Maximum Living Winter Gardening Tips

 

Maximum Living Winter Gardening Tips

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As the temperature drops upon winter’s arrival, it is a good time to focus on the holiday, as well as some of your plants that may not have gotten as much attention throughout the year.

December

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For this month, we are going to discuss poinsettias since they are one of the most recognized plants for December, but also one of the most misunderstood. So here are some tips for buying the perfect poinsettia plant for your home during the Holiday season.

  • The healthiest plants will generally be about two times larger than the width of the pot it is planted in.

  • The Holiday foil you see most pots wrapped in will cause stress to your plant, as poinsettias do not like to sit in water. So always remove the foil or cut holes in the bottom of it for water to drain out.

  • Don’t allow your poinsettia to be exposed to severe temperature changes. The ideal temperature is between 63F and 77F. Cold drafts will cause your plant to drop leaves and to become sickly looking.

**And for one more helpful poinsettia tip, make sure to cover your plant when taking it from the nursery/store to your car and home. Just that quick temperature change can shock your plant and not in a good way. Doing these few tips will give you a beautiful poinsettia holiday season in your home this year!

January 

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With consistently cold weather becoming a concern, January is a great month to really pay special attention to your houseplants.

  • Make sure to check all of the leaves for bugs, especially any new plants that you introduce inside your home. Just to be safe I always use a gently soap on a cotton ball to wash each of the leaves to remove anything that may cause a problem on my indoor plants. Even do this to new plants you bring home.

  • Make sure to clean any white mildew or mold off of your indoor clay pots and use a fork to turn up the soil so it doesn’t get crusted and dried out on top.

  • Use your used Holiday cedar garland as an outdoor mulch cover around any tender plants or bulbs

  • Bring Hummingbird feeders in at night so they don’t freeze, and make sure to put them back out early in the morning so the nectar breakfast is ready for your beautiful flying friends.
    If you have freezing pathways, use sand or birdseed for traction, as rock salt can end up burning any plants that it comes into contact with.

February

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February is the month of LOVE, which means there is no better time to start showing some love to your garden. Harsh winter conditions are almost over and many gardens struggle to emerge, so here are some tips to help your garden be all it can be with a little tender loving care!

  • Now is the time to cut Winter Daphne flowers to bring the clean fragrance of spring indoors. Make an arrangement in a small vase for a big fragrance impact.

  • Prune and shape hedges, shrubs and trees now before flowering buds set in. Remove old dead and diseased wood.

  • Cut and force flowering branches indoors, such as Forsythia, Dogwood, Cherry, Apple, Pear, Quince and Honeysuckle, to name a few. Make sure the branch you cut has a nice assortment of flower buds, then make a clean cut to have a branch at least 12 inches in length. Bring branches indoors and soak in warm water for about 15 minutes, make a vertical cut 4 inches up the base of the branch. Place branches in a vase with warm water. Make sure to change water periodically to keep fresh and clean as forcing may take between 2-8 weeks.

  • Put out bird houses now as Chickadees start looking for homes in February.

  • Repair garden fences and trellises damaged by winter weather

Days are becoming longer and the garden is waking up, which means nature's palate of color is once again returning to bring a smile only a garden can bring.

You can do it!

 

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