Baby Toes (Fenestraria aurantiaca)
Sun: These little babies (pun intended) like sun to part shade. We do not recommend full sun, but a few hours of direct or about 6 hours of bright light would be best.
Zone: These plants are a succulent, so please keep them in an area whose temperatures range around or above 65 degrees F. if it gets cooler than that we suggest moving them in or covering them up. They are very drought tolerant, and can do well in nutrient poor soils.
Soil: A well drained soil will do best. We read that an equal parts coir, potting soil, sand, fine gravel, and perlite will work wonders.
Water: Do not over water Baby Toes. This may cause them to rot or split like succulents do when they are over-watered. A light misting of water will help this one out about twice a week. Do let the soil dry out in between watering.
Habitat: Baby Toes grows upright (usually 6” high) and literally look like an infant’s toes. The top of the toe (the flat part) has a thin film and this is where the light enters for photosynthesis.
Tip: This plant is great for containers because it does well in shallow planters and does well in nutrient depleted soils. This succulent does flower, and when it does they are beautiful yellow or white (or somewhere in between).
Category: Filler – To fill in and cover the Pockets between the other plants.
Frost Dates: The USDA posts dates for each hardiness zone regarding the last date when frost historically occurs in a climate (usually early to late spring), and the first day to expect frost in a given climate (usually early to late fall). You can check out a helpful map to find YOUR ZONE HERE.
This year we have downloadable wall paper created by very own, David. There will be more to come, so keep your eyes open and to download just click here!
Poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima)
Sun: The more light you have to offer this plant the better it will do. Just be sure it is allowed some full darkness at night. This plant will adore a spot in a window facing South, East or West. At least 6 hours of light a day is recommended. Direct sunlight may fade the bracts.
Zone: These plants are ideally for indoors and require daytime temperatures to be between 60-70 degrees F and night time temperatures to be no lower than 55 degrees F.
Soil: For watering purposes, a soil with good drainage and water retention is the best.
Water: Water your poinsettia when the surface of the soil is dry to touch, this may mean you will have to check it everyday. When watering, be sure the water saturates fully and either runs free from the drainage holes, or can’t hold anymore. Do not leave standing in water.
Habitat: Originated from Mexico and Central America, the Poinsettia is actually known for its colored leaves (or bracts), and the flowers are actually the tiny button looking centers of the bracts. This plant needs watering and pruning changed monthly if you are looking to keep it around longer than the holidays.
Tip: Poinsettia’s are intended for indoor use, or outdoors in a tropical area. If place near a window do not let the plant touch the cold windowpane as it will injure it. People allergic to latex may develop a rash if they handle this plant.
Category: Thriller – Used as focal points and to create a dynamic visual composition.
Filler – To fill in and cover the Pockets between the other plants.
No one wants to do it, but believe us winterizing your garden will only make you happier in the spring! Schools may choose if they want to leave their gardens up or take them down, and both are options while neither are necessary. If taking them down will work best for you, please be sure to clean and let them dry thoroughly before storing away for the winter. Be sure your storage spot is dry and out of the way. Whether you leave them up or take them down we wanted to share these useful tips and suggestions from Hubert P. Conlon, UT Extension Area Specialist in Ornamental Horticulture.You can start here!
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