Plant of the Month: Croton.
This colorful shrub provides an autumn that never ends. You can enjoy your fave autumn hues throughout the year in this tropical plant. The leathery evergreen leaves in myriad shapes and sizes can be red, orange yellow, purple, bronze, or
any combination of these colors. Folks living in the Tropical South (USDA Zones 10 & 11) can grow croton outdoors all year.
Croton needs bright light, moist, well-drained soil, and daily misting (while in-
-doors). Fertilize every two weeks in warm weather with a liquid houseplant food.
Plants can grow over 6 feet tall and wide in the Tropical South.
Southern Living Mag. 11-2017 byline: Steve Bender
The weather is perfect now; be sure to water after planting. You can also set out spring bulbs. Use colored golf tees as markers to remember where you put
the bulbs and what colors the flowers will be.
Gardening is one hobby in which you divide to multiply. Now is a good time to
split up your fave perennials. Use a shovel or trowel to life a clump from the
ground, and divide it into smaller clumps. Re-plant them at the same depth at
which the original clump grew.
Some perennials easy to divide now are agapanthus, aster, bearded iris, bee balm, beard tongue, black-eyed Susan, cardinal flower, daylily, hollyhawk, dian-
-thus, hosta, mums, purple cornflower, summer phlox and yarrow.
If you forgot to fertilize your lawn in October; do so now before it's too late.
Fall feeding is VERY IMPORTANT. Do Not fertilize warm-season lawns like
Bermuda or Zoysia until Spring.
Tidying the garden: remove all dead stems, leaves and flowers from the garden.
Toss them in the compost pile, This will get rid of overwintering insects and fungi;
reducing pest problems next year. It also turns the detritus into organic matter for
your garden. Southern Living Mag. 11-1-207 byline: Steve Bender
Check with your local nurseries: Some offer free seminars, other for small fee.
Sat. Nov. 4 St. Thomas U., Bldg.30, 713-880-5540, 3812 Yoakum, Urban Har-
-vest's Starting a Community or School Garden Workshop. 8:30 a-2:30 p. $20.
Sat. Nov. 4 Judson Robinson Comm. Ctr., 2020 Hermann, South Texas Unit of
Herb Society of America presents: 45th Annual Herb Fair. 9 a.-2 p. Herb plants,
jellies, blends, crafts, bath and beauty products. Refreshments. Free.
Sat. Nov. 4 Montgomery Co. Master Gardeners: Open Garden Day. 9 a.-11 a.
936-539-7824, @ Texas A&M AgriLife Extens. Service, 9020 Airport, Conroe.
Sat. Nov. 4 Houston Arboretum & Nature Center, 713-681-8433, 4501 Woodway,
presents: The Secret Life of Squirrels w/Kelsey Low. 9:30 a-11:30 a. $20/$35.
Ages 13 and older.
Sat. Nov. 4 Enchanted Forest Garden Center, 281-937-9449, 10611 FM 2759, Richmond, presents: Natural Home Décor w/Plants Made Easy w/Margaret Hicks
of Charlie Cook Associates. Free. 10 a. @ Enchanted Gardens 2 p. Free.
Sat. Nov. 4 Maas Nursery, 281-474-2488, 5511 Todville, Seabrook. Jim Maas &
Pat Cordray present: Miniature Fairy Garden Class. 10 a. $40.
Buchanan's Native Plants
, 713-861-5702, 611 E.11th, Heights. 77008.
Arbor Gate Plant Nursery
, 281-351-8851, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball.
Joshua's Native Plants
& Garden Antiques. Houston Heights.
Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens
, 281-443-8731, 22306 Aldine Westfield Rd. one mile N. of FM 1960, Humble 77338 .
20559 FM 359, Hempstead, TX. peckerwoodgarden.org .
Adam Black, director of horticulture at Peckerwood Garden.
The Woodpecker: with its unique head construction can bang away with its beak, like a jackhammer, searching for insects; but it does not injure its head. Wow !