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Anthurium Growing Tips

Anthurium grow best in a bright diffuse light in a warm spot.  Low light levels slow down or stop the production of flowers.

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Anthurium in bloom

Keep the plant in a temperature between 70 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit.  Do not allow it to get above 90 degrees Fahrenheit or below 50 degrees.

The plant will rot if left in standing water.  Water and allow to drain.  Place near a pan with gravel and water to adjust the humidity.  Mist the plant daily with a spray bottle.  Only water the soil when it is dry to the touch.

Fertilize every three to four months with a fertilizer with a higher middle number.

Plant in a light soil such as potting soil mixed with orchid mixture.

Keep the plant out of drafts to keep it blooming.

Christmas Cactus Care

Spring

After the holidays, and the cactus has bloomed, give the plant a month to rest.  Place in a

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Christmas Cactus in bloom

cool room providing little water. Once the cactus has rested it is the best time to repot. However, the plant needs to be pot-bound to flower so don’t give it too much space.  Fertilize every 2 weeks with a houseplant fertilizer.,

Summer

Move the plant outside to a shady area until the temperature gets below 50 degrees Fahrenheit.  Once the temperature gets cold bring the plant back inside.  Water and feed every 3 weeks with houseplant fertilizer.  Prune in June to encourage more flowers at Christmas.

Fall

Move the plant inside before it freezes.  In September feed the plant once and than stop watering in October.  This helps produce blooms in December.  Resume watering in November.  Keep the plant in a dark room at night.   When flower buds begin to form increase light and humidity by placing the plant on a saucer with gravel and water close by.  Do not allow the roots of the plant to sit in water or they will rot.

Winter

Place the plant where it will get 6 hours of indirect sunlight.  Keep the soil moist and humidity around the plant.  Feed the cactus with a houseplant fertilizer once a month.

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.

Coneflower facts

  • Flowers come in pink, purple, red and white.flowers
  • The flowers bloom in summer and fall.
  • The flowers are hardy to zone 3
  • The seeds in the dried flower heads attract birds and butterflies.
  • The plants are drought-tolerant and like heat.
  • Coneflowers repel deer.
  • The plants are native to North America.
  • They can reach 5 feet in height.
  • Coneflowers grow well in poor soil.
  • Start flowers from seed or root division.
  • In late summer cut the blooms back. This may produce another bunch of flowers.

Gardening Helpful Hints

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    Lavender improves a strawberry crop.

    Planting lavender in your strawberry bed will improve the crop.

  • Thyme deters cabbage worms, mint deters cabbage moths, and basil deters mosquitoes.
  • To prevent accumulating dirt under your fingernails while you work in the garden, draw your fingernails across a bar of soap .
  • Paint the handles of your gardens tools a bright color to help you find them amongst your plants.
  • Keep a box in your garden for easy tool storage.
  • Train your melons, squash, and cucumbers onto a vertical trellis or fence.
  • Milk jugs, soda bottles and other plastic containers make covers to place over your plants and protect them from frost.
  • Water your garden in the early morning to conserve moisture loss .
  • Add a few drops of food coloring to the bottom of your rain gauge. The level will be easily read the next time it rains.
  • Prevent agressive plants from taking over your garden by planting them in a plastic container.

Gardening Helpful Hints

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    Gardening Helpful Hints

    Cut flowers from the garden in late evening or early morning to ensure freshness.

  • Cut the stems  under water on a diagonal.  This will ensure the stem absorbs moisture.
  • Add 2 tbsp vinegar and 3 tsp sugar to water to allow cut flowers to last longer
  • Sprinkle 1 tbsp of Epsom salts around geraniums to make them bloom more often.
  • Once a month dissolve an aspirin in a cup of tea and feed to plants to speed up growth.
  • Use yogurt lid as a plant pot stand to protect furniture.
  • Grow houseplants from avocado pits, orange pits, carrot tops, pineapple tops and tomatoes.
  • Place a coffee filter in your pot before potting plants to prevent soil leakage.
  • Use old ice cube trays to start plants
  • Store flower bulbs in winter in old nylon stockings.  Hang and allow the air to circulate around them.
  • Use used nylons to stake up trees and tender plants.

Planting pairs for Spring Planting

It’s January and the snow is starting to come.  Usually by December we’ve had a couple of months of snow but this year we have had an unusually green season.  So I usually have cabin fever in January and I start dreaming about plants and gardening.

Listed below are planting pairs ( Plants that should be planted together to prevent bugs and disease).

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Planting Pairs