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Showing posts from January, 2015

Indoor Gardening: Holiday cacti care

Many of us receive plants over the holidays as gifts or buy them to bring a little green into our homes during winter. Usually these plants are in full bloom and look terrific for some time. After the flowers dry up and drop off, indoor gardeners are sometimes left wondering how to care for these plants and more importantly - how to make them bloom again! Our Extension publication Cacti and Succulents has a very helpful section on "Holiday Cacti" that explains the affects of temperature and light on Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera bridgesii), Thanksgiving cactus (Schlumbergera truncata), and  - yes - Easter cactus (Rhipsalidopsis gaertneri). All three of these plants require short days and cool night temperatures to induce budding. Read more.

Mark Seely's WeatherTalk: Cold Start to January

January 9, 2015
After a mild December (11th warmest since 1895 on a statewide basis), the other shoe dropped over the first full week of January, with temperatures averaging from 7 to 10 degrees F colder than average through the first seven days of the month, somewhat analogous to the start of January last year. Brimson (St Louis County) reported the coldest temperature in the nation on January 4th with -28F and on January 5th Togo (Itasca County) reported the coldest in the nation at -29F. In fact over the first week of the month a few records were set:

New low temperature records included: -28F at Thief River Falls on January 4th; and -28F at Grand Portage on January 5th

New cold maximum temperature records include: -7F at both Grand Marais and Grand Portage on January 5th; and -8F at Wright (Carlton County) also on January 5th

In addition a new daily precipitation record was set for January 3rd at International Falls with 0.58 inches (associated with 7.8" of snow)

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