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White County, Arkansas
Cooperative Extension Service

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We are part of the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service’s statewide network and the University of Arkansas System’s Division of Agriculture. Our mission is to provide research-based information through non-formal education to help all Arkansans improve their economic well-being and the quality of their lives.  Whether it is agriculture, 4-H, health and living, or community development, the White County Extension Office is at your service! 

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Poinsettia foliage

Poinsettia Care

‘Tis the season for admiring lovely shades of red and green, and festive decorations. Plants are one of my favorite parts of the Christmas season.  This is the time of the year I receive calls about poinsettia care.  The length of time your poinsettia will give you pleasure in your home is dependent on the maturity of the plant, when you buy it, and how you treat the plant.  With care, poinsettias should retain their beauty for weeks and some varieties will stay attractive for months.


Keep the plant from touching cold windows. Keep poinsettias away from warm or cold drafts from radiators, air registers or open doors and windows.  Ideally poinsettias require daytime temperatures of 60 to 70°F and night time temperatures around 55°F. High temperatures will shorten the plant’s life. Move the plant to a cooler room at night, if possible.


Check the soil daily. Water when soil is dry.  Be sure to punch holes in foil to allow water to drain into a saucer and discard excess water.  Fertilize the poinsettia if you keep it past the holiday season.  Apply a houseplant fertilizer once a month.

 For information on reflowering, contact Sherri Sanders at




Private Pesticide Applicator Training

Any farmer or rancher wishing to purchase or apply “restricted use” pesticides for agricultural purposes in the coming year must be licensed by the Arkansas State Plant Board. Before being eligible for a license, a certain amount of training is required.  The Cooperative Extension Service in White County will be conducting training classes for the Private Pesticide applicator license. A fee of $10 per person will be charged at the door for those participating in the private pesticide applicator training.


Classes are scheduled as follows:

December 5, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at the Educational Building at the White County Fairgrounds in Searcy.


February 7, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at the Bald Knob School Cafeteria in Bald Knob.


March 9, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at ASU Beebe Farm in Beebe.


The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is an equal opportunity/equal

access/affirmative action institution. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate or need materials in another format, please contact the White County Extension Service at 501-268-5394 as soon as possible.  Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.