Amaryllis  (Hippeastrum)

This traditional Christmas plant starts from a bulb.  When planting leave one inch or more of the pointed end of the bulb exposed above the soil.  Water thoroughly and place in a bright room but not in direct sun.  Amarillys prefer a warm space when starting to bloom (seventy to seventy-five degrees).    Water thoroughly when the soil feels dry to the touch.  The bloom spike will emerge first then the foliage.  As the bloom spike grows it will naturally stretch toward the light.  Rotate the pot a half turn each time you water to maintain a straight stalk.  While in full bloom, Amarillys prefer a cooler space, around sixty-five degrees.  After flowering continue to water and fertilize until the leaves begin to yellow.  Stop watering and allow the foliage to die off.  Cut this dead foliage off just above the bulb.   This bulb does not need a cold period to re-bloom, merely a rest period in a semi-shady spot outside when there is no threat of fresh or indoors. 

Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera Truncata)Christmas Cactus

Christmas cactus prefer moderately bright light (diffuse sunlight not direct) like in a room with a bright South window.  The solid prefers to be moderlately moist.,  Water thoroughly and allow to drain completely when the soil is dry to the touch.  Cool daytime temperatures are prefered ideally between sixty and seventy degrees.  Fertilize periodically following the manufactuerers directions.  Flowering is triggered by variations in temperature and light.  The light in North Dakota varies naturally enough to trigger blooming.  Sudden changes in watering and lighting pattern can cause inconsistent flowering or stop flowering completely. 

Norfolk Island Pine (Araucaria Heterophylla)  Norfolk Island Pine

Norfolk Island Pine prefers bright diffuse light not direct sun.  The ideal light is a room with a bright South window.  The solid prefers to be moderlately moist.,  Water thoroughly and allow to drain completely when the soil is dry to the touch. Moderate temperatures are prefered ideally between sixty-five and seventy degrees.  Fertilize periodically following the manufactuerers directions.  Avoid excessive hot or cold spots or drafts like from leaky windows, cold air returns, heat vents, or appliances.  Impropper watering, super low humidity or low light conditions can cause browning and needle drop.

Poinsettias  

Poinsettias are NOT POINSONOUS and are easy to care for.  This traditional Christmas plant would like to be watered thoroughly when the soil is dry to the touch and allowed to drain.  If the plant has been decoratively wrapped or basket dressed, remove the dressing to allow for full drainage.  Poinsettias prefer indirect bright light no direct sunlight.  The like a moderate and even temperature.  Do not expose them to cold drafts like leaky windows of frequently used doors.  Avoid setting them on heat sources like radiators, TV's and refridgerators.  Also avoid placing them next to heat ducts or cold air returns. 

PaperWhites (Narcissus)

Paperwhites are a fragrant white blooming bulb plant.  They can be forced indoors. Plant each bulb with the pointed end up and exposed out the top of the soil.  They can also be grown on a pebble bed or in a glass forcing vase.  Four to five bulbs will normally fit in a six inch pot when properly spaced.  Water thoroughly and allow to drain complately when in soil or in rocks or a vase add water daily so that the water level is maintained on the bottom half inch of the bulb.  If the water turns cloudy or smells sour, drain and refill immediately.  Place bulbs in a dark place until sprounds begin to push up then move to a bright room but not in direct sunlight. Cooler  temperatures keep the open blooms fresher longer.  Sixty to sixty-five is ideal.

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Azalea

For this area of the country this is a gift plant that is meant to be thrown away when flowering is over. Bright indirect light is preferred. This plant must be checked for watering needs every day. The soil must be moist. The soil can not dry out or the leaves will turn yellow and fall off. Cooler  temperatures are prefered, the blooms will last longer in cool temperatures. Avoid hot, dry air or drafts.