December 2014 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 November 30 to December 6, 2014
Title: “Storing Bulbs”

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

If you are storing bulbs inside over the winter you need to keep an eye on them from time to time.  If you notice that they are beginning to shrivel, they are too dry.  To remedy the situation, place them in a container with potting medium, peat moss, or even sawdust which is not-too-dry but not-too wet.  That should stop the loss of water.

This has been Tim Baker, with a Horticulture Tip from University of Missouri Extension.

 

Horticulture Tip for the week of December 7-13, 2014
Title: “Christmas Tree Water Use”

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

Christmas trees can absorb from two pints up to a gallon of water per day, depending on the environment.  Be sure to check the water level in the Christmas tree stand daily, and never let it run dry.  If it does run dry, an air lock could form in the trunk, and that will keep the tree from absorbing water again, leading to a shortened tree life.

This has been Tim Baker, with a Horticulture Tip from University of Missouri Extension.

 

Horticulture Tip for the week of December 14-20, 2014
Title: “Winter Tree Care”

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

Young trees are particularly susceptible to damage from mice chewing off the bark at or below ground level.  If this completely girdles the tree, it will die.  To help prevent this damage, keep mulch pulled away from the trunk at least a foot.  This will discourage them from nesting there.  If rabbits are a problem, you may need to wrap the trunk with a plastic tree wrap to minimize damage.

This has been Tim Baker, with a Horticulture Tip from University of Missouri Extension.

 

Horticulture Tip for the week of December 21-27, 2014
Title: “House Plant Fertilization”

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

House plants do need a little fertilizer from time to time, but remember not to overdo it.  During the winter, with lessened light levels, they will not be as active as when you had them outdoors on the patio last summer.  Reduced activity means less nutrient need, and they may not need any fertilizer until spring.

This has been Tim Baker, with a Horticulture Tip from University of Missouri Extension.

 

Horticulture Tip for the week of December 28, 2014 to January 3, 2015
Title: “Citrus Seeds”

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

Looking for an interesting house plant to try this winter?  Take seeds from fresh grapefruits or oranges and sow them in a well-drained sandy soil.  They’ll soon produce attractive plants.  Of course, they will eventually outgrow the space available to them, but in the mean time you’ve been able to enjoy a unique green plant which has brightened up your home.

This has been Tim Baker, with a Horticulture Tip from University of Missouri Extension.