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Live Christmas Tree Care

Live Christmas Tree

A cut Christmas tree can add warmth, fragrance and nostalgia to your home. Here are a few tips to keep yours fresh during the holidays.

  • Let us cut a small section of the trunk off the base of your tree to facilitate water uptake.
  • As soon as you get home put the freshly cut tree in a large bucket of water. Even if it’s outside and preferably in the shade, make sure it has plenty of water.
  • Once it’s inside, place in the coolest place part of your home away from the fireplace and heating vents.
  • Keep the tree stand full of plain cold water, no soda or aspirin, etc…Save those items for your own holiday overindulgence.
  • If possible, run a cold water humidifier somewhere near the tree. It’s good for the tree and for people too!

Easy Poinsettia Care

Easy Poinsettia Care

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Poinsettias are durable easy- to- grow houseplants that take little but bright light and water to be beautiful all winter long. Here’s a few easy tips.

  • Light-Poinsettias can be used to brighten up a dark corner of the room as long as they occasionally get to sunbathe in a warm sunny window.
  • Water- Just pick up the pot! If the plant feels light, water. If your plant is in a cool dark spot, it’s going to dry out slowly. If it’s in a bright sunny window, check at least once a week.
  • Temperature- Avoid extremes. Like most house plants, poinsettias prefer normal indoor temperatures. Avoid drafty entrances or heating vents.
  • When “the party’s over”, the holidays have come and gone, treat the poinsettias like any other houseplant. Bright light occasional water and a little misting if possible. The plant can go outside, mid-April when nights are 60 degrees.

Call me at 618-234-4600 with any questions or e-mail us at effinger@effingergarden.com.
Happy Holidays, Trudy Effinger

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