Testing Your Soil PH

January is the time to prep your soil for spring planting. Get your soil tested to determine the ph. The ph measures the acidity or alkalinity of the soil and has a direct effect on the plants ability to take in nutrients. If you haven’t had your soil tested for the upcoming spring, do it soon so there’s time to correct it. The Clemson Extension Service does soil tests. They are located at 259 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29401, 843-772-5940.

Soil Testing

Broken Pot Creations

Try creating something new with your old broken pots.  Take a look at these pictures of broken pots being reused by Sara in our Bedding Area!  For tips on how to use your broken pots and what plants will work well, visit the Hyams Garden Center! (Click on the images for a larger view.)

Christmas Cactus Care

Christmas CactusThe Christmas Cactus, a popular winter-flowering indoor plant, can take low light conditions, but requires more light for more blooms to appear.  While the plant can live outdoors during the summer months, the Christmas Cactus should be brought indoors during the fall (before the first frost) and placed in a sunny area.

Given the common name of cactus, the watering for this plant differs from a true cactus.  It is a succulent, however, and can store a fair amount of water in its leaves. It should be watered in the fall only when the topsoil feels dry to the touch and just well enough to prevent wilting.  Be sure it can drain any excess water; never let your plant sit in water!

Once the plant has become top-heavy and the roots are filling the growing medium, repotting is in order.  For help with choosing a Christmas Cactus, getting one to rebloom or repotting a seasoned plant visit the Hyams Greenhouse!

Planting in January

DaffodilEven though it’s January, you can still plant your daffodils and take your tulips from the vegetable crisper and plant them for a beautiful color show in upcoming months!

Unfortunately, planting vegetable plants will have to wait a month or two longer, but if you still want to provide yourself with fresh and tasty food from your own garden, try focusing on herbs this month. The Hyams Bedding Area has a large assortment of herbs from rosemary, parsley, thyme, cilantro, etc (except for basil) that can help give you the satisfaction of growing your own food during January. If you’re still itching to begin your vegetable garden, take a look at the Clemson Extension’s page to help you begin planning for the upcoming year.

Transplanting/Repotting in January

If you have any transplanting to do in your yard, January is a good time to do it. When transplanting, make sure not to replant lower than the original soil line and cut back the top of the plant about one quarter to compensate for the root loss after replanting.

For indoor plants, repot them now if they are root bound.

If you need help on which plants should be transplanted or repotted, head over to our Garden Center where our knowledgeable staff can provide you with guidance and advice.

New Year Planting

Camellia BloomIf you’re looking forward to ringing in the new year with a little color in your garden or landscape this winter, now is a great time to plant Camellia japonicas (which are in full bud and bloom in the Nursery) for a great show in January and February.  Don’t forget that Hyams will continue to have cyclamen, pansies, snapdragons, dianthus, and other winter annuals in our Bedding area through the winter season.