Q&A with Betsy and Mike Schaffitzel
417 Home: What gardening trends do you see these days?
Mike Schaffitzel: As far as house plants, we’re selling fiddle leaf figs. We’re selling those Pilea peperomioides.
Betsy Schaffitzel: It’s called the Chinese money plant. When we first heard about them last year, people were saying, “Well I’m paying $75 online for ’em.” Mike [got] them, and they’re $35 here.
M.S.: Of course, staghorn ferns are still popular, the mother-in-law’s tongue… and philodendrons and monsteras. So many people want citrus plants, mainly lemon, [too]. We’ve probably sold five this week. It’s just crazy how many people want citrus, and they’re hard.
417 Home: So what tips do you have for growing lemon trees in our nontropical climate?
M.S.: You really need a place with oodles of light. That’s why they suffer at home because a lot of people don’t have enough light. In the summertime, you can set it out, maybe a little afternoon shade, and then don’t water ’em to death because they grow in real sandy soil.