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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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Plant Care Instruction

  • Scroll down or click on any month for plant care instructions
    • January
    • February
    • March
    • April
    • May
    • June
    • October
    • November
    January
    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. Protect

    Protect new plants from heavy rains, hail, winds and slugs.
    February
    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. Protect

    Protect new plants from heavy rains, hail, winds and slugs.
    March
    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. Protect

    Protect new plants from heavy rains, hail, winds and slugs.
    April
    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. Protect

    Protect new plants from heavy rains, hail, winds and slugs.
    4. 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
    1. Protect

    Protect new plants from heavy rains, hail, winds and slugs.
    2. 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
    1. Protect

    Protect new plants from heavy rains, hail, winds and slugs.
    October
    1. 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
    1. 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.
  • 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

    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.

    Plant

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

    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?

    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?

    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.

    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?

    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.

    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

    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.

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