child next to large poinsettia at Mischler's in Williamsville NY

Twice-as-tall poinsettias now available at Mischler’s

by Connie Oswald Stofko Most poinsettias are 18 inches tall, but Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses offers poinsettias that are about three feet tall–twice as tall as other poinsettias. One recent shopper called them “magnificent,” said Mark Yadon, vice president at Mischler’s. While they’re unusual, these poinsettias are, oddly enough, traditional, too. They aren’t a different variety of poinsettia; they’re just grown differently. Typically, poinsettias are pinched back (which means cutting back some stems), Yadon explained. That encourages the plant to branch…

orchids courtesy Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

Orchid Show this weekend at Botanical Gardens

Along with the Niagara Frontier Orchid Society, the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens will host the popular Orchid Show on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 12 and 13  at the Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Times are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Note: The Botanical Gardens will close at 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11 and Sunday, Nov. 13 to allow all the exhibitors and vendors to set up and and tear down…

greenhouse whiteflies on leaf

Whiteflies in your WNY garden? Don’t worry

by Connie Oswald Stofko Here’s a message I got from a reader: Hi Connie, Would you consider adding the tiny whitefly infestation and organic solutions to rid garden of them in your next newsletter? In the garden, they are everywhere, likely thirsty! Wishing for rain tonight! Thank you, Brigitte Wagner-Ott, Eggertsville I didn’t even know what whiteflies were, and since Wagner-Ott lives down the street from me, I figured I should find out more. She saw something online, but wanted information…

amaryllis blooming inside in Amherst NY

Reminder for WNY: Bring amaryllis inside soon so it blooms at Christmas

by Connie Oswald Stofko If you want to force your amaryllis to bloom inside around Christmas, bring it inside around the middle of August. That’s the advice from David Clark, CNLP, who teaches the horticulture classes at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. See our previous article here to find out about the timing for amaryllis. Find out more about growing amaryllis here….

wandering dude hanging baskets at Mischler's in Williamsville NY

Recharge houseplants outdoors while they fill in your landscape

by Connie Oswald Stofko Several weeks ago, the folks at one garden center suggested I do an article about houseplants–in summer! That’s an odd topic for this time of year, I thought to myself. Then another garden center suggested the same thing. When a third garden center brought up houseplants, I knew I had to find out more. Here are some reasons to pay attention to houseplants in summer: Healthier houseplants Your houseplants will grow better outside because they can…

Schlumbergera or holiday cactus from Bugwood

Learn about Christmas cactus & more in WNY Gardening Matters

Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera buckleyi) is an easy-to-care-for houseplant that can flourish for years, said Lyn Chimera in this article in the most recent edition of WNY Gardening Matters. “I still have a large plant that started out as a cutting from my mother over 50 years ago,” she said. Learn more about Christmas cactuses– and Thanksgiving cactuses, too– as well as how to care for them, in the article. Also in this edition is a graphic on principles of permaculture….

Haworthia succulents in Williamsville NY

One thing you didn’t know about succulents; find out more at Mischler’s

by Connie Oswald Stofko You might already know that succulents are easy to care for. You don’t need to fuss with them. They don’t need much water. And they don’t need a lot of light. But did you know that some succulents need more light than other succulents? We’ll discuss that in this article, and you can get more details on the best growing conditions for succulents in a talk at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 12 at Mischler’s Florist and…

'Autumn Leaves' poinsettia at Mischler's in Williamsville NY

Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, poinsettias help you celebrate!

by Connie Oswald Stofko Poinsettias are wonderful for all the winter holidays, from Thanksgiving to New Year’s. You can use them to decorate your home or give them as gifts. The colorful part of the poinsettia that looks like a flower petal is actually a bract, a kind of leaf. Poinsettias come in many different colors. Here are just three from Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses in Williamsville: ‘Autumn Leaves’, which has bracts in autumny orange tones ‘Princettia’, the whitest poinsettia…

sweet potatoes

Is it a yam or sweet potato, plus more from Master Gardeners

Your supermarket may call them yams, but they are probably sweet potatoes, according to an article in the latest issue of WNY Gardening Matters. A true “sweet potato” is not a yam. And a sweet potato isn’t a potato, either. Find out more about sweet potatoes and yams in this article by Carol Ann Harlos. Other articles in this issue are: Not Your Grandmother’s Houseplants Anymore by Vicki Bruning MG Volunteer Meeting Speaker: Dave Zittel by Carol Ann Harlos…

Tradescantia plants

Mark your calendar for Foliage Friday & Succulent Saturday at Mischler’s

by Connie Oswald Stofko Get bargains on houseplants and succulents during Foliage Friday and Succulent Saturday, March 19 and 20 at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Sale prices will be in effect both days for both houseplants and succulents. Shop early for the best selection. The entire collection of more than 100 varieties of succulents will be on sale. Succulents in…