I'd like to touch base with everyone about plant care and floral care for the
Now that the weather is getting chilly, make sure all your plants are away from drafty windows and doors - anything that can cause them to get cold.
If you are transporting flowers or plants for the holidays, make sure to keep them covered! Newspaper is a great for insulation and a trash bag or plastic shopping bag will create a good windbreaker for the plant. Any time plants or flowers are exposed to freezing temperatures, they are prone to freezing and frost bite. You can recognize it easily enough. Plants and flowers will have a distinctive black or brown tip with a crunchy feel to it. Remove the damaged foliage or petals and monitor it. If the damage spreads to the entire plant or flower, you might want to remove the damaged portions.
Also want to talk about Poinsettias!
There is the myth that the beautiful poinsettia is toxic. This is false! Whether you are human or concerned about your animals ingesting the plant.
The poinsettia is part of the Euphorbia family (which includes some toxic plants), but the poinsettia is not a toxic plant at all. The Minnesota Poison Control System concurs : "The fact is that they (poinsettias) are not poisonous. Nor are they edible and it can be expected that, when eated in quantity, they may cause stomach upset with possible vomitting. This may happen when an overactive puppy devours an entire plant. In the case of a child who eats a single leaf, no ill effects would be expected."
Given the bitter taste of the plant, it is usually enough to deter humans and pets from continous ingestion of the plant. Experimental dosages of ingestion of the plant have been conducted. It is said that a 50 pound child would have to eat more than 1.25 lbs of poinsettia (about 500-600 leaves) to exceed the experiemental dosage. If your child or pet eats that much poinsettia.... You might want to consider watching them a little closer or keeping your out of control dog in a kennel or outside!
You can check out the entire article on www.snopes.com/holidays/christmas/poinsettias.asp
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Stay warm this holiday season - oh, and Merry Christmas!!