Posts in Winter
Growing Sprouts

I have fond childhood memories of going out for lunch after Sunday church to Dale’s (Duff’s) Smorgasbord in Gallipolis, OH.  To me the coolest thing wasn’t the rotating buffet but the salad bar.  On the salad bar they had alfalfa sprouts.  Being a weird kid the preferred vegetables over sweets, I would always pile my plate high with alfalfa sprouts and those little ears of corn.  As a kid, I always wondered how those sprouts were grown.

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Caring for Christmas Cacti

Christmas cacti, known as Schlumbergera or Zygocactus, blooms at Christmas and also sometimes around Easter if cared for properly.  A month prior to Christmas you will be able to watch the tips of the leaves begin to grow and form buds.  At Christmas, as if by magic, the buds open to a beautiful flower that will add color and warmth to any holiday season.

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The Meaning of Rose Colors

I have a confession to make.  My wife and I watch The Bachelor. I think I like it more than her, but for totally different reasons.  It is the best comedy on television!  I think the producers are wise to this. That’s how the crazies stick around for so long!  We all know they made Arie keep Krystal around for the ratings.  Anyhow, I think Arie should give out colored roses to let the ladies know how he feels.  That would really crank the drama up to 11.  Here’s why…

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Growing with Artificial Light

I’m not a fan of winter.  The cold doesn’t bother me, it’s the darkness.  S.A.D., seasonal affective disorder, can have some serious effects like weight gain, tiredness, and general depression and moodiness.  However, there are ways to combat its effects.  Sun exposure or phototherapy is the best treatment.  One of the benefits of working for a greenhouse is that it is 75 degrees and sunny every day.  What about our plants?  Do they need extra light too?

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Caring for Hippeastrum

Hippeastrum have large extravagant trumpet shaped blooms on tall thick stems. In general they will produce 2 stems with at least 4 large flowers per stem making an impressive display.  Popular around Christmas and New Year, they flower easily and their showy flowers are sure to brighten up any room or Christmas dining table.

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