Why plant quality matters~!
Oh the the hours I've spent at local nurseries, garden centers, and even the "big box" stores examining plants.
It's always the same. I'm looking for quality. It makes a monumental difference if the nursery took care of the plant...or not.
A higher quality plant is going to provide a higher yield and better nutritional value. This is especially critical when considering tomatoes, peppers and herbs.
You're investing lots of time planting, watering, weeding and harvesting so make sure you put in the best plant available.
I purchased the above plants from a well established local garden center and they still are tinged with yellow/brown leaves.
And you know me~ I tried to pick the best of the bunch!
In a perfect world, there is one plant per hole. One of the slots had seven plants crammed in! Talk about energy divided. I don't predict a tomato success story here.
Plants from Clovers Garden are worlds apart.
Enter Clovers Garden....
But not too seriously because both Jim and Julie manage to keep their sense of humor on the job. Much appreciated!
Customer service is at the forefront of their mission. All plants are shipped priority mail with 100% customer satisfaction guaranteed. I personally experienced the quickness of the shipment and can vouch for it!
You could not find higher quality plants anywhere if you tried. A local family business that now sells online to customers like you and me.
Maybe I can guess what you're thinking right now. You like to see, touch and smell the plants in person prior to buying. Have no fear. These plants are exceptional!
How are they different and better than the competition?
I love how the Clovers Garden plants are individually grown in 3.5" pots. Clovers plants have up to ten times the root development of other plants (the ones crammed into 4 or 6 compartments).
Clovers plants are a great size! Expect each plant to be 3 to 7 inches tall! We're talking about premium plants here.
So this means you'll be harvesting a whole lot sooner than if you'd planted those leggy and spindly plants that were crammed into 1 or 2 inch packing trays 4-6 at a time.
Finally, Clovers Plants are non-GM for all of you who care about where your food comes from. I do!
1.) Citrosa Geranium
In fact, its nickname is the "mosquito plant." What's your nickname?
When you rub or crush the leaves with your fingers, Citrosa Geranium gives off a pleasant citronella scent that mosquitoes don't like.
Guilty is charged! I even taught my 7-year-old to rub the leaves on her arms and legs!
Like all geraniums, your Cirtrosa Geranium is easy to grow, can take the heat and handles part-shade to full-sun.
My love for geraniums originated when I realized they don't fuss much over neglectful watering habits. Although your Citrosa Geranium prefers to stay moist in the heat. Don't we all!
As it grows during the summer, the fast growing Citrosa Geranium can get as large as four feet around as it puts out these pretty pink blossoms. You might even find yourself pruning it.
Perfect to add some color to any container pot or planter on that patio!
Citrosa Geranium will grow anywhere but it is only considered a perennial in zones 9 or warmer. I've overwintered germaniums in my basement with great success.
Actually I abandoned them from November to March. No water! Left mostly in the dark.
It's a cruel world.
And how did they repay me? They are fine now, blooming their hearts out, ready for summer like us all.
There's no doubt I'll be overwintering these Citrosa Geranium and I'll keep you posted on how it goes!
2.) Lemon grass
That's why all the hoopla over lemon scented candles. But unlike candles, I don't have to worry about a flame with my two new lemon grass plants.
It's the citronella scent that humans love but mosquitoes hate making the lemon grass patio plant perfection.
Tall and striking in appearance, lemon grass is superb as a foundation planting. But I like them in deck or patio containers.
Lemon grass is exotic. It's like planting a vacation in your yard. Spiky and fun!
You are supposed to get a plant from Clovers Garden measuring 4" to 7" inches in height. So because I must have to much time on my hands (or not) I took out my Vera Bradley tape measure and measured the plant.
Any guesses? My Clovers Plant was over 12 inches tall! Yippee skippee. Thirteen inches to be precise.
Translation: You don't have to wait all summer to see your plants get big and bountiful.
Instant gratification plant style.
Besides, lemon grass is edible. Do I plan to eat it? If I'm being honest. No.
But I should try infusing it for a tea. If I do, I'll let you know how it goes! For now, I'm just keeping the skeeters away with it.
3.) Latana Camara
I couldn't stop taking pictures of it with my camera phone. That's how much the vastness of the lantana amazed me. It certainly doesn't grow like that in Western New York!
So the rumors are true. In zones 8 and warmer, Lantana is grown as a perennial and spreads like wildfire.
In zones 4-7, lantana is grown as an annual. Still, it's worth it as lantana is a naturally mosquito-repellent plant.
And it attracts both hummingbirds and butterflies. No wonder with its vibrant hues of pink, red, yellow and orange.
It's also important to include lantana in your patio pot mix for color. You don't want a mosquito patio pot with zero color. Too bland and boring! After all, you're sitting next to it.
The eye-popping bold lantana colors will add just the right touch to your pot next to all the green!
Lantana prefers sun to part sun and like your middle child is readily adaptable to most soil types. It blooms best in arid or semi arid conditions. It certainly was blooming magically in Florida!
So it depends on where you live if you'll be growing your lantana as an annual or perennial. But there's no harm in starting off in a pot or planter on your patio!
I'm separating the two Clovers Plants into two different pots and plan on trying to overwinter them in November. Fingers crossed!
Just look at that root system! The Clovers Garden tomatoes have root systems four times bigger than the ones crammed in the traditional 6-pack.
And you know when things are flourishing below ground that the above ground growth will be equally productive. It's evident that Clovers took care of these plants.
After all, why go through all the garden work of planning and prepping if you aren't going to get that bumper crop you are anticipating?
The variety Clovers Garden can offer you!
A few of my favorites are the black cherry tomato, chocolate sprinkles tomato, mortgage lifter tomato, and heirloom pineapple.
Can I level with you? I don't recall ever buying peppers from any garden nursery, no matter not reputable with buds on them.
Maybe you can't see them all in the above picture, but I counted 18 buds on this pepper. Eighteen! Holy moly.
So tell me this: Are you a hot pepper, sweet pepper or warm pepper kind of person?
Prior to my encounter with Clovers Garden, I confess, I had no idea warm peppers were a thing! Not to mention hotter and hottest. Go figure.
I'm super excited to try their chocolate beauty and cayenne peppers this year. And yes...their sweet pepper.
In the past, I'm struggled to actually get peppers as our growing season is so short here. The frost of death comes before they can produce.
But this year with Clovers Plants that have been given a jumpstart on life, I predict a pepper fairytale ending!