Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Lower South

December, 2007
Regional Report

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Christmas Plants
This Caring for Your Christmas Plants Web site provides concise and practical advice on caring for the many types of indoor plants that are popular during the holiday season. It includes information on poinsettias, Christmas cactus, cyclamens, azaleas, kalanchoes, chrysanthemums, cineraria, mixed planters, and potted bulbs.

Favorite or New Plant

Cyclamen make great holiday plants. They need more light than most indoor settings provide but can be set outdoors when temperatures are above freezing to keep them strong and then brought indoors for decorating. These plants are fairly cold hardy and can endure a light freeze. Cover the plants if temperatures are going to drop below about 30 degrees to protect the blooms. If planting outdoors, put them beneath the canopy of a tree, such as a live oak, to provide just a little protection during a cold night. Cyclamen come in a range of colors including red, pink, light purple, coral pink, and white. There are standard sizes and some semi-dwarf plants, too.


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