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After holiday pointsettia care


By Monica Ortner

Fri, Jan 4th, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

Monica Ortner

Fillmore County Master Gardener Intern

The holidays are now over and the new year has begun. What to do with the pretty poinsettias you received for the holidays? I like to keep them as long as I can. They look so pretty in this winter white time of year. The bright red bracts and green foliage can last well into the new year, and with a little time and lots of patience maybe you can get them through to next winter.

The poinsettias like temperatures between 65-70 degrees with natural bright daylight. No excessive air drafts, cold or hot, and frost or freezing temps will kill them. Keep them moist but not sitting in water. They are susceptible to root-rot damage. They do benefit from a balanced all-purpose fertilizer at half strength at 6-8 weeks. This promotes new green growth. Repeat again in another 6-8 weeks. It will be a pretty green foliage plant.

In April or early May you need to cut back the plant to about eight inches. The stubby stems should have new green growth coming again by the end of May. Keep it in a sunny spot to encourage green growth. Fertilize every 3-4 weeks with half strength balanced fertilizer.

In mid June, repot your poinsettia using an organic rich soil mix. Water thoroughly.

By the first of October, the plants will need to be kept in complete darkness 14 hours each night and 6 to 8 hours of bright sunlight with temps between 60-70 degrees. Continue this for 8 to 10 weeks. Any stray light from a street light will affect the budding and flower formation of your poinsettia.

At this point, if everything has gone well, you should have a budding, flowering poinsettia to again grace your holiday celebrations.

Poinsettias are beautiful houseplants. They are not poisonous, but they are not intended for eating either.

Juried High School Art Show at Lanesboro Arts Center

Fri, Jan 4th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Artwork by 9th-12th grade students from throughout the region will be showcased in the annual Juried High School Art Show at the Lanesboro Arts Center in Lanesboro, Minnesota. Free to the public, the exhibit will open with a reception on Saturday, ..... 
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Chatfield to host 11th annual Chill Fest

Fri, Jan 4th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

The City of Chatfield, Minn. will host its 11th annual Chill Fest on Saturday, January 26, 2013. This year’s Chill Fest has fun events for everyone whether you enjoy being outside in the “chill” or inside where it’s toasty warm. Chill Fe ..... 
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The “WELCH GIRLS”

Fri, Jan 4th, 2013
Posted in Mabel Arts & Culture

The “WELCH GIRLS” donated this quilt to the Mabel Lions Cancer Telethon to be auctioned off on January 12. The sister, Jann, made the quilt. It is donated in Memory of their Mother, Harriet Welch. Pictured left to right: Jackie, LeAnn, Jann, Beck ..... 
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Auditions

Fri, Dec 21st, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro Community Theater announces auditions for Leaving Iowa by Tim Clue and Spike Manton. Auditions will be held January 2 and 3, from 6:30-7:30 at Lanesboro Community Center. Director Barb Keith is looking for up to 26 men and women for t ..... 
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SEMAC awards arts grants

Fri, Dec 14th, 2012
Posted in All Arts & Culture

On November 20, 2012, the Board of Directors of the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, Inc. (SEMAC) awarded 45 grants for a total of $261,581 in funding to applicants throughout southeastern Minnesota. This included 24 Arts & Cultural Heritage Gr ..... 
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Semcac looking for volunteers

Fri, Dec 14th, 2012
Posted in All Arts & Culture

Semcac Retired and Senior Volunteer Program is looking for volunteers 55 and older who are interested in helping at Fillmore Central Schools. Help is needed in various positions during school days participating as Breakfast Buddies, Reading Buddies, ..... 
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Area resident is a Lottery winner

Fri, Dec 14th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

Congratulations to Ryan Stamer of Chatfield. Stamer won $20,000 by playing the Lottery’s Neon 2s scratch game. Stamer claimed the prize on November 29, 2012. The winning ticket was purchased at Kwik Trip, 415 Main Ave N in Harmony. Proceeds fro ..... 
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Dan Chouinard to host the annual Old-Fashioned Holiday sing-along at St. Mane Theatre

Fri, Dec 14th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro, Minn. - “Can’t get your fill of sing-alongs? Me neither,” says Dan Chouinard. Back by popular demand, Minneapolis-based musician Dan Chouinard (www.danchouinard.com) will host an Old-Fashioned Holiday Sing-along on Friday, Dec. 21, ..... 
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