Thursday, December 21, 2006
Sunday, December 10, 2006
Christmas cactus is an easy-to-grow house plant that asks for special treatment only to guarantee bloom. When growth rate slows in early fall, it should be moved to a low-light situation, given no water for a period of four weeks (usually, the month of October). Return to normal light and water regularly in order to get bloom during the winter months.
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Well, its that time of the year when poinsettias are so popular. I was in Argentina one June (which was their fall season) and they had poinsettia trees. Yes, they were tall bushes, no they actually were trees. They were not loaded with blooms like the ones we buy in the stores, but they were definitely poinsettias.
Poinsettias need bright light in order to hold their color and adequate humidity to prevent leaves dropping. In a cool but sunny window, with daily watering and good drainage and humidity, a Christmas poinsettia may stay attractive for several weeks.
If you want to try to keep this plant over for another year, sink the pot in a sunny garden location after frost danger has passed. Prune the stems severely, and water and fertilize regularly until cool nights arrive. Then, lift the pot and bring indoors again to a cool, sunny window and you might receive the bonus of another season of bloom.
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