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January 2016
Issue 50
Good Afternoon Great-Gardeners,

I learned something new this past week. Did you know that the worlds largest snowflake was 15 inches wide and 8 inches thick? I would hate to be the person who got hit on the head with that snow flake (ouch). 

I was praying for some good snow this past weekend (6-12 Inches). Just enough to build a nice big snowman with my daughter. Unfortunately, mother nature sent it south.

Having some snow on the ground is good though, it helps insulate the ground and protects plants from extreme freezes. Although it does not look like we are going to be getting anymore for awhile.

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

"Every gardener knows that under the cloak of winter lies a miracle ... a seed waiting to sprout, a bulb opening to the light, a bud straining to unfurl.  And the anticipation nurtures our dream."
-  Barbara Winkler
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Garden Joke
What kind of tree has hands?
Scroll down to bottom of email for answer.
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What's Bugging?
Can you guess what this is?

You may have seen this posted a month or so ago on our facebook page, but I thought it would be fun to ask my email friends. 

This, if you do not know, is a Praying Mantis Casing. Inside are hundreds of babies waiting to hatch in the spring.

If you see one in your evergreens, leave it alone. Praying Mantis are beneficial insects that eat other bugs that may be harmful to your garden.

Side Note:  Do not bring into your home or you may wake up to find yourself surrounded by hundreds of baby manta's.
New For You
Wilson's Gift Cards
Can now be purchased online!
Wilson's Garden Center
10923 Lambs Ln.
Newark, Ohio. 43055

740-763-2874 (Fax)

Winter Hours:
Monday - Saturday:

9 am - 5 pm
Closed Sunday
Garden Joke Answer
A Palm Tree!
Wilson App
The Wilson’s Garden Center app is designed to help you have more fun in the garden and at our garden center.

Each time you visit the garden center your purchase will be validated at the register and you’ll receive another ‘punch’.

After 5 punches you’ll earn a reward. Click on the rewards tab and you’ll see all the rewards you’ve earned and all those you are eligible for.

Use our handy links to access our app on the Apple iTunes store and Google Play (for Android devices). Just follow the prompts to download, activate and enjoy the app.

Our app works on all Apple iPhones, iPads, iPad minis as well as Android Smart phones and tablets.
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Gardening Terms
Leaf Node: A node is the area of a plant's stem from which the leaves grow.

Pinching Back - is a form of pruning that encourages branching on the plant.

By taking your thumb and forefinger you "pinch" right above a leaf node removing the growth above the pinch. This triggers the plant to send out new branches right below the pinch.

Pinching can help increase yields and prolong blooming. A couple of plants that benefit from pinching are Basil and Mums.

Not all plants like pinching, so check on the label, internet or with your local garden center if you are unsure whether or not to pinch.
Orchids are one of the most beautifulest of exotic plants. There are over 28,000 species, but the most common seen on the market are Phalaenopsis (Moth Orchids), Oncidiums (Dancing Ladies) and Dendrobiums.

Orchids are not difficult to grow and are excellent house plants, if given the proper care.

Keys For Success:
 Moderately bright windowsill is ideal (No direct sun).

 Avoid drafts.

Water: (Avoid using softened water.) Water every 7-12 days depending on the season and temperature.

Dendrobiums and Oncidiums: Keep evenly moist during active growth, allow to dry out between waterings when not.

Phalaenopsis: Keep nearly dry between waterings.

When watering make sure to avoid wetting the foliage and use room temperature water. It is best to under water versus over water. The finger test is the only way to know the right moment, just before they get dry. Make sure to empty saucers of excess water after watering.
We recommend using Jack's Orchid Fertilizer monthly by following the directions on the back of the container.

Make sure never to apply more fertilizer than what is recommended by the manufacturer. Applying to much can burn the roots of the plant.
It is best to re-pot orchids every couple of years, when they are out of bloom. This prevents their roots from becoming over crowded in the pot. 

A good pot to use, when re-potting, is an Orchid pot (pictured left). They allow the roots of the orchid to spread out.
To Re-pot:
We recommend using Espoma Orchid Mix when re-potting. To re-pot:

Presoak Espoma Organic Mix for 24 hours and allow to drain.

Remove orchid carefully from current container.

Remove dead roots and trim active roots to 6 inches in length.

Fill container 1/3 full with Orchid mix.
Position single stem plants in the center of the new pot. Position multi-stemmed plants against the pot wall.

Add more mix to gently cover roots and fill pot to one half inch below rim.
Orchids will bloom for weeks on end. After they are done blooming the petals will fall off the stem.

When the blooms are finished, you can cut the spike down to the level of the leaves and the plant will bloom with larger flowers and a strong stem within a year. You can also cut off the stem leaving two nodes (those little brown lines on the stem below where the flowers were) on the stem. One of these nodes will then initiate and generally produce flowers within eight to 12 weeks. Phalaenopsis also prefer temperatures of 70-85 F. during the day and 60-70 F. at night in order to produce flowers.

Oncidium – Remove the stalk at the point where it emerged from the plant. Oncidium orchids will rebloom if the temperatures during the day are 80-90 F. and the nighttime temperatures are 55-60 F.

When the blooms are done, cut the stems just where they meet the canes (pseudobulb).
When a healthy orchid has not flowered in over a year, it is usually due to not enough light. It is normal though for orchids to take a break in between blooming periods.
Explore Ohio
Arboretums, gardens and conservatories are a great way to escape from the city, unwind and enjoy all that nature has to offer.  Get inspired by these beautiful places. Each newsletter I will feature a different place in Ohio for you to check out. Take the family and have fun.

P.S. Don't forget to share some pictures with us.
Photo by Greg Hume
Krohn Conservatory
1501 Eden Park Dr, Cincinnati, OH 45202

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