Palm's upForget the poinsettia. How about giving a coconut...

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December 07, 1997|By Elizabeth Large | Elizabeth Large,Sun Staff

Palm's up

Forget the poinsettia. How about giving a coconut palm for the holidays? Actually, you'll be giving a coconut palm kit from Send a Palm, complete with terra cotta-colored dish, soil, sphagnum moss and instructions. Grown by Florida landscapers, the plant and its accessories cost $36.95, plus $6 shipping and handling. Call 888-855-4883 to order. This is a gift guaranteed to banish the winter blues.

Tree tips

Christmas trees need tender loving care after they've been taken home. Probably the most important thing you can do to keep your tree green through the holiday season is water it daily.

Here are some other tips for prolonging the life of your Christmas tree:

* Buy early. You can keep the tree in water at home. On the lot, it just gets drier and drier.

* When you get the tree home, cut at least an inch from the bottom before putting it in water.

* Leave it in a protected but unheated area until you're ready to bring it inside.

* Tree preserver in the water or an anti-desiccant spray to keep the needles from drying out may help prolong the tree's beauty. Both are available at garden centers.

* When you bring your tree inside, keep it away from radiators, fireplaces or other heat sources. The cooler the room, the better off your tree will be.

* Always turn off the tree's lights when you leave the house.

Return of the beaded curtain

Shades of the '70s. Beaded curtains are back.

You can get them just for fun, like the pictured strings of multicolored plastic shapes, at the Icing for $10. A great gift for a teen-ager who's difficult to shop for, the curtain can be cut to fit without coming apart.

Or you can add a seriously exotic touch to a room with the beautiful crystal beaded curtains at Beadazzled for $29.95 and $39.95. Use them for doorways, dividers or draperies.

Cookies and tours

Eighteen private 19th-century homes will be open for the Union Square Association's Christmas Cookie Tour next Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Each will be decorated for the holidays, and the owners will serve the family's favorite cookies. Tickets for the self-guided tour are $12 and include a booklet with a map, descriptions of homes, and recipes for the cookies. You can buy tickets at the Steuart Hill Elementary School (South Gilmor Street just off the 1500 block of West Lombard Street) on the day of the tour. Call 410-945-1497 for more information.

Pub Date: 12/07/97

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