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Pointsettia plant care

Originally from Mexico, the Poinsettia plant comes in a variety of colors including red, white and pink.  It flowers through December to February.

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Pointsettia Plants

Poinsettia’s like diffuse light.  They cannot tolerate bright light but at the same time need to be away from drafts.  If the temperature gets below 65 degrees Fahrenheit the plant may not survive.

Water your plants twice a week until the soil is moist but not drenched.  Do not allow the roots to sit in water or it will die.

To keep a Poinsettia after Christmas move the plant to a cool, dark area and decrease the watering schedule.  Fertilize after blooming with a house plant fertilizer once a month.

In May, put the plant in a diffuse light location.  Cut back the branches to 5-6 inches in length.  When the branches grow to 10 inches pinch the tips to encourage growth.  Do this until the end of August.

In September, move your plant to a room with at least 12 hours of darkness at night. This will encourage the plant to turn color for the holidays.

Christmas Helpful Hints

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    Christmas Helpful Hints

    Never leave an open flame unattended, especially near a Christmas tree.  Many fires are caused over the season from candles.

  • Wrap presents in colorful comic strips, sheet music or wallpaper that you have around the house.  Decorate with bows , baubles or greenery.
  • Have a scavenger hunt for small trinkets to keep children busy while you are preparing the meal.  They’ll have fun and you’ll have more time to prepare the turkey.
  • Prepare as much of the food as you can ahead of time.  Even better delegate specific dishes to family members who are coming to visit.  Everyone will have more time to visit.
  • Keep plenty of batteries on hand for gifts that unexpectedly need batteries or for cameras.  You don’t want to be without your camera to record the fun.
  • If you must drink invite guests to stay over for the night or alternatively take a taxi home.
  • Make a garland from snapshots of your children from the past year and hang above the fireplace.  Alternatively,  children’s artwork can be cut in snowflakes, trees or snowman and strung in a garland as well.  It’s a fun way to keep your children’s treasures without having to store reams of paper.

Outside Mesh Wreath

 

  • Purchase a wire  wreath form from a craft supply store.
  • Using floral wire cut three 6 inch  strings per section of wreath form.
  • Tie the strings in the form of a triangle on the section.  Two on the outer edge.  One on the inside of the section.
  • Buy floral mesh from  a craft supply store.
  • Using the mesh gather it in large sections and tie off on the wreath form.  Go around one edge first and then fill in the center afterwards.
  • Fluff the mesh so it puffs.
  • Cut 6 inch strings of the floral wire and secure unbreakable Christmas balls around the rim.  Four or five medium balls should do.
  • Make a bow using these instructions.
  • Secure bow to rim off the wreath and cut off edges.
  • Re-fluff the mesh so that it is even around the form\
  • Enjoy!

Easy Holiday Gift Tags

 

 

  • Cut a rectangular piece of paper from cardstock
  • You will now have a strip.  Fold it in half lengthwise to look like a book.
  • Cut with straight or decorative scissors along the opening to size the tag.
  • From old cards or heavy patterned paper cut a square that will fit inside your folded card.
  • At the upper edge of the book punch a hole so that the hole goes through the spine, as well as, the square of patterned paper.
  • Tie with ribbon or bias tape.
  • Cards can be embellished with sparkles or stick on jewels.