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John Fulton
Former County Extension Director



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In The Backyard

Horticulture columns and tips done on a timely basis

Poinsettias

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Poinsettias The poinsettia is a plant that is native to Mexico, and has become the traditional potted plant at Christmas time. While many believe that the red, pink, or white color is the flower, it is actually called a br...

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Repairing Storm Damaged Trees

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With two rounds of ice down, and another on the way, many trees and shrubs are taking a beating. There are some rules of thumb to deal with ice, and the first one is to get the ice off if it is safe to do so. Especially evergreens are susceptible to breakage from the extra weight the ice carries with it, but others such as oak trees that have retained leaves are also at risk. Many times...

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Poinsettias in Arrangements - from David Robson

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While poinsettias are tough tropical plants, occasionally stems break off or bend during transport or when accidentally bumped. If caught soon enough, you can use those bloom stems for decorations. Poinsettias are members of the Euphorbia family, characterized by milky sap in the stems. To use the flowers in ar...

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Living Christmas Trees

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In many parts of the country, people celebrate Christmas with a living tree. Don't confuse a living tree with a fresh cut tree. Living trees still have their roots, usually wrapped in a ball of soil and burlap. The whole point is to add the plant to the landscape after the holidays. That's a nice idea, but it'...

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