Lower South

November, 2011
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Florist's Cyclamen
Florist's cyclamens are widely available during the fall and winter season. Their attractive blooms held above the foliage sport petals that point upward. They are popular holiday season houseplants that do best if you give them some bright daytime light and cool temperatures at night. Water enough to moisten soil well, then allow to dry out just a bit. These plants don't like soggy roots conditions. In the Lower South in a protected area, cyclamen also work in outdoor plantings underneath a large tree, for example, where they are protected somewhat from the cold. Cover plants when freezing temperatures are forecast.

Clever Gardening Technique

Weed Free Seed Strips
Weeds can quickly sprout in plantings of small seeds such as cool season greens or root crops. Removing them is not easy among the sprouting vegetable seeds. To minimize the weed problem fold sections of newspaper so that the paper's width is the distance between seedling rows. Then lay the strips on the ground leaving about an inch between strips for seed planting. Cover the paper with compost or finely shredded leaves and wet the leaves and paper to help hold them down on the soil.

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