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November 30, 2020 Christmas Plants

Kelsey Deckert, Extension Agent/Horticulture

 

Dates to Remember:

December 1- Ag. Marketing Club 7-9 pm

December 1- District Crop Improvement Meeting 9-12pm

December 1- Ag. Income Tax Management Webinar 1-4 pm

December 8- Ag. Marketing Club 7-9 pm

December 8 & 9- DIRT Conference, Virtual

 

Christmas Plants

The days are significantly shorter right now and with winter right around the corner, you are most likely dreading what Mother Nature has in store for us in the coming months.  I think most North Dakotans can agree that winter is long, really long.  With the shorter days and unpredictable weather, it’s no wonder why we can experience the winter blues.

Let’s take away those winter blues by gifting friends and family with a plant. Gifting plants not only add some vibrant color in households, but also give a sense of balance and purpose to people. With the current situation of social distancing and other guidelines in place, now is better than ever to have plant to care for indoors.

With the holiday season upon us, the most popular options are poinsettias and Christmas cactus. Both plants are widely available at garden centers and big box stores.  Plants typically are relatively inexpensive, making them an easy gift to give. Both plants are easy to care for and can be put outdoors when temperatures are warm enough.

The great thing about poinsettias is there are several colors besides traditional red.  There are some that are white and pink, red and white, green and white, and bright orange. You may also see blue, purple, or glittered colored.  These are actually cream-colored poinsettias that have been spray painted.

Christmas cactus offer beautiful, exotic flowers for a home.  A great bonus about Christmas Cactus is that they can be very long lived and passed from one generation to the next when properly cared for.  Though, they don’t offer much variety of color, when the pink or red flowers appear, they are truly an eye catcher.

If you are struggling for coming up with gifts for family and friends, consider a plant, regardless if it’s something else besides the traditional holiday plants.  Many of us may not be able to see grandparents and other relatives that are in assisted living or nursing homes this holiday season. Therefore, plants not only brighten people’s day, but overall boost their well-being as they can be very therapeutic.

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