DECEMBER

October 14, 2016 ptillman

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TIPS ON CARING FOR HOUSEPLANTS THROUGH THE WINTER

 

  • Instead of using leaf shine, simply wipe house dust off leaves.

  • House plants appreciate an occasional shower to clean off dust and to flush salts out of potting soil.

  • Cut back on watering. To prevent pots from sitting directly in water, set pots on pebble trays for drainage.

  • When feeding a plant, be sure to water a dry plant first, then fertilize a day or two later.

  • When repotting, be sure to go up one pot size at a time. Moving a small plant to a significantly larger pot may kill it.

 

CHRISTMAS CACTUS

 

  • The flowers on Christmas cactus begin as buds set in autumn for blooming around Christmas. Unfortunately, the name cactus may be misleading.  This plant is not from the desert sands.  It is an epiphyte (tree-perching plant) native to humid jungle coastal areas in Brazil.  It is at its best in quick draining soil that is kept barely moist during the summer growing season.  The buds begin to form as autumn nights become longer and cooler.  The problem is that as a houseplant, cool weather means heated rooms, resulting in hot, dry air that can destroy the buds.  Find a cool spot to keep your plant at during the budding and flowering period.

 

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