November 12, 2021

Holiday plant care

An image of the bright red leaves of a poinsettia plant.

December brings many holiday celebrations and traditions.  Poinsettia, Christmas trees, and amaryllis are just some of the plants that play a role in many holiday activities.

Overwintering unplanted trees, shrubs and perennials

Multiple perennial plants in containers partially buried in soil.

If a tree, shrub, or perennial cannot be planted in its final spot before winter arrives, you will need to take steps to make sure it survives the winter while still in the container.

Managing those fallen leaves

The tree leaves that fall onto our lawns and garden beds make a colorful blanket, but what to do with them? Collecting and removing every leaf is not necessary but simply ignoring them isn’t a good option either. Learn how to best deal with fallen leaves in the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Yard and Garden news release from November 2, 2021.

Harvesting and Storing Seeds

The late growing season is a good time to collect seeds from vegetables and flowers. Seed saving allows gardeners to preserve heirloom varieties or their favorite plants from year to year.