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A Cactus Christmas

by Erin Spencer / December 4, 2017

It's Christmas time, and down here in Texas we do things slightly differently than in other states. That's why, with a name like "Christmas cactus", you knew I wasn't going to miss the opportunity to talk about this succulent sweetheart. 1. Watering/Soil. Christmas cactus, or Schlumbergera bridgessii, needs moist soil to grow, but not soaking. Too much and the plant will rot, too little and it might not bloom. Well draining soil makes this much easier. Put sand or small stones at the base of the pot to help you get this effect. 3. Sunlight: Bright, indirect light is best, like that which comes through a house window. Direct sunlight, especially in Texas, can burn the plant. 4. Temperature/Humidity: Christmas cactus prefer the temperature to hover around 60-70 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and 50-60 at night. They are tropical plants, so high humidity is a must. Fill their drip tray with pebbles and water, or mist often to keep them happy. 5. Fertilizer: Fertilize monthly from late winter to late summer with 20-20-20. Don't  fertilize in the winter as the plant will start to go dormant. 6. Blooming: The Christmas cactus can be a finicky bloomer. They require at least 12 hours of total darkness for 6-8 weeks during the evenings to form buds. This includes indoor lighting! Cover your plant with a tarp if you are unsure and be sure to cut back on how much you water. Once buds form you can remove the tarp.  Be sure to start this process earlier in fall if you want a thanksgiving bloom; it can take up to 12 weeks for the buds to bloom once they've formed.  Don't take my word for it? Gardening Know How has several articles specifically on caring for Christmas cactus. 

St. Edwards University “Light The Night” Holiday Lighting

by Rodney Stoutenger / January 9, 2014

Every Year we have the honor of helping St. Edwards University in South Austin prepare for their yearly Christmas Celebration "light the night." Our crews carefully wrap all the large oaks surrounding the main building.[gallery ids="2041,2045,2044,2043,2042,2040,2039,2037,2038,2034,2036,2035,2033,2032,2031,2030,2029,2028,2027,2026,2025,2024,2022,2023,2021,2020,2019,2018,2017,2016,2015,2014,2011,2013,2012,2010,2009,2008,2007,2006,2005,2004,2003,2002,2001,1998,2000,1999,1997,1996,1995,1994,1993,1992,1991,1990,1989,1988,1987,1986,1985,1984,1983,1982,1981,1980,1978,1976"]

Holiday Schedule 2013

by Jake / December 9, 2013

Native Edge Landscape is a proud family owned and operated business and is happy to provide sufficient amount of time for it's family and employee's families to spend time together during the Holiday Seasons!For the week of Christmas, December the 23rd through December the 27th, as well as New Year's Day, January the 1st 2014, Native Edge Landscape will be closed! Thursday Maintenance Visits for this week will be completed Monday December the 30th and Friday Maintenance Visits will be completed Tuesday December the 31st.