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Growing Together, Issue # 68
October 27, 2012

Wintercreeper - Beautiful Variegated Ivy Jade

Welcome to the September issue of landscape solutions for you, Growing Together newsletter. I would once again like to welcome all our new members, as well as all of you returning. It is hard to believe that the change of seasons are upon us. This month I wanted to share with you some information on a vibrant evergreen plant specimen, Ivy Jade Wintercreeper.

Wintercreeper


The Wintercreeper is a delightful plant that actually starts growing from the ground. This is fun plant to experiment with. As it matures, it begins to spread with a moderate growth pattern. As the Wintercreeper continues to grow it starts to look for structures such as trees, fences or larger outdoor features to spread onto. The plant begins to climate the structure. What is really interesting with this specie is once it grows to full sunlight, the plant changes from a creeper status to a shrub form. There is a benefit for you when it reaches full maturity, as the plant will bear flowers and fruit.

The flowers are small and aren't real visible. What emerges in the spotlight is the pink, orange-red tone berries. The birds love these berries and a great attraction of our feathered friends for you to enjoy. The Ivy Jade Wintercreeper will grow in zones four through nine in the United States. Another great aspect of this specimen is the variety of size in the leaves. Younger plants have small, dark green scalloped edges. As the plant matures, the leaves become bigger. The off white to yellow shade veins become more visible.

The Wintercreeper does well in full sun, but can also take moderate shade. It will grow in a variety of soil conditions. There are many wonderful areas that this specie can grow and accent your gardens or landscape. If used as a shrub, which can mature up to four feet, it can be used as an accent specimen with other solid colored evergreens. It also makes an excellent ground cover. One of the most popular areas to grow is along a fence, retaining wall, and even trees. The Ivy Jade is considered one of the most hardy climbers.

Now part of your experimenting comes into play. You can multiply this specie by doing cuttings or layering. If you do either of these, the plant will be in a shrub form, not a climber. There are so uses for this plant. For you gardeners that have inside container gardens, the Wintercreeper will work in a pot. Put a trellis in the pot and it is easily trained to climb the trellis.

The Ivy Jade Wintercreeper is a great addition to your outside or inside garden. Now is a great time to think about the next growing season and plan to incorporate this specie for your enjoyment.


Tip For The Month

Tip of the month: As I mentioned with the changing of the season, it is always a good reminder to plan ahead and get ready for the upcoming cooler or warmer weather. Before the first frost, prune back Hibiscus plants. Cut at an angle. Protect your plants by adding mulch or pine straw. Put mulch around trees but never up against the trunk.

Deadhead all flowers. Prepare your gardens by turning them over either with a rotor tiller, or shovel. Plant grass seed now and make sure you water, and cover the lawn with straw. The straw holds in the moisture.

For all of you in the southern hemisphere, get ready for the long growing seasons that lies ahead. Prepare your indoor plants to come outside, and plan out your warmer gardens and landscapes. A few tips for your investment.


Thought For The Month

With the changing of the seasons, we all begin to think about the upcoming holidays. Now is a great time to germinte some seeds, have them grow, and transplant the blugs into pots. These can become wonderful holiday gifts for family and friends. Think ahead now so you are so stressed and rush during the exciting holiday season.

Here is the video I did for you on transplanting the Basil plugs into pots. If you remember, the first video showed you easy tips on germinating from seed. This video goes through the simple process of taking the plugs, and transplanting to containers. I admit, my videos aren't of the highest quality, but my main goal was to give you a little insight on the steps that I have used for years. I hope you enjoy it!



I wish you a wonderful safe and happy October. I look forward to being with you again at the end of October. Plan now for your future gardens, and enjoy the beauty of the change of seasons.

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