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October 26, 2002

Propagating House Plants

Propagating houseplants is an interesting
process to attempt during the winter months. The process is made more
successful if the rooting medium (soil) is kept warm. Walter shows how
to construct a wooden box containing a small light bulb. The box is
covered with a metal cookie sheet. The propagation tray, filled with
leaf cuttings from favorite houseplants, is placed on the hot plate to
hasten rooting of the cuttings.

Purple Beautyberry

"Psychedelic" is one of the best words to
describe the color of purple beautyberry. Hank Bruno at Callaway
Gardens shows Walter the different varieties of beautyberry, even a
white-berried form that isn't so likely to make your eyes pop when you
see it.

Caring for Bromeliads

Bromeliads are fascinating plants: the center
is filled with water but the roots like to be dry. The flowers are
unlike those on any other plant. Walter shows how to use an apple to
force a bromeliad to bloom. He also shows how to break off a "pup" from
the side of a mature plant and plant it in loose potting soil.

Spring Bulbs Publication

Bob Westerfield shares pointers from the free publication Flowering Bulbs for Georgia Gardeners which can be found at your local Extension office.