Coastal and Tropical South

March, 2012
Regional Report

Tool or Gardening Product

Hormex Liquid Concentrate
I have been using Hormex Rooting Powder for decades to root all sorts of plants. Its hormones are formulated in different strengths to suit the needs of a variety of plants. New to me this year is Hormex Liquid Concentrate, a proprietary blend of these proven plant growth hormones and Vitamin B-1. Together they stimulate rooting and nourish feeder roots. You can mix it up and water or mist with it, or dip cuttings into the concentrate before sticking them to root. In the interest of full disclosure, I work for the family-run business that created Hormex and produces it today. When these nice folks wanted a blogger, I jumped at the chance to write more about my favorite part of horticulture, propagation.

Favorite or New Plant

Weeping Bottlebrush
The sight of this shrub in full bloom makes me smile. Weeping bottlebrush (Callistemon viminalis) is native to Australia and one of the best, most adaptable of the imports from New South Wales. Bright sunshine, regular water, and annual additions of fertilizer give the shrub what it needs to flourish. Bronzy green new leaves that get darker with age are elegant, long and narrow with pointed ends that spring from arched branches. Flowers appear at the branch ends, thick and red with yellow stamens that dance on their tips. Heavy as they look, the slightest breeze stirs both branches and flowers, setting them swaying as if to call out to the hummingbirds that love them. No insect pests bother bottlebrush, and it is said that deer do not like them, either.

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