Plant Sale Fundraiser

Locally grown plants direct from the Growers. Lots to choose from indoor, outdoor, color baskets, succulents and more. Create your own color bowl.

Sat. June 3rd
10 am to 3 pm

Cordova Greenhouses
902 Encinitas Blvd.
Encinitas 92024

Benefiting the San Diego County Flower & Plant Assoc.

Annual Spring Meeting

Thursday, April 27th

Tours: 5:00 pm / Dinner: 6:30 pm

Please join Eric Larson, Executive Director of the SDC Farm Bureau

(attire business casual, wear comfortable shoes)

Topics will include:
• The opportunities for commercial marijuana production in San Diego County
• The new agricultural runoff order for growers
• How to save employers thousands of dollars in unemployment insurance benefits

Materials will be provided. Bi-lingual class.

Location: Twin Oaks Growers
1969 Marilyn Ln.
San Marcos 92069


Brilliantly colored flowers are ‘ranunculus‘ chief attraction, and they are indeed special. They most often come in multiple layers of delicate, crepe paper–thin petals, looking like an origami masterwork. Ranunculus (R. asiaticus) excel in southern and western gardens, and make terrific container plants everywhere. They also make long-lasting cut flowers. Bulbs are widely available in Fall at retail nurseries in mild-winter climates; in Fall and early spring from mail-order catalogs.

Ranunculus leaves, grass green and vaguely celery-like, grow in a mound 6 to 12 inches across. Flowers on 12- to 18-inch stems emerge in March from fall-planted bulbs, June and July from spring-planted bulbs; they last up to six weeks. On the most common type, the Tecolote strain, flowers are mostly fully double, 3 to 6 inches wide, and available in bicolored picotee, gold, pastel mix, pink, red, rose, salmon, sunset orange, white, and yellow. The less common Bloomingdale strain is shorter, to 10 inches, with pale orange, pink, red, yellow, and white double flowers.


The carnation, also known by the nickname ‘carn,’ has been cultivated for centuries for its ruffled blooms, favoured for its fragrance and hardiness.

The scientific name Dianthus caryophyllus contains the Greek word ‘dianthus’ which means “flower of the gods,’ and the original pink blooms of the flower led to its common name which is said to mean ‘flesh toned.’

Others believe carnation gets its name from the word ‘coronation’ or the Greek word for ‘flower garlands’ which is ‘corone.’

This Eurasian plant has a spice scent, and is also called the Clove Pink or Gillyflower, and can be found in numerous colours ranging from pink to purple-red and are said the symbolize love, fascination and distinction.

As legend has it, pink carnations were said to have appeared below the Virgin Mary’s tears as Jesus carried the cross and as a result, the pink variety symbolizes a mother’s love.

This connection between the carnation and Mary was immortalized in the 1475 painting “The Madonna with the Carnation” by Leonardo da Vinci. It is housed in Munich, Germany as part of a collection of famous works and is also called the “Munich Madonna.”

Carnations carried the meanings of love, fascination and distinction.

Other meanings attached to carnation colours include passionate love (red), rejection or distain (yellow), innocence and steadfastness (white) and whimsical and capricious (purple).

Product Training Series

February 28, 2017

10:00am – 12:00pm

Management Strategies for Irrigation and Potting Mixes

Topics will include:
• Chemical Water Quality Parameters
• Potting Mix Parameters
• In-house Monitoring Techniques

Materials will be provided. Bi-lingual class.

Location: CfAHR
3742 Blue Bird Canyon Rd.
Vista, CA 92084

Feature of the Month-Zygocactus

The word “Zygocactus” is often used to refer to this plant, but merely describes the manner in which the joints are connected and is of no taxonomical importance. Zygocacti are actually Schlumbergera hybrids( correct botanical name) between Schlumbergera truncatus and Schlumbergera bridgesii, and are also known as Schlumbergera X ‘Buckleyii’ .

Schlumbergera truncatus blooms closer to Thanksgiving while Schlumbergera bridgesii blooms closer to Christmas, but through hybridization there is now much overlapping of blooming times. Schlumbergera are epiphytes (tree-dwelling) originating in montainous rainforests of Brazil , and as such, enjoy perfect drainage.

Reproducing this culture will help to ensure the health of your plant. Zygos require a slightly acidic, very porous soil with excellent drainage that never allows the plants to become waterlogged. Zygos should be watered thoroughly when soil surface is dry to the touch, but it is best that the lower portion of the soil is never allowed to dry completely.

Excellent as hanging basket plant on a sheltered patio, or can be brought indoors in a bright area with excellent airflow.

Enjoy a profusion of butterfly-like flowers in a multitude of colors from late October through early January.

Feature of the Month-Asters

Asters are beautiful perennials that are found wild in North America and southern Europe. The genus Aster includes some 600 species of widely distributed flowering plants in the family Asteraceae. Asters are also called as Starworts, Michaelmas Daisies, or Frost Flowers. Asters are found chiefly in North America, with some species extending into South America; others are distributed throughout Europe and Asia. The word Aster is of Greek derivation and refers to the Starlike flowers that can be white, red, pink, purple, lavender and blue, mostly with yellow centers.

The genus Aster is now generally restricted to the old world species, with Aster amellus being the type species of the genus (and of the family Asteraceae). The new world species have now been reclassified in the genera Almutaster, Canadanthus, Doellingeria, Eucephalus, Eurybia, Ionactis, Oligoneuron, Oreostemma, Sericocarpus and Symphyotrichum, but still the new world species are also widely referred to as Asters in the horticultural trade.

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The “Bulletin Board” is a FREE benefit for SDCF&PA members to post job opportunities, seasonal work needs, equipment needs for rent or sale, special promotions as well as other helpful information. Only members can place an ad on the Bulletin Board for free. It will be emailed out twice a month to over 425 emails. Non-members’ cost is $25.

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Feature of the Month-Paperwhites

Paperwhites belong to a group of Daffodils that is somewhat hardy for us, but are more easily grown in a pot or vase indoors. Their species name comes from the word papyrus and aceus; meaning paper-like. The Paperwhite is a perennial bulbous plant native to the western Mediterranean region, from Greece to Portugal plus Morocco and Algeria. The species is considered naturalized in the Azores, Corsica, Texas, California and Louisiana.

Their large clusters of pure white flowers arch above graceful, blue-green foliage, and their perfume fills a room with fragrance. Paperwhites require no preparation and are foolproof. When bulbs are planted in early December, they will flower in 4 to 6 weeks with seldom a miss making them a popular indoor plant for winter and the holiday season. Unlike other narcissus, paper whites do not require a chilling period, so forcing them is as easy as putting the bulbs in water and waiting.