Coastal and Tropical South

September, 2006
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Madagascar Dragon Plant
Such a mean-sounding name for such a sweet plant! This Dracaena marginata is a classic houseplant that we grow as an almost-permanent patio container plant. This one loves the humidity of our region and is a forgiving sort of plant. Water it only when dry, provide indirect light, fertilize occasionally, and simply enjoy its spiky good looks.

Clever Gardening Technique

Direct-Seeding in Fall
Too many gardeners shy away from sowing seeds directly into garden soil for one of several reasons: the seeds might not come up, or might emerge as a thick clump, or the seeds might wash away or be eaten by birds. Certainly all those possibilities exist, but make the leap of faith and sow something this fall. If you have had trouble getting all but the largest seeds to sprout in the garden bed -- even after raking it very well -- spread an inch of planting mix or potting soil on top of the prepared soil, then plant your seeds. Water once, then cover with a board for several days. Lift, and if you can see a sprout, leave the board off and grow on.

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