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Week of January 18, 2021

Grow citrus such as tangerine, kumquat or lemonier as houseplants for their fragrant flowers. Grow citrus such as tangerine, kumquat or lemonier as houseplants for their fragrant flowers.

Heavy snow can be gently removed from plants to prevent bending or breaking.

Attracting butterflies, honey bees and bumble bees, Culver’s root (Veronicastrum virginicum) is a great addition to a full-sun perennial garden. Sending up erect stems of white to pale blue flowers from June to August and growing 4’ – 7’ tall, Culver’s Root will also tolerate wet soil. Honey bees are often seen in large groups when flowers are present suggesting high-quality nectar. Culver’s root will not tolerate dry sites and will fall over in the shade. It is hardy in zones 3-8.

Cut amaryllis flower stalks after blooming; water and fertilize remaining leaves.

When watering orchids, don’t let water accumulate inside the flowers. It will shorten their bloom time.

Root cuttings from potted geraniums.

If using a chain saw is on your list of winter chores, be sure to follow some very important safety guidelines. Wear protective goggles and a thick jacket. Do not wear any loose clothing. Don’t insert the chain into a previous cut or use it on wet wood. Never raise the saw above your waist.


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