Coastal and Tropical South

September, 2013
Regional Report

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Growing Figs
Some people just want a backyard fruit, while others love figs for the shape and texture of the tree. Still others are interested in their historic status. Figs grow in our region, in some areas better than others. For those who want to know more about these wonderful fruits, The Fig from the University of Florida Extension Service provides information on choosing fig cultivars, cultural requirements, pest problems, and more.

Favorite or New Plant

Colorful Croton
If you'd like to grow something known as the "world's most colorful plant," then croton is for you. Well-drained or sandy soil is great for these almost-woody plants with leaves painted like modern art. But whether you grow it in a pot or the ground, surround croton with green-leaved plants such as dwarf banana and philodendrons. It's bold colors show up best with a solid background, and the drama is unsurpassed.

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