Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 13, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
6 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Friday, December 13, 1974 Your Garden Christmas plants need proper care HOME OF THE WEEK By ISABELLE R. YOUNG F.R.H.S. Continuing on from last week, a very eye catching plant is the Capsicum or Red Pepper or Christmas pepper plant, grown as an annual and lasting for only one season. The most popular variety is C. frutescens 'Christmas Candle' which bears yellow to red fruit and grows 24 inches in height. The white, star shaped flowers are quite attractive. For good growing con- ditions, they require a bright window sill, moderately moist soil and a temperature of around 50 degrees. If con- ditions are too hot the fruit will drop. If you pruchased one of these plants in the fall when the berries were still green, you will be surprised to. see how long it will remain or-" namental in the house. Towards the end of the year, the fruit gradually starts to change color through yellow and orange to a bright scarlet. It should stay in this condition' if you remember to apply moisture regularly. This is The Bricklin Row Bob Hepburn reports on the controversy surrounding the Bricklin sports car. This Saturday in Weekend Magazine. The Letlibridge Herald 'quite important since the oval leaves turn yellow and drop off if the soil is allowed to become bone dry. Eventually, the red pods will shrivel and go crisp and it is from these you may obtain seeds to start some plants of your own, which are sown in the spring. During the summer you can put the young plants outdoors in a sheltered spot to decorate your patio or garden. The white starry flowers will appear in August if the seed has been planted early enough. Complete success seems to depend on getting the plants to the flowering stage fairly early in the season. The Azalea indica or Rhododendron indicum is a beautiful shrubby evergreen for the house or greenhouse that produces white, pink, lavender or red blooms. When purchased from a florist or other outlet it is usually in full flower. Place where it will receive filtered sunlight in a temperature of from 55 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit for best blooming results. This is one plant that cannot be overwatered and sometimes it is necessary to apply moisture several times a day. At least once a week, give a thorough soaking by standing the plant Herald At Home in a pan of warm water tor about half an hour to ensure that all feeder roots are moistened. Give a little plant food while actively growing. Any of the complete, water soluble fertilizers will do. When blooming has ceased the plant may be carried over to the next year by repotting in a mixture of equal parts of loam and peat moss (no sand) as Azaleas require quite an acid soil. The plant should be pruned for shape before June. When all danger of frost is over, plunge the pot in the soil outdoors in a semi shaded position. Water when required and fertilize twice a month. It is most important that these plants be set outside during the summer to help set the buds. Bring indoors again before a frost and grow as before. The variety known as "Keepsake" is a long lasting specimen. The poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima) is perhaps one of the most popular of all Christmas plants. The newer varieties now last and last from Christmas to Mother's day, making it, more or less, a regular house plant rather than the "tempermental" type of the past. Give them lots of light and sun, plenty of moisture and a temperature of 70 degrees during the day and 60 to 65 degrees at night and you will have a beautiful plant. Yellowing and dropping of the foliage is usually caused by temperatures below 60 degrees, drying out of the roots or a draft. If you want to keep the plant over for another yeaf, when the bracts and leaves begin to lose color gradually withhold water. Keep in a cool temperature of 45 to 50 degrees. In May repot in three parts loam, and equal parts of sand and peat moss. Cut back to about six inches and place in a temperature of 60 degrees. Fertilize once a month and water when re- quired. NOW dial anyone in Alberta for fifty cents or less Friday midnight to 6 a.m. Monday FRIDAY MIDNIGHT... That's when you can start saving. Now this special low rate lasts all weekend. Dial direct to any place in Alberta, for half a buck or less for your first three minutes. If you don't yet have Direct Distance Dialing, phone station-to-station for the same low rate. ...TO 6A.M. MONDAY Fifty-four continuous hours of savings day or night! of all the people who would like to hear your voice. Surprise somebody! Phone this weekend anywhere in Alberta for half a buck or less. REMEMBER DIAL DIRECT if you live in a DDD you don't live in a DDD area, ask your Long Distance Operator to place your calls station-to-station special rate does not apply to other types of calls. 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