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Ponsettias, Christmas Trees and 2009 Planning



Sunday 21st December
 
Make the most of this unseasonable weather. 11 degrees is warm and with a bit of sun can even entice fair weather gardeners to venture out! I finished off planting some Alium aflatuense which have been sitting in the garage for the last few cold weeks! Keep tidying up the fallen leaves and cutting back the Penstemon flower heads.
 
Now is a time to look at catalogues and plan for 2009 but don’t forget to look back as well to your successes and failures and try not to repeat them this year!
 
Two catalogues popped through my letterbox this week……………….
 
Harrod Horticultural
 
Absolutely every accessory you want for your garden, from netting to tools, raised beds to composters. To order a catalogue visit:
 
Woolmans
 
A mail order young plant specialist. Dahlias to Fushias! To order a catalogue go to:-
 
On the subject of planning, why don’t you plan a trip to one of the flower shows around the country? You can book tickets now by gong to www.rhs.org.uk/flowershows
Why not visit some of the London Shows?
 
RHS Show Cardiff
17–19 April 2009
RHS Chelsea Flower Show
19–23 May 2009
HamptonCourtPalace Flower Show
7–12 July 2009
RHSShowTattonPark
22–26 July 2009
 
 
Christmas Trees
 
Still not bought your Christmas Tree?
 
Why not visit the British Christmas Tree Growers Association website? Not only can you search for a British grown tree near you but you can also get advice on how to look after it. www.bctga.co.uk
 
About Poinsettias
Joel Robert Poinsett, first U. S. ambassador to Mexico who obtained plants from the wilds of southern Mexico, introduced it to the United States in 1825. The common name for the exotic plant, poinsettia, came from his last name. Botanically, the plant is known as Euphorbia pulcherrima.
Watering
Examine the soil daily, and when the surface is dry to the touch, water the soil until it runs freely out the drainage hole in the container. When watering, ensure that enough water is applied so that some will run out the drainage hole. If a saucer is used, discard the water that collects in it. Do not leave the plant standing in water. Overly wet soil lacks sufficient air, which results in root injury.
A wilted Poinsettia plant may drop its leaves prematurely, so check the soil frequently. Plants exposed to high light and low humidity require more frequent watering. If wilting does occur, immediately water and 5 minutes later water again.

Lighting
If you obtain a Poinsettia for your home, place it near a sunny window where it will have the most available sunlight. A window that faces south, east or west is better than one facing north. Do not let any part of the plant touch the cold windowpane because this may injure it. 
 
Temperature
To keep the plant in bloom, maintain it at a temperature of 10 to 20 degrees C during the daylight hours and, if possible, move it to a cooler place at night. Because root rot disease is more prevalent at temperatures below 10 degrees C, do not put the poinsettia in a room colder than this. Avoid exposing the plant to hot or cold drafts, which may cause premature leaf drop.
 
See yoiu next week
 
Andrew
 


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