Now is the Time,
Kerby's is the Place

January 30, 2014   

Spring Bulbs are in. Plant now for beautiful spring blooms.

Can you believe that snow was predicted in Florida? It isn't often that you see snow in a Florida forecast. Fortunately it was only for the northern part of the state and while we may have had a cold night or two, our weekend weather will move right back to beautiful. Take advantage of the gorgeous Florida winter weather and get out in the garden. There is plenty to do at this time of the year. It is a great time to plant spring-flowering trees or fruit trees like peaches and apples. Spring bulbs just arrived at Kerby's and now is a great time to get them planted for beautiful spring blooms. And of course we never forget about our veggie gardens. Even as you are harvesting from your winter garden, it is time to start refreshing the soil in preparation for next season's garden. After all, spring is on its way.

Happy Gardening,
The Kerby's Nursery Family

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Spring Bulbs

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Blooming Camellias
10" Pot - $29.99
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Spring Bulbs
Have Just Arrived
Amaryllis, Blood Lily, Gladiolus & More

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Spring Bulbs

Bulbs are a wonderful treat. The foliage fades in winter, leaving you wondering where it's gone. And then slowly but surely as warm days arrive, small green leaves begin to emerge from the soil. Often, the bulbs are a memory of last year's garden, planted in now forgotten locations. But the bright and beautiful flowers are a welcome surprise and a reminder of the wonders of nature.

Bulbs are easy to grow, and in our area, we can grow quite a few beautiful ones. They are best grown in rich, well-drained soil. To create a bulb planting area, turn 3 to 4 inches of good planting soil into the entire area and then plant bulbs in the new soil mix, placing a tablespoon or so of Bone Meal an inch below the bulb. Or get creative and mix bulbs into existing landscape areas for a surprise each season. Avoid wet areas, as this can cause the bulbs to rot. Below are some of our favorite bulbs for spring, and at the bottom of the page is a list of bulbs that are in at the nursery.

Amaryllis - A classic flower with enormous blossoms in red, pink or white. Plant bulbs so that the neck is at the soil line. Amaryllis also make a great flower for a pot. Plant and grow outside, and bring indoors when they are in bloom.

Blood Lily - Like a burst of fireworks, these cool flowers add a great, colorful surprise to your summertime garden. It's like an early Fourth of July! Plant bulbs 1" deep with crest of bulb above the soil and watch them grow. 

Gloriosa Lily - A tropical, vining lily, the gloriosa will ramble delightfully on a trellis or can climb mysteriously up another shrub. The vibrant, unique flowers bloom in late spring after growing four to six feet. Plant the tubers horizontally, 2 - 3" below ground.

Caladiums - Nothing is more beautiful than a mass of caladiums planted in a shade garden. The color is amazing and will brighten those dark areas of your yard. Caladiums are easy too. Plant them 2 inches deep about 12 inches apart. Try some cool varieties like Grey Ghost or Miss Muffett. (Caladiums will be arriving at the nursery the second or third week of February.)

BulbPrice Per Bulb
Amaryllis $9.99
Blood Lily $3.99
Amazon Lily $2.99
Butterfly Ginger $3.99
Pinecone Ginger $2.99
Curcuma Ginger $2.99
Umbrella Plant $1.99
Gloriosa Lily $2.99
Gladiolus $0.49
Rain Lily $0.39
Canna $1.99


Upcoming Events

Workshop: Growing Cold-Hardy Fruit Trees
Saturday, February 15th at 10:00 am

There is nothing better than picking fresh fruit from your backyard tree. And it's even better when it is a cold-hardy tree and you can sit back and relax during the winter. From apples, peaches and nectarines to persimmons and figs, we'll talk about delicious fruits that are easy to grow and are hardy too. 



Workshop: Spring Vegetable Gardening
Saturday, February 22nd at 10:00 am

Healthier, tastier vegetables are easy to grow, and in this workshop, you'll get all the information you need to get your vegetable garden going this spring.




Miniature Gardening
Saturday, March 1st

Come learn how to make a cool mini garden. We may make this a hands-on workshop so that you can build your own and take a lovely mini-garden home with you. More details coming soon.



Spring Fling
Saturday, March 8th

Spring is the time for getting out in the garden and Kerby's wants to celebrate. Join us for our annual spring fling, where the blooming flowers of spring are the stars. Plus, we'll have some fun activities for kids, special gardening workshops and more. Check back soon for more details.





Workshop: Hardy, Low-maintenance Landscaping
Saturday, March 15th at 10:00 am

Come out and learn how to create a gorgeous landscape design. It's easier than you think! We'll talk about tough plants, easy plants and beautiful plants. Plus we'll show you how to add accents and pottery to give your garden the extra spark.






Workshop: Growing Tropical Fruit Trees
Saturday, March 22nd at 10am

There are so many amazing tropical fruit trees that can be grown in central Florida. At this workshop, we'll give you our best tips and tricks for growing and caring for tropical fruit trees. We'll also show you all of the amazing variety available in our area. After the workshop, we'll sample a few so that you can see how delicious they really are.




Workshop: Butterfly Gardening
Saturday, March 29th at 10am

Bring on the butterflies! Butterfly gardening is a fun way to get everyone involved in the garden. Plus the plants that butterflies love are beautiful to us too. Come out to this workshop and learn the best way to attract butterflies to your garden. 




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Kerby's Nursery

2311 S. Parsons Ave.

Seffner, FL 33584
(813) 685-3265

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