Poinsettias Poisonous? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Helen Melendez   
Wednesday, 12 December 2012 01:55

How Poisonous are Poinsettias to Pets?holiday poinsettias


The milky white sap found in poinsettias contains chemicals called diterpenoid euphorbol esters and saponin-like detergents. While there is such a demand to decorate during the holiday season with these beautiful and delicate plants, the danger of them is minimal unless consumed in large amounts. The sap can cause an allergic reaction such as redness, swelling, and itchiness.

There is more danger in the consumption of holiday bouquets containing lilies, holly or mistletoe. Just one or two bites from a lily can result in severe acute kidney failure in cats – even the pollen is thought to be poisonous! Other yuletide pants such as holly berries, mistletoe, and rosemary can also be toxic to dogs and cats. When Christmas or English holly is ingested, it can result in severe gastrointestinal upset thanks to the spiny leaves and the potentially toxic substances (including saponins, methylxanthines, and cyanogens). If ingested, most dogs and cats lip smack, drool, and head shake excessively due to the mechanical injury from the spiny leaves. As for mistletoe, most of us hang it high enough so it’s out of reach of our dogs and cats – nevertheless, it can also be toxic if ingested. Thankfully, American mistletoe is less toxic than the European varieties of it. Mild signs of gastrointestinal irritation are seen, although if ingested in large amounts, collapse, hypotension, ataxia (walking drunk), seizures and death have also been reported.


Top Air Purifying Plants PDF Print E-mail
Written by Helen Melendez   
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 19:28

Which Plants are Considered the Best Air Filters?


Top 9 Air Purifying Plants

The following plants are most effective in removing potentially harmful chemicals-including those in paints, varnishes, dry cleaning fluids, car exhaust fumes and tobacco smoke-from the air in your home.

Store Gets Greener with Recycling PDF Print E-mail
Written by Helen Melendez   
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 05:05

Lowe's is committed to exploring new opportunities to reduce waste and help consumers do the same. We launched a nationwide Garden Center recycling program in February to help keep rising mounds of plastic plant containers out of landfills.

Lowe's recycled 230,000 pounds of plastic in just three months during a pilot test in which 22 stores collected plastic pots, trays and tags that are used with live nursery items. Following that success, Lowe's expanded the program to all stores in the continental United States, more than 1,700 locations.

Generally, curbside recycling programs are unable to accept plastic plant containers, such as pots and hanging baskets. This new program gives consumers a responsible recycling option and makes it easy for them. We provide a cart for stores and customers to return plastic plant trays, pots and tags, regardless of condition. No matter where consumers purchase the plant, they are encouraged to return the materials to a Lowe's Garden Center to be recycled.

"Lowe's plant pot and tray recycling program offers a winning solution to our customers, stores and suppliers," said Michael Chenard, director of environmental affairs for Lowe's. "Customers now have a place to take used pots; our suppliers are able to reuse the plastic trays, and recyclable material is diverted from the landfill. Everyone wins with this new program."

Once the pots and trays are returned to the store, they are picked up by local vendors and sorted. The reusable material is sterilized and reintroduced to the production cycle. Serviceable trays are recovered and reused in the growing, shipping and sale of live plants. Material not deemed reusable is crushed, banded and sent for recycling.

The new Garden Center recycling program continues Lowe's efforts to help customers make a difference, while raising awareness around the importance of recycling. Lowe's stores expanded several recycling services in 2010. In addition to launching an appliance recycling program nationwide, Lowe's installed recycling centers in more than 1,700 stores to make it easier for customers to recycle rechargeable batteries, cell phones, compact fluorescent light bulbs and plastic shopping bags.

Jordan Temos, a lawn and garden sales specialist at Lowe's of Troutman, N.C., said the early results from the Garden Center recycling program have been positive — for everyone.

"The program's been great," Temos said. "It's very easy for customers to drop off their containers, and it makes our store more efficient. We've had customers drop off an entire cart full of empty pots for recycling."

-Lowes Stores

Houseplant Maintenance Tips PDF Print E-mail
Written by Helen Melendez   
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 04:38

Many Times, I get asked the question if I shine my plants with mayonnaise or banana peels. Well, personally I have never used those food items, but do know of friends who have. They claim that shine is given to plants after applying either product with  a clean cloth, and later shining each leaf. I would not use food items that would attract bugs to my plants. Bugs can sense a food products, especially a sweet one. Hey, they also have a sweet tooth like we do.

My preference product to clean my plants is good old-fashion liquid soap. A good soap, of course. If it's gentle on your hands, it will also do wonders on your plants. It will make them smell good and give the shine that you might be looking for. Using a bit, and diluting it with water I recommend. Soft rags and gently cleaning each leaf one by one. It's a tedious job, but it will leave your plant cleaner than when it came from your local store or local plant nursery.  Happy cleaning!

-The Plant Lady




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