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The High Desert Gardener
           December 1, 2017: Volume 12.17
  Only 3 Weeks of Autumn Left!

Contact Information:  Email us at
Moana Lane Garden Center 
The Florist, Greenhouse &  
Gift Shop  
1100 W. Moana Lane, Reno
S. Virginia St. Garden Center  
Outdoor Living, Tree Land & Moana Rock 
11301 S. Virginia St., Reno 

Pyramid Hwy. Garden Center 
Spanish Springs Nursery
7655 Pyramid Hwy., Sparks
Store Hours  
Monday - Saturday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
At all three locations including all 3 Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shops, Tree Land & Moana Rock.

The Florist at Moana Lane is closed Sunday (except Mother's Day & Easter Sunday) but great arrangements are available in the cooler and orders taken by nursery teammates.
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Landscape & Design Center
Water-Wise Irrigation, Ha
rdscapes, Maintenance & Water Features
1190 W. Moana Lane, Reno
775-825-0602 X 134
NV Lic. #3379 A, D
CA Lic. #317448
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Moana Nursery is on Facebook!  
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Feature Products:

For planting success, we recommend using these three products when planting or transplanting all plants:
Superthrive, G&B Organics Soil Building Conditioner and G&B Organics Starter or All Purpose Fertilizers 

Christmas Cactus

Christmas Greens

Meyer Lemon Citrus
Bearss Lime Citrus

Two aerial photos, fall & summer, of our four-season growing nursery in Canby, Oregon.  Mt. Hood is east of the tree & shrub farm; the fall photo is looking west.


Getting Colder ... the birds like this Junco could use your help.

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Grow More Orchid Food
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High Desert Trees & Shrubs Need to be grown, like we do, in a real 4-season farm.
Winter is coming.
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Uni-Gro Potting Soils

Wishing you all the best this holiday season.
We'll be closed Christmas Day, New Year's Eve Day and New Year's Day.
Please join us for some holiday cheer and inspiration during the next four week-ends at all three stores. We look forward to celebrating the Christmas season with you!

Timely, Local High Desert Tips
Now is the time to ...   
  • Help backyard birds in the winter:
    • Put out a heated birdbath to ensure a steady supply of water; they still need to bathe even in winter to keep their feathers conditioned for insulation and flight.
    • Offer compressed seed cakes & cylinders to give birds a steady supply of food even in the worst weather and when you're out of town.
  • Keep your holidays merry, bright and SAFE for everyone by keeping in mind Pet Safety Tips for toxic plants, holiday decorations and more. Click here for tips. 
  • When choosing a live cut Christmas tree, select one with needles that don't drop off when the tree is raised a few inches and dropped to the ground. The bottom of the stump should be moist with some sap present. Cut two inches off the stump and immediately plunge tree into a bucket of warm water & add SUPERthrive to bucket and every watering. Click here for Moana's Fresh Cut Christmas Tree Care sheet.
  • Living Christmas trees should be kept inside the home no more than 10 days. Spray with Bonide Wilt Stop before bringing indoors to prevent drying out. Place tree away from all heat sources - fireplaces, space heaters, vents, electrical appliances & televisions. Water daily with SUPERthrive (1/4 tsp./gal). Use a saucer to collect water.
  • Decorate with LED lights which give off minimal heat & are energy efficient.  Click here for Moana's Living Christmas Tree Care sheet.
  • To protect the bark of young and older trees that may be susceptible to winter sunscald & frost damage to the south and southwest sides of their bark, wrap trunks in the coldest months of the year. Use Dalen Protective Tree Wrap from a few inches above the ground to just below the lowest limbs. This will help prevent damage from extreme cold and temperature fluctuations from late December thru mid-March. 
Recycle your Christmas tree at one of Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful locations: Bartley Ranch Regional Park, Rancho San Rafael Regional Park & Shadow Mountain Sports Complex in Sparks.  Hours: 9 am - 5 pm, December 26 - January 7. A $3 minimum donation is recommended. To volunteer sign up at

Rewards Member Only December 2017 Special:
15% Savings on All Christmas Ornaments
Regular Priced and in stock, 

New Arrivals:
Baby Blue Spruce

Living Christmas Trees: Norway, Alberta, Black Hills & Baby Blue Spruces.
Greenhouse Plants: Multi-color Poinsettias -- Red, White, Pink, Ice Punch, Cinnamon Star & Monet -- 2" Mini Poinsettias, Norfolk Island Pine, Christmas Cactus, Potted Amaryllis, African Violets.
Fresh Christmas Greens: Wreaths, Centerpieces, Garland, Mixed Boughs.

Dwarf Alberta Spruce
Norway Spruce
Black Hills Spruce
Living Christmas Trees
Living Christmas Trees

Multi-color Poinsettias - Pink

Christmas Cactus

Potted Amaryllis

Multi-color Poinsettias - Monet
Multi-color Poinsettias - White
African Violets
Multi-color Poinsettias - Punch
Multi-color Poinsettias - Cinnamon
2 inch Mini Poinsettias
Norfolk Island Pine

Make your Home Sparkle with Unique Christmas Floral Décor from the Florist at Moana

Shop a wide variety of Christmas centerpieces, custom designed wreaths (fresh or permanent) and more. From pine to poinsettia, our table decorations feature everything you need to add a splash of color to your holiday home décor. Whether you like rustic, modern, classic or botanical, our design team is eager to create a unique arrangement especially for you! Call The Florist at Moana Nursery 775-825-0671 or visit us at

Melody's Holiday Décor - Something for Everyone!  
  • Wine bags, flour sack towels, aprons and hot chocolate stocking stuffers featuring holiday prints by Mary Lake Thompson, a California artist who takes her inspiration from the wildlife and landscapes of rural California.  All of her products are designed, printed and packaged in the USA.  
  • Urban Agriculture Co. Kits which include organic seeds, a bag of certified organic soil and a container - all beautifully packaged. At Moana Lane location only. Choose from:
    • Grow your own herb grow kits for rosemary, sage & basil
    • Grow your own craft cocktail kits  
    • Grow your own Christmas tree kit  

Carmel's Featured Bird Products:
Offer your birds these yummy treats
Christmas Seed Blend, Characters, Wreaths & Pinecones


Debbie's Tree of the Month:
Austrian Pine
This beautiful evergreen is great for windbreaks and can be used as a large specimen in the landscape. Tolerates poor soils and harsh dry winds and is deer resistant. Grows quickly. 

Bree's Plant of the Month: Poinsettia
Perfect for a gift or a nice addition to any holiday décor, poinsettias offer a festive splash of holiday colors -- reds, pinks, white, and marbling.

Carmel's December High Desert Bird of the Month:   
Pine Siskin   
Scientific name: Carduelis pinus 

Pine Siskins are the most welcome surprise winter visitors to our yards. I say "surprise" because the winter movement of Pine Siskins is almost totally unpredictable. If pine cone crops in northern North America are skimpy, large populations of siskins will make an "irruptive" winter migration south and east, sometimes as far as Florida. When this occurs, many of us in the Truckee Meadows are likely to see Pine Siskins on our nyjer (thistle) feeders right alongside the goldfinches. How can you determine if siskins are visiting your yard?
Pine Siskins are a very small songbird, the same size as American Goldfinch, with brown, very streaky bodies, a small sharp-pointed bill, and short notched tail. The bill is more slender than that of most species of finch. They have yellow edging on wings and tail that may not be as conspicuous on some individuals. They will congregate mostly at nyjer feeders, but also like hulled sunflower and may occasionally eat suet. Siskins are usually in flocks, and they can be aggressive around food sources. They may also forage close to heavier-beaked birds, picking up the fragments of larger seeds that they can't crack themselves. Another sure-fire way to tell if you have Pine Siskins in your yard is their call - a buzzy, rising zreeeeee.

Click here to read the rest of Carmel's informative articles and more on local birds at  
Sign up there for our monthly Wild Birds Unlimited newsletter.  

Bree's Timely Planting Tips:
With the garden put to bed, focusing on houseplant care is essential in the winter months.
  • Sponge off glossy leaved plants like palms and philodendron to allow them to breath. Dust fuzzy, textured and non-glossy leaf type house plants in the sink with room temperature water.
  • Group plants for extra humidity and warmth.
  • Place plants in bright light away from heating vents, fireplaces and drafty windows & doors.
  • Maintain even moisture; plants will wilt dramatically if allowed to dry out. 
  • Avoid getting water on the leaves.

10% OFF - Modular Greenhouses Winter Sale!
Extend your seasons or grow year round!  Modular Greenhouses are extendable & guaranteed up to 130 mph wind and up to 80lbs per square foot snow load.  Visit any one of the Moana Nursery locations to see a demo model of the greenhouse and pick the size right for you.  Available in multiple sizes and configurations to fit your needs.  Visit or give us a call at 775.241.4351.  Mention Moana to receive an additional 5% off!  
Order your greenhouse NOW as the turnaround time increases to 3 or 4 weeks in January and 4 to 6 weeks in February. 
Scroll down to learn more about a RootEd Reno, a new nonprofit in Reno is raising money to place greenhouses at schools to allow for year round gardening education.

50th Anniversary Specials - - December, 2017  
50% Savings* on One of Each of the Following Five Specials:  
  • 4" Christmas Cactus (reg. 11.00)
  • #1 Alberta Spruce (reg. 17.99)
  • 21# Wild Bird Seed Block  (reg. 25.99)
  • 2 oz SUPERthrive (reg. 9.99)
  • Glass Flower Pick  (reg. 10.99)
Applies to full priced merchandise in stock.
Cannot be combined with other discounts or offers.


Wild Birds Unlimited
Freshest Bird Seed in Town   

Red Hot Prices December 2017
  • 20# Wildlife Blend      reg. 34.00 / sale 31.00
  • 20# Deluxe Blend       reg. 21.99 / sale 18.99

Moana Nursery's High Desert Gardener Services for Residential & Business 
Leslie Richardson and her talented team continue to expand their menu of services. Now offering:
  • Custom made holiday wreaths & swags
  • Custom Christmas containers for indoors and outdoors
  • Interior holiday décor set-up
Call Leslie today at 825-0602 x134 for free estimate.
Interior Plant Services:  
Commercial, Residential and Custom Resort Projects   
We provide three interior plant service programs - - you can buy, rent or lease. For a free consultation with Vicky Ross, interior plant design & maintenance manager, call 825-0602 x 134.

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Stop by our Moana Lane or Pyramid Highway locations to pick out the perfect cut Christmas tree and support your local Boy Scouts.
  • When choosing a Christmas tree, select one with firm needles that don't drop off when the tree is raised up a few inches and dropped to the ground. 
  • The bottom of the stump should be moist with some sap present. Cut two inches of the stump and immediately plunge tree into a bucket of warm water with SUPERthrive added.
Make sure the stand is full of water each day.  If left without water, the tree will form a seal which prevents it from taking up any water. Add SUPERthrive to every watering.

All proceeds go to local Boy Scout troops. Begins Friday, November 24th.    
Salvation Army - make a donation to the red kettle located near the cash register to help those in need.

RootEd Reno, a new nonprofit in Reno is raising money to place greenhouses at schools to allow for year round gardening education.
 Modular Greenhouses provides RootEd with greenhouses at cost for K-12 schools, other approved nonprofits, micro and community gardens.  With a mission promoting gardening classes, year round gardening and lifelong lessons of eating healthy, knowing where food comes from and sustainability.  
Join the Gardening Revolution by visiting their website at and either donating to one of our projects or requesting a greenhouse for your school or nonprofit. 

Winter ... a great time to plan and get more information.
And ... you can visit any time to get expert gardening information ...
  • High Desert Fact Sheets
  • Bi-weekly Timely Tips
  • Helpful High Desert Videos
  • Monthly Newsletters
  • Seminars
  • Weekly Specials
  • High Desert Plant Finder & Guide 
  • And much more ...
An Updated, Local Tool For You ... Moana Nursery's Exclusive High Desert Plant Finder & Guide
  • Search and explore plants that thrive in our unique climate and region.
  • Build wish lists, learn about plant characteristics and find the perfect plants for you and your home.
  • Bring your wish list to your favorite Moana Nursery location and our expert staff will help with your choices.
  • Upgraded to be even better in 2017.
Available day & night on or click here.

Seminars return in February. Go to our website or viist our staff ( 3 stores) for high desert answers.

Carmel's Featured Product for Jays and Squirrels
Enjoy feeding Jays and Squirrels? Now we carry whole peanuts in 25# bags!  With the temperatures cooling off many birds and mammals are caching nuts away for the winter.  Why not help them out and have some fun feeding with some whole peanuts? 

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