Lower South

February, 2007
Regional Report

Clever Gardening Technique

ICU for Newly Air-Layered Plants
When you start a new cutting or remove an air layer, it generally needs a little time to get a better root system going before it is ready and able to take on the stresses of its living environment. Place a large, clear dry-cleaner bag over the plant and set it in a bright area but not in direct sunlight. This minimizes the water loss while providing enough light to help the leaves produce carbohydrates to support new roots and shoot growth. A tomato cage or some long, thin bamboo poles can serve as a structure to keep the plastic off the leaves. After a few weeks in this makeshift ICU chamber, it will be ready to face the world on its own.

Web Finds

Rose Pruning Advice
This Pruning Web page from University of Illinois Extension offers advice for pruning roses of various types. The instructions are clear and the drawings help make the task easy for even a first-time rose grower.

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