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Northwest Illinois Horticulture Corner

In the far Northwest Corner of Illinois, gardening is a very popular pastime! Get your info here!
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Amaryllis Care

By Nikki Keltner, Program Coordinator, University of Illinois Extension One of my all-time favorite plants is the amaryllis. This plant is a very popular holiday plant, sold in many stores and often given as gifts. If you received an amaryllis as a gift I hope you have enjoyed its beautiful bell shaped blooms. There are many colors of amaryllis, red, white, pink, salmon, apricot, burgun...

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Forcing paperwhites for holiday décor

News source/writer: Candice Hart, 815-732-2191,   URBANA, Ill. – Longing for a bit of spring during the winter months? A University of Illinois Extension educator suggests "forcing" bulbs indoors to create a beautiful and long-lasting flower display for your home. "The term 'forcing' refers...

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Top 10 tips for poinsettias

News source/writer: Kim Ellson, 847-818-2905,   URBANA, Ill. – It is hard to think of the holidays without conjuring up images of red poinsettias and a snowy landscape. These beautiful plants are easy to care for, with a few simple tips. "There is no need for people to experience difficulties...

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Choosing and Caring for Poinsettias

There are many types of plants available for purchase during the holiday season. Poinsettias are the number one potted plant sold and for good reason, they are beautiful, they come in the traditional red and a variety of other colors, and if properly cared for they last a long time. Chances are that you will either purchase a poinsettia as a gift or receive one as a gift. Following are some tip...

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