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Ask Shirley Christmas Plant Edition

The Holidays bring beautiful blooms and Shirley Bovshow answers all of your Christmas plant questions.

CHRISTMAS CACTUS CARE:

  • Repot cactus after it blooms
  • To make it bloom- place in a room not used often (where lights won’t be turned on and off frequently).
  • Place a box over the cactus for approximately 15 hours nightly to speed up blooming process
  • Once it blooms, repot it. Select a pot one size larger than the current pot. Fill with 50% potting soil and 50% cactus mix.

INDOOR ROSEMARY CARE:

  • Place near window to ensure lots of sunlight
  • Ideal temperature setting is around 65-70 degrees
  • Soil should be dry to the touch
  • Water thoroughly until the water runs out the bottom

HOW TO MAKE AMARYLLIS BLOOM INDOORS:

  • Amaryllis needs a resting period in cool weather to bloom
  • To make amaryllis bloom indoors place in a cool room (below 60 degrees) and let it rest
  • Do not water and leave for 4-6 weeks, leaves will turn yellow
  • Optional: cut off leaves and repot
  • Re-pot bulbs in either soil or water

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