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Poppy’s Plant of the Week is the Syngonium White Butterfly Totem

This popular tropical foliage plant has lush bright green foliage dusted with cream. A great indoor plant that prefers a warm spot with filtered light. 

Currently available from Poppy’s Home and Garden in 200mm pots for $49.95

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Poppy’s 30% OFF STOREWIDE sale on now until 4pm Mon 10 June. Terms and conditions apply. 

Poppy’s Home and Garden and The Verandah Café will be open all this long weekend. Ph: 49478305 for café bookings.

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The cooler months are as tough on plants as they are on you! During the frosty winter months, indoor plants can make your house look lively and fresh. But a little care is needed to keep them growing. Most indoor plants are of the tropical variety and are not comfortable in temperatures below 15 degrees.

Here are four steps for indoor plant care when the temperature starts to drop:

1. SUN - the sun changes course during winter. It is lower in the sky and not around as much. Track the sun in your home during this time and position your indoor plants in a spot where they can soak up some rays.

2. TEMPERATURE - extremes in temperature are a lot more common in winter because you have the hot blast of a heater alongside icy drafts which sneak in through gaps under doors. Keep it well clear of a heater and spots where it could be exposed to cold blasts. Another tip is don’t plant directly into ceramic or terracotta pots as the plant will get cold during winter.

3. WATER - due to the weakened light conditions, most plants use winter as a resting phase. They slow down their metabolism and stop growth. You should water plants less, around once per fortnight. Be aware of heaters as they will speed up drying out.

4. FERTILISE - a slow release fertiliser is the best way to feed your plants. Apply a granule feed in autumn and spring and your plant should have more than enough nutrients to survive winter.

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Poppy's Home and Garden and The Verandah Newcastle Café will be closed ANZAC Day. We will reopen as normal at 8am on Friday 26 April 2019.

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The Verandah Newcastle café will be open all Easter Sat - Mon. It will be closed Good Friday. Drop in for breakfast or lunch at 83 Oakdale Rd, Gateshead.

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Poppy's 30% off Pots and Plants Easter Sale! On now until 5pm Wed 24 Apr.

Terms and conditions apply.

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Winter is coming and its time to get the garden ready! Here are some simple tips to keep you busy in the garden over Autumn!

1. PLANT - Autumn is ideal for planting, temperatures have cooled but the soil is still warm 

2. PRUNE - Pruning improves the health and appearance of trees. It should only be carried out on deciduous trees when they are fully dormant.

3. FERTILIZE YOUR LAWN - fertiliser protects your lawn through the winter months. Mow on a higher setting and look out for winter grass.

4. PLANT BULBS - choose a spot with plenty of sunlight

5. MULCH - this helps hold in moisture and keeps down weeds. Take care around the trunks to prevent fungal disease or rot. 

6. ROSES - fertilize early Autumn for that final flush of flowers.

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Drop in to the Verandah Newcastle café this week on Tues or Wed to enjoy these $14 specials

Creamy Garlic Mushroom with toasted sourdough, poached egg and balsamic glaze

or Italian Chipolata Pasta with olives, semi dried tomatoes, spinach, feta and lemon oil

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30% off Pots and Plants Weekend Sale @poppyshomeandgarden! Sale on now until 4pm Sun 17 March. Terms and conditions apply

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Did you know that indoor plants have been proven to improve the quality of air in our homes & offices? They also have a positive effect on our mood, productivity and behaviour. But just like humans they can be greatly affected by slight changes in the environment. Changes in light levels and temperature (air conditioning) can cause leaves on a plant to suddenly drop. 

The simple solution is don’t move your plants too often or if they aren’t doing well look at where they are located in terms of light levels and temperature.

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