Coastal and Tropical South
Favorite or New Plant
Maybe jade plant has fallen from favor, but it deserves more credit for great form, strong color, and yes, flowers. The succulent, paddle-shaped leaves stand up sprightly on grayish stems that do look like little tree trunks with green leaves held high above them. If you tend to overwater, you'll soon learn that jade plant and other succulents can't take it. Water thoroughly, then let the soil dry out almost completely before watering again. Fertilize monthly, and repot annually if you're growing this one in a pot. Five-year-old jades in pots or garden beds will bloom with surprisingly sweet, pink, starlike flowers.
Tool or Gardening Product
Safer's 3-in-1 Garden Spray
If you haven't tried Neem yet, check out this product. Safer has long been recognized in the organic gardening world as the maker of highly effective insecticidal soap. Their formulation of this 70 percent neem oil can be used on both flowering plants and vegetables. Neem controls by suffocation, covering the insects and fungal blights and smothering their infestation. This product can be used to control mites, insects, and fungi. It may sound like a miracle, and certainly no insecticide replaces good gardening practices. But when aphids, spider mites, or leaf diseases start their march, keep the 3-in-1 handy.