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Care of Holiday Plants- from Penn State Extension

Flowering plants are always welcome gifts that help make the holiday season more festive and meaningful.

Christmas cactus and thanksgiving cactus require cooler temperatures and need to be watered less frequently in the fall for buds to develop.

Flowering plants are always welcome gifts that help make the holiday season more festive and meaningful. Many of these plants have superb flowers that last for days or even weeks if given proper care. The long lasting qualities of many of these plants make them excellent choices for offices, public buildings, and homes. For more information on the proper temperature, watering, and lighting needed to encourage growth and development of plants in your home, consult the fact sheet entitled “Caring for Houseplants.”

Deciding whether to keep a flowering houseplant after it finishes blooming depends on the species. Some flowering houseplants, such as Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera truncatus), bloom seasonally if placed in the conditions necessary to promote flowering. Others, referred to as flowering pot plants, are forced to flower specifically for a holiday and then are usually discarded. The effort necessary for a homeowner to get the plant to rebloom may be extensive. Such plants include Christmas pepper (Capsicum annuum) and Christmas begonia (Begonia cheimantha).

See full article by following the link below…

http://extension.psu.edu/plants/gardening/fact-sheets/houseplants/care-of-holiday-plants

 

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If you have any questions regarding Horticulture in Wood County, please contact:

Jeremy Erickson
Horticulture Educator
Wood County UW Extension
400 Market Street
PO Box 8095
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495-8095
Phone: 715-421-8440 (or dial 711 for Relay)
Fax: 715-421-8476
Email: jeremy.erickson@ces.uwex.edu

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