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The Winter Solstice

The shortest day of the year is here on Sunday December 21. That means our days will be getting longer - imperceptible at first, but by the end of January it will be more noticeable. Even though they might not be actively growing yet, under the cloak of winter, our plants will definitely note this change, as daylength is an important environmental cue for them to initiate development and many other processes. Plants have special pigment cells that measure the amount of light being absorbed so they can determine what the daylength is.

Read more about the winter solstice, daylength and photoperiodism in this archived edcuational article.


Amaryllis, Hippeastrum

Amaryllis bulbs make wonderful holiday gifts and are a welcome sight during a long cold winter with their large, colorful long-lasting flowers. If you can provide the right conditions, it’s not hard to maintain the plants after flowering in order to get them to rebloom the following year. To learn more about these bulbs, read this article...

Cyclamen

Colorful flowers are always welcome indoors in the winter. Cyclamen persicum is a tender plant that is grown as a houseplant for its bright white, pink or red flowers that can bloom for months.  It may be difficult to provide the right conditions to get this plant to rebloom, however. To learn more about what cyclamen needs to thrive, read this article...

Landscape Pesticide Registry

Landscape Pesticide Advance Notice RegistryDid you know the state of Wisconsin will notify you when lawn and landscape pesticides are to be applied to properties adjacent to your home by commercial applicators? To take advantage of this free service, all you have to do is sign up online with WI-DATCP. For more details on the program read the full article...

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