Woodbank Nurseries Wins Bronze Award!

Woodbank Nurseries & Garden Centre are delighted to have won there first ever Bronze Award in the ‘The Greatest Christmas Display’ category in this year’s National Greatest Christmas Awards.

The Greatest Christmas Awards were announced at a special party night in Harrogate on Sunday 8th January 2017.

Woodbank Nurseries & Garden Centre made it to the finals along with 13 other garden centres.

 

Well done team Woodbank, another award to add to our list!

Vote for us!

Voting is now open for The Greatest Christmas Garden Centre Team of 2016! This is the most sought after Christmas award in our industry as it’s voted by the people who really matter most to our business – our customers. If you love our festive displays and the overall Christmas experience, please vote!

You can vote online. Please tell us the things we do best at Christmas, your feedback is very important to us.

Thank you!

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How To Care For Poinsettia

Poinsettia is a vibrant houseplant that brightens up your home at Christmas. It has bright red star-shaped leaves that are often mistaken for flowers. But in fact they are bracts, designed to help attract insects to the small flowers in the centre.

Most poinsettia are red, but they can also be white, pink and orange. And they make great table centrepieces and feature houseplants.

They have a reputation for being difficult to grow, but it’s not hard once you understand their preferred conditions.

Poinsettia history

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Red Poinsettia from Woodbank Nurseries and Garden Centre

Poinsettia plants are a type of euphorbia (Euphorbia pulcherrima). They are native to Mexico and were brought to the USA in 1825 by the American ambassador to Mexico, Joel Poinsett.

The plant was originally cultivated by the Aztecs, who called it Cuetlaxochitl (flower which wilts). For the Aztecs, poinsettia’s brilliant red colour symbolised purity and it was used in religious ceremonies.

The Aztecs also used the red leaves to dye fabric and the plant’s sap was used as medicine to control fever.

Some people believe that poinsettia are poisonous, but in fact the toxicity is very mild and the plants are safe to grow at home.

How to care for poinsettia

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Red and Pink Poinsettia from Woodbank Nurseries and Garden Centre

Poinsettia are easy to grow at home, but yet many people have problems with them. One of the most common problems is that they simply wilt and die, and nothing can save them.

Many people think they have done something wrong, but the most likely cause is nothing to do with you. Poinsettias are tender plants and do not like cold temperatures. Exposure to icy draughts, even for a few minutes, can harm the foliage.

You should take care when bringing them home from our shop to shield them from freezing temperatures.

We will always wrap the plant in a cellophane sleeve or cover with a plastic bag so it is completely protected.

What to do if poinsettia wilts

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Yellow Poinsettia from Woodbank Nurseries and Garden Centre

If your poinsettia does begin to wilt, soak the rootball in warm water, then allow the excess liquid to drain away. It should perk up within an hour or so. Keep in stable conditions so it can recover.

Where to grow poinsettia

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Poinsettia are tender plants that grow naturally in warm climates so keep them in a nice warm room, between 16C and 22C.

The most important thing is to avoid dramatic temperature fluctuations. Poinsettia dislike intense heat or icy draughts, so avoid placing them on hot, sunny windowsills or spots near radiators, fires or doorways.

How to water poinsettia

Be careful not to over water poinsettias. Only water when the surface of the compost appears dry – a couple of times a week should be enough. Give them a good soaking in warm water and allow the compost to drain properly.

You can also apply a high-potassium feed every three to four weeks to keep them looking spectacular.

Poinsettia like humidity, which is difficult to maintain indoors, especially with central heating. The best way to create this is to stand the pot on a saucer filled with gravel.

Pour a little water on the saucer, making sure it doesn’t touch the bottom of the pot. This will evaporate and create a humid atmosphere around the foliage. Keep the saucer topped up for bright, rich, healthy leaves and bracts.

With a little care and not too much watering, your poinsettia should last well into the New Year.

Click Here to see our top 5 Christmas houseplants

Christmas Awards 2015

Congratulations to our staff this year! Woodbank Nurseries & Garden Centre was awarded 2 awards by Garden Trade News ‘Greatest Awards’ judges.

Every year, leading trade magazine Garden Trade News travels the length and breadth of the country visiting 100+ garden centres to find The Greatest Garden Centre retailing teams of the year. We won the Regional Winner – North for “The Greatest Festive Catering Team 2015” and The Regional Winner – North East for “The Greatest Grotto Team 2015” categories. We were also finalists in The Greatest Christmas Display Team.

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Sledges, Shovels, Rock Salt

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For those extra snowy and extra cold times…

 We stock a large amount of rock salt throughout the winter to stop you from getting too icey in them colder times.

For those that prefer going out and making the most of the snow in the season, we also stocksledges, enjoy hours of fun in the snow, just don’t fall off.

If snow games isn’t your thing we also stock a variety of snow shovels, even in the heavier snowing times you can rest assured your snow shovel will see you through.