Lower South

September, 2000
Regional Report

Web Finds

More on Plant Propagation
The two plant propagation Web sites listed below are great references for making new plants from your landscape. They feature techniques for rooting various types of cuttings, layering plants, making divisions, and constructing a homemade mini greenhouse for rooting cuttings:



University of Missouri Home Propagation of Garden and Landscape Plants

http://muextension.missouri.edu/xplor/agguides/hort/g06970.htm, and



University of Georgia Propagating Shrubs from Cuttings

www.ces.uga.edu/pubcd/b641-w.html.



Favorite or New Plant

White Butterfly Ginger
White butterfly ginger (Hedychium coronarium) is a great perennial plant for the lower South. It's hardy in USDA Zones 7 to 9 and a perennial in most of our region, especially when protected with a little mulch over winter. There are a number of Hedychium species on the market. All grow best in a bright shade exposure. Although they can take more light than most other types of ginger, they will burn in full, direct sunlight. They grow best in soil heavily amended with compost and when well watered.



In late summer and fall the blooms can reach 4 to 5 feet tall and put on a show you won't forget. The really great extra of white butterfly ginger is a heavenly fragrance. The closest thing I can compare it to is gardenia, but you'll just have to experience it yourself! These blooms make great cut flowers and will last for over a week in a vase, filling the indoor air with their luscious scent.



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