The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 8, 1976 · Page 58
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 58

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Wednesday, December 8, 1976
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Page 4, Home for the Holidays Advertising Section Tree Farms Produce A "Perfect" Christmas Tree Christmas expectations always include a "perfect" tree stately, well-shaped, full-branched, fragrant. And, we imagine it will have grown to perfection deep in a quiet forest. Not so, say forestry experts. The ideal Christmas tree seldom, if ever, exists in nature, according to the American Forest Institute. Virtually all the 35 million evergreens used annually in American homes are raised and carefully groomed for appropriate appearance on special Christmas tree plantations. Five favorites There are about 40 varieties of Poinsettias ONE THING EVERYONE WANTS for Christmas is a "perfect" Christmas tree: beautifully-shaped, fragrant and full. About 35 million live evergreen trees are used in American homes each year to help celebrate the holiday season. The American Forest Institute points out that their use does not deplete the forests, because the trees are specifically grown and specially groomed for holiday use on Christmas tree "plantations." Christmas evergreens, says AFI. But, five or six account for almost three-quarters of the commercially-raised species. Perennial favorites are: Balsam fir (fragrant, stays fresh longer); Douglas fir (elegant, with ornamental needles); Scotch pine (full branches, clustering needles); red pine (graceful branches with turned-up tips); and blue spruce (symmetrical, with silver-blue color). Grown on farms The trees are grown on some 450,-000 acres of tree farms in almost every state. It takes about six to 12 years to raise a Christmas tree, and in that time a lot of work goes into the grooming process. Foresters work almost like cosmeticians to correct esthetic faults. They may brace the tree trunk to eliminate kinks, shear branches to prevent uneven development, and prune them to encourage thicker growth. The trees are also assured just the right amount of sunlight and moisture, and protected against insects, disease, frost or unseasonable warmth. Suggestions on care All this care is calculated to bring an attractive Christmas tree to market. If you want to keep it that way through the holidays, AFI offers these suggestions: Fresh tree Be sure the tree is fresh when you buy it. Needles should not break when gently bent. The bottom of the stump should be wet and sticky with sap. Lift the tree a few inches off the ground, then bring it down sharply on the slump end. If substantial numbers of needles drop off, the tree is too dry. Plenty of water When you get the tree home, make a fresh diagonal cut in the Beautiful At Christmas Time In a most beautiful display of the traditional Christmas colors of red and green, the lovely poinsettia has long been a favorite Christmas plant. Clusters of tiny yellow flowers with their surrounding circles of brilliant crimson petal-like bracts formed from its rich green foliage delight all! Formerly, by the time the holidays were over, the poinsettia was, too. Fortunately, however, a vigorous new specimen has come into the market, a specimen with sturdy stems that need no support and which continue to be attractive foliage plants even after the first flowers fade. Introduced recently, this new varietv of the most popular of the flowering Christmas plants will thrive long after the holidays with just a little tender, loving care! Sages have given the standard hints to prolonging the life of the poinsettia . . . standing the pot on a tray filled with pebbles which are kept constantly wet . . . pinching off the tips of the branches where new growths appear. Now, to be added to all such admonitions and experienced wisdom, a sure-fire ingredient . . . patience. Months may go, and with them, in Christmases past, yellowed, wilted leaves. But, the once delicate seasonal beauty has now been revitalized to become a vigorous new plant, an indomitable bloomer, to give and receive at Christmas time and enjoyed for months thereafter! stump end to allow greater ausiny-tion of water. Be sure water in the tree stand remains above the cut. Place the tree away from all heat sources: radiator, ducts, even the T.V. Safety checks Keep safety in mind. Be sure there are no exposed wires or frayed insulation on the light strands, and nn rrarked or broken light sockets. Have a Rich&Rare Holiday With the smoothest Canadian whisky ever. Canadian R&R is imported from Canada's oldest distiller where master After Christmas, vou mav want to saw the trunk into fragment firewood. But, never burn a bundle of branches in the fireplace. blenders have always maintained the highest standard of excellence. nOM'T RP OLD FASHIONED! Which is why Canadian R&R is not only the spirit of giving but also the spirit of receiving. STEAM-O-VAC YOUR CARPETS The old method with brushes, using detergent, scrubs the soil DEEPER into the fabric and fails to remove soil. Result ... the detergent left in the fabric soon attracts more soil and it is not long before the soil works back to the surface. Soon your carpets appear more soiled than before. WITH STEAM-O-VAC in one operation soil is penetrated, suspended and extracted. No brushes. No powder. No scrubbing with detergents. Gentle and thorough. Economical because carpets stay cleaner longer. 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