Lower South

December, 2003
Regional Report

Web Finds

Houseplant Info from the Texas Master Gardener Handbook
Houseplants can be a challenge but this Houseplants Web site from Texas A&M University provides lots of good information to help you get off to a good start. The site offers a good deal of helpful information, including repotting, mixing your own soilless media, light requirements of various plants, and best plants for specific indoor uses.

Favorite or New Plant

Aglaonema
The Aglaonema (Chinese evergreen) is a great choice for indoor plantscaping. Native to the jungles of Southeast Asia, it tolerates low light levels better than most houseplants. It produces beautiful glossy, lance-shaped, dark green leaves with silvery gray markings. Many varieties are now available offering variations on the leaf markings and shades of green and silver color. Provide Chinese evergreen with medium light levels and allow soil to dry out a bit between waterings. Soggy soil conditions cause problems for this and most other houseplants. Keep these plants out of cold drafts. Temperatures below about 55 degrees can cause leaf spotting.

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