Tropical | Evergreen Nursery


What's great about San Diego? Well, many things but one in particular is our long summers. Temperatures may be dipping in other parts of the country but not here! We're still enjoying warm summer-like days, they may be getting shorter but we've got some beautiful Hibiscus blossoms that thrive this time of year.

Lately, as I’ve been driving around, I’ve noticed a number houses that have Queen Palms with yellow fronds and, you know what? It doesn’t have to be that way. I just want to go knock on their doors and give them the 411 on palm care. These palms are not happy. They’re hungry, they need some food…unfortunately, for these guys, their fronds are doomed to stay yellow. Palms don’t react to fertilizers like other plants. If the fronds grow out as yellow, they stay yellow. It will only be the new growth that will grow out green after getting fed…and most likely what they need is manganese.

Canna Lily is a tropical favorite for your garden. It has profuse, vibrant flowers that rise above lush green, variegated,  or bronze foliage. It blooms almost all year long, but does better if cut back during cold winter months. To maintain continuous flowering, when a flower stock is done flowering cut it as close to the ground as possible. Cannas prefer sunny, warm locations with protection from winter frost. They like rich moist soil with regular watering during the warmer months.

A while back, a friend of a friend asked me to come out to Mt. Helix to take a look at a lot they were planning on building their house on. They wanted some ideas for what to do with some of the existing vegetation. When I got to the site, the first thing I noticed was a big field of Bird of Paradise. And really, in addition to being one of San Diego’s finer neighborhoods, Mt. Helix originally was used extensively for flower growing and one of the things they grew was Bird of Paradise for cut flowers.

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