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Starting Seeds Indoors

Starting seeds indoors is relatively easy, and right about now it’s time to start thinking about your spring planting. You can use the “Seed Company” page on this website for ideas on where to order seeds and supplies, Starting Out with Starting Seeds You will need a well lit space and some way of keeping your seeds and tender young plants protected. Necessary Supplies Sterile seed-starting soil mixSeedling trays with clear plastic covers – either purchased or repurposed Optional Supplies Grow lightsHeat mat You can purchase kits that have seedling […]

You Can Resolve to Grow – Onions!

What is easy to grow in the desert, tasty to eat in a vast variety of dishes, and healthy for you too? Onions! Onions and Their Kin Not just onions but also their kin.  Onion kin include – garlic, elephant garlic, garlic chives, society garlic, I’itoi onions, scallions, and shallots are all on this list. All of these oniony plants grow just great in our area, especially in the cooler days of winter. Plant any of these right now! (Standard chives from back east are a bit more tricky because […]

How to Re-Bloom Poinsettia

Re-blooming any plant that has been forced for mass production is not easy. Re-blooming a poinsettia plant is no exception. It can be done, but it requires greenhouse-like conditions with hands-on care. Plus it is a tedious process and one slip – leaving the lights on just once – will blow months of work. Month – by – Month Poinsettia Re-bloom Guide January – March: Water your poinsettia whenever you find that the surface of the soil is dry to the touch. April: Begin gradually decreasing the amount of water […]

Poinsettia Care in the Southwest

In North America, nothing says Christmas quite like the poinsettia. Many people want to keep these lovely plants alive for as long as possible, and here are the tips and tricks to doing so. Genes Rule Plant Behavior Poinsettias (Euphorbia pulcherrima) are native to the cool plateaus of central Mexico. Their origin – and thus their genes – is key to their survival in our modern homes. Many people hear “Mexico” and think of the hot desert areas or maybe Cancun, but much of Mexico is not hot, nor topical! […]

Poinsettia – A Lovely Plant

National Poinsettia Day is December 12. America’s favorite holiday flower* has its own special day of recognition! This day was jointly designated by Congress and the floral industry to celebrate the beauty and rich history of the poinsettia. And an interesting history it is too.  Native to the New World Poinsettia is native to the area of Mexico near present day Taxco. These charming plants were popular long before Christmas and Christianity. The Nahuatl called it cuetlaxochitl (que-tlax-o-chi-tl), and used it as a symbol of purity. Poinsettia was brought off […]

You Can Grow Orchids Easily

Orchids are gorgeous, beautiful, intricate, spectacular, and a number of other superlatives. They also have a reputation as being hard to grow, but that “ain’t necessarily so,” to quote the old song. So Many Orchids to Choose From The Orchid family is divided into four tribes, 800 genera, well over 20,000 different species with numerous varieties, and more being discovered every year. There are also an estimated 500 commercial hybrids entering the trade per year, for an estimated 3 million hybrids currently known. BUT! Don’t get overwhelmed by orchid numbers. […]