Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

June, 2012
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Kalanchoes (pronounced kal-an-co-EE) are hardy flowering plants that can be grown indoors or out. They have thick, fleshy leaves and flowers in clusters on branching stems. The flowers are brightly colored and show up well against the dark green foliage. Plant in pots or in combination plantings with other plants that require moderate water. Kalanchoe are heavy feeders, so a slow-release fertilizer is recommended to provide a constant source of nourishment.

Clever Gardening Technique

Vacation Care for Indoor Plants
Use a large turkey oven roasting bag to create a miniature greenhouse for indoor plants while you are away on vacation. Push a few chop sticks into the soil to keep the plastic away from the foliage. Water the plant well, place it in the bag, and then use a twist-tie to secure the opening. The trapped humidity will keep the plant alive for several weeks. Set the prepared plant in a location away from direct sunlight or you will "cook" the plant inside the bag. Oven roasting bags are durable and can be used over and over again. They also cook a really good turkey!

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