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Master gardeners: December is for poinsettias

According to the Master Gardeners, December is the time for poinsettias.

Poinsettias are among the easiest holiday plants to grow. First, you must choose a healthy one, and get it home without suffering any cold damage.

It should be wrapped well, then transported in a heated vehicle, not left in the car while you do other shopping.

Cut the bottom of the decorative pot covering so excess water drains out, and place the poinsettia in a bright, sunny location. Water thoroughly when the soil surface begins to dry, and then fertilize monthly after four to six weeks.

The best way to keep icy sidewalks, steps and driveways sage without damaging nearby plants is to rely primarily on sand or grit, rather than de-icing products.

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