Seasonal Plant Tips
Tired of winter? Try forcing some spring blooming branches indoors. Flowering trees and shrubs such as crabapples, forsythia, lilac, magnolia, pussy willows, redbud, quince, wisteria and fruit trees can be encouraged to bloom indoors.
Easter is just around the corner. Easter lily (Lilium longiflorum) is the popular traditional plant of the Easter season. The white trumpet shaped flowers are a symbol of hope and renewed life.
Winter is a difficult time for tropical houseplants; stressful conditions can weaken the plant and make it susceptible to disease and insect damage. One factor is dry indoor air which can cause browning leaf margins on your plants.
-Clean the dirt and dust off your houseplants. Wipe the leaves with a wet soft cloth or soapy sponge and rinse. Dust and dirt on fuzzy leaves can be brushed off with a soft brush.
Clean leaves will absorb more air, light, and moisture resulting in a healthier plant.
4 insects that affect indoor plants
Check your houseplants- Be on the lookout for aphids, mealy bugs, scale and spider mites.
5 Great Christmas holiday plants.
Instead of a Christmas tree some may opt for a Norfolk pine (Araucaria heterophylla)which is usually available in stores before Christmas. It may be sold plain or decorated to serve as an alternate mini Christmas tree for those with little space… (Read More).
For longer bloom during the holiday season place your poinsettia in bright diffused light, away from heating vents (hot dry air) and cold drafts. The cool night temperatures will extend blooming time. Keep the plant evenly moist as moisture fluctuation, cold/hot drafts can cause premature leaf drop.
When watering, be sure to slip off the decorative foil cover or punch a hole in the cover to drain the excess water.
Once your poinsettia survives the holiday season it can be encouraged to rebloom next year.
Cyclamen The florist variety of cyclamen (C. persicum) was ‘the plant’ during the Christmas holiday in the Victorian era.
Christmas cactus offers a profusion of tubular flowers that bloom for two to four weeks around Christmas time.
Amaryllis - great bulb forced to bloom at Christmastime or indoor Winter bloom. Many bulbs kits are available starting in the fall that have all the necessary items needed. It usually includes pot, potting soil mix and the bulb along with planting instructions or you can purchase bulbs online from several sources.