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4010 Mt Diablo Blvd.
Lafayette, CA, 94549

Located in the Bay Area, CA, we're a family-owned garden center offering unusual and hard-to-find plants & gifts. Established 1946.

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November In Your Garden


Each month we keep you up-to-date on what you should be seeding, weeding and feeding in your garden. 

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✔ Place a special order now for Fruit Trees and Roses and receive 20% off your purchase when placing it before December 1st! View the 2019 Fruit Tree List and Rose List now and give us a call or see us in person to place your today!

Fall is for planting! It’s California’s second spring! Add greenery to the scenery - plant trees and shrubs. Fall’s the best time to expand your landscape.

  • Warm soils help roots take hold and establish

  • Winter rains provide deep watering

  • Giving you a jump-start on spring growth!

✔ Fertilize all new plantings with either Master Nursery’s Master Start 5-20-10 or E.B. Stone Organics Sure Start 4-6-2 to ensure healthy growth from roots to shoots!

✔ Order fruit trees and roses before December 1 for a 20% discount on your purchase. They’ll be arriving bareroot in January! View our Fruit Tree and Rose List.

✔ Keep baiting for slugs and snails with Sluggo or Sluggo Plus, especially when you set out new seedlings to protect those new little green leaves!

✔ Apply Master's Hydra Blue Aluminum Sulfate through January for beautiful blue blooms on your hydrangeas. Read Q & A: Hydrangeas for our tips and tricks when applying.


  • Plant fall bedding plants: pansies, violas, primrose, snapdragons, stock, alyssum, calendula, ornamental cabbage and kale, cyclamen and primrose.

  • Plant perennials and biennials: foxglove, dianthus, delphinium, coreopsis, canterbury bells coral bells and columbine to name a few.

  • Plant tulips and hyacinth bulbs in mid to late November when soil has cooled.

  • Plant spring flowering bulbs to include daffodils, allium, freesia, crocus, grape hyacinth and more! Don’t forget to fertilize your bulbs with Master Nursery’s Bone Meal 1-15-0. A first time bulb planter or need a refresh, don't worry we've got all the information you need on our bulb blogpost here!

  • Continue deadheading from annuals to elongate their blooming period.

  • Cut back butterfly bush to knee-high and after first frost cut back Mexican sage to a foot tall.

  • Force amaryllis for Christmas color. Give them 6-8 weeks to bloom. View our amaryllis care guide here.

  • Force paperwhites and hyacinth for winter indoor color. Give them at least 6 weeks to bloom. Questions? Read our tips on forcing bulbs.

  • Select and plant Camellias now for winter color.

  • For your camellias, rhododendrons, and azaleas switch to Master Nursery’s Master Bloom 0-10-10. This will help promote larger and more profuse blooming next spring.

  • We also recommend applying Master Nursery’s Cottonseed Meal 6-2-1 to your acid loving blueberries, rhododendrons, ferns, pieris, camellias and azaleas as they begin to set their buds.


  • Continue fertilizing your vegetable garden with Master Nursery’s Tomato & Vegetable Food 5-10-10 or E.B. Stone Organics Tomato & Vegetable Food 4-5-3. Feed your veggies and they’ll feed you!

  • Plant garlic, shallot, and onions starts or sets (bulbs) now through December. Onion sets of 80-100 little onion “starts” will be arriving mid-month. Check out our blog for more information on planting garlic, onions and more.

  • It’s not too late to plant veggie starts, broccoli, kale, spinach, peas, and cabbage to name a few. Read up on care and watering for cool season vegetables here. And be sure to stop in and see what delicious greens you can add for endless culinary possibilities!


  • Fertilize all fruit trees and flowering plants with Master Nursery’s Master Bloom 0-10-10 monthly starting in the fall. Especially your citrus trees to help sweeten their fruit!

  • Now is the time to start applying Liquid-Cop and Copper Soap Fungicide for disease prevention, read more about this under “TREAT & PROTECT” below.


  • Guard against pests year-round with Master’s Pest Fighter, an oil spray. Suitable for your fruit trees, veggies, ornamentals and houseplants.

  • To reduce moisture loss, wind burn, winter kill, sunscold and an overall drying out, apply Bonide’s Wilt Stop to your garden. Pick up an extra bottle and use it on your Christmas tree too!

  • Keep disease away from your citrus, fruit trees, veggies and ornamentals with an application of Monterey’s Liquid-Cop. Read up on peach leaf curl here.

  • For that pesky peach leaf curl, we recommend using Fertilome’s Copper Soap Fungicide!

  • For those susceptible to frost damage, (we’re definitely talking to you, residents of this side of the tunnel!) pick up frost cloth now! It’s better to be prepared beforehand with those upcoming chilly, chilly nights and mornings!


  • Feed your lawns with Master Nursery’s Green Fall & Winter Feed 20-6-7.


✔ The Holiday Shop is officially open! (With the grand opening the weekend of November 2-4th!) Explore our magical winter wonderland and be sure to go see what’s on display down at The Lazy K!