Many ornamental nursery growers test to see if their plants need water by sticking a finger in the soil to see if it’s dry. Or, they just water them whether they need it or not. University of Georgia horticulturists have found a better way, one that requires less water, less fertilizer, less money and fewer dirty fingers.
UGA horticulturist Paul Thomas likes to give flowering plants as gifts. A deep basket filled with a few pots of colored calla lilies or a basket with a cluster of cyclamen topped with white or silver grass “makes a stunning gift,” he said.
University of Georgia horticulturalist Paul Thomas can’t think of
any common gift plants that are necessarily poisonous -- most of
the poisonous plants are those cut for Christmas decorations. He
can, however, think of one that will light a child’s or pet’s
mouth on fire.