Nothing speaks Christmas like a Poinsettia. Here at Dunvegan we have double and single blooms with their dark red flower bracts to the white and pink varieties. All are beautiful!
In the north, make sure your Poinsettia is wrapped before you take it out of the store, they do not like cold or hot drafts. If the flowers get cold or frozen at all, the leaves will start dropping off. Upon getting your Poinsettia home, unwrap it and place it in a sunny or bright window, making sure it will not get a cold draft by being too close to the window and not over a heat vent. Place the plant out of pets, they are mildly toxic to cats and dogs. They will last the best if the temperature is between 18- 22 degrees.
Water the plant only when it is dry to the touch and discard any excess water after 10 minutes. Healthy Poinsettias will last well through the holiday season. If you want to winter it over for next year, here is what you do:
- December Full bloom. Water as needed.
- April Color fades. Keep near a sunny window and fertilize when new growth appears. Cut back stems to about 20 cm.
- June 1 Repot if necessary. Fertilize with a balanced formula 20-20-20. Continue to water when dry to touch. Move outside if temperatures do not fall below 10°C. Place in light shade.
- Late August Take inside. Cut stems back, leaving three or four leaves per shoot. Sunny window. Water and fertilize as needed.
- Sept 20 -Dec 1 Keep in light only from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Put into the dark (NO LIGHTS) 5 p.m. to 8 a.m.
To Ensure Success you have to follow the light/dark instructions carefully.
How do you get colour and life from the garden in the cool of winter? Here at Dunvegan, we have a wide selection of Succulents. Succulents have become a trend and have gained popularity as plants used to decorate in fairy gardens, terrariums, homes, and currently succulents are given as a thank you favours at weddings (order yours early as they sell out quickly).
Succulents are plants that have thick and fleshy stems and leaves used to retain water in poor or arid conditions. They come in a wide variety of colours, shapes and sizes and what is more, they are easy to grow and excellent plants for the forgetful gardener.
Almost all cacti are succulents but not all succulents are cacti. The most notable of the succulents are Aloe Vera, Jade plants and the Christmas cactus.
The most troublesome problem with succulents is over-watering. When watering a succulent, give a generous amount of water but only after the plant has dried out completely. In the summer watering can be as often as every 3-5 days and in the winter it can be cut back to every 3-4 weeks.
Tips for caring for your succulents:
Use cactus potting soil, since succulents have to have good drainage soil, we have soils that are excellent for this, in particular, Promix Cactus Soil or Dutch Treat Cactus Soil.
Succulents do enjoy a sunny location in the home needs at least 6 hours of sunlight but do not enjoy the direct hot sunshine.
Feed your succulent – they do not need much but at Dunvegan, we recommend Schultz Liquid Cactus Fertilizer.
Succulents are a great way to bring joy and colour to your home when the outdoors is frigid and cold.