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Growing Traditional Plants Of The Season


Several traditional holiday plants make their appearance in your local retail markets this time of year. If you’re looking for a gift plant or a decorating accent, there are many from which to choose.

Poinsettias are common and form the core of traditional holiday decorating. Others, such as the Christmas cactus, amaryllis and paperwhites are much less common but offer great holiday decorating and gifting ideas.

Poinsettias are the most popular plant of the holiday season. Their bright reds, pinks and whites add holiday cheer. The current trend includes dyed poinsettias, so it is possible to find them in many more unusual colors, sprinkled with glitter and bowed and wrapped for additional holiday pizzazz. Poinsettias are not toxic if ingested; however, their milky sap can cause allergic reactions in sensitive people.

Poinsettias are relatively easy to care for. They should be watered when the top layer of soil begins to dry and never be allowed to sit in water. Poinsettias should also be placed near a sunny window, but away from drafts. The optimal temperature for poinsettias is 65 to 70°F. A temperature any lower than 60°F may cause leaves to drop. You should take great care in bringing your poinsettia home, because even just a short exposure to cold temperatures can cause trouble.

The amaryllis is a popular holiday bulb that should be planted approximately six weeks prior to desired bloom time. Amaryllis prefer to be pot bound, so a container about one inch larger than the bulb on all sides should be selected. Place the bulb on moist soil rich in organic matter, and cover so that the top half to one-third of the bulb is above the soil. Water sparingly when soil is dry to the touch. Keep the plant in a warm room (65-70°F) to encourage an early bloom. Move the blooming plant to a cooler location (55-65°F) to lengthen bloom time. Amaryllis prefer bright, indirect sunlight, away from drafts.

The Christmas cactus has little in common with the cacti of the desert. These plants, native to Central and South America, actually grow more like orchids and should be treated as such. They prefer to be planted in a light and airy soil mix. Water when the top inch of soil in the pot becomes dry. Purchase plants with many buds and a few open blooms, and place in draft-free, indirect bright light.

Paperwhites are a type of narcissus and resemble their relatives, the daffodils. These bulbs need no pre-treatment and can be planted as soon as you bring them home. Place the bulbs close together, nearly touching each other, with their pointed end up. Add more potting soil to hold them in place, leaving the top half of the bulbs uncovered. Water thoroughly and often enough to keep moist. After planting, the pot or dish should be placed in a cool area to allow the roots to develop, and then moved to a warmer area. Paperwhites may become tall and require staking to keep from falling over. Flowers are usually white or white with orange centers and have a strong musky smell. Paperwhite blooms will last from four to eight weeks. They bloom only once, and when done, should be discarded.


Plant Can Benefit You

Although you can go to your doctor and get a prescription for just about any health issue known to man, medications have their drawbacks. More and more people today are looking for more natural (and safer) ways to improve their health. As Hippocrates once said, “Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food”. This is as true today as it was back then. One of the best ways to improve your health is by improving your diet. But even if you think you’re eating well you may be missing out on some less-known but vital nutrients, such as plant sterols. Read on to learn more about plant sterols and how they can benefit your health by helping to lower your cholesterol. What are plant sterols? Plant sterols, also known as phytosterols, come from plants. These naturally-occurring substances are the plant’s cholesterol. Just as humans have cholesterol, so do plants. Both human and plant cholesterol is critically important in maintaining a healthy state. However, when cholesterol levels begin to exceed normal levels, they turn from good to bad in which high levels of LDL cholesterol can begin to harm the body by increasing the chances of heart disease.

If you were to look at plant sterols under a microscope, they look very similar to human cholesterol. They are found in fruits and vegetables, nuts, legumes, seeds, and most types of grain. Because of their many health benefits, several manufacturers are now adding them to healthy snacks and heart healthy foods. These include foods such as healthy chips made from whole grains, orange juice and margarine. How do Plant Sterols Work in the Body? Plant sterols and stanols have a structure similar to cholesterol. They compete with cholesterol for access to receptors in the small intestines known as micelles. Micelles help transport cholesterol through the intestine into your blood stream. Imagine 15 people all hoping to get a ride in their friend’s Volkswagen Beetle – not everyone is going to be riding in the car. The same thing happens when plant sterols are introduced into the small intestine along with cholesterol.

Only so many can hop a ride on the micelle and those left behind are exited from the body. Over 140 clinical studies have been conducted and have shown that sterols and stanols reduce LDL cholesterol levels by between 5 and 14 percent. While there are more and more heart healthy snacks and heart healthy foods available today, those which have plant sterols (meeting specific FDA criteria) can sport a statement on the package indicating they may help lower the chances of heart disease. Health Benefits of Plant Sterols Nearly a quarter of a century of research has shown us that plant sterols may benefit your health in a multitude of ways. In addition to lowering cholesterol, some studies suggest that they may also:

* Help reduce inflammation

* Reverse immune system abnormalities

* Benefit the health of cells

* Assist in balancing various hormones

* Decrease the body’s auto-immune responses

* Help with chronic fatigue syndrome

* Help reduce symptoms associated with menopause

* Reduce symptoms associated with an enlarged prostrate

* Inhibit the growth of certain types of cancer

* Benefit conditions such as asthma, gallstones, and migraines How much plant sterols are needed? If lowering cholesterol is your goal, experts recommend that to get the maximum benefits you should consume between 1.5 to 3 grams of plant sterols per day. To begin to see any benefits you need to consume a minimum of 0.8 grams per day. Most Americans get approximately 0.25 grams per day of plant sterols from the foods they consume today. While it may be difficult to get this amount naturally from heart healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables, it is very achievable if you add foods fortified with plant sterols such as specific chips, breads, and margarines. What foods should I eat? The following list contains several healthy foods which may have plant sterols added (check the label to ensure it reads: “contains plant sterols”): * Spreadable margarines * Salad dressings

there are levels of plant

The responsibilities of an operator of the plant include inspection of all plant equipment, taking readings from meters and gauges, the introduction of crucial information in logbooks, and constantly checking for strange sights, smells and sounds that could indicate a problem in the plant. A graduate from high school can get an entry level job at a hydroelectric plant. However, there is recommended to take classes to learn to be an operator of the plant. These classes teach students both the fundamentals and advanced aspects of plant operation. There are also diplomas and certificates that can be achieved while the work that will give you more knowledge and put it in a better position to be an operator of the plant.

Others prefer to education includes the chemistry, trigonometry, blueprint reading and mechanical drawing. All these issues can provide an ideal starting point for this work. Solar panel installers have the task of placement and installation of solar panels on roofs, poles and other structures and the sun’s energy into usable electricity, while thermal panels convert the heat of the sun’s rays into useful heat. In some cases, may have to deal with the problems that arise at work, such as malfunction of the machinery. The need for cleaner forms of energy than oil means that more power plants for alternative energy, including nuclear plants and wind farms.

Ensure training materials are easy to understand. Make it concise. Use language that all employees understand and make training sessions interesting. The online training will give you another variation security and can help employees boring. A good candidate for a job is a guy who knows how to solve problems creatively and solve problems. This means that a good operator should be self-motivated and work well by themselves.

There are levels of plant operator jobs, the lowest level of being third, and the highest first being. Resource analysts are responsible for determining if sufficient resources are available to capture energy in a given area. Before installing a power plant, it is necessary to determine whether the area in the power plant will be installed. Require overtime during peak energy use, or if there is damage to the plant. But if you feel that this race is done to green. Need more forms of alternative energy to chemical engineers should enjoy good job prospects over the next decade. The training is learning. Is a continuous process. You need to ensure that the safety training of employees is carried out continuously.