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Jolly Lane Floral

Hours:
Monday – Friday: 8am – 6pm
Saturday: 8am - 5pm
Sunday: 11am - 4pm

Welcome to Jolly Lane Greenhouse

We are a Rapid City nursery that provides helpful information to both green thumbs and beginning gardeners about horticulture in the Black Hills and surrounding areas. Our garden supply center houses a variety of plant selections, including shrubs, annuals, perennials, and herbs, as well as garden décor.

At Jolly Lane Greenhouse, you'll find your senses stimulated by an extensive assortment of seasonal plants, shrubs, and trees from our garden supply centers. We have a variety of fragrant and brightly-colored foliage, bushes, evergreens, perennials, vines, ornamental grasses, and rose bushes—there's something for every season!

Jolly Lane Greenhouse has everything you need to start planning and planting your flower and vegetable seedlings. You'll find a huge selection of flower and vegetable seeds, germinating soil and trays, heating mats for germinating, marking stakes and much more.

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Seasonal Plants

Poinsettia History and Care Tips

Joel Robert Poinsett, who was an amateur botanist and the first ambassador to Mexico, first introduced poinsettia to the United States in 1825.  He introduced the plant when he brought some cuttings to his plantation in Greenwood, SC.  December 12th is National Poinsettia DAy, an official set aside to enjoy this symbol of holiday cheer.  Poinsettias are native to Mexico, where they grow wild.  The enchanting legend of the poinsettia dates back several centuries, to a Christmas Eve in Mexico when a little girl named Pepita has no gift to present to the Christ child.  Her cousin Pedro urged her to give a humble gift.  So, on her way to church she gathered some weeds she found along the road.  As she approached the alter, a miracle happened:  The weeds blossomed into brilliant flowers.  Then they were called Flores de Noche Buena-Flowers of the Holy Night.  Now they are called poinsettia.

To keep your poinsettia blooming;  When the surface soil is dry to the touch, water your poinsettia thoroughly.  Be sure to discard any excess water left in the saucer.  To prolong the color on your poinsettia, keep a temperature range of 60 degrees for night and 72 degrees for the day time.  Your poinsettia prefers high humidity.  Make sure and keep your poinsettia away from hot and cold drafts, and protected form cold winds.

The poinsettia is the most widely tested consumer plant on the market today, proving the myth about the popular holiday plant to be false.  Scientific research from the Ohio State University has proved the poinsettia to be non-toxic to both humans and pets.  As with any non-food product, however, the poinsettia is not meant to be eaten and can cause varying degrees of discomfort;  therefore, the plant should be kept out of the reach of young children and curious pets.

Scott, our resident grower, grows all of our poinsettias as well as enhances them in an array of fantasy colors.  We have a large selection of poinsettias varying in size from 2 1/2" to 10" pot size.

What is a "Florist Quality" Plant?

A Florist quality plant is not just a plant that came from a professional florist or garden center.  It is a premium plant because of the way it is grown.

The key ingredient to producing a florist quality plnat is to give it enough space.  The approach to growing a plant for the mass market is to crowd the plants to grow as many plants as possible per square foot of growing space.  Giving a plant ample space to fill out and attain the size and confirmation necessary to be a florist quality plant means Jolly Lane Greenhouse as a grower, produces fewer plants per square foot and this translates to additional costs.  BUT, at the same time, we are producing a truly high quality plant.

Space is not the only factor, however.  We use expensive growth retardants to keep the plants looking good, post-harvest, so that they have a longer shelf life in your home or office.  We also have few pest problems and our plants are handled with care to make sure that they get to you in perfect condition.  Jolly Lane does not cut corners and thus we deliver a superior product on a consistent basis.  Some people may not realize that the plants they see at a big box store are inferior in both appearance and quality that leads to the longevity of the plant.  However, I am willing to bet that they would know the difference if they saw a florist quality plant next to a big box store's plant.  Plants are very much like the fruits and vegetables in the produce section of a grocery store.  They are a product of agriculture, they both require special handling, and they bot have a shelf life.  Price is not always a determining factor, but as most of us know "you usually get what you pay for."

Quality Never Disappoints!



Events

O Tannenbaum!

Today, families around the world celebrate the Christmas season by decorating their homes with a beautifully trimmed evergreen conifer.  Living trees can be cut from the forest following legal guidelines or purchased from nurseries.  Jolly Lane Greehouse stocks freshly cut Christmas trees for local patrons.

The tradition of the Christmas tree dates back to Renaissance-era Germany when Christmas Day was celebrated with singing and dancing around a decorated tree shared by the community.  The German word Tannenbaum is often mistaken as an exact translation for "Christmas Tree."  However, correctly translated from German, Tannenbaum means "fir tree."

Caring for your Christmas Tree.

These day, Christmas trees go up as soon as the turkey leaves the table, staying up until after the New Year's ball drops.  If your tree is plasitc, maintenance is minimal.  However, if you prefer a living tree this season to permeating your home with the scent of pine, your set-up will require more care.

Jolly Lane Greenhouse is happy to provide the following tips for maintaining a healthy Christmas tree:

Setting Up Your Tree:  before placing your freshly-cut tree in its stand, facilitate better absorption by sawing off the bottom 1/2 inch to expose fresh wood that hasn't been healed over by sap.  Trim all branches from the bottom 6-inches of the trunk.  Make sure your tree stand has water-trees drink the most water in the first few days after removal from the earth.

Water Daily:  without water, your tree will dry out and begin to shed its needles all over your floor.  A freshly-cut tree can consume a gallon of water in 24 hours.  Make sure the water level is above the bottom of the tree on a daily basis.  If any cut part of the tree is exposed, it will heal over with sap and slow absorption.

Stick to Pure Water: long-held myths have passed down the idea that adding supplements to your tree's water can preserve its health.  Popular additivies include aspirin, sugar, 7-UP or bleach.  this is pure myth-water is the only liquid solution for a healthy tree.

More Light, Less Heat:  If the livliness of your tree begins to wither, consider moving it to a cooler location that also gets more sun.  For example, move it away from heat vents and closer to a cool, naturally lit window area.

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