Caring for Christmas Trees and Holiday Plants

Dec 1, 2017

With the holiday season just around the corner, many living rooms will soon be filled with towering Christmas trees and holiday plants like poinsettias. Many Iowans have questions about how to care for these plants, and DNR District Forester Mark Vitosh has advice for those who would like to keep their trees properly hydrated indoors.

"Get it in water right away, even if you're not going to put it up," Vitosh says. "What I always tell people is if you put it up Sunday afternoon, before you go to bed, check that water. You should have a basin that should have a quart of water per inch diameter. And keep that going and keep checking, because in the first couple days, it's going to drink, drink, drink."

On this Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe speaks with Vitosh, and Iowa State University Extension Horticulture Specialist Richard Jauron about caring for holiday plants, and they also take calls from listeners.