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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. Read more [+]

Easy Poinsettia Care

Poinsettias and RickEasy Poinsettia CarePoinsettia and Fir Tree

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

Milkweed Madness

Effingers has a large selection of milkweed to choose from. Milkweed is the sole source of food for the monarch caterpillar. Milkweed populations have declined precipitously over the past decade. The development of rural farmland and herbicides have led to the decline of native habitat and wild forage areas. While the orange-flowering butterfly milkweed has been popular and sold at garden centers for years, it is better to plant a variety of milkweed that diversifies and increases the monarch’s food supply.

The following varieties of milkweed are recommended by Monarch Watch and other organizations for our lower Midwest monarch migration region.

 common milkweed Common milkweed (syriaca) – the monarch’s preferred species of milkweed, but it is big, aggressive and can grow as tall as 5-7 ft.,  pink fragrant flowers.
 swamp milkweed Swamp milkweed (incarnata) – the best variety for wet or swampy areas, grows up to 5 ft., bright pink flowers
 butterfly milkweed Butterfly milkweed (tuberosa) – garden friendly and ornamental, tangerine-orange blooms for three months, just 2 ft.
 purple milkweed Purple Milkweed (purpurascens) – shade tolerant although will also grow in full sun, rose-pink flowers, 2-3 ft. tall
 prairie milkweed Prairie Milkweed ( sullivanti) –  2-3 ft., purplish-pink fragrant flowers
  Whorled Milkweed (verticillata) – 3 ft tall, delicate looking foliage with white flower

Pollinator Gardening for Butterflies, Hummingbirds and Bees

Butterfly on fringe treeThe plight of the monarch butterfly has increased the demand for milkweed exponentially over the last few years. While the monarch butterfly is the poster child for pollinators, other important endangered pollinators include birds, bats, bees, beetles, moths and wasps. Read more [+]

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