Newsletters >> January 2017 Newsletter (vol.45)
IN THIS ISSUE
- Feeding your Wild Birds through Winter
- Milstadt's Poinsettia Trial Results
- Taking Care of Your Houseplants
- Potatoes and Onions Program is Open!
- Plant of Merit for 2016
- January Birth Flowers
In Other News
New Lower Pricing! We have lowered our pricing ~10% on DeWitt Sunbelt ground cover and ~20-25% on DeWitt Pro5 weed barrier.. Call your sales rep for a quote and order early for best availability.
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As winter sets in, your lawn and garden may be looking gray. A nice and simple way to bring color back to your yard is to set bird food out! In winter, birds change their eating habits from munching on insects and berries over to seeds and nuts. They begin searching for a winter food and water source for wintertime survival. A well-mixed premium bird food will do the trick and serve many different species of birds. Sunflower seed is a great base for any mix due to its high calorie, fat, and protein content. Sunflower kernels provide the same nutrition, with less mess due to being shelled. Sunflowers seed will attract a large variety of birds to your feeders including cardinals, nuthatches, finches, and others. Millet is another key ingredient for bird food. Millet is a favorite of ground-feeding birds such as juncos, doves, and sparrows. Safflower is an ingredient that works well as a fail-safe food supply. Most birds love safflower while blackbirds and squirrels typically do not. If you want to have the most popular feeder in the neighborhood, add nuts! Peanuts, cashews, and pistachios are all great choices.
Millstadt’s Poinsettia Trial Results are in! Click here to check out the five best performing varieties.
January is a great time to focus on your houseplant health. Here are some basic tips to help keep your houseplants happy and healthy.
Colocasia gigantea - Giant Elephant's Ear
Photo courtesy Missouri Botanical Garden
The Plants of Merit list is put together by the Missouri Botanical Garden each year. The list is very anticipated and features new and must grow plant varieties for our lower Midwest region. The criteria for cultivars to be included in the Plants of Merit program include easy to grow and maintain varieties, not known to be invasive in our area, outstanding ornamental value, and reasonably available to purchase. Missouri Botanical Garden just announced the 2016-2017 chosen cultivars. Review them here.
Left: Carnation, Right: Snowdrop; Photo Credit: Farmers Almanac
The January Birth Flowers are the Carnation and Snowdrop. The Carnation, or Dianthus caryophyllus, symbolizes love and affection, while a red carination means ‘I love you.’ The original flower was a pinkish-purple hue but cultivation of this flower has developed many colors including red, white, yellow, green, striped, and others.
The Snowdrop, or Galanthus, signifies hope and beauty. Galanthus (greek meaning milk flower) is a bulbous perennial found in the Amaryllidaceous family. Most species flower in the winter before vernal equinox.
Hummert is proud to have joined PrintReleaf in late 2015.This is a program that plants a tree for us in another country for every 10,000 copies we make. Our January statement came in and so far we have planted 49 trees since joining the program. We have trees in Mexico, Madagascar, Dominican Republic, India, and Brazil!