Extend The Life of Holiday Plants

We all love our Holiday plants. They even make great gifts, add color and fragrance and if you live where the snow flies, they help bring greenery to your indoor space. But how do you keep your holiday plants longer? We’ve got a few tips for you…

Fresh Cut Trees

Keeping your Christmas tree longer with its needles intact starts right when you get it. So if you haven’t already followed this advice, then make a note for next year!

Right after your purchase, remember to re-cut the trunk and then place your tree in a water reservoir as soon as possible. If you’re not ready to decorate or put it in its stand, you can store the tree by keeping it in a bucket of water then placing it in a cold garage before finally placing it in the house.

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Planting A Live Tree

If you’re buying a live tree so you can plant it in your landscape when the holiday season is over, you need to pre-dig the planting hole in your yard before the ground reaches a freezing state. Use a tarp for storing the backfill or the soil that was taken out of the planting hole. Drag the backfill to the garage. Then cover the planting hole with plywood. Place leaves over the wood in order to provide insulation to the soil.

Remember to plant the tree as soon as the holiday season is over. Then stake the tree right after planting. Be extra watchful on the tree in the spring and check to see if it’s necessary to water. Normally, you would need 10 gallons of water a week on the event that there’s no rainfall.

Poinsettias

Poinsettias are the most popular Holiday plant. If you intend to keep a poinsettia to last throughout the year, make sure to give it the right care that it needs indoors. This includes giving it less frequent but thorough watering; removing any standing water from the pot cover every time you water; providing occasional light fertilizer applications or a slow-release fertilizer with micronutrients; and keeping them away from the cold draft of windows and doors and in a place that won’t be hit by the warm, dry airflow that comes out of furnace vents.

Holiday Rosemary

Rosemary needs at least 6 to 8 hours of full sun every day to thrive. If you live in a warmer climate, you can take your rosemary cone outside and plant it in the ground or favorite planter. If you’re in a cold climate, then a grow light is your best bet. Put the plant under a grow light that’s above the plant by 4 to 6 inches, for about 14 hours a day.

Amaryllis

Once your amaryllis has bloomed, keep the post out of direct sunlight. That will extend the blooming period. If you’re planting the bulb, be sure the pot is filled with professional growers mix. Never use soil that came from the garden. Place the pot where there is bright, indirect light. Keep it watered just enough so the soil is always moist but never soggy.

Christmas Cactus

During fall and winter, remember to water your Christmas Cactus less frequently as compared to watering them in the spring and summer. To make it bloom right during the holiday season, place your cactus in a totally dark area during the night without using any artificial light for a period of 12 hours or more. Then place it where there is indirect sunlight during the day. You can begin this process in mid-October. Keep the room temperature cool and the watering limited. Fertilizing should be continued only until the first buds start to appear which usually happens around the end of October.

Keep this handy guide for next year too!