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Plant Care Instructions By Pat Hammer

There are probably 150 or more species of Mimulus. The group I am talking about here is the hybrids grown from seed and treated as annuals.

Is Indoor Plant?

No

These month by month plant care tasks are for plants in the following zones :
Sunset Zones : 23, 24
USDA Zones :
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  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
  • January
    • Plant

        Transplant seedlings 1-3 months after germination to 3 or 4 inch pots. After they have reached a fairly good size they can be moved into the garden.

    • Fertilize

        Give newly germinated plants a little diluted liquid fertilizer once true leaves appear and before they are transplanted to a larger pot. This helps to encourage root growth. Apply 1/2 strength solution one or twice per week until planted in the garden or finally planted in the ground.

    • Protect

        Protect new plants from heavy rains, hail, winds and slugs.

  • February
    • Plant

        Transplant seedlings 1-3 months after germination to 3 or 4 inch pots. After they have reached a fairly good size they can be moved into the garden.

    • Fertilize

        Give newly germinated plants a little diluted liquid fertilizer once true leaves appear and before they are transplanted to a larger pot. This helps to encourage root growth. Apply 1/2 strength solution one or twice per week until planted in the garden or finally planted in the ground.

    • Protect

        Protect new plants from heavy rains, hail, winds and slugs.

  • March
    • Plant

        Transplant seedlings 1-3 months after germination to 3 or 4 inch pots. After they have reached a fairly good size they can be moved into the garden.

    • Fertilize

        Give newly germinated plants a little diluted liquid fertilizer once true leaves appear and before they are transplanted to a larger pot. This helps to encourage root growth. Apply 1/2 strength solution one or twice per week until planted in the garden or finally planted in the ground.

    • Protect

        Protect new plants from heavy rains, hail, winds and slugs.

  • April
    • Plant

        Transplant seedlings 1-3 months after germination to 3 or 4 inch pots. After they have reached a fairly good size they can be moved into the garden.

    • Fertilize

        Give newly germinated plants a little diluted liquid fertilizer once true leaves appear and before they are transplanted to a larger pot. This helps to encourage root growth. Apply 1/2 strength solution one or twice per week until planted in the garden or finally planted in the ground.

    • Protect

        Protect new plants from heavy rains, hail, winds and slugs.

    • Transplant

        After seedlings in 3 or 4 inch pots have reached a fairly good size they can be moved into the garden. Be sure to keep them watered the first few weeks after transplanting but they should not remain wet as it could cause mildew.

  • May
    • Protect

        Protect new plants from heavy rains, hail, winds and slugs.

    • Transplant

        After seedlings in 3 or 4 inch pots have reached a fairly good size they can be moved into the garden. Be sure to keep them watered the first few weeks after transplanting but they should not remain wet as it could cause mildew.

  • June
    • Protect

        Protect new plants from heavy rains, hail, winds and slugs.

  • July
    • August
      • September
        • October
          • Buy

              

          • Sow Seeds

              Sow seeds indoors in October of November. Room temperature. Germinations generally in 5-7 days but can take as long as 8 weeks. Move new seedlings outdoors as soon as they appear.

        • November
          • Buy

              

          • Sow Seeds

              Sow seeds indoors in October of November. Room temperature. Germinations generally in 5-7 days but can take as long as 8 weeks. Move new seedlings outdoors as soon as they appear.

        • December
          • Winter
            • Spring
              • Summer
                • Fall
                  • Buy

                    When's the best time to buy this plant? When can you buy these from seed (if you can)? When is it usually available? What are things to look for when you're buying it? Or anything other tidbit of information you can share!

                    •  Jan
                    •  Feb
                    •  Mar
                    •  Apr
                    •  May
                    •  Jun
                    •  Jul
                    •  Aug
                    •  Sep
                    •  Oct
                    •  Nov
                    •  Dec
                    • October

                    • November

                  • Plant

                    When's a good time to plant this plant or bulb? Any special planting instructions?

                    •  Jan
                    •  Feb
                    •  Mar
                    •  Apr
                    •  May
                    •  Jun
                    •  Jul
                    •  Aug
                    •  Sep
                    •  Oct
                    •  Nov
                    •  Dec
                    • January

                      Transplant seedlings 1-3 months after germination to 3 or 4 inch pots. After they have reached a fairly good size they can be moved into the garden.

                    • February

                      Transplant seedlings 1-3 months after germination to 3 or 4 inch pots. After they have reached a fairly good size they can be moved into the garden.

                    • March

                      Transplant seedlings 1-3 months after germination to 3 or 4 inch pots. After they have reached a fairly good size they can be moved into the garden.

                    • April

                      Transplant seedlings 1-3 months after germination to 3 or 4 inch pots. After they have reached a fairly good size they can be moved into the garden.

                  • Sow Seeds

                    When can you plant these seeds? When's the best time? Can you start them indoors and move them out? Do they have any special requirements?

                    •  Jan
                    •  Feb
                    •  Mar
                    •  Apr
                    •  May
                    •  Jun
                    •  Jul
                    •  Aug
                    •  Sep
                    •  Oct
                    •  Nov
                    •  Dec
                    • October

                      Sow seeds indoors in October of November. Room temperature. Germinations generally in 5-7 days but can take as long as 8 weeks. Move new seedlings outdoors as soon as they appear.

                    • November

                      Sow seeds indoors in October of November. Room temperature. Germinations generally in 5-7 days but can take as long as 8 weeks. Move new seedlings outdoors as soon as they appear.

                  • Fertilize

                    When should you fertilize this plant? Which kind of fertilizer do you recommend? Should you use different fertilizers at different times of year?

                    •  Jan
                    •  Feb
                    •  Mar
                    •  Apr
                    •  May
                    •  Jun
                    •  Jul
                    •  Aug
                    •  Sep
                    •  Oct
                    •  Nov
                    •  Dec
                    • January

                      Give newly germinated plants a little diluted liquid fertilizer once true leaves appear and before they are transplanted to a larger pot. This helps to encourage root growth. Apply 1/2 strength solution one or twice per week until planted in the garden or finally planted in the ground.

                    • February

                      Give newly germinated plants a little diluted liquid fertilizer once true leaves appear and before they are transplanted to a larger pot. This helps to encourage root growth. Apply 1/2 strength solution one or twice per week until planted in the garden or finally planted in the ground.

                    • March

                      Give newly germinated plants a little diluted liquid fertilizer once true leaves appear and before they are transplanted to a larger pot. This helps to encourage root growth. Apply 1/2 strength solution one or twice per week until planted in the garden or finally planted in the ground.

                    • April

                      Give newly germinated plants a little diluted liquid fertilizer once true leaves appear and before they are transplanted to a larger pot. This helps to encourage root growth. Apply 1/2 strength solution one or twice per week until planted in the garden or finally planted in the ground.

                  • Water

                    Is there a time to reduce or increase watering? Any special requirements? Things to avoid during certain times of the year?

                    •  Jan
                    •  Feb
                    •  Mar
                    •  Apr
                    •  May
                    •  Jun
                    •  Jul
                    •  Aug
                    •  Sep
                    •  Oct
                    •  Nov
                    •  Dec
                    • Prune

                      When's a good time to prune this plant? How about deadheading, pinching back, trimming or any other grooming? Any special requirements?

                      •  Jan
                      •  Feb
                      •  Mar
                      •  Apr
                      •  May
                      •  Jun
                      •  Jul
                      •  Aug
                      •  Sep
                      •  Oct
                      •  Nov
                      •  Dec
                      • Mulch

                        Does this plant need to be mulched? Are there specific types of Mulch which are better for this plant? How much?

                        •  Jan
                        •  Feb
                        •  Mar
                        •  Apr
                        •  May
                        •  Jun
                        •  Jul
                        •  Aug
                        •  Sep
                        •  Oct
                        •  Nov
                        •  Dec
                        • Protect

                          When and how should you protect this plant from birds, deer, rabbits? Does this plant need be covered, or wrapped or painted or moved?

                          •  Jan
                          •  Feb
                          •  Mar
                          •  Apr
                          •  May
                          •  Jun
                          •  Jul
                          •  Aug
                          •  Sep
                          •  Oct
                          •  Nov
                          •  Dec
                          • January

                            Protect new plants from heavy rains, hail, winds and slugs.

                          • February

                            Protect new plants from heavy rains, hail, winds and slugs.

                          • March

                            Protect new plants from heavy rains, hail, winds and slugs.

                          • April

                            Protect new plants from heavy rains, hail, winds and slugs.

                          • May

                            Protect new plants from heavy rains, hail, winds and slugs.

                          • June

                            Protect new plants from heavy rains, hail, winds and slugs.

                        • Pest/Disease Inspection

                          What are the common problems this plant will face and when should you look for them to appear?

                          •  Jan
                          •  Feb
                          •  Mar
                          •  Apr
                          •  May
                          •  Jun
                          •  Jul
                          •  Aug
                          •  Sep
                          •  Oct
                          •  Nov
                          •  Dec
                          • Treat for Pest/Disease

                            How do you treat the common problems for this plant? What products or concoctions or natural means do you use? Any special requirements?

                            •  Jan
                            •  Feb
                            •  Mar
                            •  Apr
                            •  May
                            •  Jun
                            •  Jul
                            •  Aug
                            •  Sep
                            •  Oct
                            •  Nov
                            •  Dec
                            • Transplant

                              When's the best time to dig up and transplant this from one spot to another? (This is different than planting). Any special requirements?

                              •  Jan
                              •  Feb
                              •  Mar
                              •  Apr
                              •  May
                              •  Jun
                              •  Jul
                              •  Aug
                              •  Sep
                              •  Oct
                              •  Nov
                              •  Dec
                              • April

                                After seedlings in 3 or 4 inch pots have reached a fairly good size they can be moved into the garden. Be sure to keep them watered the first few weeks after transplanting but they should not remain wet as it could cause mildew.

                              • May

                                After seedlings in 3 or 4 inch pots have reached a fairly good size they can be moved into the garden. Be sure to keep them watered the first few weeks after transplanting but they should not remain wet as it could cause mildew.

                            • Propagate

                              When's a good time to divide, take cuttings, layer or propagate this plant. Any special requirements?

                              •  Jan
                              •  Feb
                              •  Mar
                              •  Apr
                              •  May
                              •  Jun
                              •  Jul
                              •  Aug
                              •  Sep
                              •  Oct
                              •  Nov
                              •  Dec
                              • Harvest

                                When's a good time to harvest this plant? What's the best way to harvest? Are there special requirements or features?

                                •  Jan
                                •  Feb
                                •  Mar
                                •  Apr
                                •  May
                                •  Jun
                                •  Jul
                                •  Aug
                                •  Sep
                                •  Oct
                                •  Nov
                                •  Dec
                                • Special requirements

                                  Any other requirement for this plant? Is there anything that doesn't fit into the other care categories?

                                  •  Jan
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                                  •  May
                                  •  Jun
                                  •  Jul
                                  •  Aug
                                  •  Sep
                                  •  Oct
                                  •  Nov
                                  •  Dec

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