

My secret for powerhouse blooms:

Deadhead your roses! Remove spent blooms after each bloom cycle to encourage new growth and a fresh round of wow! 

Thanks, to Chris Van Cleave!

Share Your Rose Secrets and Win Corona Tools for Roses

The Corona provides all the essential tools you need to prune your roses, to keep them healthy and thriving, season after season.

rose_kit_Corona_tools.pngThe forged Convertible Pruner + Lopper (BP 7450, $40) is ideal for harvesting roses for display as well as annual pruning. Its extendable handles can also fold down, converting this pruner into a mini lopper. It helps provide the extra leverage you need when pruning thicker canes, up to 1 1/4".

The ComfortGEL® Floral Snips (FS 3204, $16) with comfortable gel grips are excellent for deadheading spent rose blooms. If you have multiple rose bushes, you will appreciate the added comfort after a day of deadheading. These snips also have a built-in thorn stripper so you can cut roses for display and easily remove the thorns.

The Razor Tooth® Folding Saw (RS 7245, $27) is a must have for any confident gardener with roses. When you come across larger canes or dead wood, this handy saw is the tool for the job. It makes cuts fast and folds up to be compact for easy transport.

The Long Steel Straight Snips (AG 4930SS, $12) are ideal to use indoors or outdoors on roses. Keep them inside to cut the ends of your displayed roses so you can change the water and help them stay fresher longer. They are also great outdoors on roses, to remove spent blooms and any fine, detailed cutting needed on smaller bushes or vines.

The kit also includes a Corona tool pouch that you can wear while you are out in the garden and store in your tool shed. Just grab it every time you head out the the garden and be confident you will have all the tools you need to take care of your roses.

For a limited time, you can submit a rose growing success tip for a chance to win a Corona Tool Rose Kit. Submit your tips below, in the comment section. Share your favorite tip about pruning roses that has been successful to you. We'll select the best tip and announce the winner Friday, June 6th on Facebook and contact the winner directly.

Good luck and enjoy your confident success growing roses in the garden.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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