Coastal and Tropical South

September, 2011
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Musical Note Plant
Depending on where you look up this great plant, it may be listed as a Rotheca or a Clerodendrum. Apparently, the taxonomists who decide these things stay in a state of flux about these two choices. Beyond that, this one plant is also called morning kiss and witches tongue, obviously from two different viewpoints. And it is also known as bung taugeh, Malay for bean sprout flower. I think the flowers look a bit like musical notes, pristine white, long and curled, but I like the ridiculously long red stamens even more. Musical note plant is a big plant, up to 5 feet tall in the tropics, but can be easily maintained in a container at a smaller size. The leaves are cute and serrated, arranged in neat stacks to show off the blooms. Give the plants water regularly in well-drained soil and look for flowers off and on all year, outside or in the indoor garden.

Tool or Gardening Product

Natria Multi-Insect Control
Sulphur and pyrethrin were two of my grandfather's garden shed staples and as an organic gardener, I use them, too. These tried and true pesticides are now combined in an effective non-synthetic product from Bayer Advanced called Natria Insect, Disease, and Mite Control. It is labeled for use on a wide variety of plants, from roses and shrubs to vegetables and houseplants. These ingredients gained their reputation for being effective on a range of pests individually, and in my experience, they work together even better to address issues of fungus disease, insects, and mites. Natria Multi-Insect Control is available in both ready-to-use and concentrated forms.

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