December 2015 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 29 to December 5, 2015
Title: “Christmas Tree Selection”

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

When selecting a Christmas Tree, the key to a good choice is freshness.  Look for trees with resilient needles.  Trees with brittle needles are not as fresh, and won't last as long.  The trunk should feel somewhat moist and sappy. If you decide not to set up the tree immediately, place the base in a bucket of water in a cool, shaded area, which is sheltered from the wind.

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Horticulture Tip for the week of December 6-12, 2015
Title: “Christmas Tree Care”

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

When you are ready to bring your Christmas tree inside, cut about an inch or two off of the base.  This is because resins have accumulated there which will block water uptake.  With better water uptake, the tree will last longer, and will be safer.  Select a stand for your tree that will hold water. You will need to keep water in the stand at all times, never letting it dry out.

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Horticulture Tip for the week of December 13-19, 2015
Title: “Christmas Tree Safety, Part I”

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

The stand for your Christmas tree should support the tree well.  Poor support can be a safety hazard.  Keep the tree away from fireplaces, radiators, electric heaters, televisions, or any other source of heat.  Stay away from flammable material when decorating the tree.  And be sure to keep candles and other open flames far from your tree.

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Horticulture Tip for the week of December 20-26, 2015
Title: “Christmas Tree Safety, Part II”

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

It's always a good idea to inspect the wiring on the lights that you use on your Christmas tree.  Be sure that you don't overload your electrical circuits by adding too many lights to the tree.  When you leave the house, or retire for the evening, it's best to turn the lights off on the tree.  And, as an added precaution, it would be good to have an approved fire extinguisher on hand for any emergencies.

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Horticulture Tip for the week of December 27, 2015 to January 2, 2016
Title: “IPM Pest Alerts”

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

Are you interested in keeping track of insect pests in your horticultural or agronomic crop? The University of Missouri IPM program monitors insects such as Cutworms, Corn Borers, Corn earworms, Soybean Loopers, Armyworms, and many more. You can receive capture counts from around the state via e-mail, Twitter, or Facebook.  Call your local Extension center to find out how to sign up.

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