Lower South

November, 2006
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Philodendron 'Xanadu'
I find 'Xanadu' philodendron to be among the best houseplants for adding a lush, tropical appearance to a room. Unlike many of the Philodendron genus, 'Xanadu' is not a vining climber but rather has a bushy form with deeply dissected dark green leaves. It does well in medium to low light levels and can be moved outside to a very shady spot after the danger of frost is past to add a tropical appearance to a Jacuzzi, porch, or landscape bed. Feed regularly with a soluble fertilizer for best results.

Clever Gardening Technique

Planting in Non-Draining Containers
One of the basic rules of container growing is to use containers with drainage holes so they will drain well. Sometimes for special situations you may wish to use a container that doesn't have drainage holes. To keep water from stagnating in the bottom of the container, add some pea gravel with a few tablespoons of charcoal (planting or aquarium type) mixed in. Then fill the container with potting mix for planting. It is still important to avoid overwatering but this will help in cases where just a little extra water is left on the bottom of the container.

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