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Plant Care Instructions By Steve Brigham

In the mild Southern California coastal climates, many kinds of milkweeds may be grown in the garden. Two of the best are Asclepias curassavica and Asclepias physocarpa, both of which are evergreen and nearly everblooming in frost-free areas. However, many cold-hardy species such as Asclepias tuberosa may perform poorly due to lack of winter cold and summer heat.

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These month by month plant care tasks are for plants in the following zones :
Sunset Zones : 271323, 24
USDA Zones : 10b12
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Plant Care Instruction

  • Scroll down or click on any month for plant care instructions
    • January
    • February
    • March
    • April
    • May
    • June
    • July
    • August
    • September
    • October
    • November
    • December
    January
    1. Buy

    Buy plants in nurseries or by mail anytime they are available.
    2. Plant

    Plant any time.
    3. Water

    Water regularly during dry periods.
    4. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Do NOT use pesticides on milkweeds, or you will kill the butterflies and their children that live on them.
    February
    1. Buy

    Buy plants in nurseries or by mail anytime they are available.
    2. Plant

    Plant any time.
    3. Water

    Water regularly during dry periods.
    4. Prune

    Cut back plants in late winter to promote new spring growth.
    5. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Do NOT use pesticides on milkweeds, or you will kill the butterflies and their children that live on them.
    March
    1. Buy

    Buy plants in nurseries or by mail anytime they are available.
    2. Plant

    Plant any time.
    3. Sow Seeds

    Sow seeds in flats of potting soil when weather is warm.
    4. Fertilize

    Fertilize lightly in early spring to promote new growth.
    5. Water

    Water regularly during dry periods.
    6. Mulch

    Mulch to conserve water use.
    7. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Do NOT use pesticides on milkweeds, or you will kill the butterflies and their children that live on them.
    8. Propagate

    Propagate by seed when weather is warm. Transplant young seedlings to larger pots and grow on before planting in the garden.
    April
    1. Buy

    Buy plants in nurseries or by mail anytime they are available.
    2. Plant

    Plant any time.
    3. Sow Seeds

    Sow seeds in flats of potting soil when weather is warm.
    4. Water

    Water regularly during dry periods.
    5. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Do NOT use pesticides on milkweeds, or you will kill the butterflies and their children that live on them.
    6. Transplant

    If desired, divide and transplant mature clumps in late spring as new growth begins.
    7. Propagate

    Propagate by seed when weather is warm. Transplant young seedlings to larger pots and grow on before planting in the garden.
    May
    1. Buy

    Buy plants in nurseries or by mail anytime they are available.
    2. Plant

    Plant any time.
    3. Sow Seeds

    Sow seeds in flats of potting soil when weather is warm.
    4. Water

    Water regularly during dry periods.
    5. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Do NOT use pesticides on milkweeds, or you will kill the butterflies and their children that live on them.
    6. Transplant

    If desired, divide and transplant mature clumps in late spring as new growth begins.
    7. Propagate

    Propagate by seed when weather is warm. Transplant young seedlings to larger pots and grow on before planting in the garden.
    June
    1. Buy

    Buy plants in nurseries or by mail anytime they are available.
    2. Plant

    Plant any time.
    3. Sow Seeds

    Sow seeds in flats of potting soil when weather is warm.
    4. Fertilize

    Fertilize in early summer to promote vigorous growth.
    5. Water

    Water regularly during dry periods.
    6. Prune

    If you don\'t want seed pods and seeds, remove seed pods before they ripen to promote more flowers.
    7. Mulch

    Mulch to conserve water use.
    8. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Orange aphids and the larger orange and black bugs which eat them will not spread to other kinds of plants and do little harm. Don\'t harm them.
    9. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Do NOT use pesticides on milkweeds, or you will kill the butterflies and their children that live on them.
    10. Propagate

    Propagate by seed when weather is warm. Transplant young seedlings to larger pots and grow on before planting in the garden.
    July
    1. Buy

    Buy plants in nurseries or by mail anytime they are available.
    2. Plant

    Plant any time.
    3. Sow Seeds

    Sow seeds in flats of potting soil when weather is warm.
    4. Water

    Water regularly during dry periods.
    5. Prune

    If you don\'t want seed pods and seeds, remove seed pods before they ripen to promote more flowers.
    6. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Orange aphids and the larger orange and black bugs which eat them will not spread to other kinds of plants and do little harm. Don\'t harm them.
    7. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Do NOT use pesticides on milkweeds, or you will kill the butterflies and their children that live on them.
    8. Propagate

    Propagate by seed when weather is warm. Transplant young seedlings to larger pots and grow on before planting in the garden.
    August
    1. Buy

    Buy plants in nurseries or by mail anytime they are available.
    2. Plant

    Plant any time.
    3. Sow Seeds

    Sow seeds in flats of potting soil when weather is warm.
    4. Water

    Water regularly during dry periods.
    5. Prune

    If you don\'t want seed pods and seeds, remove seed pods before they ripen to promote more flowers.
    6. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Orange aphids and the larger orange and black bugs which eat them will not spread to other kinds of plants and do little harm. Don\'t harm them.
    7. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Do NOT use pesticides on milkweeds, or you will kill the butterflies and their children that live on them.
    8. Propagate

    Propagate by seed when weather is warm. Transplant young seedlings to larger pots and grow on before planting in the garden.
    September
    1. Buy

    Buy plants in nurseries or by mail anytime they are available.
    2. Plant

    Plant any time.
    3. Sow Seeds

    Sow seeds in flats of potting soil when weather is warm.
    4. Fertilize

    Fertilize in early fall to prolong growth and bloom.
    5. Water

    Water regularly during dry periods.
    6. Prune

    If you don\'t want seed pods and seeds, remove seed pods before they ripen to promote more flowers.
    7. Mulch

    Mulch to conserve water use.
    8. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Orange aphids and the larger orange and black bugs which eat them will not spread to other kinds of plants and do little harm. Don\'t harm them.
    9. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Do NOT use pesticides on milkweeds, or you will kill the butterflies and their children that live on them.
    10. Propagate

    Propagate by seed when weather is warm. Transplant young seedlings to larger pots and grow on before planting in the garden.
    October
    1. Buy

    Buy plants in nurseries or by mail anytime they are available.
    2. Plant

    Plant any time.
    3. Water

    Water regularly during dry periods.
    4. Prune

    If you don\'t want seed pods and seeds, remove seed pods before they ripen to promote more flowers.
    5. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Orange aphids and the larger orange and black bugs which eat them will not spread to other kinds of plants and do little harm. Don\'t harm them.
    6. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Do NOT use pesticides on milkweeds, or you will kill the butterflies and their children that live on them.
    November
    1. Buy

    Buy plants in nurseries or by mail anytime they are available.
    2. Plant

    Plant any time.
    3. Water

    Water regularly during dry periods.
    4. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Do NOT use pesticides on milkweeds, or you will kill the butterflies and their children that live on them.
    December
    1. Buy

    Buy plants in nurseries or by mail anytime they are available.
    2. Plant

    Plant any time.
    3. Water

    Water regularly during dry periods.
    4. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Do NOT use pesticides on milkweeds, or you will kill the butterflies and their children that live on them.
  • 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!

    January

    Buy plants in nurseries or by mail anytime they are available.

    February

    Buy plants in nurseries or by mail anytime they are available.

    March

    Buy plants in nurseries or by mail anytime they are available.

    April

    Buy plants in nurseries or by mail anytime they are available.

    May

    Buy plants in nurseries or by mail anytime they are available.

    June

    Buy plants in nurseries or by mail anytime they are available.

    July

    Buy plants in nurseries or by mail anytime they are available.

    August

    Buy plants in nurseries or by mail anytime they are available.

    September

    Buy plants in nurseries or by mail anytime they are available.

    October

    Buy plants in nurseries or by mail anytime they are available.

    November

    Buy plants in nurseries or by mail anytime they are available.

    December

    Buy plants in nurseries or by mail anytime they are available.

    Plant

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

    January

    Plant any time.

    February

    Plant any time.

    March

    Plant any time.

    April

    Plant any time.

    May

    Plant any time.

    June

    Plant any time.

    July

    Plant any time.

    August

    Plant any time.

    September

    Plant any time.

    October

    Plant any time.

    November

    Plant any time.

    December

    Plant any time.

    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?

    March

    Sow seeds in flats of potting soil when weather is warm.

    April

    Sow seeds in flats of potting soil when weather is warm.

    May

    Sow seeds in flats of potting soil when weather is warm.

    June

    Sow seeds in flats of potting soil when weather is warm.

    July

    Sow seeds in flats of potting soil when weather is warm.

    August

    Sow seeds in flats of potting soil when weather is warm.

    September

    Sow seeds in flats of potting soil when weather is warm.

    October

    Sow seeds in flats of potting soil when weather is warm.

    Fertilize

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

    March

    Fertilize lightly in early spring to promote new growth.

    June

    Fertilize in early summer to promote vigorous growth.

    September

    Fertilize in early fall to prolong growth and bloom.

    Water

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

    January

    Water regularly during dry periods.

    February

    Water regularly during dry periods.

    March

    Water regularly during dry periods.

    April

    Water regularly during dry periods.

    May

    Water regularly during dry periods.

    June

    Water regularly during dry periods.

    July

    Water regularly during dry periods.

    August

    Water regularly during dry periods.

    September

    Water regularly during dry periods.

    October

    Water regularly during dry periods.

    November

    Water regularly during dry periods.

    December

    Water regularly during dry periods.

    Prune

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

    February

    Cut back plants in late winter to promote new spring growth.

    June

    If you don\'t want seed pods and seeds, remove seed pods before they ripen to promote more flowers.

    July

    If you don\'t want seed pods and seeds, remove seed pods before they ripen to promote more flowers.

    August

    If you don\'t want seed pods and seeds, remove seed pods before they ripen to promote more flowers.

    September

    If you don\'t want seed pods and seeds, remove seed pods before they ripen to promote more flowers.

    October

    If you don\'t want seed pods and seeds, remove seed pods before they ripen to promote more flowers.

    Mulch

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

    March

    Mulch to conserve water use.

    June

    Mulch to conserve water use.

    September

    Mulch to conserve water use.

    Pest/Disease Inspection

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

    June

    Orange aphids and the larger orange and black bugs which eat them will not spread to other kinds of plants and do little harm. Don\'t harm them.

    July

    Orange aphids and the larger orange and black bugs which eat them will not spread to other kinds of plants and do little harm. Don\'t harm them.

    August

    Orange aphids and the larger orange and black bugs which eat them will not spread to other kinds of plants and do little harm. Don\'t harm them.

    September

    Orange aphids and the larger orange and black bugs which eat them will not spread to other kinds of plants and do little harm. Don\'t harm them.

    October

    Orange aphids and the larger orange and black bugs which eat them will not spread to other kinds of plants and do little harm. Don\'t harm them.

    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?

    January

    Do NOT use pesticides on milkweeds, or you will kill the butterflies and their children that live on them.

    February

    Do NOT use pesticides on milkweeds, or you will kill the butterflies and their children that live on them.

    March

    Do NOT use pesticides on milkweeds, or you will kill the butterflies and their children that live on them.

    April

    Do NOT use pesticides on milkweeds, or you will kill the butterflies and their children that live on them.

    May

    Do NOT use pesticides on milkweeds, or you will kill the butterflies and their children that live on them.

    June

    Do NOT use pesticides on milkweeds, or you will kill the butterflies and their children that live on them.

    July

    Do NOT use pesticides on milkweeds, or you will kill the butterflies and their children that live on them.

    August

    Do NOT use pesticides on milkweeds, or you will kill the butterflies and their children that live on them.

    September

    Do NOT use pesticides on milkweeds, or you will kill the butterflies and their children that live on them.

    October

    Do NOT use pesticides on milkweeds, or you will kill the butterflies and their children that live on them.

    November

    Do NOT use pesticides on milkweeds, or you will kill the butterflies and their children that live on them.

    December

    Do NOT use pesticides on milkweeds, or you will kill the butterflies and their children that live on them.

    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?

    April

    If desired, divide and transplant mature clumps in late spring as new growth begins.

    May

    If desired, divide and transplant mature clumps in late spring as new growth begins.

    Propagate

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

    March

    Propagate by seed when weather is warm. Transplant young seedlings to larger pots and grow on before planting in the garden.

    April

    Propagate by seed when weather is warm. Transplant young seedlings to larger pots and grow on before planting in the garden.

    May

    Propagate by seed when weather is warm. Transplant young seedlings to larger pots and grow on before planting in the garden.

    June

    Propagate by seed when weather is warm. Transplant young seedlings to larger pots and grow on before planting in the garden.

    July

    Propagate by seed when weather is warm. Transplant young seedlings to larger pots and grow on before planting in the garden.

    August

    Propagate by seed when weather is warm. Transplant young seedlings to larger pots and grow on before planting in the garden.

    September

    Propagate by seed when weather is warm. Transplant young seedlings to larger pots and grow on before planting in the garden.

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