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Growing Tips

Poinsettias - Poinsettias are native to the tropics and will not survive temperatures lower that 40°. In nature, as in our greenhouses, the plants thrive in a sunny, warm, humid environment. The winter temperatures and dryness in our homes are not ideal growing conditions, and may cause leaves to drop. Keep your poinsettia away from drafts and heat sources in an area where it receives good light. When the soil in the pot begins to dry out, remove the plastic pot cover and water thoroughly allowing water to run out the bottom of the pot. Allow the plant to drain before replacing the pot cover. Never allow plant to stand in water. When danger of frost is past, you can plant your poinsettia in the garden. Cut back top of plant to encourage new growth. The new leaves will be green. The bracts (leaves) turn red in the fall, when the daylight hours are shorter than the nighttime hours. When temperatures are below 40° bring plant inside.

Easter Lilies - Easter lilies bloom for only a short while. After your plant has finished blooming, you may plant it in the garden. The foliage will die down, but the plant will sprout new growth, and bloom again next spring. Enjoy!

Geraniums - Geraniums need sunlight, water, and fertilizer to thrive. Place your plant outdoors, after frost danger is past, in a location where it receives plenty of light. Morning light is preferable to the hot afternoon sun. Our geraniums in the greenhouse get a mild fertilizer with each watering. At home you may use any fertilizer that you mix with water and apply, or you might choose a time release granular fertilizer that you apply to the soil in the pot. Always check on your plant's water needs and never apply fertilizer to a dry plant. Water thoroughly when soil is dry to the touch about 2 inches down into the soil. Remove any spent blossoms and dead leaves promptly to encourage new blooms.

Removing Geranium Blooms and Dead Leaves

To remove blossom, grasp stem firmly.

Remove blossom stem where it joins main stem.

Remove dead leaves regularly from base of plant.

Check plant's water needs regularly