Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Middle South

December, 2010
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Callaway Gardens Annual Southern Garden Symposium
The 25th Annual Southern Gardening Symposium at Callaway Gardens will feature an outstanding group of gardening experts and a jam-packed schedule of lectures Friday through Sunday, January 28-30. Registration of $245 includes Friday's evening reception; Saturday's continental breakfast, programs with printed materials, box lunch and banquet; and Sunday's continental breakfast and programs with printed materials. Pre-event workshops are available on Friday for an additional fee. For more information call (800) 225-5292 or email

Favorite or New Plant

Christmas Cactus
With only a little care, the Christmas cactus you received for the holidays will bloom again next year. In fact, no holiday houseplant is easier to grow than Schlumbegera bridesii. It's important to note, however, that the plant is not a desert cactus, but a succulent perennial native to the tropics of Brazil. In its natural habitat it grows on trees rather than in soil. As a succulent, it does store some water, but is not as drought tolerant as the name "cactus" implies. Growing conditions (temperature, light and humidity) will vary its need for irrigation. So, instead of watering by a set schedule, drench thoroughly when the top two inches of soil is dry to the touch. In winter, place in a cool, sunny spot, but move the plant outdoors to a shady location in summer.


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