Saturday, 18th November 2017
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El Edén

Gardeners with their own nursery.

We know that Adam and Eve have been expelled from the Garden of Eden, luckily we are allowed in at el Edén Viveros, where you will find an untold variety of very, very well looked after plants at prices that are cheaper than I have seen in any market or supermarket.

I could not believe my eyes when I saw perfectly healthy poinsettia plants at just €3.50, that’s half the price have seen elsewhere just as all the other plants on offer. What really struck me is that all plants show healthy, natural colours associated with well looked after plants.

If you really care for your garden, without a doubt this is the place to visit for your plants and if you prefer a gardener to do the job of designing, planting, maintaining your own private Eeden, then you should let them do it. They offer a complete gardening service at all levels.

On this occasion, since have shown so much interest in their Poinsettias, they have offered some advice on how to look after this beautiful plant.

For further information, you may contact El Edén direct at 952 803 781 or visit them at the nursery off the N340 at km 159, (opposite the Kempinski Hotel) on the way to Forest Hills.


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THE CHRISTMAS POINSETTIA

Euphorbia Pulcherrima, the traditional Christmas plant, they come in red varieties but pinks and white are gaining in popularity each year. Extensive hybridization has resulted in improved strains noted for their much longer flowering period that bloom until April or May.

There is no guarantee they will flower again the following year, but the steps outlined here will be helpful if you wish to try.

      • While your plant is in bloom, keep it in a room where you can best enjoy its beauty, but remember it prefers a lot of light while flowering, so a sunny window would be an excellent choice.
      • Provide sufficient humidity (moisture in the air). Placing a glass of water near the plant may be sufficient. Or fill a saucer with gravel, half fill with water and place the plant on the gravel.
      • Poinsettias use rather generous quantities of water while they are in flower.
      • Poinsettia plants are usually wrapped in fancy foil when you buy them. Cut a hole in the bottom of this foil, so that water does not drown the plant.
      • January to April - Enjoy the flowers but when they fade and the lower leaves begin to fall naturally, cut the stems back to about four to six inches from the ground. If your plant still looks nice and healthy, this step is not necessary. When you do cut it back, move the plant in its pot to a cool, dark place like the basement or garage. Weekly watering is probably all that will be needed.
      • May - It is time to re-pot into fresh dirt. A good commercial potting mix is recommended. Choose a pot that is one to two sizes larger than the previous.
      • June - The plant can be set outdoors. Select a bright, sunny spot in the garden and leave the plant in its container. Simply plunge the pot into the ground.
      • July and August - Usually the plant will become too tall and rangy for use again at Christmas. It is better to take cuttings from the tip growth of the mother-plant. Take cuttings with three or four eyes, severing them at a slight angle. Dip each one in a rooting hormone and plant them in 2 1/2-inch pots filled with sand or a combination of sand and peat moss. Keep the cuttings in a room where the temperature is between 68 and 75 degrees. Once they have taken root and have filled the pot with a complete root system, you can re-pot two of three of them into a four to six-inch pots.
      • September - Bring the original plant back inside early in the month, before temperatures cool and before there is danger of frost. Feed them every two or three weeks with a low nitrogen, bud-setting type of fertilizer.
      • October and November - This is the critical time for setting flower buds; the key is total darkness at night. Mother NatureÂ’s signal for poinsettias to begin flowering is short days and long nights. You must duplicate this environment for both the cuttings and the mother plant. Not even a lamp should be turned on after the sun goes down.
      • December - If you have taken proper care of your poinsettia plant, it may begin to flower.
      • Mealy bugs and aphids are occasional insect pests. If either appears on your plant, simply dust or spray with an all-purpose houseplant insecticide.



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