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Growing Together, Issue #103
July 27, 2015

Monkey Plant Has Different Colored Flowers

Welcome to the July Growing Together Newsletter from gardening with Herbee. We would like to welcome a couple of new members, as well as all of you returning. We hope all of you had a great month of July. This issue Herbee and I wanted to share a little information on the, Monkey Plant.

monkey plant

The Monkey plant is a funky low growing mound specimen. The name comes from the word, minulus, which means mimic. It's average growth is about 10 to 12 inches tall. They can grow in the US, Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. Zones for growing this plant in the United States can vary. On the average, it grows best in zones 5-9.

One of the things to be aware of, the monkey plant won't do as well in frost tolerant climates. The Monkey plant makes an excellent container specimen. If you live in a colder winter climate, a container plant is a great solution for you to enjoy this particular variety. If your winters are extremely cold, bring your plant inside during the colder months.

Monkey plants do well growing in shade, but can also take some sun. The are easy to grow, as you can germinate them from seeds. You can sow directly into the ground, or germinate them indoors. If you germinate them outside, your temperature should be 70F degrees or above. The plant does well in moist soil, and will even do well in bog conditions. If you are planting directly into the ground, plant about six inches from each other. A good tip for happy plants, is using organic mushroom compost in the ground. If you are growing in container, you can put some of the mushroom compost with your light weight potting soil.

The monkey plant can bloom in early spring throughout the fall months. If you live in a warmer climate, your plant or plants will obviously have a longer bloom time. They have various colors or orange, yellow, purple, pink, and red tones. The can have a variegated look with two colors on each flower. You can use these species around ponds and pools. They make an excellent border in many different style gardens. Butterflies love the monkey plant. This is a great specimen to consider adding to your outdoor or inside container garden. You know, some say this plant really does resemble the monkey.

Tip For The Month

The tip this month is for all of you vegetable and fruit gardeners. If you live in a climate where the weather is warm right now, it is great to have your check list for canning and freezing your delicious veggies and fruit. If you live in a climate where the weather is cold, make a check list now for your upcoming growing season.

If canning, make sure you have good jars and tops, canning salt, pots, labels or permanent marker. Make sure you know the processing times if you are giving the jars a pressure treated process, or hot water bath. However you plan to can or freeze, make sure you have all the right ingredients before you start. Also, keep an eye on how much yield you get from each plant. That will help you determine how many jars to prepare. Going through the right steps, results in delicious tasting fruits and vegetables year around.

Thought For The Month

One big problem Herbee and I have, is nursing plants that really seem like they have no color, and life in them. We love taking container outdoor plants and bringing them inside during our colder months here in the south. Our dining room and other rooms tend to be full of these containers. I will put a sick plant in different rooms to see if it will come back. How many of you do that? If you love gardening and plants, then you understand the nurturing we do for these specimens. Plants and nature create an atmosphere in our lives for relaxation and enjoyment. If you are one of these people that try and save every plant, don't feel bad, there are many of us out there feeling the same way. One important aspect of enjoying your garden and house plants, it allows you to do something you enjoy!

Thank you for joining Herbee and I this month. Have a great August, and we look forward to being with you again at the end of next month. Be happy, and keep yourself and your plants happy!

Herbee and Kimberly
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