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Gardening: Let plants help you celebrate the holidays

Rodd Moesel: As 2012 draws to close, many gardeners focus on Christmas greens
BY Rodd Moesel Published: December 3, 2012

For living Christmas trees you hope to plant out in the yard after Christmas, you may want to shorten your tree season to 7 to 14 days to make sure not to dry the tree out too much or get it “too soft” in the warmer indoor temperatures. Make sure to keep the live tree watered.

Both the cut and live trees will benefit from an occasional misting or spritzing of the tree and even from some additional pans of water under the trees to evaporate around the tree and to keep up the humidity or moisture around the tree.

There is something special about fresh greens of needle or broadleaf evergreens used to decorate doors, mantels, doorways or tabletops when used as a rope, swag, wreaths or just loose boughs!

Fresh evergreen trimmings cut from your own yard or purchased at the local nursery adds life, color and energy to your Christmas home.

Few ways are better to say Merry Christmas than Christmas trees, fresh greens and poinsettias. We have an extra week of time between an early Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, let plants help you celebrate the holidays.

Rodd Moesel serves on the Oklahoma Horticulture Industrial Council and the Oklahoma State University agriculture dean's advisory committee. He is a former president of the Oklahoma Greenhouse Growers. Email garden and landscape questions to

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