Gardening Tips for December for Emporia, KS

Midwest Region

  • Save and inventory leftover seeds.
  • When watering your houseplants, avoid using cold water because it may shock the plants; use tepid water.
  • Move your houseplants away from icy windows to prevent any chilling.
  • Check your houseplants for any insects or diseases, and treat when necessary.
  • Remove the snow from evergreen shrubs to prevent them from breaking.
  • To help reduce winter damage to your lawn, minimize traffic on the frozen grass.
  • Houseplants with large leaves benefit from being washed with a damp cloth to remove the dust.
  • Check your fruits and vegetables in storage; throw away any that are damaged or diseased.
  • Bring in the evergreens for holiday decorations!
  • Relax and dream about next year's garden.
  • Don't forget gardening when you make out your holiday gift list! Find ideas at