Store hours:

8:30 am to 5:00 pm, every day

We may close early during  bad weather

    Call us! (951)766-7755

   Location:

2700 W. Devonshire Ave.

          Hemet, CA 92545

Planting and Care Guide
A general guideline on how to plant a plant, how to water, and general care to keep your plant healthy over time.
Planting and Care Guide.docx
Microsoft Word Document 224.4 KB
Citrus Care
Information on watering, pruning, and troubleshooting for Citrus.
Citrus Care.docx
Microsoft Word Document 16.0 KB
Fruit Tree Care
A basic guide to caring for deciduous fruit trees.
Fruit Tree Care.docx
Microsoft Word Document 456.6 KB
How to Run Your Drip System
A guide on how often and how long to run your drip system.
How to Run Your Drip System.docx
Microsoft Word Document 18.5 KB

Protecting Frost Tender Plants

We are forecast to have frost tonight here in Hemet, so I wanted to remind everyone of a few key points regarding frost tender plants.

Let me start by explaining what frost is. The term frost can mean that dew froze on the leaves of the plants overnight, or it can also refer to the temperature dropping below freezing (32 degrees F). So your tropical plants can be damaged whether the conditions are wet or dry. Some plants that are very sensitive can even be killed if left out too long in temperatures that are below freezing.

 

We usually get several nights of frost each winter. Some areas of our valley get more frost than others, so what plants you can grow can vary a lot depending where you are. If you're in Valle Vista it's slightly warmer, whereas San Jacinto is the coldest area. The reason for this is that the cold air goes to the lowest spot, and Valle Vista is slightly higher than San Jacinto, generally. The warmest spots are hilltops, and the coldest spots are the low spots in between.

Leaves that had not yet fallen off our Chinese Tallow tree froze overnight
Leaves that had not yet fallen off our Chinese Tallow tree froze overnight

It's very important to either cover or bring indoors (if possible) any frost sensitive plants you may have. The best thing to cover and protect your plants would be a frost blanket, like the one pictured below. This blanket will actually keep your plants 6 to 8 degrees warmer than the outside air. It's made of a special material that allows air circulation, so it can be left on plants for a longer period of time than a heavier material. We currently have them in stock, in several different sizes, here at the nursery.

An assortment of frost blankets
An assortment of frost blankets

In a pinch, you can also use another material, such as burlap or a tarp, to cover your plants. Just remember to take it off during the day. Never use plastic! It doesn't allow air circulation, and can actually burn plants worse when it's touching their leaves.

Some examples of frost tender plants are Tropical Hibiscus, Angel Trumpets, Fuschias, Plumerias (extra sensitive), Elepant Ears, Bougainvillea, Pygmy Date Palms, Succulents, and certain Citrus trees. The most frost tender Citrus are Limes and Eureka Lemons. The most cold hardy citrus are Kumquats, Tangerines, and Meyer Lemons. These typically don't freeze here, but if they're very small you may still want to cover them.

There are many other tropical plants that people grow here. You can message us or call us at (951) 766-7755 if you have a question about a specific plant.

A Navel Orange may need to be covered
A Navel Orange may need to be covered