January 6, 2018
Weekly news from the
National Gardening Association
|When do I need to wrap my palm trees for winter?
"We have 5 palms trees, 3 different types, when should I wrap them for winter?" - Read the answer
ARTICLES TO READ
The Basics of Orchids Culture - Part 1
But, like all plants, they have certain needs that have to be met so they can perform their best. I will now discuss orchids' most fundamental requirements and the simplest, most effective ways to provide them, based on my over 40 years of experience growing them in my windowsills, under lights, and in a greenhouse.
Welcoming Bluebirds in Winter
Even in cold climates about a third of the bluebirds don't migrate to warmer climes in winter. These birds will visit feeders with the right enticement and you will both benefit.
The Basics of Orchid Culture - Artificial Lights
Editor's Note: This is the 9th of a 10 part series of articles about orchids. These articles are written by Steven Frowine, who collaborated with National Gardening Association and Wiley & Sons to produce the highly popular book Orchids for Dummies. We hope you enjoy this series of articles!
Maintain your Hand Tools
Even top-of-the-line tools need to be cleaned and sharpened regularly to perform their best. Midwinter, when the growing season has slowed and outdoor activities move inside, is the perfect time to devote to prepping your tools for the spring season ahead.
Caring for the Christmas Cactus
Persuading your Christmas Cactus to pump out the lush and delicately colored flowers that originally tempted you to bring them home takes a little special attention. However, with just a modicum of care, they will reward you with an abundance of color that few winter bloomers can match.
The Basics of Orchid Culture - HID Lights and Humidity
This is the 10th and final article in a 10 part series of articles about orchids. These articles are written by Steven Frowine, who collaborated with National Gardening Association and Wiley & Sons to produce the highly popular book Orchids for Dummies. We hope you enjoy this series of articles!
How to Care for Holiday Plants
At the holidays, I like to give and receive flowering houseplants. Weeks later, however, after the fruitcakes and candy-canes are gone, these once-gorgeous gifts often struggle to survive, much less to bloom. So here's a seasonal-care guide that will keep those gift plants looking their best year-round.
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NOTABLE DISCUSSIONS FROM OUR FORUMS
|OT ~ The Porch Swing ~ Winter 2018
|Chow Time 2018
|Happy New Year 🍾 Our Orchid blooms in January 2018
|What Were Your Top Ten Daylilies for 2017?
|My Garden and Other Stuff -- 2018
|Garden Photos forum
|Doing anything for New Years Eve?
|Floral Alphabet Soup: the Letter D!
|Garden Photos forum
THE NUMBERS FROM LAST WEEK:
|614 members joined.
4,466 posts written in our forums.
871 photos posted to the plant database.
566 plants added to personal inventory lists.