Monthly Archives: January 2017

Brown Bag Lecture

History of the Cheyenne Botanic Gardensth_005

What: It is our 40th anniversary! Come hear Director Shane Smith relate how the Cheyenne Botanic Garden got its start and how it has evolved over the years.
Where: Paul Smith Children’s Village at the Botanic Gardens
When: Tuesday March 14th 12:00 – 1:00
Price: Free! Bring your lunch.

Growing Coleus

Coleus are plants that are solely grown for their colorful, showy leaves. Leaf colors include red,coleus orange, yellow, bronze and mixtures of colors in interesting patterns. The leaves are as bright as any flower. They grow outside in the summer and indoors as a houseplant. Pinch them to create a bushier plant. To make more plants, place a cut stem in water and it grows roots.

There are many different Coleus varieties to suit your space. You can find  low-growing, trailing types; midsize selections; and tall plants that can reach a few feet in height. Some coleus cannot take full sun while others have been bred to tolerate sun. The only way to tell is to look at the catalog description or plant tag. If it says it can take full sun, then it probably will. If not, don’t do try it as it will burn the leaves.

If you have a coleus and want more plants simply place a cut piece of stem with a few leaves on the upper stalk in a glass of water and it will soon grow roots into the water. After it produces a number of roots you can then pot it up into soil.

The Coleus is a close relative to mint but without the minty fragrance. You can tell the relationship by noting that both mints and coleus have very distinctive square stems.

Gravel in the bottom of your pot?

img_0419Do you put gravel in the bottom of your houseplant pots to improve drainage? Studies show this doesn’t help drainage and takes away from the space needed for root growth. The most important thing every potted plant needs for drainage is a hole in the pot’s bottom. A small piece of window screen placed over the hole prevents soil from coming out. Also, regularly empty standing water from the saucer.

Recycle your Christmas tree into the garden

img_0585Recycle your holiday trees as mulch. Simply remove all the branches and then lay the branches in your flower and vegetable img_0587beds or around your trees and shrubs. The needles will eventually drop and continue to provide a nourishing and acidic mulch (acid materials are good in our alkaline soils).

The trunks of the trees can be used as firewood or constructed into a garden trellis on which you can grow sweet peas, beans, edible peas, cucumbers or even a hops vine.