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Issue Forty Six
Place Your Fresh Greens Order
Make Wilson's your new Holiday Tradition this season.

Place an order with our talented designers who create their renowned custom wreaths, centerpieces and holiday arrangements.
Upcoming Events
Local Artisans & Crafters
11 am - 3 pm
December 5th & 6th,
12th & 13th
Santa Paws
Saturday & Sunday
December 5th & 6th:

Time: 11 am – 4 pm
Bring your pet to have his or her picture taken with Santa. Proceeds benefit Angel Paws Animal Assisted Activities & Therapy.
Holiday Cheer Basket
December 6th
Time: 2 pm
(Please Register In Advance)

Nothing says the holidays like the beauty and smell of fresh greens. Put them in a hanging basket, add some accents, and you have a show-stopping holiday creation!
Live Greens Arrangement Workshop

December 9th
Time: 10 am

December 13th
Time: 2 pm

Cost: $24.99

Please Register
In Advance.

Fill a planter with greens and add berries, pine cones and a bow for a fragrant, fresh centerpiece.
In The Community
Hanover & Mary Ann Twp. Fire Department
Annual Food & Toy Drive
Sunday, December 6th
1 - 5 pm

Hanover Station 802  198 New Home Dr. In Hanover

Hanover Station 804 51 North 1st St. In Marne

Mary Ann Twp. Station
6099 Fallsburg Rd

Bring a new or gently used toy or food donation to help deserving families in our area.
Wilson's Garden Center
10923 Lambs Ln.
Newark, Ohio. 43055

740-763-2874 (Fax)

 Hours Until December 23rd

Mon. - Sat.
9 am - 6 pm

11 am - 6 pm

Christmas Eve:
9 am - 4 pm

Closed Christmas Day & December 26th

Winter Hours:
Monday - Saturday:

9 am - 5 pm
Closed Sunday
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We are a family owned and operated garden center specializing in plants that thrive in Central Ohio

For more information about our store please
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Good Afternoon Great-Gardeners,

In this issue, new for 2015, tips on taking care of your cut tree and African violet care.

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, hit reply. I would love to hear from you. As always, have a great-gardening day.

2015 Hurry Back Bucks

If you have any
2015 Hurry Back Bucks
they expire
December 31, 2015.
How To Make A Holiday Cheer Basket
Click the picture for a
"How To" Video.

What you need:
  • Fresh Greens
  • Hanging Basket
  • Wettable Oasis
  • Foil
  • Pruners
  • Ribbon
  • Pine Cones
  • Mulch or Soil
  • Other Decorative Items
  • Wilt Stop
New For 2015
The love of bacon has been taken to an all time high this year
Hot Chocolate Maple Bacon Mix
Big Bucket Mixers
A party in a bucket. Just add the alcohol and your set to go. Several different flavors to choose from.
The best of both worlds in one unique pot.  
DIY Terrarium
Terrarium Kit includes
1 - 8" Glass Vessel & Lid
1 - Bag of Soil Mix
1 - Bag of Green Moss
1 - Bag of Hydro Stones
Fresh Cut Christmas Trees
Fresh Cut Fraser Firs
Now In Stock!

Tips for keeping your cut tree healthy and alive.

1) Refresh the tree by making a straight cut, taking one inch off the butt and immediately place in water. This will improve water uptake (See Tip 1)

2) Place the tree in a stand that can hold at least 1 gallon of water. You should expect the tree to take up additional water. Water the new tree until water uptake stops.

3) Always keep the base of the tree in water. Never let the water run out. If the base dries out, resin will form over the cut end and the tree will not be able to absorb water and will dry out quickly. Drying out deters future water uptake and will need a new cut. You don't need anything other than regular tap water. Commercially prepared mixes like aspirin, sugar and other additives introduced into the water are not necessary. Research has shown that plain water will keep a tree fresh.

4) Check for worn Christmas tree light electrical cords and always unplug at night. Use UL approved electrical decorations and cords. Using miniature lights produces less heat and reduces the drying effect on the tree or any chance of fire.

5) Take down the tree before it dries out. Many fresh cut trees if properly cared for (using the first five steps) should last at least five weeks before drying out. Some species keep their moisture longer than others.

1) Cutting a fresh cookie off the tree base is important only when trees have been cut for over 4 hours.

2) For easier watering, buy a funnel and a 3 to 4 foot tube. Slip the tube over the funnel outlet, extend tubing down into the tree stand and water without bending over or disturbing the tree skirt. Hide this system in an out-of-the way part of the tree.
African Violet Care
I use to have 3 or 4 African Violets growing in my bedroom window in Michigan. I had a west facing bedroom and they must have loved where they were, because they constantly bloomed.

Unfortunately, one day my cat decided that it wanted to play with them and knocked them all off the dresser I had them on, breaking off all the tops. I have never quite gotten over the loss of them. 

I think now since I still have a cat that I fair much better with succulents. Although I have thought about getting another African Violet to have in the office.

African violets are fairly simple to take care of as long as you follow a few simple guide lines.They also make great Christmas presents for those people who seem to have everything.

Light is one of the essential parts of growing African Violets. They love bright light (six or more hours), but not direct sun. South & West facing windows work well in winter time and North & East in summer. I have found that placing them a foot or so from the window works the best. Making sure in summer they are not getting hit directly with the hot sun. If you do not have enough light you can also use grow lights placed above them.

Watering is one of the hardest aspects when it comes to taking care of an African violet. Do I water over head or do I water from the bottom are two of the most asked questions. From experience I have watered both from the top and from the bottom. When watering from the top I made sure not to wet the foliage at all. African violets are very sensitive to water on their leaves which can cause spots and rot. A small spouted watering can or even a turkey baster works well when watering from the top. 

When I watered from the bottom I would fill the saucer full of water and let it sit for awhile. In either case the saucer needs to be emptied of water so the plant is not constantly sitting in it.

In winter time you will not have to water as often as you would in the spring, summer and fall. Unfortunately, I have killed more plants by not watering them, than by over watering them. Rule to remember is to let the first top inch of soil become dry to the touch. The easiest and simplest way to tell if the soil is dry is by sticking your finger into it. If the soil brushes easily off your finger and is dry to the touch, then water. 
Unlike other house plants African Violets love to be fertilized even during the winter months. Jacks Classic African Violet fertilizer is a great one to use every time or every other time you water your plant. Just follow the directions on the container.
Most house plants take breaks in between blooming periods and the same goes with African violets. So do not be surprised if your plant takes a break for a month before starting to bloom again. Its just its way of storing up enough energy to start the blooming process all over again. You want to make sure that after the blooms have died off that you trim them off to signal to the plant that it needs to create new blooms.
Soil & Container:
African violets need to be re-potted about once a year. They prefer to be a bit root bound so using the same pot or one that is just a tad larger will work well. When re-potting use a potting mix geared towards African Violets such as Espoma Organic African Violet Mix. Make sure to keep the crown just above the soil line when re-potting.
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