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Garden Calendar: December

December Garden Calendar

Common witch hazel

Common witch hazel

Plants in Flower

  • Witch Hazel.
  • Indoors: Amaryllis, Cyclamen, Poinsettia.
  • Japonica camellia and pansies.

Plants with Colorful Berries



  • American Beautyberry, Burford Holly, Chinese Holly, Foster Holly, Nellie R. Stevens Holly, Nandina, Pyracantha, and Washington Hawthorn.


  • None needed on plants outside.
  • Use wood ashes on your vegetable garden, bulb beds, and lightly on your lawns if soil pH is below 6.0.
  • Fertilize houseplants as needed.


  • After Christmas, plant live Christmas trees in the landscape. Keep these trees indoors no more than 14 days.
  • Plant trees and shrubs.


  • Prune berry producing plants if berries are desired in table arrangements over the holidays.
  • Remove “weed” or undesirable trees from your landscape.


  • None.

Lawn Care

  • Keep tree leaves from collecting on your lawn.


  • Take leaf cuttings of your favorite houseplants like African violets and begonia.
  • Hardwood cuttings of your landscape plants like forsythia (yellow bells), flowering quince, weigela, holly, and hydrangea can be taken this month.



Specific Chores

  • Put pine needles, wheat/barley straw or row covers over your strawberry plants when temps go below 25°F.
  • Keep your living Christmas tree outside until you are ready to decorate. White pine is a type of living tree that will do well in much of North Carolina.
  • Make a list of needed repairs on garden tools and equipment. Repair or have them repaired after the holidays.
  • Shop around for garden products for your favorite gardener.
  • Greenery will last longer if sprayed with an antitranspirant.
  • Keep your cut Christmas tree in water throughout the holiday season.
  • Order fruit trees and grape vines for February or March planting, if not already done.
  • Visit the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Catawba County Center for information on the holiday house plants like poinsettia and amaryllis.

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