Florals for spring?
Not as groundbreaking as one might think. In a few days or weeks, most local green thumbs will finally be able to say that “spring has sprung.”
Most of Sioux Falls’ locally-owned greenhouses expect they’ll get their more spring-y plants ready by the end of April, or the beginning of May, depending on the weather.
Here’s where you can find some pops of color for your yard, front steps, home garden and even your sunniest windows this upcoming season.
Cliff Avenue Greenhouse
At Cliff Avenue Greenhouse, nursery manager Jamie Ogle said the garden center should start getting tree shrubs and perennials by then depending on the weather.
Last year, Ogle said the greenhouse saw some shortages on things they’d ordered, but it didn’t affect them too much. She can’t say what the availability looks like this year.
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Trends this year are to shop for house plants, pops of color in annuals, geraniums, petunias, calatheas and other bright, colorful plants, Ogle said. Some people are also collecting variegated or rare plants, she said, and philodendrons, monstera and swiss cheese plants are also “hot” now.
Cliff Avenue Greenhouse also plans to celebrate its 50th anniversary this spring, with an extravaganza starting on April 28th and more events for the next four days, Ogle said. They’ll have discounts on purchases, different vendors and food trucks, DIY seminars, giveaways, raffles and more.
“We look forward to getting set up for spring,” Ogle said. “It’s our busiest time.”
Landscape Garden Center
At Landscape Garden Center, which opened its new location to the public last week, greenhouse manager Laura Kalfs said she’s got a good selection of house plants and tropical plants out already right now.
Kalfs said the greenhouse also grows its own hanging baskets, and about a third of its annuals. The rest of the annuals will start to arrive the week of Easter and will trickle in until then. The bulk of shipments come in the last week of April and the first couple weeks of May, Kalfs said.
House plants remain a trend year-round, Kalfs said, and for people of all ages. When the shop opened its new location last week, she saw a freshman in high school spend over $100 on “little plants for her room,” Kalfs said.
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“They’re more and more popular with everyone,” she said. “People are getting interested in more of the unique and rare plants that are harder to find, and there’s also a big return to some of the older plants your parents and grandparents grew in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.”
More rare plants would include the cacti and succulents that are still popular, as well as philodendron, pothos and “anything with string in the name,” Kalfs said, including string of hearts and string of turtles, of which Landscape Garden Center carries both.
The older plants that are coming back into style include dracenas, zebra plants, palms and philodendrons which Kalfs said she’s seen in old magazines and books from the 1970s.
Vegetables and herbs will start to arrive the week after Easter, too, Kalfs said.
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Oakridge Nursery & Landscaping
At Oakridge Nursery & Landscaping, Annette Scheffer expects that the week of April 24th, everything “spring” should be out and ready for buyers. Staff will continue filling the greenhouse until then for the open house that weekend.
“Everybody wants a lot of color,” Scheffer said.
Premade planters are popular with customers, so Scheffer and other green thumbs pot them in February for customers so they’re ready to go for the spring. People are also shopping for houseplants year round, she said.
“People can walk in and walk out with a planter and set it by their front door, and they’re done,” she said.
Vegetables, planting one’s own garden and producing one’s own produce instead of buying them at the grocery store has also grown more popular since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Scheffer said. Everything from potatoes to tomatoes and peppers in late May have grown roots in some peoples’ home gardens.
Scheffer said there was some difficulty with the supply chain, with a lack of reliability on shipping and no guarantee from suppliers. Some things got canceled, and some products are just in higher demand.
“Over the last three years, it’s skyrocketed,” she said. “In our industry, when they’re buying so many plants, it takes a while to catch up with that.”
But it hasn’t affected business too much, she said. Sometimes, the plants may be a different size than the greenhouse ordered, but they still sell and offer plenty of plants.
And in Scheffer’s group of greenhouse growers across the U.S. on Facebook, she’s hearing that states in the south are very busy again.
“So, it will be another good year,” she said. “You can always tell how the year will go when it warms up in the south. It’s good for us, and good for everybody.”