Winter

Caring for Christmas Cacti

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.

Overwintering Tropical Hibiscus Indoors

Overwintering Tropical Hibiscus Indoors

Earlier this week I got a message from Darren and Tiffini.  They were looking for tips on bringing their hibiscus inside for winter.  Nothing adds a lovely tropical flare quite like a tropical hibiscus. While hibiscus plants will do fine outdoors in the summer in most areas, they need to be protected in the winter.

Fall Garden Tasks

Fall Garden Tasks

Autumn is here, and soon we’ll start seeing cooler temperatures as winter approaches.  October is the perfect time to start preparing for the transition to freezing temperatures.  Here are some fall tasks that will help prepare your garden for winter.

When to Plant Wildflowers

When to Plant Wildflowers

Fall is the perfect time for planting wildflowers.  Think about it!  In nature wildflowers produce their seed in the fall.  The seed then falls on the ground, goes dormant during the winter, and then sprouts in the early spring and summer.  You can easily replicate this same process.