Kalanchoe ‘Flapjack’:Perfect Christmas Gift

This time of the year there is a designated first-out-of-storage Christmas decoration in almost every home.

Kalanchoe ‘Flapjack’ , the ceramic Christmas tree has a perfect conical shape with the coating of pine green glaze.

This plant emits a cozy glow thanks to tiny, multi-colored lights that sit on the branch tips.

This is also one of the perfect Christmas gift and everyone in your family will appreciate it. Holiday decoration is the other plus of this plant.

This trendy succulent is blessed with leaves the size of a business card, the shape of a paddle and a delicious silvery blue-green color, edged in soft red. Each pair sits opposite another pair along a stubby central stem.

Like most succulents, it’s at home in desert zones.  ‘Flapjack’ forms a tall triangle, its leaves gradually tapering in size as they reach the top. Read the rest of this entry

Recreate Christmas With Pine Tree

Lovely scent of pine is in the house will make you feel happy for the Christmas Eve carols, then presents, holidays and fun.

There are eco-alternatives to buying a cut pine tree, such as potted Christmas trees – usually small pines or cypresses. You may buy a prickly cypress in a pot.If you do have space to plant a small pine, then go for it.

You could also try recreating pine tree smell if you want to avoid cutting down a tree.

Go for trimming shoots from a wilding pine tree then wind the foliage in a loose wreath around the base of your artificial tree, or at your front door. Or set up a large vase with pine foliage as a backing to the flowers.

Alternatively, go hunting pine cones and put some in a basket by a sunny window, so pine fragrance will permeate the air.

Christmas Tree Care Tips

When a Christmas tree is cut, typically more than half of its weight is water. With proper care, you can maintain the quality of your displayed tree. Below are care tips by Gary Chastagner and Eric Hinesley of the National Christmas Tree Association:

– Place the tree in water as soon as you get it home. Most species can go 6-8  hours after cutting the trunk and still take up water. Don’t bruise the cut surface or get it dirty.

– If you must store it for several days, keep in a cool location and place the freshly cut trunk into a bucket kept full of water.

– Just before placing in a tree stand, make a fresh cut to remove a 1/4″ to 1″ from the base of the trunk. Make the cut perpendicular to the stem. Read the rest of this entry

Poinsettias Add To The Christmas Cheer With Colors

Poinsettia is a plant generally affiliated with the Christmas season. This plant will add colorful bracts brightening your decorations.

The color spectrum of poinsettia is truly remarkable. Colors range from red to white to even maroon. There are bicolored, speckled and marbled poinsettias.

While buying the poinsettias it is better to be well aware of the wide variety available. Take your time to select the very best. Poinsettias are fragile plants, and the stems can break quite easily from mishandling.

Growers and florists have been using poinsettias in combination containers in recent years. Poinsettia combination containers sometimes feature contrasting colors, such as snow white chrysanthemum with the traditional red poinsettia. Read the rest of this entry

Tips For Gardening With Style

Sometimes it is great to go stylish in gardening. A garden designed with style and durable ideas will need to look stylish while nurturing your fruits and flower plants. To help nurture plants and add beauty to gardens here are three very useful tips:

  1. Add succulents for a low maintenance addition to your garden. Simply take a stem cutting of the succulent plant of your choice and let it heal for at least one month before planting. You can also dress them with ribbon or raffia and use them as ornaments on your Christmas tree.
  2. In case you are bringing greens or branches in from your garden to use in arrangements you must know that they will drink water more effectively if you slit the stems straight up 1 to 2 inches and gently pound the stems with a hammer. 7-Up added to the water helps them last a little longer.
  3. To prune your roses like a professional, know the specific type of roses you have.Hybrid tea roses are pruned differently than climbing roses.

Tips For Cutting A Christmas Tree

If you intend to cut the Christmas tree yourself this year you must understand that freshness is extremely important.

Most critical part is to select a healthy Christmas tree. Don’t purchase a tree that is losing green needles or has dry, brittle twigs or a sour, musty smell.

Needles should be resilient and slip through your fingers. Needles should adhere to the branches and not fall off in your hand. They should be flexible, not brittle.

As soon as you cut the Christmas tree ensure that you do not leave the tree lying in the sun for long periods of time, especially if the weather is warm.

If the tree cannot be immediately displayed, make a fresh cut at the base and stand it in a bucket of water in a cool, shady location indoors or out. Read the rest of this entry

December Gardening Tips

Gardeners know that summer with spring and cold, heat and rain require specific gardening care in the moth of December.

If it has rained enough then it would be a wiser step to apply dolomite to roses and give lawns a light application of lime. Roses are quite prone to some frugal diseases and will need a spray with copper oxychloride when the spring flower flush is finished.

In case of tomatoes the overall growth could be limited. You should boost them with Flourish and a handful of blood and bone.

When the heat arrives don’t cut lawns too low, and remember, a deep watering every three or four days is better than just watering the surface each day.

You must have started your Christmas preparations and in the garden you must ensure that the garden beds should have been completed weeks ago but if this hasn’t been done, plant out some instant punnets of annuals in flower. Read the rest of this entry

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