Crescent Hill Nursery June E-Newsletter The CHN e-newsletter is our show of gratitude to the loyal market customers at our many events around the Cen

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Crescent Hill Nursery June E-Newsletter

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The CHN e-newsletter is our show of gratitude to the loyal market customers at our many events around the Central Coast. It will serve as a site for seasonal updates, "plant of the month" specials, the "ask a nurseryman" section, links to our partners, and a whole lot more. The e-newsletter is a way to stay connected with our thriving and knowledgeable garden community. Please send us your comments on how to make this e-newsletter more useful to all, and don't forget to pass along the link to a friend!
Happy Planting,
Nathan Krupa (owner/grower)

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MONTHLY BULLETIN

Website update complete for 2010. All our new selections can be viewed on the "plants" page, accessible from the main menu.

Please remember Crescent Hill recycles all 1,2, and 5 gallon plastic containers. Drop off available at all markets, or here at the nursery. Thanks again!!

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PLANT OF THE MONTH

Ligularia dentata 'Desdemona'

Crescent Hill's June plant of the month is aptly referred to as the Big Leaf Goldenray. The huge leaves can grow up to one foot in diameter, and are desired almost as much as the blooms. They emerge a deep maroon/purple tone, but as they mature the leaf tops turn a bronzy green, while the undersides and stems remain dark in color. This two-tone foliage is interrupted in summer and fall by large spikes of vibrant orange/yellow daisy-like blooms, which are attractive to butterflies. Its showy clumping habit adds interest to any dark and shady environment. This Ligularia's affinity for wet areas makes it a perfect candidate for groupings in mass along streambanks/ponds, under redwoods, or near any water feature. It also acts as a "conversation piece" specimen if used in any large tub or ceramic container.

Special E-Newsletter Price; $8 per 3 gallon container(regular $15)!!

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ASK A NURSERYMAN

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In this section, we will answer the question of the month. The customer chosen to ask the question of the month will receive a free one gallon sized pot of your choice!!

Last months winner, Glenn Chan, asked; "How should i be fertilizing australian native plants differently than south african natives?"

The answer is a somewhat complex one. South African soils are generally very low in naturally occurring phosphorus concentrations. Thus certain plants native to this region, especially those in the Proteaceae family, are extremely susceptible to high-phosphorus fertilizations, such as with common miracle grow soluble fertilizer. Phosphorus concentrations are recommended never to exceed 3% concentration levels, such as with organic composts or "slow breakdown" nutrients like bone/blood meal. Also used are osmotic fertilizers with low P concentrations. Australian soils are not always limited by this condition, and thus plants from this region can be fertilized more liberally. This is where the complexity enters the equation. Some Australian natives, such as Isopogon and certain Grevillea's, are in the Proteacea family!! In our experience, these plants should be treated culturally as South African natives, with the fertilization regiment (especially phosphorus) turned way down. Thus, Australian plant fertilization needs should be examined case-by-case, and require a bit more research/questions than normal. Thanks for the great question Glenn!!

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