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December

  • Our container plants have been moved into polyhouses to protect fragile root systems in pots from cold temperatures. However, it is NOT too late to plant trees and shrubs! The warmth from the earth's soil is protection enough.
  • Apply fertlome Winterizer to cool season grasses. THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT LAWN APPLICATION.
  • Mulch roses
  • Wrap young trees to protect from sun scald and rabbits
  • Pick out a cut or living Christmas tree
  • Decorate with fresh wreaths and boughs
  • Brighten your home with poinsettias
 
 
 

December 6th and 7th, 2013
Christmas Open House
December 6th and 7th - Sign-up for our $10 Mixed Greens Container Class at 10 am or the $10 Door Swag and Bow Making Class at 1 pm. Don't forget 25% off all holiday items. We have Christmas trees, wreaths, greens and garland.

 
Horticulture Hints
 

AmaryllisBULBS TO FORCE THIS WINTER

Amaryllis

The amaryllis originates from the tropical regions of South America. They grow almost 3’ tall and generally have four blooms per stem. Found in shades of red, pink, salmon, white and bicolor, these exquisite blooms reach 6-8” in diameter, putting on a show that few flowers can rival.

Amaryllis bulbs come prepotted or bare root. To start a prepotted bulb, simply place the bulb in a warm place and water sparingly until the stem appears. As the bud and leaves become visible, the bulb will gradually require more water and brighter light. Remember the larger the bulb, the more blooms they will produce. If you purchase a bulb, select a container that is only slightly larger than the bulb. Use good quality potting soil. Plant with ½ of the bulb out of the soil.

Watching the rapid growth rate of an amaryllis would make a wonderful project for the whole family. Measure your amaryllis daily and record its height in a journal. I think you’ll be amazed at how much they grow each day.

Paperwhites

If you want to bring a bit of the garden into your home this winter, consider forcing some bulbs into bloom. Paperwhite narcissus are almost foolproof and an excellent place to begin.

Select a water tight dish and fill it with loose gravel or decorative rock. A shallow container works fine, use a clear tall vase. Vases work well to support stems. Place enough bulbs on top of the gravel to make a nice display (pack them side by side for best results) and fill the container with water. The bulbs should sit on top of the water, not submerged. Place the dish in a warm place. Within several days the bulbs should begin to grow roots.

When sprouts begin to appear on top of the bulb, move them to a bright, sunny window and stand back! The foliage grows quickly and flower buds should appear in about three weeks. Foliage may need to be staked and tied to keep from falling. When the buds begin to open, move your bouquet to a cooler spot to prolong the bloom. Check the water level daily, especially in shallow dishes.

 
Nancy's Notebook
 

Christmas Trees

We carry 2 types of Christmas trees at the garden store, Fraser Fir, Balsam Fir and Scotch Pines.

The Fraser Fir has 1” needles that are a silvery-grey and soft to the touch. There are nice gaps between the branches making it easier to decorate than some trees. The stiff branches hold heavier ornaments. The trees grow to almost perfect shapes, and as long as the cut tree is kept properly watered, the Fraser Fir has excellent needle retention.

The Scotch Pine has very dark green needles that can be stiff and sharp. They are sheared heavily making little gaps for ornaments. This pine resists drying and it doesn’t drop needles.

To make sure you have a long lasting Christmas tree here are a few tips.

When getting your tree home make sure you make a fresh cut, about a ½ disk from the base of the trunk. If you purchase a tree from Blueville; that cut has already been made for you.

Put your tree in a tree stand as soon as possible. Use a stand that can hold adequate water, for every inch of diameter you will need a quart of water. Buy a stand that can hold your tree without whittling the side of your trunk. The outside layers of the wood are the most efficient in taking up water. Check your water levels daily!

Place your tree away from a heat source such as air vents and fireplaces to keep your tree from drying out. You may consider lowering the temperature in your house as well.

Always turn your lights off on your tree when leaving the house and inspect them before using for electrical problems.

Be sure to not leave in the house too long after the holidays a dry tree is a fire hazard. Check for a recycling program in your area.

Avery's Additions

Christmas is just around the corner and we have the right gifts for the people on your list! Our Christmas trees are up and are beautifully decorated with a great selection of ornaments as well as holiday décor. We also have a great assortment of poinsettias and amaryllis bulbs.

Our premium greens and boughs are in as well as Christmas trees, wreaths, and garland. We keep our quality Fraser Firs newly cut and in water so they are fresh and ready for your home. Come pick yours today!

Don’t forget you can give the gift of Spring with a Blueville Gift Card!

 
 

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