By Laura Mast
This is the time of year we start preparing for summer at Kingwood. We have several signature plants at Kingwood Center Gardens. One of those plants is Dichondra Silver Falls. It is used in hanging baskets, planters and in the garden beds as a filler and vining. However, if you have ever tried to overwinter or propagate Dichondra you might find it can be somewhat difficult. If you are interested in over wintering Dichondra, you will need to bring it inside where it will not freeze. Another factor in keeping Dichondra over winter is keeping it dry between waterings.
Full Dichondra plant
by Doug Schuster
The most popular question at Kingwood’s greenhouse in 2016 was “Where are the bananas?” As we continue to navigate the utilization of a 1960’s greenhouse facility in the 21st century, modifications are needed from time to time. What’s always been lacking in the greenhouse is a “people space” an area that allows for us to accommodate larger groups and even have small workshops within the greenhouse. To accomplish this, we had to move some plant material around including the banana trees. We decided to relocate the banana trees from the back of the tropical greenhouse to the front where they have a much larger space to grow, and they are thriving in that space. For the first time in my tenure, we have two stalks that have set fruit at the same time. The banana trees in their original location never met their full potential; they were in narrow ground beds with limited space to grow.
The full size banana tree