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Bring Spring Inside

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Bring Spring Inside
Late winter is a great time to bring some color into your home with branches from your spring-flowering trees and shrubs.  Forcing branches into bloom is easy and this is the perfect time of year to do this simple project.  It can take anywhere from 1 to 6 weeks to initiate flowering (depending on the species) but the colorful blooms that seem to pop open before your eyes are well worth the wait. Timing The best time to cut branches for forcing indoors is when the buds begin to swell...
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How to Repot a Moth Orchid Demonstration

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How to Repot a Moth Orchid Demonstration
Kemper Center for Home Gardening is continuing the FREE Wednesday Morning Demonstrations for 2016. The format has changed a little this year. We are focusing on the Visual Guides on the Missouri Botanical Garden website. One of our most popular visual guides is “Repotting a Phalaenopsis or Moth Orchid”. At the upper level of the Kemper Center, is a display with all the material needed along with a narrated slide show. The display is there for the months of February and March, the sa...
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What Holiday Cacti do you have?

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What Holiday Cacti do you have?
My Christmas cactus is blooming right now but why do some bloom around Easter and Thanksgiving? There are three types of holiday cactus: Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. The Thanksgiving and Christmas cactus belong to the genus Schlumbergera but the Easter cactus is in the genus Rhipalidopsis. All have the same coloring and need the same care. There are two main differences between these cacti: 1. when they flowers, and 2. their leaf segments. To help figure out which cactus ...
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