Christmas is a little over two weeks away, so if you're wanting to keep your live decorations going strong, there are some things to keep in mind.
- For poinsettias, choose a plant with soil that is not too wet or too dry; the perfect soil moisture when the soil surface feels dry but is damp an inch or two down. These are often sold with foil pot covers that can fill with water and poinsettias plants cannot tolerate an excess of water.
- Poinsettias are poisonous… but only if you, a pet or child eats them like a salad three times a day, every day for weeks! The white sap can irritate skin so wash it off as a precaution.
- Keep poinsettias in bright, indirect light, and water as needed throughout the season. Enjoy them for the season and then toss them out with the tree!
- Stems can be cut from plants like hollies and magnolias to add to your garland. Treat for moisture like you would a garland or wreath.
- Amaryllis and paperwhite bulbs are a colorful and easy decoration and can be found in ready to go containers or you can make your own.
- For best results choose fresh, well-kept materials. And keep it REAL!
And don't miss the center's Holiday Open House, happening 1-4 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 14)! They will have tons of Christmas decor available, Christmas trees to pick out and poinsettias to take home. Enjoy shopping while sipping some cider and snacks and be sure and enter to win a door prize and enjoy special pricing, all while listening to some lovely live music.