December 2016 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 December 4-10, 2016
Title: “Houseplant Care”

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

When caring for your houseplants this winter, there are several things to consider. Be aware of where you place the plant. Keep them out of drafts, and choose a spot that meets their sunlight requirements, as best you can.  Make sure that they are not too warm, or too cold.  And finally, water with lukewarm water. You’ll be rewarded with a beautiful, green plant, all winter long.

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

 

Horticulture Tip for the week of December 11-17, 2016
Title: “Outdoor Plant Care”

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

Cold weather is upon us, and you need to remember your outdoor plants and give them a little extra protection this winter. If you have bulbs, perennials and other small plants, consider applying mulches to protect them once the ground freezes.  But don’t over-do it. A few inches of lightly-applied straw is all they will need to keep winter’s worst at bay.

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

 

Horticulture Tip for the week of December 18-24, 2016
Title: “Poinsettia Care”

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

To keep your poinsettia in top shape, find a spot where the plant can receive sunlight for at least half the day. Night temperatures should be kept in the 50’s or 60’s. Try to avoid locations where drafts may affect them. Water them thoroughly, but let them dry slightly between watering. And punch a few holes in the decorative foil to keep them from getting soggy.

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

 

Horticulture Tip for the week of December 25-31, 2016
Title: “Winter Tree Care”

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

Young trees in your landscape or orchard are especially subject to winter injury from freezing and thawing cycles. Consider wrapping them in specially designed tree wraps, made in a light color to reflect sunlight. They are also subject to damage from rabbits, mice, and voles. To avoid this, keep mulch away from the base of the tree, and form a protective circle of hardware cloth around the tree.

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