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Acer's Florist & Garden Center
Edition 16.51 Acer's Florist & Garden Center December 23, 2016
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Great selection of Gourmet Holiday Gift Baskets, including Stonewall


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Christmas Trees and Wreaths

Fresh trees and greens!
Wreaths, garlands,
door swags and more...

Acer's is working with the Make A Wish Foundation this holiday season.

A portion of all Christmas tree sales will go to this fantastic charity. Stop in today and spend your money in a Family-owned business that cares about the community they live in.



Holiday Decor
Holiday Decor

Amazing Christmas Gifts and
Decorations Arriving Daily!
Shop early for the best selection.


Holiday Plants

Poinsettias, Christmas Cactus, Cyclamen, and Holiday Plants.

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Holiday Trivia

• The first commercial Christmas cards were commissioned in London, in 1843, by Sir Henry Cole, with illustration by John Callcott Horsley. President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first official White House card in 1953.

• "Rudolph" was actually created by Robert May for Montgomery Ward in the late 1930's as a holiday promotion. The song was written later by Johnny Marks, and recorded by Gene Autry in 1949; it promptly sold about 2 million copies.

• Christmas became an official national holiday in the USA on June 28, 1870.

• Poinsettias are the most popular Christmas plant and are the number one "flowering" potted plant in the United States.

White House Christmas tree, 1994

• Franklin Pierce put the first Christmas tree in the White House (in 1856), for a group of Washington Sunday School children. Benjamin Harrison is credited with starting the tradition of the White House tree, being the first to have a decorated family Christmas tree in the White House in 1889, and Calvin Coolidge put the first National Christmas Tree on the White House lawn (not in the White House) in 1923.

• The first reported electrically lit Christmas tree was in December, 1882. The world's first practical light bulb was invented by Thomas Edison in 1879, and a mere three years later, in 1882, an officer of Edison's electric company, one Edward Johnson, electrically lit a Christmas tree for the first time. In 1917, after a tragic fire in New York City that was caused by Christmas candles, Albert Sadacca (fifteen years old at the time) invented safety lights for Christmas trees. Decorating a live Christmas tree outdoors became popular, and eventually moved to indoor trees. The outdoor lights also moved onto houses, and decorating houses in lights became (and has remained) popular.

• Christmas trees are grown in all 50 states, including Hawaii and Alaska.

• In 1979, the National Christmas Tree was not lighted except for the top ornament. This was done because of the American hostages in Iran.

• According to the Guinness World Records, the world's tallest cut Christmas tree was a 221' Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) erected and decorated at Northgate Shopping Center, Seattle, Washington, USA, in December 1950.

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Garden Primer
How can I get my poinsettias to re-bloom next year?

Answer:
  • Fertilize your plant every two weeks after the blooming season with a balanced, all-purpose fertilizer. Continue through August.
  • By March or early April, when the colored bracts begin to turn or fall, cut the plant back, leaving 4 to 6 buds.
  • Re-pot into a slightly larger container (2-3 inches larger in diameter).
  • Keep the plant indoors near (not directly in) a sunny window or outdoors in a morning sun-afternoon shade location. Water and fertilize regularly, and by the end of May you should see vigorous new growth.
  • Make sure to turn the plant so that the new growth grows evenly on all sides.
  • If you have been growing them outdoors in the summer, when fall comes bring your poinsettia indoors to a sunny location before night temperatures fall below 55-60°F at night. Check for pests and diseases and place the poinsettia in a south window.
  • Poinsettias begin to set buds and produce flowers as the nights become longer.
  • Beginning October 1, keep your plants in complete darkness for 14 continuous hours each night by moving it into a dark room or placing a large box over it.
  • During the day, allow 6-8 hours of bright sunlight. Flowers should mature in 60-85 days.
  • Continue this for 8-10 weeks, and your poinsettias should develop a colorful display of holiday blooms!

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