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Specializing in colorful, water-conserving gardens

Specializing in colorful, water-conserving gardens

Holiday Houseplants: The After Care


Holiday houseplants are typically in postcard-perfect form when they come into our homes. Poinsettias are plumped out in traditional red. Amaryllis bear giant, striped trumpets that blare “Look at me!” And Christmas cactus and cyclamen flash impossibly iridescent flowers in shades of red, pink and white. But after New Year’s, those beauties start becoming bedraggled. Eventually we’re faced with whether to keep them or toss them. Before you make that decision, it’s useful to know what kind of effort is required to sustain the plants. It’s also important […]

Resurrecting Bedraggled Holiday Amaryllis and Poinsettias


Are any of your holiday houseplants still in decent shape? My fancy, pink-splattered poinsettia is hitting three months and going strong. But the spectacular, candy cane-striped trumpet flowers of my amaryllis (actually a Hippeastrum hybrid) are a distant memory. It may seem a little warped to display a photo of the dried remains. But that’s an inevitable sight — unless I lose patience and toss the lemon-sized bulb into the compost. But at $10 to $25 a pop, my inclination is to try to keep it going. Here’s […]

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