Coastal and Tropical South

December, 2013
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Snake Plant
Sanseveria deserves better than its two common names -- snake plant and mother-in-law's tongue. Presumably both names refer to the stiffly upright leaves that are 1 inch wide and a foot or more tall. But the leaves can also be described as strong, stately, and uplifting. Since these plants almost never wilt, they are in fact foolproof. If you do water and fertilize them regularly, they grow thick with new leaves and get as tall as 2 feet. They'll sit with quiet elegance in a dark corner, allow dust to collect, and never falter. If you put them in even decent light and spray water on the leaves occasionally, they absolutely shine with good green color and dramatic, stalwart form.

Tool or Gardening Product

Soil Moist
The squishy, clear, lumps that you sometimes see in potted plants are actually polymers that swell with water and release it later. Small packets are usually available, but for large planting projects, look for a bucket. You may be surprised at how much water you'll save! Though not technically organic, these little reservoirs last several years and then break down innocently. When you see a planting at the head of a cul-de-sac that has little added irrigation if any and yet seldom wilts, it's likely Soil Moist is in use. This is a handy water conservation product everyone should try. Visit their website for more information: www.soilmoist.com.

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