Ceanothus spp (California Lilac) - Monthly Plant Care Calendar

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Evergreen shrubs covered in white to pale blue and violet flower clusters in the spring. Height and growth habits vary by species, from low-growing groundcovers to small trees. Fragrant blooms attract butterflies. Most species are California natives.

Here's what you should be doing each month of the year for this plant in Sunset Zones 22, 23 & 24: Find Your Climate Zone.

Click a month to be taken directly to that months plant care: January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December

222_ceanothus_ray_hartman_ms-9January

BUY

Buy ceanothus in the winter when it can be planted.

PLANT

Plant ceanothus in a well-draining area of the yard. Locate on a hilly or mounded area whenever possible. Avoid planting in a low-lying area that collects water.

FERTILIZE

Ceanothus are California natives and do not generally require fertilizing. They are able to extract required nutrients from the soil and also absorb nitrogen from the atmosphere.

TRANSPLANT

Transplant ceanothus in a well-draining area of the yard. Locate on a hilly or mounded area whenever possible. Avoid planting in a low-lying area that collects water.

February

BUY

Buy ceanothus in the winter when it can be planted.

PLANT

Plant ceanothus in a well-draining area of the yard. Locate on a hilly or mounded area whenever possible. Avoid planting in a low-lying area that collects water.

FERTILIZE

Ceanothus are California natives and do not generally require fertilizing. They are able to extract required nutrients from the soil and also absorb nitrogen from the atmosphere.

TRANSPLANT

Transplant ceanothus in a well-draining area of the yard. Locate on a hilly or mounded area whenever possible. Avoid planting in a low-lying area that collects water.

March

BUY

Buy ceanothus in the early spring when it can be planted.

PLANT

Plant ceanothus in a well-draining area of the yard. Locate on a hilly or mounded area whenever possible. Avoid planting in a low-lying area that collects water.

FERTILIZE

Ceanothus are California natives and do not generally require fertilizing. They are able to extract required nutrients from the soil and also absorb nitrogen from the atmosphere.

PEST/DISEASE INSPECTION

Check for aphids.

TREAT FOR PEST/DISEASE

Remove any aphids with a strong spray of water.

TRANSPLANT

Transplant ceanothus in a well-draining area of the yard. Locate on a hilly or mounded area whenever possible. Avoid planting in a low-lying area that collects water.

April

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BUY

Buy ceanothus when in bloom so you can choose the flower color.

PLANT

Plant ceanothus in a well-draining area of the yard. Locate on a hilly or mounded area whenever possible. Avoid planting in a low-lying area that collects water.

FERTILIZE

Ceanothus are California natives and do not generally require fertilizing. They are able to extract required nutrients from the soil and also absorb nitrogen from the atmosphere. If you would like to fertilize, this would be the month to apply one half-strength application of a well-balanced organic food.

MULCH

Apply a 1- to 2-inch layer of shredded bark 2 inches away from the base of the plant.

PEST/DISEASE INSPECTION

Check for aphids.

TREAT FOR PEST/DISEASE

Remove any aphids with a strong spray of water.

TRANSPLANT

Transplant ceanothus in a well-draining area of the yard. Locate on a hilly or mounded area whenever possible. Avoid planting in a low-lying area that collects water.

May

BUY

Buy ceanothus when in bloom so you can choose the flower color.

PLANT

Plant ceanothus in a well-draining area of the yard. Locate on a hilly or mounded area whenever possible. Avoid planting in a low-lying area that collects water.

FERTILIZE

Ceanothus are California natives and do not generally require fertilizing. They are able to extract required nutrients from the soil and also absorb nitrogen from the atmosphere.

WATER

Water deeply every 3 to 4 weeks in the absence of rainfall. Avoid shallow, frequent waterings, as ceanothus are susceptible to root rot.

MULCH

Maintain a 1- to 2-inch layer of shredded bark 2 inches away from the base of the plant.

PEST/DISEASE INSPECTION

Check for aphids.

TREAT FOR PEST/DISEASE

Remove any aphids with a strong spray of water.

TRANSPLANT

Transplant ceanothus in a well-draining area of the yard. Locate on a hilly or mounded area whenever possible. Avoid planting in a low-lying area that collects water.

June

BUY

Buy ceanothus when in bloom so you can choose the flower color.

FERTILIZE

Ceanothus are California natives and do not generally require fertilizing. They are able to extract required nutrients from the soil and also absorb nitrogen from the atmosphere.

WATER

Water deeply every 3 to 4 weeks. Avoid shallow, frequent waterings, as ceanothus are susceptible to root rot.

PRUNE

Lightly prune for overall shape as needed after blooms fade. Deer feed on the tips of ceanothus in the wild, so prune with this in mind. Avoid overpruning.

MULCH

Maintain a 1- to 2-inch layer of shredded bark 2 inches away from the base of the plant.

PEST/DISEASE INSPECTION

Check for aphids.

TREAT FOR PEST/DISEASE

Remove any aphids with a strong spray of water.

July

FERTILIZE

Ceanothus are California natives and do not generally require fertilizing. They are able to extract required nutrients from the soil and also absorb nitrogen from the atmosphere.

WATER

Water deeply every 2 to 3 weeks. Avoid shallow, frequent waterings, as ceanothus are susceptible to root rot.

PRUNE

Lightly prune for overall shape as needed after blooms fade. Deer feed on the tips of ceanothus in the wild, so prune with this in mind. Avoid overpruning.

MULCH

Maintain a 1- to 2-inch layer of shredded bark 2 inches away from the base of the plant.

August

FERTILIZE

Ceanothus are California natives and do not generally require fertilizing. They are able to extract required nutrients from the soil and also absorb nitrogen from the atmosphere.

WATER

Water deeply every 2 to 3 weeks. Avoid shallow, frequent waterings, as ceanothus are susceptible to root rot.

PRUNE

Lightly prune for overall shape as needed. Deer feed on the tips of ceanothus in the wild, so prune with this in mind. Avoid overpruning.

MULCH

Maintain a 1- to 2-inch layer of shredded bark 2 inches away from the base of the plant.

September

BUY

Buy ceanothus in the fall when it can be planted.

PLANT

Plant ceanothus in a well-draining area of the yard. Locate on a hilly or mounded area whenever possible. Avoid planting in a low-lying area that collects water.

FERTILIZE

Ceanothus are California natives and do not generally require fertilizing. They are able to extract required nutrients from the soil and also absorb nitrogen from the atmosphere.

WATER

Water deeply every 2 to 3 weeks. Avoid shallow, frequent waterings, as ceanothus are susceptible to root rot.

MULCH

Maintain a 1- to 2-inch layer of shredded bark 2 inches away from the base of the plant.

TRANSPLANT

Transplant ceanothus in a well-draining area of the yard. Locate on a hilly or mounded area whenever possible. Avoid planting in a low-lying area that collects water.

October

BUY

Buy ceanothus in the fall when it can be planted.

PLANT

Plant ceanothus in a well-draining area of the yard. Locate on a hilly or mounded area whenever possible. Avoid planting in a low-lying area that collects water.

FERTILIZE

Ceanothus are California natives and do not generally require fertilizing. They are able to extract required nutrients from the soil and also absorb nitrogen from the atmosphere.

WATER

Water deeply every 3 to 4 weeks in the absence of rainfall. Avoid shallow, frequent waterings, as ceanothus are susceptible to root rot.

TRANSPLANT

Transplant ceanothus in a well-draining area of the yard. Locate on a hilly or mounded area whenever possible. Avoid planting in a low-lying area that collects water.

November

BUY

Buy ceanothus in the fall when it can be planted.

PLANT

Plant ceanothus in a well-draining area of the yard. Locate on a hilly or mounded area whenever possible. Avoid planting in a low-lying area that collects water.

FERTILIZE

Ceanothus are California natives and do not generally require fertilizing. They are able to extract required nutrients from the soil and also absorb nitrogen from the atmosphere.

TRANSPLANT

Transplant ceanothus in a well-draining area of the yard. Locate on a hilly or mounded area whenever possible. Avoid planting in a low-lying area that collects water.

December

BUY

Buy ceanothus in the winter when it can be planted.

PLANT

Plant ceanothus in a well-draining area of the yard. Locate on a hilly or mounded area whenever possible. Avoid planting in a low-lying area that collects water.

FERTILIZE

Ceanothus are California natives and do not generally require fertilizing. They are able to extract required nutrients from the soil and also absorb nitrogen from the atmosphere.

TRANSPLANT

Transplant ceanothus in a well-draining area of the yard. Locate on a hilly or mounded area whenever possible. Avoid planting in a low-lying area that collects water.

  

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  • See all available Plant Care Reminders at the Plant Care Hub here.
  • Search for plant care alphabetically here.
  • Add Ceanothus spp (California Lilac)  to one of your plant lists, learn how.
  • Search our plant database for photos and more great information here.
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