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Holiday Houseplants

Decorate your home for the holidays with these colorful houseplant options. Poinsettia Loved for their big, bright, red blooms, these classic holiday plants are actually tropical plants, making poinsettias the perfect houseplant candidate year-round. If displayed outdoors, be sure to bring in on nights below 40 degrees! Poinsettias are also mildly toxic and cause skin

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Poinsettia Care through Winter (and Beyond)

This iconic holiday plant has tropical roots. Get tips on keeping your poinsettia looking its best all year. Perhaps no flower represents the winter holidays like the poinsettia. However, these festive plants, which range from the traditional red to pale yellow, can be mysterious when it comes to care and maintenance. Here are some tips on

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Christmas Cactus Care

The Christmas cactus is a long lived plant with flat, segmented stems. Most of the year its appearance is fairly unassuming. Some potted green in the corner of the living room or parked under a tree in the back yard. Around Christmas, however, something magical happens. With care, this plain looking plant will blossom with flowers of

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Flavorful Gatherings: Herbs for your Holiday Dinners

Just because the weather outside is frightful doesn’t mean you have to give up on your green thumb. Many herbs do well indoors as long as they are given enough light. A bright kitchen window or sunny southern exposure will work just fine. Keep them lightly watered and trim often for vigorous growth. Rosemary Nothing

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A Holly for Every Need

Enjoy the following recollection of holly berries and childhood from a Louisiana Horticulturist: “Growing up right behind St. George, our neighbor, Mrs. B., had a Holly on the right corner of her house. Being a boy, what this meant for me was I now had “bullets” to throw at my younger brother. Holly berries were

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Cyclamen: Holiday & Cool Season Favorite

Cyclamen plants add a splash of color to shady spot, a container garden. The red and white blooms are ideal as holiday garden centerpieces or given as a gift to someone special. Want other colors besides the holiday classic combination? Shades of pink and purple are available as well! They look delicate, but cool-weather cyclamen

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Lettuce Get Started in the Garden

All types of lettuce (romaine, butterhead, leaf, and head) all grow well in Louisiana. Purchase fresh seed or transplants at a local nursery or online from major seed companies. Seed should be planted a one-eighth of an inch deep or less. Many varieties of lettuce germinate better if light can reach the seed. Cover lettuce

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Evergreen Shrubs for Year-Long Color

Evergreen shrubs don’t disappoint. Add them to your landscape for vibrant flowers, leaves and stems every season. Evergreen Viburnum Viburnum is a dense, compact shrub with pointed green leaves edged with creamy yellow. It has clusters of red flowers in late winter and spring. Though most cultivars are deciduous, the sweet viburnum is a diehard

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Growing Citrus in Acadiana

Citrus trees are the most popular edible tree grown in southern Louisiana. With their dark green foliage, fragrant white flowers and delicious fruit so many people just love them! We are lucky to have a unique climate that allows us to grow Citrus (a tropical fruit) here in south Louisiana. The only thing that stops

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Tips for Planting Bulbs

No other types of plants will give the gardener more beauty, or a wider range of variety, color and flowering times than flowering bulbs. They produce flowers of incredible colors from one end of the growing season to the other. Nothing else will reward you with so much pleasure for so little effort…at least in

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