Western Mountains and High Plains
Paul Ecke Poinsettias
To learn about the world of poinsettias and the newest introductions, visit the Paul Ecke Ranch Web site. This company in Encinitas, California, is known worldwide for its poinsettia introductions. Their site has tips on care of poinsettias and how to make them last beyond the holiday season.
Clever Gardening Technique
Homemade Christmas Tree Preservative
Keep your freshly cut Christmas tree green and the needles supple by using this homemade preservative solution. Into one gallon of hot water, carefully mix one cup of light corn syrup and two tablespoons chlorinated liquid bleach. Be careful not to splash the bleach on clothing or carpet. Allow the mixture to cool to tepid and add to the tree stand. Check your cut tree daily and add more of the mix to the stand as needed. Caution: Store unused preservative in a plastic gallon container that is labeled and keep out of the reach of small children.