Garden Update – December 2020
Plants in Flower Witch Hazel Indoors: Amaryllis, Cyclamen, Poinsettia Plants with Colorful Berries American Beautyberry, Burford Holly, Chinese Holly, Foster Holly, Nellie R. Stevens Holly, Nandina, Pyracantha, and Washington Hawthorn.
What to Fertilize
- None needed on plants outside.
- Use wood ashes on your vegetable garden, bulb beds, and lightly on your lawns if soil pH is below 6.0.
- Fertilize house plants as needed.
What to Plant
- After Christmas, plant live Christmas trees in the landscape.
- Keep these trees indoors no more than 14 days.
- Consider using LED lights to reduce heat on the tree.
What to Prune
- Prune berry-producing plants if berries are desired in table arrangements over the holidays.
- Remove “weed” or undesirable trees from your landscape.
Pest Outlook None
Lawn Care Keep tree leaves from collecting on your lawn.
- Take leaf cuttings of your favorite house plants like African violets and begonia.
- Hardwood cuttings of your landscape plants like forsythia (yellow bells), flowering quince, weigela, holly, and hydrangea can be taken this month.
- Put pine needles or wheat/barley straw over your strawberry plants.
- Keep your living Christmas tree outside until you are ready to decorate.
- White pine and Norway Spruce are living trees that will do well in much of North Carolina.
- Make a list of needed repairs on garden tools and equipment.
- Repair or have them repaired after the holidays.
- Shop around for garden products for your favorite gardener.
- Keep your cut Christmas tree in water throughout the holiday season.
- Order fruit trees and grapevines for February or March planting, if not already done.
- Visit the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Henderson County Center for information on the holiday house plants like poinsettia and amaryllis.