Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Western Mountains and High Plains

December, 2010
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Indoor Amaryllis
This large bulb is readily available now and is a welcome gift for the gardening-challenged. It is easy to grow and rewards you with majestic, six-petaled flowers that rise above tall stalks.

Grow amaryllis in moderately bright light and average-to-cool indoor temperatures. Direct sunlight will scorch the leaves and blossoms. Pot in a well-drained potting mixture and fertilize with a general purpose plant food when the leaves begin to grow. Allow the potting mixture to dry out briefly between waterings.

Remove old, dying leaves when necessary. The bulb can be stored in a cool basement when the plant becomes dormant and brought back into bloom after its rest period.

Clever Gardening Technique

Homemade Christmas Tree Preservative
Keep your holiday tree green and safe with this homemade "Christmas tree preservative": It's economical, and most ingredients can be found in your kitchen and laundry room.

In one gallon of hot water combine one cup of light corn syrup and 1 to 2 tablespoons of liquid bleach. Mix these ingredients together, being careful not to spill the bleach on clothing or carpet. Allow the mixture to cool to tepid and pour into the tree stand bowl.

Check the tree stand daily and add more preservative so that the solution always covers the butt end of the Christmas tree.

Caution: Store unused preservative in a plastic container that is labeled. Keep out of the reach of small children and pets.


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