Welcome to the independent website of the Master Gardeners of Greater New Orleans! This site is intended to provide our members and the general public with up-to-date information on our organization including educational and gardening activities, volunteer opportunities in and around town, and the latest news of MGGNO. General information about the Louisiana Master Gardener program, horticultural publications and more can be found at lsuagcenter.com and in this brief article by René Schmit, Louisiana Master Gardener Coordinator4.
To increase the public’s love for and knowledge of gardening and responsible stewardship of the environment.
Serving Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines and St. Bernard parishes, the Master Gardeners of Greater New Orleans strives to aid the LSU AgCenter to meet the educational needs of home gardeners in our community while providing enjoyable, worthwhile service experience for our members.
Poinsettia- Euphorbia pulcherrima
Decorative plants such as poinsettias, cyclamen, holiday cactuses, rosemary and living Christmas trees can play an important part in decorating our homes for the holidays.
After purchasing a holiday plant, protect it while bringing it home. Sudden exposure to low temperatures and wind will damage the plant. Poinsettias are particularly fragile. It’s best to have them sleeved before you take them out of the store. When you get them home, the plants should be located for attractive display, but a spot where they will receive some natural light will give best results.
Holiday plants often are sold in pots wrapped in decorative coverings. Punch holes in the covering where the drainage holes of the pot are located to allow the soil to drain properly when you water. Also, make sure the furniture or floor you set your plant on is protected by a plastic saucer. Another option is to remove the pot from the decorative covering, take the plant to the sink, water it and allow it to drain there before you return it back to the location where you are displaying it and slip it back into the decorative pot cover.
Plants should be checked for moisture daily by feeling the soil with your finger. Water thoroughly when the soil begins to feel dry. Never let a holiday plant wilt.
Allowing a plant to dry out, low light, low humidity, drafts and placing them near sources of heat all can shorten the attractive life of your holiday plant. You can make sure that your holiday plants will provide a beautiful display throughout the season with a little tender love and care.
Happy meeting of MGGNO members at Urban Roots Garden Center on 3/2/13. Lots of flowers, smiles and friendship!
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Check out Orleans Parish Horticulture Cooperative Extension Agent Andrew Loyd’s blog “The Crescent City’s Green Thumb” at: http://orleanshort.blogspot.com