Newsletters >> December 2011 Newsletter (vol.2)
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- National Green Center Show:
January 8th & 9th 2012
- Order your Plants & Cuttings before January 13th for select early order discounts
HUMMERT’S FUN FACT
Most snowflakes are less than 1/2" across. The largest snowflake recorded was 15" in diameter. All snowflakes have six sides and no two snowflakes are alike.
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The winter season is fast approaching, and you want to be prepared for the unpredictable snow and ice. It is important to choose the right de-icing chemical to fit your needs. There are several de-icers to choose from, but before you make your purchase you should understand the benefits and disadvantages of each chemical and how to use them. Using blends of de-icers, in addition with mechanical strategies, will help you keep ice and snow at a manageable and safe level.
• One-time application for cut Christmas Trees
• No water needed in tree stand for up to 4 weeks
• Less needle drop, less browning
• All Natural & Safe for people and pets
• No watering for up to 2 weeks on Poinsettias
Propagation mats are beneficial for growers and hobbyists that need constant heat to the root zone of freshly sown seeds and cuttings. Root zone heat allows hobbyist to grow indoors when the weather outside is frightful. It also promotes a more uniform plant with increased rooting and decreased respiration, as well as aiding in energy conservation for growers. It has been proven by many studies that plants respond favorably to warm soil temperatures. Instead of spending the additional money to heat the soil by raising the air temperature in your greenhouse, or waiting for spring to arrive to start your seeds, use a propagation mat and apply the heat directly to the root zone. Where it counts!
Short days and long nights make winter a difficult season for indoor flowering plants. This time of year, one of the easiest ways to bring flowers inside, is by forcing bulbs. There are a wide variety of bulbs to force into bloom in the low light winter months.
Paperwhites and Amaryllis are two of the most popular. They do not require chilling before planting and can even be forced into bloom simply by setting the roots in water.