christmas trees at drummers, fraser, balsam, white pine, victorian

Choosing a Christmas Tree

We start the season of festive greenery early at Drummers Garden Center and Floral. Christmas Trees, as well as spruce tops, wreaths, garlands, and evergreen bundles including cedar, pine, and juniper are in around mid-November. We know some of you wave your magic wand of decorations as soon as you can and others fully enjoy just the cozy feel of the season so we have them for you before Thanksgiving!

fraser fir, balsam fir, and white pine christmas trees

Our Christmas Trees come from sustainably grown tree farms that focus on quality and providing freshly harvested trees. Nelson Family Farms up in Wild Rose, WI is one of our Christmas tree vendors and each year we unload a large semi full, and then hang from rafters of our greenhouse for easy viewing. The tree branches relax and you see them in their full form. We also cut the trunk, net them, and help you load if needed! The greenhouse also smells amazing with all the scent trapped inside.

We believe the trees we provide are the best value. We carry Fraser Fir, Balsam Fir, White Pine, and Victorian Fraser Fir. *See image with our four tree varieties

christmas trees at drummers, fraser, balsam, white pine, victorian

Tree attributes:

To help you decide on a Christmas tree this year here are a few attributes of each tree variety. The trees can vary in size 5′-14′ tall also so make sure you measure the height of the room it will be in.

White Pine: Size ranges from 6′-8′ tall and have soft, flexible needles that are bluish-green in color. Needles are 2½ – 5 in. long. They have good needle retention. These trees have little fragrance. Great for people who may have allergies to evergreen scent. These trees look so lovely with lights woven in and out of their long needles and lighter weight ornaments.

Fraser Fir: Size ranges from 6′-12′ tall and have good form and the best needle retention of all the varieties. The branches are slightly upturned. Has a pleasant fragrance. Our most popular tree!

Victorian Fraser Fir: Size ranges from 6′-14′ tall and are the same as Fraser Firs but untrimmed and space between branches are wide. This is a more traditional style of Christmas tree. True to natural form in the wild. Sometimes they are still adorned with little cones on them. Good needle retention.

Balsam Fir: Size ranges from 5′-12′ tall. These Christmas trees have the strongest and longest lasting fragrance of the tree varieties. These are relatively dense trees and have two toned needles with dark green on top and silvery green on the bottom.

keeping christmas tree fresh

while and pink amaryllis blooming

Indoor Amaryllis Bulbs

Planting Amaryllis Bulbs Step-by-Step:

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  1. Select firm bulbs – the biggest you can find. The larger the bulb, the more blooms it can have. Use any pot, with drainage, that is about 1 to 2 inches wider than the bulb.  Or, try a larger container with several amaryllis. Plant bulbs an inch apart, if planting more than one.
  2. Plant or restart your bulb 8-10 weeks in advance of when you want it to bloom. Plant different varieties, as well as plant in fall and early winter for blooms throughout the winter.
  3. Fill the pot 1/3 to 1/2 full with all-purpose potting soil, set the bulb on top of soil and then fill the pot with soil so the 1/3 to 1/2 of the bulb is exposed.  The soil can be topped with the moss, rocks, or a decorative item.
  4. Water well to settle the soil then water sparingly until active growth is visible. No more than 1/4 cup of water a week. Fertilize at half the recommended strength each time you water.
  5. Place the pot in a warm, sunny (indirect bright light is best) spot and you’ll start to see it growing its flower stalks. you’ll have blooms in about two months. Be patient! You can then move the pot wherever you’d like indoors to enjoy after they are in bloom.

 

three different spruce top design styles

Spruce Top Style Ideas

Styling a spruce top container can be a lot of fun but sometimes daunting if there are so many options! That’s why we put together three styles for you! Add or take away what you want or grab the whole decoration bundle while in the store when you are getting your evergreens!

Without any further delay, here are the three easy styles!

Woodsy Winter Neutrals
woodsy winter neutrals spruce top pot

Ingredients:
Curly Willow
Frosted Cones
White berries
Sakai Pod

Greens: Spruce, Pine, Cedar, and Berried Juniper
Recommended add-ins: Magnolia or Eucalyptus Leaves, Variegated Oregonia bundle, Dried Hydrangea Flowers

 

Classic Christmas

modern christmas spruce top container
Ingredients:
Red Twig Dogwood
Birch Pole
Red Berries
White-tipped Pine Cones
Buffalo Check Ribbon

Greens: Spruce tops, Cedar, Pine
Recommended add-ons: Broom Bloom ( Neutral or Red), Red Ornaments

 

Glitzy Frost

frosted glitz evergreen container

Ingredients:
Metallic Green Berries
Frosted and Silvery Evergreen Foliage

Greens: Norway Pine, White Pine, Shore Pine, Cedar
Recommended add-ins: Short spruce tops if you want height, metallic globes, glitter pine cones, or glitter vines.

Red and peach poinsettias

Poinsettias

Originally red, poinsettias are available in a huge variety of sizes and colors.

The best tips for keeping poinsettias in good shape are: keep them out of drafts, allow them to dry slightly between watering, and be sure to empty excess water from the bottom tray or cover provided when you purchased it. Here is Minnesota Gardener’s guide to caring for Poinsettias during the Holiday and year-round!

In season, purchase these beautiful plants in our store or on our floral website.

red, pink, spotted, white, peach, burgundy poinsettias

It’s the bracts of the plant, or modified leaves, that provide most of the color to poinsettias. The flower itself does provide a bright spot of color, see it? The yellow flowers are located in the center of each colorful bract.

 

 

10 Gifts $20 and under

10 Gifts under $20

It’s hard to know what exactly someone wants but here are 10 gift ideas that won’t break the bank and your plant loving friends and family may enjoy!

If none of these seem to tickle your fancy and you KNOW a friend/family member would like gardening supplies, plants, floral arrangements, body care, and more…purchase a gift card! Go ahead, promote their plant obsession!

Watch the Miracle Melting Snowman in time lapse to see one of our gift suggestions in action!

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Holiday Houseplants

These Holiday houseplants are great for a fresh finishing touch to your decorations or great to give as a gift! With some care these houseplants can live all year-long, year-after-year.

1. Poinsettia

poinsettias on display

When you see Poinsettias, you think Christmas! The bright colored foliage of the Poinsettia instantly adds the joy of the Holiday season into your home or office! Read more about Poinsettias here!

2. Holiday Cactus

christmas cactus blooming

These Holiday cactus are long lasting, and easy to care for plants that bloom beautiful light pink, bright pink, deep red, or white. Some varieties bloom around  Thanksgiving, some later near Christmas time!

3. Norfolk Pine

Norfolk Pine houseplant

These “little Christmas trees” are great au natural or add small lights and decorations. These will last you for years with care and many more Holiday seasons!

4. Cyclamen

blooming cyclamen houseplant

These houseplants have distinctive patterned foliage and adorable little heart-shaped flowers that definitely bring joy to any room.

Amaryllis bulbs are also an easy care plant that blooms during the Holidays that you can keep blooming year after year and have them outside in the summer!

With any of these Holiday houseplants, you can dress them up a bit with a ribbon (we have a lot of different styles!) or decorations that fit in with the Holiday decorations in your home!