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Garden Tips…

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Download these files for plant information on trees, shrubs, hanging baskets, and lawns. Since our growing season is limited, these helpful hints will make sure your garden is looking its best this summer. Also we recommend the book, The Alaska’s Gardener’s Handbook by Lenore Hedla which is available for purchase at all of our nurseries.

Plants… Did you know?

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Bell’s grows about 80% of all the plants in the nursery. We begin growing our annuals in January so they are ready in May for hanging baskets, tubs, and the garden. The Anchorage bowl is zone 3-4, and so we recommend the last weekend in May as safe after proper hardening to plant your annuals and perennials. May is also the month to come to Bell’s and pick up your wintered hanging baskets and tubs or to purchase a new one for your home or business. We have so many varieties, colors, and combinations. Every year we are proud to offer new varieties of annuals. Just ask the front counter; they will gladly show you.

All three of our nurseries have an outdoor tree lot full of perennials, bare root trees, potted trees, and shrubs. We have deciduous and non-deciduous trees available. Planting a tree is a great way to improve landscaping, for a tree can add color, shade, fruit, and a point of interest in the yard. We guarantee all of our potted trees and shrubs until November 1 with an accompanying receipt.

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Bell’s is the premiere nursery for poinsettias. We supply all of Anchorage with their holiday flowers. In July we begin to nurture the baby poinsettias by reducing their exposure to sunlight, by keeping the temperature at an even 70°F, and by regular watering. Every year we grow deep reds, blushing pinks, two-toned salmons, pristine whites, deep burgundies, and always new varieties. Our poinsettias are available for purchase at our Sand Lake and Specking Rd. locations as well as other retailers across the state. We also pre-sell our poinsettias for fundraisers, call today for more information: 345-4476.

Alaskan Fresh Tomatoes…

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It’s hard to believe that in Alaska there is a grower who harvests 100 tons of ripe tomatoes each year! We have had a longtime tradition of sowing our own tomato seeds in January, moving them to permanent beds after eight weeks, and picking them from May through November. Once picked, the tomato is inspected for its shape, color and weight. Our tomatoes taste like those grown in the backyard because they are always vine-ripened. They are perfect either alone or in your favorite salad.

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In addition to our tomato crop, we also grow English cucumbers. Their taste is crisp, sweet, and succulent. Since they are seedless, they are perfect for salads and sandwiches. The cucumbers can also be purchased in all Carrs/Safeway stores and at Bell’s. You can always indentify a Bell’s tomato and cucumber in the grocery store by its firmness, solid red or green hue, and oval sticker saying “grown in Alaska”.