Daffodils are a great Easter flower! A bulb planted in the fall, will bloom in your flower beds in early spring. They are great to force in pots as well to have indoors late winter and very early spring.
The Easter Lilly is the true Easter celebration flower. Grown in the garden it will bloom in July, not at Easter time. We in the greenhouse industry force them to bloom at a more appropriate time for our holiday. They are planted in the spring for summer bloom or in December in pots for forced spring (Easter) blooming.
The Hydrangea is a beauty and used during Easter to give some exquisite color to any place that needs it. This variety forces easily, but if planted outside needs some protection so it will bloom next year.
The Hyacinth is a great bulb for forcing and smells great. At least I think so! Some people thinks it has a very strong smell that is offensive, but others like it very much. It’s for sure a pot of hyacinths will definitely fill a room with perfume.
February is the month that we need to start some of our seeds, those veggies and annuals that take exceptionally long to germinate like peppers, rosemary and Gerber Daisies and perennials such as Echinacea, Black Eyed Susan and Shasta Daisies. Also specialty herbs and flowers that take a bit long to get to the point of harvest like, stevia, onions (from seed) and mache . Crops that do well in cooler temps like kale, lettuces, spinach and more could be started now also.
The secret to getting seeds to germinate as quickly as possible is keeping the soil warm. If you start your seeds in a flat or peat pellets, set the flat filled with peat pellets on a warming mat (a heating pad on the lowest setting will suffice) to keep the soil to an optimum germination temperature. No light is needed during germination, not until after the plants have sprouted is light needed. Then try to keep room temperature between 65-70 degrees F and watch your plants grow.
Don’t get impatient. Some seeds take up to 28 days just to peak through the soil. So don’t get in a hurry, remember it’s worth the wait to see what you have grown on your own from the tiny seed!!
Looking down greenhouse 2
We have huge news! Love the summer, Canton farmers market and miss it terribly as much as we do when every winter roles around?! Well fear not, Anthony Petitti Garden Center and Floral Shoppe will be hosting the Petitti’s Winter Farmers market every 3rd Saturday of the month through the winter. The first will be this Saturday, November 17th from 9am-12pm. The address of the green house is 5828 Columbus Rd Louisville, Ohio 44641. Ohio has some nice farmers markets, head south to Athens County for unique and “glocal” finds or north to Shaker Heights for hip organics. Canton locals are hoping for the same year-round success.
Venders include Troyers Home Pantry from Apple Creek, Fitchter Organic Farms offering organic produce and herbs, Pheasant View Dairy Goats offering goat milk skin care line, fudge and cheese, TK Eggs offering free range eggs, Kim’s Kitchen offering organic baked goods, Daylene Chocolates, Pearls Gifts offering handmade coffee cups gifts, PaPa Joes gluten free chips, and more are welcome! Please contact Cindy Saling-Petitti at 330-455-5997 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on becoming a vendor.
Petittis offers a wide variety of organic lawn and home care products, annuals, perennials, mulch, compost, garden/lawn tools and lawn ornaments. In recent years we have opened the coffee shop with various specialty coffees, teas and light snacks. Our newest addition has been the floral shop. Just named Top 3 in The Canton Repository 2012 Reader’s Choice Favorite for Stark County Florist and offering fresh cut flowers, corsages, and boutonniere it is safe to say Petittis now has something for everyone.
Anyone who knows Cindy knows that she loves being warm and can be known to wander the greenhouses enjoying the warmth during the winter. Now you can do the same, escaping the cooling temperatures and supporting local farmers and entrepreneurs at the same time.
Anthony Petitti Garden Center & Floral Shoppe is excite to launch our blog! We will make posts about relevant information for our customers as well as try to keep you updated on class offerings and all the other fun things going on at Petittis. Welcome 🙂 Please follow us on facebook and twitter