“A Pine That’s Not a Pine, and a Norfolk That Isn’t In Virginia”
By K. Bagby, VCE Southside Master Gardener; Virginia Master Naturalist Well, ‘tis the season! Judging from the Christmas displays we started seeing well before Halloween, it’s been the season for awhile now, and I’m just slow on the uptake. I’d like to think I’m not (very) slow, just old-fashioned. I prefer to enjoy Thanksgiving before I break out the candy canes. One thing I do look forward to well before Christmas is the assortment of plants that turn up in the floral sections of the stores and at florists. I’ve already seen some really lovely holiday cacti. Some of these are really tempting, especially those lovely Schlumbergera, the holiday cacti, with the cream-colored blooms. There are paperwhite bulbs for forcing, and I’ve seen a few amaryllis kits as well. What I’m looking for this year, however, are the Norfolk pines. I doubt that I’ll get any, because I just don’t have the quality of light they need, but a few more grow lights and I might just get there!