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House Plants

Feb. 26, 2012 No Comments Posted under: Gardening Tips, House Plants

House Plants in winter…it’s that time when they start looking a little ragged. As the light source changes; consider different lighting options. Maybe the temperature now is very drying for the plants. Are your house plants dusty…clean them by a light wiping with soap and water…and check the undersides for bugs. Because of the heat they may be drying out too fast…keep them watered, but not tooooooooo much. Good Luck from Gentle Gardens.

What a fun topic. I have a Christmas Cacti that was my Mom’s. She gave me a slip over 45 years ago. That was at a time when I really didn’t know anything about anything…except her plant was so pretty when it bloomed…large pink blooms, mostly around Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving, she let me know, was because she didn’t have a dark closet to put it in for most of the day hours. I laughed. Who is going to go that? Plenty of people, I guess, because there are always Christmas Cacti blooming at Christmas.

Many plants have systemic effects on animals. f you think that your animal is ill or may have ingested a poisonous substance, contact your local veterinarian or call the ASPCA 24-hour emergency poison hotline directly at 1-888-426-4435.

To save Watch and Grow bulbs for another season, take care to continue to water them and give plenty of sunlight so the bulbs can rejuvenate for another bloom season. When the foliage is withered and yellow, the bulbs can be dried and stored for the fall planting. Even with great care, they may not bloom again until the second season. Do Not just plant the container out in the garden as they will need to be planted at their own depth.

Shamrock plants, called Oxalis are sold most everywhere, just before St. Patrict’s Day…and they come in white or purple too. Serve Shamrock cookies on Willow House Eyelet Ribbon Plate…dress it up with green Irish ribbon.

Paper whites (Narcissus papyraceus) are popular indoor plants for winter and these particular bulbs do not require a chilling period. They are easy to just put in water…and wait.