December Home & Garden Notes from Preen.com

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As the winter holidays approach, it’s time for gardeners to deck the halls with greens and seasonal flowers plus jot down garden reminders, while closing out the gardening year.

Amaryllis in a pot

Turn up the holiday thermostat with colorful amaryllis, say experts at www.preen.com

Backyards and roadside areas are prime territory for find odd bits of natural materials for use in making holiday decorations.

As the winter holidays approach, it’s time for gardeners to deck the halls with greens and seasonal flowers plus jot down garden reminders, while closing out the gardening year. For smart tips on these and other seasonal garden tasks, see the “Garden & Landscape Tips” section of preen.com.

  • Turn up the holiday thermostat by growing brilliant red and white winter bloomers in the kitchen and other rooms where you gather with family this time of year. Now is the time to pot up amaryllis bulbs so they’ll be in bloom for seasonal parties. Watching amaryllis grow indoors is half the fun, their big bold blooms are truly a grand finale.
  • Backyards and roadside areas are prime territory for find odd bits of natural materials for use in making holiday decorations and outdoor winter container displays. Most useful are interesting sticks, twigs, branches, dried vines, holly berries, and dried pods.
  • When shopping for a poinsettia, look for ones that aren’t wilting, are fully colored and aren’t being displayed in the store with sleeves on. (Those are for outdoor transportation only.) The store should protect your poinsettia with plastic or paper sleeves for the ride home. At home, remove any foil liner or at least poke holes in the bottom so root-rotting water doesn’t back up into the pot.
  • Don’t overlook other great plant choices for holiday color. Consider colorful polka dot plants, succulents of all types, pert kalanchoes, and more glamorous glam cyclamen, bromeliads, Christmas cactus, orchids and blooming mini-cactus.
  • If planning to decorate a “live” Christmas tree (one that is balled-and-burlapped or growing in a container), the experts at preen.com advises preparing the planting hole in advance before the ground freezes. Mulch the area heavily to prevent freezing or dig the hole and put the fill in a protected area that won’t freeze, such as a garage or basement. After the holidays, plant the tree using that soil to backfill the hole.

For more information on gardening and landscaping visit preen.com. Preen is the leading brand of garden weed preventers. Preen products don’t kill weeds; they are weed preventers.

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