True. The poinsettia scare was a myth; they’re not edible but safe to have in the house. Lilies are indeed toxic to cats. 2. True. 3. True. 4. False. If you see a blue poinsettia it was painted! 5. True, the colored “leaves” or “flowers” are really bracts. 6. False. Fraser and Douglas firs have long taken top honors. It’s true that Scots pines are not Scotch. 7. False. It started in Germany, and was later popularized in Victorian England. 8. False. Smells like tangerines. 9. True. We have lots of fresh cut and locally grown trees. See christmastreeswny.org. 10. False. Please – keep it cool, away from heaters, and keep refreshing that water. 11. True. 12. True. 13. False. Don’t hit them. Forcing means putting bulbs through a cold period and then introducing them to heat and light, at a time that’s different than their natural cycle. It’s done for flower shows or to have indoor bulbs blooming. 14. False. Lower the thermostat and raise the humidity. Heat and dryness are damaging. 15. True. If you have pets, see the many websites with warnings about toxic products and plants. 16. True. I have a 6-foot Norfolk that started at 6 inches, and now it doubles as a Christmas tree. 17. False. They are very fussy about watering, needing regular moisture but must never stand in water; they like cool conditions too. 18. False. They may become hardy shrubs, but they are probably not bud-hardy in WNY and usually will not flower well for you. Consider them lovely gift plants. 19. True. Synthentic trees come from China mostly, are not environmentally friendly at all, ending up in landfills. Support Christmas tree farming. It’s good use of land. 20. True. Great in damp locations. 21. Chestnuts (not horse chestnuts). 22. Boughs of holly. 23. Mistletoe. 24. Underneath the mistletoe, but I recommend artificial ones – watch out for poisonous berries.
Plum pudding, yum.