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Plant Care Instructions By Julie Bawden-Davis

Perennial evergreen with strap-like foliage, and in the summer months, bare stalks topped with whorls of deep-blue, funnel-shaped blossoms. Good container plant.

Is Indoor Plant?

No

These month by month plant care tasks are for plants in the following zones :
Sunset Zones : 22, 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
    • July
    • August
    • September
    • October
    • November
    • December
    January
    1. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for snails and slugs.
    2. Treat for Pest/Disease

    If snails and slugs are found, remove manually and destroy and/or treat with iron phosphate bait.
    February
    1. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for snails and slugs.
    2. Treat for Pest/Disease

    If snails and slugs are found, remove manually and destroy and/or treat with iron phosphate bait.
    March
    1. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for snails and slugs.
    2. Treat for Pest/Disease

    If snails and slugs are found, remove manually and destroy and/or treat with iron phosphate bait.
    April
    1. Buy

    Buy when available in the nursery.
    2. Plant

    Plant when the ground and weather is warm in a full-sun to part-shade location with excellent drainage.
    3. Fertilize

    Fertilize once with an organic food designed for blooming plants.
    4. Water

    Established plants tolerate some drought but do best with weekly watering at this time of year. Water container plants when the top two inches of soil dries out.
    5. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for snails and slugs.
    6. Treat for Pest/Disease

    If snails and slugs are found, remove manually and destroy and/or treat with iron phosphate bait.
    7. Transplant

    Transplant when the ground and weather is warm in a full-sun to part-shade location with excellent drainage.
    May
    1. Buy

    Buy when available in the nursery.
    2. Plant

    Plant when the ground and weather is warm in a full-sun to part-shade location with excellent drainage.
    3. Fertilize

    Fertilize once with an organic food designed for blooming plants.
    4. Water

    Established plants tolerate some drought but do best with weekly watering at this time of year. Water container plants when the top two inches of soil dries out.
    5. Mulch

    Keep the roots cool and moist through the summer months and cut down on watering by mulching with a 2-inch layer of shredded bark.
    6. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for snails and slugs.
    7. Treat for Pest/Disease

    If snails and slugs are found, remove manually and destroy and/or treat with iron phosphate bait.
    8. Transplant

    Transplant when the ground and weather is warm in a full-sun to part-shade location with excellent drainage.
    June
    1. Buy

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

    Plant when the ground and weather is warm in a full-sun to part-shade location with excellent drainage.
    3. Fertilize

    Fertilize once with an organic food designed for blooming plants.
    4. Water

    Established plants tolerate some drought but do best with twice weekly watering at this time of year. Water container plants when the top two inches of soil dries out.
    5. Mulch

    Keep the roots cool and moist through the summer months and cut down on watering by mulching with a 2-inch layer of shredded bark.
    6. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for snails and slugs.
    7. Treat for Pest/Disease

    If snails and slugs are found, remove manually and destroy and/or treat with iron phosphate bait.
    8. Transplant

    Transplant when the ground and weather is warm in a full-sun to part-shade location with excellent drainage.
    9. Harvest

    At the peak of bloom, cut flower stalks at the base of the plant and enjoy in a vase of water or hang upside down to dry.
    July
    1. Buy

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

    Plant when the ground and weather is warm in a full-sun to part-shade location with excellent drainage.
    3. Fertilize

    Fertilize once with an organic food designed for blooming plants.
    4. Water

    Established plants tolerate some drought but do best with twice weekly watering at this time of year. Water container plants when the top two inches of soil dries out.
    5. Mulch

    Keep the roots cool and moist through the summer months and cut down on watering by mulching with a 2-inch layer of shredded bark.
    6. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for snails and slugs.
    7. Treat for Pest/Disease

    If snails and slugs are found, remove manually and destroy and/or treat with iron phosphate bait.
    8. Transplant

    Transplant when the ground and weather is warm in a full-sun to part-shade location with excellent drainage.
    9. Harvest

    At the peak of bloom, cut flower stalks at the base of the plant and enjoy in a vase of water or hang upside down to dry.
    August
    1. Buy

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

    Plant when the ground and weather is warm in a full-sun to part-shade location with excellent drainage.
    3. Water

    Established plants tolerate some drought but do best with twice weekly watering at this time of year. Water container plants when the top two inches of soil dries out.
    4. Prune

    After blooms are spent, cut the stalks to the base of the plant.
    5. Mulch

    Keep the roots cool and moist through the summer months and cut down on watering by mulching with a 2-inch layer of shredded bark.
    6. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for snails and slugs.
    7. Treat for Pest/Disease

    If snails and slugs are found, remove manually and destroy and/or treat with iron phosphate bait.
    8. Transplant

    Transplant when the ground and weather is warm in a full-sun to part-shade location with excellent drainage.
    9. Harvest

    At the peak of bloom, cut flower stalks at the base of the plant and enjoy in a vase of water or hang upside down to dry.
    September
    1. Buy

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

    Established plants tolerate some drought but do best with twice weekly watering at this time of year. Water container plants when the top two inches of soil dries out.
    3. Prune

    After blooms are spent, cut the stalks to the base of the plant.
    4. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for snails and slugs.
    5. Treat for Pest/Disease

    If snails and slugs are found, remove manually and destroy and/or treat with iron phosphate bait.
    6. Harvest

    At the peak of bloom, cut flower stalks at the base of the plant and enjoy in a vase of water or hang upside down to dry.
    October
    1. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for snails and slugs.
    2. Treat for Pest/Disease

    If snails and slugs are found, remove manually and destroy and/or treat with iron phosphate bait.
    November
    1. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for snails and slugs.
    2. Treat for Pest/Disease

    If snails and slugs are found, remove manually and destroy and/or treat with iron phosphate bait.
    3. Propagate

    When the plant becomes crowded, divide and transplant in a well-draining site when the ground is dry. Water after transplanting.
    December
    1. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for snails and slugs.
    2. Treat for Pest/Disease

    If snails and slugs are found, remove manually and destroy and/or treat with iron phosphate bait.
  • 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!

    April

    Buy when available in the nursery.

    May

    Buy when available in the nursery.

    June

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

    July

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

    August

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

    September

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

    Plant

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

    April

    Plant when the ground and weather is warm in a full-sun to part-shade location with excellent drainage.

    May

    Plant when the ground and weather is warm in a full-sun to part-shade location with excellent drainage.

    June

    Plant when the ground and weather is warm in a full-sun to part-shade location with excellent drainage.

    July

    Plant when the ground and weather is warm in a full-sun to part-shade location with excellent drainage.

    August

    Plant when the ground and weather is warm in a full-sun to part-shade location with excellent drainage.

    Fertilize

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

    April

    Fertilize once with an organic food designed for blooming plants.

    May

    Fertilize once with an organic food designed for blooming plants.

    June

    Fertilize once with an organic food designed for blooming plants.

    July

    Fertilize once with an organic food designed for blooming plants.

    Water

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

    April

    Established plants tolerate some drought but do best with weekly watering at this time of year. Water container plants when the top two inches of soil dries out.

    May

    Established plants tolerate some drought but do best with weekly watering at this time of year. Water container plants when the top two inches of soil dries out.

    June

    Established plants tolerate some drought but do best with twice weekly watering at this time of year. Water container plants when the top two inches of soil dries out.

    July

    Established plants tolerate some drought but do best with twice weekly watering at this time of year. Water container plants when the top two inches of soil dries out.

    August

    Established plants tolerate some drought but do best with twice weekly watering at this time of year. Water container plants when the top two inches of soil dries out.

    September

    Established plants tolerate some drought but do best with twice weekly watering at this time of year. Water container plants when the top two inches of soil dries out.

    Prune

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

    August

    After blooms are spent, cut the stalks to the base of the plant.

    September

    After blooms are spent, cut the stalks to the base of the plant.

    Mulch

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

    May

    Keep the roots cool and moist through the summer months and cut down on watering by mulching with a 2-inch layer of shredded bark.

    June

    Keep the roots cool and moist through the summer months and cut down on watering by mulching with a 2-inch layer of shredded bark.

    July

    Keep the roots cool and moist through the summer months and cut down on watering by mulching with a 2-inch layer of shredded bark.

    August

    Keep the roots cool and moist through the summer months and cut down on watering by mulching with a 2-inch layer of shredded bark.

    Pest/Disease Inspection

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

    January

    Check for snails and slugs.

    February

    Check for snails and slugs.

    March

    Check for snails and slugs.

    April

    Check for snails and slugs.

    May

    Check for snails and slugs.

    June

    Check for snails and slugs.

    July

    Check for snails and slugs.

    August

    Check for snails and slugs.

    September

    Check for snails and slugs.

    October

    Check for snails and slugs.

    November

    Check for snails and slugs.

    December

    Check for snails and slugs.

    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

    If snails and slugs are found, remove manually and destroy and/or treat with iron phosphate bait.

    February

    If snails and slugs are found, remove manually and destroy and/or treat with iron phosphate bait.

    March

    If snails and slugs are found, remove manually and destroy and/or treat with iron phosphate bait.

    April

    If snails and slugs are found, remove manually and destroy and/or treat with iron phosphate bait.

    May

    If snails and slugs are found, remove manually and destroy and/or treat with iron phosphate bait.

    June

    If snails and slugs are found, remove manually and destroy and/or treat with iron phosphate bait.

    July

    If snails and slugs are found, remove manually and destroy and/or treat with iron phosphate bait.

    August

    If snails and slugs are found, remove manually and destroy and/or treat with iron phosphate bait.

    September

    If snails and slugs are found, remove manually and destroy and/or treat with iron phosphate bait.

    October

    If snails and slugs are found, remove manually and destroy and/or treat with iron phosphate bait.

    November

    If snails and slugs are found, remove manually and destroy and/or treat with iron phosphate bait.

    December

    If snails and slugs are found, remove manually and destroy and/or treat with iron phosphate bait.

    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

    Transplant when the ground and weather is warm in a full-sun to part-shade location with excellent drainage.

    May

    Transplant when the ground and weather is warm in a full-sun to part-shade location with excellent drainage.

    June

    Transplant when the ground and weather is warm in a full-sun to part-shade location with excellent drainage.

    July

    Transplant when the ground and weather is warm in a full-sun to part-shade location with excellent drainage.

    August

    Transplant when the ground and weather is warm in a full-sun to part-shade location with excellent drainage.

    November

    Transplant in a

    Propagate

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

    November

    When the plant becomes crowded, divide and transplant in a well-draining site when the ground is dry. Water after transplanting.

    Harvest

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

    June

    At the peak of bloom, cut flower stalks at the base of the plant and enjoy in a vase of water or hang upside down to dry.

    July

    At the peak of bloom, cut flower stalks at the base of the plant and enjoy in a vase of water or hang upside down to dry.

    August

    At the peak of bloom, cut flower stalks at the base of the plant and enjoy in a vase of water or hang upside down to dry.

    September

    At the peak of bloom, cut flower stalks at the base of the plant and enjoy in a vase of water or hang upside down to dry.

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