Welcome to Caras Nursery and Landscape
Caras Nursery and Landscape has been in business on 3rd St. since 1896. Our company philosophy is to deliver exceptional service and products for an all around great experience for our customers.
Caras offers a variety of Garden and Garden Lifestyle products for the novice to the most experienced Gardener. Take your time. Look around. We are certain you will find something you need and most certainly something you want.
CALLING ALL PLANT LOVERS & ORCHID ADMIRERS…
The Five Valleys Orchid Society is visiting Caras Nursery and Landscape Saturday, February 21st! Come to Caras for an informative Saturday full of orchid instruction, support, and sheer orchid beauty! There will be a series of seminars on repotting orchids and their general care needs as well as opportunities to have any questions answered. Caras will also have many different varieties of orchids to admire and purchase.
Five Valley Orchid Society presentations will be from 12pm to 3pm on Saturday, February 21st at Caras Nursery with experts available to answer any questions you may have.
12:30pm- Jane Borish explains orchid fragrances and interesting orchid biology.
1:30pm- Brenda Oviatt explains how and when to water your orchids.
2:30pm- Nick Engler gives an introduction to growing orchids.
Stay tuned for information on our upcoming seminars and workshops at Caras Nursery and Landscape. This spring will be full of helpful information for success and creativity in the garden!
February 21st: Orchid seminar at 10am
February 28th: A beginners guide to planting, starting seeds, and sprouts at 10am
March 7th: Pruning seminar at 10am
March 14th: Early spring gardening-plants that can take frost at 10am
March 21st: Bonsai gardening at 10am & terrarium gardening at 11am
March 28th: Landscape design seminar with head landscaper at 10am
FEELS like Spring!”
We may be getting spring-like weather patterns in February, but don’t let the Missoula Valley inversions fool you. Snow will still fall and temperatures will still drop. While outdoor gardening is just around the corner, there is so much you can do with plants indoors right now!
2015 SEEDS ARE IN!
Caras now has all of the seed starting supplies you will need to start growing. Scour our massive seed selection for every seed on your list and successfully grow them with our easy-to-use seed starting materials.
IT’S TIME TO PRUNE!
Time to get the ladder out and find your pruning tools! Prune your trees and shrubs while they are still in their dormant season, and not growing yet. Start with removing the dead and crossing branches to inspire new growth this spring. Join our pruning seminar on March 7th for more pruning tips!
Are Your Evergreens Experiencing WINTER BURN?
First, what is winter burn? Winter burn is discoloration of evergreens when their needles dry out.
Evergreens continue to lose water vapor through their needles during winter. The needles must replace the water by pulling it up from the roots. But when the ground is frozen, the plants’ roots cannot absorb water. When the weather is warm and sunny while the ground still is frozen, evaporation from the leaves increases and the water cannot be replaced. Discolored or “burned” needles start to show.
This type of winter damage may be confused for a disease or damage from excessively cold temperatures. In fact, winter burn symptoms typically develop during warm weather in late winter and early spring.
Avoid Winter Burn during the Cold Missoula Winters
The brown or yellow foliage is generally on the side of the plant facing the sun or the side exposed to the wind, where the rate of evaporation from the needles is greatest.
Winter burn can be more prevalent in years in which the ground freezes early before plants are acclimated to cold weather or when there is little snow. Without snow cover or mulch to insulate the soil, the ground can freeze more deeply. Protect those plants with inexpensive mulch or shovel snow around base for insulation.
If you see winter-burned foliage in spring, you may simply prune it out.
Recently planted evergreens are more vulnerable because they have not had time to grow a large root system to store water. It is important to water evergreens planted over the last three years as needed so that they don’t “burn.” Keep watering until the ground freezes.
Water evergreens slowly and deeply by letting the hose trickle for half an hour or so near the base of the plant.
Planting evergreens too late in the fall, leaving them little time to grow roots, can increase the chance of winter burn.
Hours of Operation:
Open 6 days a week
Monday – Saturday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM