New England

September, 2008
Regional Report

Clever Gardening Technique

Colchicums on Your Windowsills
Colchicums, also called fall-blooming crocuses, will bloom indoors on a windowsill. They don't need a cold treatment and they don't even need water. Set them in a dish of gravel or colorful stones and wait two weeks. Voila! The flowers will be less robust than if they were growing outdoors, but you can always plant them outside after the flowers fade and enjoy them again next year.

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Messenger
Messenger is like a vitamin for your plants. The active ingredient is identical to a naturally occuring protein that can boost a plant's immune system and increase photosynthesis, nutrient uptake, and resistance to insects and disease. Applied in the fall (mixed in water and sprayed on plants), Messenger can help plants enter dormancy in good health. For more info, visit: http://www.messenger.info.

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