Coastal and Tropical South

October, 2012
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Hindu Rope Plant
The colloquial name for Hoya carnosa 'Krinkle Kurl' is a fanciful description of its habit. Twisted, waxy leaves stack up tightly along heavy vines that hang better than they climb. Each leaf is patterned in green and creamy white, with pink touches just for good measure. This hoya is a showstopper in a hanging basket, tolerates dry conditions very well, and grows nonstop in warm temperatures. Many windowsills are too hot and bright for most popular houseplants, but perfect for Hindu rope plant.

Clever Gardening Technique

Saucers and Turkey Basters
Too many people refuse to move potted plants indoors because watering can make a mess in the house. Usually it's the people that are responsible for the mess, not the plants. Avoiding wet carpets and improper watering practices is simply a matter of watering smarter. Choose saucers to go under each pot that match their size. If you have an 8 inch pot, look for an 8 inch saucer instead of cramming it into a 6 inch saucer that will overflow when you water from the top. A saucer too large or too small for its pot is ineffective for watering from the bottom. The perfect companion to saucers under pots is a turkey baster and small bucket -- just not the same one you use in the kitchen, please! Use it to suck the water out of saucers an hour after watering is done. Whether you water from the top or bottom of the pot, do not let water in the saucers linger.

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