New pop-up greenhouse specializes in succulents, sculpted pots

April 26, 2019

A new pop-up greenhouse opens at 10 a.m. today on 41st Street east of Phillips Avenue.

Carla’s Flower Farm sells succulents, annuals, perennials, herbs, vegetables, hanging baskets and container plantings.

New plants will arrive from Mensch’s Greenhouse of Avon at least once a week, said Carla Michel, who started the business with Amy Gaikowski. They have two greenhouses in the parking lot next to Your Pet Stop at 501 E. 41st St.

Michel, who said her main passions are succulents and native perennials, is kicking off the opening with Funky Planter Days. Planting benches will be set up for customers to use from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and Saturday. They can bring in a container or buy one at the greenhouse, and for $15 they’ll get three succulent plants, potting soil and rock.

“You can buy more plants if you want,” she said. “I’m asking them to take a photo of their finished creation, share it and tag the business, and then we’ll pick a winner who will get the funky pot.” Michel, who has degrees in art and landscape design, created a special planter for the event.

Carla’s Flower Farm also sells hypertufa planters that she has made. They’re a mix of Portland cement, vermiculite and peat moss on a chicken wire armature, and come in a variety of shapes and sizes.

“These are my sculptures,” she said of the ones she designed for succulents. They’re shallow, and because the material is porous, they’ll drain well.

All of the hypertufa pots are like wine and will get better with age, Michel said. Over time, the peat moss in the pots will begin to decompose. “They pit out and develop even more character, and the ones in the shade will start to have moss growing on them,” she said.

Hours will be 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The greenhouse will be open until mid- to late June.

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New pop-up greenhouse specializes in succulents, sculpted pots

Carla’s Flower Farm opens today on 41st Street east of Phillips Avenue.

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