Pacific Northwest

May, 2011
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Kalanchoe
Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe blossfeldiana) is a member of the Crassulaceae family with relatives that include the jade plant, hens-and-chicks, and many other commonly known succulents.
Kalanchoes make great gift plants since they are relatively easy to maintain and grow on for future blooming periods. They come in flower colors of red, orange, pink, yellow, and salmon.

Indoors, kalanchoes like bright light and can even tolerate some direct sun during the cooler months of the year. They are easy to care for and do well in our dry, heated homes. Water thoroughly when the soil feels dry to the touch, then allow the soil to dry out before watering again. During the active growth period, fertilize with a half-strength water-soluble plant food every two to three weeks.

Tool or Gardening Product

Luggage Carts
I keep three folding luggage carts handy: one in the trunk of the car, one in the garage, and one in the garden shed. You can pick them up for a few dollars at garage sales or even purchase them new for under $10. I find them invaluable for transporting bags of fertilizer, soil, and mulch; moving large container plants indoors in the winter and back outside in the spring; and even for carrying good-sized rocks. The carts are lightweight, easy to roll, narrow enough for all the tight places in the garden, and they fold flat for storage.

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