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What’s a Gardener to do?

The holiday season is over, all the decorations are packed away and a new year is in full swing.


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You enjoyed all those guests who came to share the joy of the season with you, and many came with gifts. Some living gifts, that need care long after the holiday season.

Like any gifted gardener, you have been able to keep your holiday plants in good health while the have added beauty and delight to your Christmas decorating. Now, you wonder, what do I do with them? Do I throw them away, mix them with my other potted plants, or plant them in my garden?

Although I don’t save the seasonal plants myself, many of my friends do. And they always ask me what to do with them.

The answer is pretty simple: treat them like any other foliage plant you may have. But there are a few things that you can do to promote blooms for the next holiday season.

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Poinsettia’s require altered daylight in the fall to set their beautiful red colors. With the  combination of daylight savings and the right location, they will do this with no extra help. Planting in the ground on the East or North East of your property will give the plant the lower light when they need it. Go ahead and cut the plant back when the threat of cold weather is over, and give it a feeding of good fertilizer.

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Christmas Cactus loves bright light, but will burn in our hot summers. Be sure to place this plant in a protected area. Hanging from an oak tree is perfect. Then, come late summer, make sure it is also in a location where it will receive the benefit of low light from daylight savings. Fertilizing with a blooming plants blend at this time will also promote flowers.

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Norfolk Island Pines are a popular alternative/addition for the traditional Christmas Tree. They are perfect for small homes or tabletops, often decorated with small ornaments and lights. After the holidays, they make a great potted plant. BUT, I urge you to consider the nature of this plant before you plant it in your yard! This sweet little plant can grow into a tree over 40-50′ tall (in their native land over 100′). This plant has now become a major part of your landscape.  If you decide not to plant it outside, then it will do very well as a houseplant, reaching heights of 5-6′. As a houseplant, it will need bright light, even moisture and normal fertilizing.

These are the 3 most common Christmas plant that will give you the benefit of becoming year-round plants.  I wish you the best with them, and hope you will have many years of holiday colors with them.