Sunday, May 20, 2018
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Timely Tendings: holiday plants

Holiday plants: If your holiday poinsettia comes in a container wrapped in a foil outer cover, be sure to remove it or punch holes in the bottom to allow excess water to drain. Keep the soil around your poinsettia slightly moist, but not soggy, and place the plant in a bright window out of direct sunlight.

Kalanchoe, Kalanchoe blossfeldiana, a winter blooming succulent, has become popular as a holiday plant. The showy flowers are in terminal clusters and last for several weeks. Flower colors are yellow, pink, red and various shades of orange. Since this is a succulent plant, let the soil dry out between watering.

Source: Theresa Badurek, urban horticulture extension agent, UF/IFAS Pinellas County Extension Service. Learn more at or