Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

December, 2009
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Rose Pruning Demonstration
On Saturday, January 9, 2010, at 10am, Amanda Everett will demonstrate and discuss the basics of rose pruning at Van de Kamp Hall, Descanso Gardens. Free with garden admission. For more information, go to or call 818-949-4200.

Favorite or New Plant

Living Christmas Tree Care
If you plan to decorate a live Christmas tree indoors and then move or plant it outdoors afterwards, choose a smaller size of tree, as it'll adapt better than a more mature one. After you bring the tree home, water it well and store it in an unheated garage or outbuilding for two or three days as a "half way spot" till you move it indoors. Keep the rootball moist and the boughs misted.

Once the tree is in place indoors away from heating vents or fireplaces, either water it directly or by scattering ice cubes around the soil surface to slowly seep down into the entire root ball. Limit its time indoors to a maximum of seven days; fewer if the house is very warm.

Move the tree outside again to the garage, shed, or protected spot for at least two weeks before moving or planting it in the open. The longer you enjoy the tree in the warm house, the longer it will need to readapt to outdoor conditions.


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