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November 15, 2003

Combinations of Plants in One Pot?

Have you ever wondered why plants MUST be sold
in individual pots? Well, if you have, you're not alone! Dr. Jim Midcap
of the Department of Horticulture with the College of Agricultural and
Environmental Sciences at the University of Georgia thought about the
situation and decided that maybe two plants – a groundcover and a shrub
– could coexist and be happy in the same pot. They could then be
planted as a unit, saving time and money. Walter visits with Jim to see
some of his combinations and to learn exactly what grows in a
"Lorabelia" pot.

Visit with Dr. Armitage

Dr. Allan Armitage, College of Agricultural
and Environmental Sciences at UGA, joins Walter this week to tell him
all about one of his favorites – chrysanthemums. Chrysanthemum is a
common plant, but Dr. Armitage recommends some outstanding cultivars
for viewers. Join Walter's visit with Allan as he describes this fine
fall flowering plant.

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. He covers the
box with a metal cookie sheet. The propagation tray, filled with leaf
cuttings from favorite houseplants, can be placed on the hot plate to
hasten rooting of the cuttings. To learn more about propagation take a
look at the UGA Cooperative Extension Service bulletin Propagating
House Plants.


The luffa sponge you enjoy in your bath
doesn't come from the ocean like other natural sponges. It actually
comes from a gourd, one you can easily grow in your garden. Walter
shows how to grow the gourds and then demonstrates how to make a sponge
from the contents of the gourd. As you plan to plant some next spring,
please don't forget Walter's advice, "If luffa gourd was not an annual
vine, it would cover trees on par with kudzu!"