Where did the year go?  The Christmas season is here, bringing beautiful  poinsettia and Christmas cactus plants. Here are some tips on keeping your holiday plants looking good and healthy!

Poinsettia Plants:

  • Need plenty of bright light
  • Keep soil moist
  • Keep away from heat vents and the fireplace
  • Stay away from cold drafts

Christmas cactus is not a drought tolerant plant.  It is a tropical type plant.  Therefore it should be watered thoroughly.  It’s important to let it dry completely between watering.

  • Do not let the plant stand in water.  It will rot easily
  • Provide medium to bright light
  • Keep plant away from heater vents and the fireplace

Take a step outside and look at the flowerbeds.  With family and friends coming to visit,  bright colors in the flowerbeds create add a festive feeling to your home.  Hearty plants that will last the winter season are pansies, ornamental cabbage or kale.  These plants can take the cold Texas winter and last until spring.

The key to healthy, happy flowers is flower-bed preparation.   Use a good compost and mix it thoroughly in to the soil. Level the soil out and plant the plants in a checkerboard pattern.  Offset every other roll, this will give a fuller look to your beds.  Make sure you water and fertilize regularly.  Don’t forget to add the mulch!   With a little work you can turn a summer stressed flower-bed into a bright colorful welcome to our home.

Don’t forget the garden in your home this holiday season!  Here are a few gift ideas to stuff their stocking with this Christmas!

  • Bird feeder and seeds
  • Birdhouses
  • Wind chimes
  • Rain Gauge
  • Farmers Almanac

Consider a Russell Feed Gift Card for those hard to buy for folks in your life!

Looking ahead to next year onions should be arriving in the stores middle of January and fresh bulk seed should be in.  Seed potatoes go in during February.

Send us your Holiday pictures of flower-beds, Christmas lights, birds on the feeders, any picture that has to do with the outdoors and gardening.

Thanks all!  Wishing you a safe and Merry Christmas.
MIKE

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