Coastal and Tropical South

December, 2008
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Jade Plant
A common houseplant worldwide, Crassula argentea should be grown outdoors by more gardeners in the Tropics zone and where protection is available on the Southern Coasts. No plant has its stately form, treelike even in small sizes. Eventually, pink or white flowers cover the top of the plant, ruining its elegance with a sprightly tiara of color. Grow jade plant on the dry side, but never let the leaves wither or they will drop off.

Tool or Gardening Product

Soil Moist
The squishy, clear, lumps that you sometimes see in potted plants are actually polymers that swell with water and release it later. Small packets are usually available, but for large planting projects, look for a bucket. You may be surprised at how much water you'll save! Though not technically organic, these little reservoirs last several years and then break down innocently. When you see a planting at the head of a cul-de-sac that has little added irrigation if any and yet seldom wilts, it's likely Soil Moist is in use. This is a handy water conservation product everyone should try. Visit their Web site for more information: www.soilmoist.com.

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