December 2013 Horticulture Tips

Tim Baker, MU Extension Horticulture Specialist
102 N. Main, Suite 1, Gallatin, MO 64640
660-663-3232, bakert@missouri.edu

Horticulture Tip for the week  of Dec. 1 - 7, 2013
Title: Storing Bulbs

Here's a Horticulture Tip from University of Missouri Extension:

If you are storing flower bulbs this winter, keep them in a cool place, but where they are protected from freezing. Place them in a container with potting soil peat moss or sawdust and check them from time to time to makes ure they are not too dry. If they begin to shrivel, they're starting to dry out, so add a little water to the container and that should correct the moisture level.

Tim Baker, University of Missouri Extension

Horticulture Tip for the week  of Dec. 8 - 14, 2013
Title: Watering Christmas Trees

Here’s a Horticulture Tip from University of Missouri Extension:

One of the cardinal rules of Christmas Tree care is to never let the water in the support stand reservoir to run empty.  To do so may cause an air lock to form inside the trunk as the tree tries to take in water.  If this happens, it may not take up water again, even when you refill the reservoir.  This will greatly shorten the life of your tree.

Tim Baker, University of Missouri Extension.

Horticulture Tip for the week  of Dec. 15 - 21, 2013
Title: Rodent Damage in Fruit Trees

Here’s a Horticulture Tip from University of Missouri Extension:

Winter damage to fruit tree trunks by mice and other rodents can be a real problem.  They often chew off the bark at or below ground level, sometimes girdling the tree and causing it to die.  Be sure to remove any vegetation or mulch up close to the trunk, since this provides an ideal habitat for them.  If necessary, make a wire cage from hardware cloth to surround the tree, burying its base in the soil.

Tim Baker, University of Missouri Extension

Horticulture Tip for the week  of Dec. 22 - 28, 2013
Title: Washing House Plants

Here’s a Horticulture Tip from University of Missouri Extension:

Generally horticulturists don’t like to see wet leaves on plants since this often leads to disease.  But house plants with large, smooth leaves, like the rubber tree plant, actually benefit from periodic washing from time to time.  Wash them with clear, clean water periodically to remove dust and grime.  This will keep the leaf pores open, and generally improve their health.

Tim Baker, University of Missouri Extension

Horticulture Tip for the week  of Dec. 29 - Jan. 4, 2014
Title: Planting Woody Seeds

Here’s a Horticulture Tip from University of Missouri Extension:

A good way to propagate your favorite woody ornamental plant is to plant its seeds.  Simply place them outdoors in a container, or directly in the ground.  The cool temperatures over the winter will satisfy any chilling requirement.  The alternate freezing and thawing will usually break open seed coats of all but the toughest seeds.  Next spring, you’ll be rewarded with a new seedling to transplant into your landscape.

Tim Baker, University of Missouri Extension.