In this Issue:
  • Name That Holiday Cactus
  • Pickleweed – A Novelty Plant
  • What Plant is This?
  • Poinsettia Care
  • Do Your Plants have Problems?
  • Recycle By Cleaning Your Container Pots
  • Keep Your Love Alive: Preserving Cut Flowers
  • Poinsettia Do’s and Don’ts
  • Evergreens for Holiday Decorating
  • Enjoy Your Poinsettias after the Holidays
  • Houseplants

    Name That Holiday Cactus

    Is your grandmother’s pass along Christmas cactus blooming really early? Do the leaf segments have “teeth” along the edges?  Are the “stringy things” sticking out of the flowers yellow in color? Well, I hate to tell you this, but that is not a Christmas cactus, (Schlumbergera bridgesii).  It is a Thanksgiving cactus, (Schlumbergera truncata). You can …

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    Pickleweed – A Novelty Plant

    A pickleweed pulled out of a pile of salt.

    I encountered pickleweed (Salicornia sp.) on a recent trip to Utah. I first noticed the plant growing in the bank of a pond at a salt factory. A sample was pulled for further investigation and it was determined to be some type of pickleweed. Pickleweed also happens to be a common name for a plant …

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    What Plant is This?

    A common diagnostic service offered at your local UF/IFAS Extension office is plant identification. Whether you need a persistent weed identified so you can implement a management program or you need to identify an ornamental plant and get care recommendations, we can help! In the past, we were reliant on people to bring a sample …

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    Poinsettia Care

    It’s Christmastime and time to pull your poinsettias out of the closet. Oh, you don’t have poinsettias left over from Christmas’ past? Well, if you follow some simple steps then you may be enjoying this year’s crop for years to come. But first, let’s go over a few fun poinsettia facts. Poinsettia Facts The distinctive, colorful …

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    Do Your Plants have Problems?

      Many gardeners get stumped when a favorite plant of theirs comes down with a strange “something”. Many of these gardeners know about UF/IFAS Extension and call their local horticulture and agriculture agents for assistance in figuring out what’s going on. However, even these experts are often stumped by what they see. Fortunately, the agents …

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    Recycle By Cleaning Your Container Pots

    Most likely, we all have them-garden pots. These typically are made of plastic, clay or wood. Garden pots should be sanitized if they were previously used or if they exhibit signs of mold or fungal growth. Whether they are used as garden boxes, planters, or hanging baskets, the surfaces of garden pots can harbor disease …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2015/07/28/recycle-by-cleaning-your-container-pots/

    Keep Your Love Alive: Preserving Cut Flowers

    Valentine’s Day has come and gone. You were likely showered with gifts from loved ones; gifts covered in chocolate, gifts of the stuffed variety, and more than likely the kind covered in petals. And as you languish in the afterglow of affection it would be wise to remember that your bouquets will need to be …

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    Poinsettia Do’s and Don’ts

    Poinsettias are one of the most popular plants during the Holiday Season. Poinsettias grow as shrubs in their native southern Mexico but have been bred to become compact, bushy plants perfect as container ornamentals. The showy “flowers” of poinsettias are actually modified leaves called bracts. Usually red in color, modern poinsettia breeding created showy bracts …

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    Evergreens for Holiday Decorating

    Now that we’ve all been stuffed like a Thanksgiving turkey, it’s time to transition into the final and, arguably, most ornate holidays of the year. Right now you can hear your mantles and door frames crying out to be adorned. Your windows are begging for wreaths and giant red bows. And there may be a …

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    Enjoy Your Poinsettias after the Holidays

    The poinsettia is a beautiful plant associated with the Christmas holidays. These plants create colorful holiday decorations for any home. After the holidays are over, they can be used as landscape plants. Poinsettias are non-poisonous and non-toxic. However, some people may be sensitive to the latex in poinsettia sap. Although eating even a large number …

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