Greenscape Gardens is now offering Collections and Rootstock!

Greenscape Gardens is pleased to announce that we are now offering collections and rootstock for sale! Our collections have been selected for new growers and serious collectors alike and contain the best of the best that we have for sale. The perfect gift for the citrus lover in your life (maybe that’s you!).

Pomelo, Grapefruit and Oranges

Rootstock is now available for people who would like to try their hand at grafting, or for those who would like to grow their trees in different soil conditions. Now on sale for a limited time.

Rootstock from Greenscape Gardens

You can now also expect more frequent container culture blog pieces from Greenscape Gardens. This summer was filled with high-density plantings and container growing. We have lots of great pictures, tips/tricks and new techniques to share with you all. Be sure to check the website regularly or sign up for our newsletter and as always, please don’t hesitate to ask us any questions you have, we would be glad to answer them 🙂

August is barely over, but is it already time to move your citrus trees inside?

Even though it’s only just the end of August, it may be time to start moving your plants in. In Toronto here, we have now had several days below 12c and that is generally when I like to start bringing in my citrus. Many varieties can still be outside at this time and can survive temperatures much lower than 12c, however moving your trees into an environment with a constant temperature, higher than the previous average temperature will cause them stress. I like to bring in my trees when the outside temperature is close to the temperature of the house. This is generally mid morning or mid afternoon. Here are a few things I also like to do before I bring my plants inside:

-Make sure that you give your tree’s soil a good flush by running water through the soil for a couple of minutes. This will prevent the build up of mineral salts in your trees soil.

-Check for bugs! Checking for insects is very important. Preventative measures are the best way to deal with insects. I like to spray my trees with insecticidal soap for a period of several weeks after they have been brought inside to prevent any bug problems, but there are other treatments you may also consider.

-Fertilize. I like to give my trees one last dose of fertilizer at full strength before I bring them inside. I do this after they have been flushed. I then top-dress the soil with worm castings and sea compost, so that when I water throughout the winter, the tree will continue to receive the nutrients they need.

Be sure to check out our Free Citrus Care Guide and if you have anything else you do before you bring your trees in, be sure to let us know in the comments 🙂

Seedless Lemon

New & Back In-stock Varieties, Website Improvements and a Customer Rewards Program.

Hi everybody! I have some exciting news about New Varieties, Website Improvements and a Customer Rewards Program. As some of you may know, I have been implementing a customer rewards program for Greenscape Gardens. Though the program is not yet finished, I am pleased to announce that I have implemented the “Customer Referral” portion of the program. Customers will now be able to share links to their favorite plants on social media and by email, to receive a percentage of any purchase made through their shared link. It’s a great way to share your passion with your friends and end up with a few FREE fruit trees too! A referral code is only available to Customers and will be visible on your “My Account” page and under the “Your Referral Code” tab on each product page, after you have made a purchase. If you have made a purchase in person and wish to have a referral code generated for you, please contact us for help.

Also new, is the announcement of a customer requests form. Soon to be available from the “My Account” page, a tiny contact form will allow customers to submit varieties that they would like to see available. This will not be a dropdown styled menu (preselected options), but rather a form where customers will be able to submit wish lists (so you can tell us about some crazy fruit we’ve never heard of before) that will be visible only to Greenscape Gardens. We hope this will enable us to better fulfil the tropical fruit dreams of our customers 🙂

We are also pleased to announce the ability to place pre-orders on the website. Now you can prepare in the fall for what you want to get in the spring by reserving your rare and/or limited availability fruit. Shipping costs will be calculated a week prior to the day the pre-orders will be shipped, so adding to your order is as simple as a click of a button.

We also have some new varieties to announce (I know you have all been waiting patiently) as well as some old favorites varieties back in stock. We are happy to say that we now have the following for sale:
Fukumoto Navel Orange
Olinda Valencia Orange
Calamondin Orange
Thornless Mexican Lime
Mexican Lime
Persian Lime
Moro Blood Orange
Australian Fingerlime
Allen Eureka Lemon
Seedless Kishu Mandarin
Seedless Lemon
8A Lisbon Lemon
Eustis Limequat
Dancy Mandarin
Daisy Mandarin
Fukushu Kumquat

We are pleased to announce that also available for preorder are Dragon Fruit. Available both as individual named varieties or as an eleven var. collection. Single varieties are: American Beauty, Cosmic Charlie, Dark Star, David Bowie, Giant Vietnam, Halleys Comet, Makisupa, Natural Mystic, Physical Graffiti, Purple Haze, Yellow and Zamorano. The Dragon Fruit Collection includes all of our favorite varieties and at a massive discount.

You don’t want to miss out on this awesome chance to become a dragon fruit connoisseur overnight! Visit our Shop for more variety information and pictures of Dragon Fruit. Our pre-order discounts are just that, for pre-orders only. Don’t miss out on this deal just because you’re a slowpoke 😉

You can also expect the release of a Dragon Fruit Care Guide in the care guide section on the shop 🙂

 

Live shipping is finally here! Sale on coconut fiber/ coco coir

Like the title says, the live shipping calculator is finally integrated and the shop is open for business!  To celebrate, we have taken 15% off our already low price on compressed coco fiber/ coconut coir bails. There is no limit to how many you can buy. If you would like to buy more then 5 bails, please contact us for better shipping rates (freight shipping is not yet integrated into the website).

The website also now allows for social login! No more trying to remember a thousand passwords, just a click of a button and you are good to go. 🙂 Currently supported are Facebook and Google but expect Twitter, Instagram and Windows Live very soon. You will also find that you are able to now share our blog posts and items in the store by clicking the icon for your preferred manor of social sharing; be it email, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Reddit or another platform, you now can share with one click. Expect more icons with further sharing capabilities for your favorite forums soon as well! Please let me know if Social Login is a feature you find useful. If the community doesn’t care for it then it will be removed.

As always, check back with us soon. We will have new stock, pictures, container gardening tips and Sales in the near future 🙂

Spring is finally here

The spring bulbs are finally poking their heads up; that means that I’m ready to get into the garden and I’m sure so are all of you! The citrus trees are looking great, many of them are in flower or holding immature fruit already. The trees available this year are generally bigger then last years’ trees, ranging from 14” to 28”! These citrus are selling out fast, so be sure to buy yours before they’re all gone.

Look for our fruit trees at the Toronto Botanical Gardens Spring Sale this year (located at 777 Lawrence Ave E, by Lawrence Ave E and Leslie st.) and be sure to check out the other amazing plants that Paul Zammit has selected while you’re there. Also on hand with knowledge and advice, is Stefan Weber from the St. Williams Nursery and Ecology Center , the largest source-identified native plant nursery in the province. The Toronto botanical gardens is devoted to bringing horticulturalists the very best plants, advice and garden space. With free parking and all proceeds of the sale going to the TBG, this is one event you shouldn’t miss out on.

The website is finally up!

A big hello to all my fellow tropical fruit enthusiasts. Great news, the website is finally up! You can check out the shop to find some new varieties and even create and share wishlists. You can also expect some great articles on my blog in the near future where I will address a variety of topics; from fertilizers to interplanting, pollinators to soil and container horticulture to aquaponics. I will endeavor to share with you all the tips, tricks I have learned over the years, so you don’t have to learn them the same way I did (ya I learned them the hard way).

Please note that the store is not fully functional yet and that I am still in the process of compiling my free eBook as well as my “Useful Resources” page. Please let me know if you would like your local horticultural society, botanical gardens or educational institution added to the page or if you felt that there was a website, organization or specific information that should be represented there.

I am very much looking forward to sharing my horticultural experiences, techniques and ideas with you all. I hope you find this a good place to learn and share your experiences and most of all that your botanic bounty is abundant.

David
Greenscape Gardens