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Plant Care Instructions By John Noble

Low maintenance plant, needs pruning and dormant spray and fertilizting in the winter.

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
    • July
    • August
    • September
    • October
    • November
    • December
    January
    1. Buy

    Bare root season (winter) is the best time of year.
    2. Plant

    Plant in ammended soil with a handful of organic fertilizer.
    3. Fertilize

    Fertilize once before bud growth in spring. It could be January, February, March or April.
    4. Water

    Minimal water needs as long as we get some rain.
    5. Prune

    Prune once during winter. Focus on leaving second year branches for fruit growth. Go to www.coastalsage.com for more information.
    6. Mulch

    Keep an inch of organic matter as a healthy mulch year round. Add more organic compast as needed.
    7. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Preventively spray one application of copper or sulfer spray to control peach leaf curl. If peach leaf curl has a problem, then spray twice during dormant season.
    8. Transplant

    If you need to transplant a small tree this is the best time to do it.
    February
    1. Buy

    Bare root season (winter) is the best time of year.
    2. Plant

    Plant in ammended soil with a handful of organic fertilizer.
    3. Fertilize

    Fertilize once before bud growth in spring. It could be January, February, March or April.
    4. Water

    Minimal water needs as long as we get some rain.
    5. Prune

    Prune once during winter. Focus on leaving second year branches for fruit growth. Go to www.coastalsage.com for more information.
    6. Mulch

    Keep an inch of organic matter as a healthy mulch year round. Add more organic compast as needed.
    March
    1. Plant

    Plant in ammended soil with a handful of organic fertilizer.
    2. Fertilize

    Fertilize once before bud growth in spring. It could be January, February, March or April.
    3. Water

    Regular deep watering once a week, or as needed. Regular water during fruit growth prevents unwanted fruit drop.
    4. Mulch

    Keep an inch of organic matter as a healthy mulch year round. Add more organic compast as needed.
    April
    1. Fertilize

    Fertilize once before bud growth in spring. It could be January, February, March or April.
    2. Water

    Regular deep watering once a week, or as needed. Regular water during fruit growth prevents unwanted fruit drop.
    3. Mulch

    Keep an inch of organic matter as a healthy mulch year round. Add more organic compast as needed.
    May
    1. Water

    Regular deep watering once a week, or as needed. Regular water during fruit growth prevents unwanted fruit drop.
    2. Mulch

    Keep an inch of organic matter as a healthy mulch year round. Add more organic compast as needed.
    June
    1. Water

    Regular deep watering once a week, or as needed. Regular water during fruit growth prevents unwanted fruit drop.
    2. Mulch

    Keep an inch of organic matter as a healthy mulch year round. Add more organic compast as needed.
    3. Protect

    Protect fruit from birds and other critters.
    4. Harvest

    When fruit is ripe depending on variety.
    July
    1. Water

    Regular deep watering once a week, or as needed. Regular water during fruit growth prevents unwanted fruit drop.
    2. Mulch

    Keep an inch of organic matter as a healthy mulch year round. Add more organic compast as needed.
    3. Protect

    Protect fruit from birds and other critters.
    4. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Look for leaf curl. If this exists you'll need to treat with dormant sulfer or copper spray in the winter.
    5. Harvest

    When fruit is ripe depending on variety.
    August
    1. Water

    Regular deep watering once a week, or as needed. Regular water during fruit growth prevents unwanted fruit drop.
    2. Mulch

    Keep an inch of organic matter as a healthy mulch year round. Add more organic compast as needed.
    3. Protect

    Protect fruit from birds and other critters.
    4. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Look for leaf curl. If this exists you'll need to treat with dormant sulfer or copper spray in the winter.
    5. Harvest

    When fruit is ripe depending on variety.
    September
    1. Water

    Low water needs during fall until leaf drop.
    2. Mulch

    Keep an inch of organic matter as a healthy mulch year round. Add more organic compast as needed.
    3. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Look for leaf curl. If this exists you'll need to treat with dormant sulfer or copper spray in the winter.
    October
    1. Water

    Low water needs during fall until leaf drop.
    2. Mulch

    Keep an inch of organic matter as a healthy mulch year round. Add more organic compast as needed.
    November
    1. Water

    Low water needs during fall until leaf drop.
    2. Mulch

    Keep an inch of organic matter as a healthy mulch year round. Add more organic compast as needed.
    December
    1. Water

    Low water needs during fall until leaf drop.
    2. Prune

    Prune once during winter. Focus on leaving second year branches for fruit growth. Go to www.coastalsage.com for more information.
    3. Mulch

    Keep an inch of organic matter as a healthy mulch year round. Add more organic compast as needed.
    4. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Preventively spray one application of copper or sulfer spray to control peach leaf curl. If peach leaf curl has a problem, then spray twice during dormant season.
    5. Transplant

    If you need to transplant a small tree this is the best time to do it.
  • 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

    Bare root season (winter) is the best time of year.

    February

    Bare root season (winter) is the best time of year.

    Plant

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

    January

    Plant in ammended soil with a handful of organic fertilizer.

    February

    Plant in ammended soil with a handful of organic fertilizer.

    March

    Plant in ammended soil with a handful of organic fertilizer.

    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

    Fertilize once before bud growth in spring. It could be January, February, March or April.

    February

    Fertilize once before bud growth in spring. It could be January, February, March or April.

    March

    Fertilize once before bud growth in spring. It could be January, February, March or April.

    April

    Fertilize once before bud growth in spring. It could be January, February, March or April.

    Water

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

    January

    Minimal water needs as long as we get some rain.

    February

    Minimal water needs as long as we get some rain.

    March

    Regular deep watering once a week, or as needed. Regular water during fruit growth prevents unwanted fruit drop.

    April

    Regular deep watering once a week, or as needed. Regular water during fruit growth prevents unwanted fruit drop.

    May

    Regular deep watering once a week, or as needed. Regular water during fruit growth prevents unwanted fruit drop.

    June

    Regular deep watering once a week, or as needed. Regular water during fruit growth prevents unwanted fruit drop.

    July

    Regular deep watering once a week, or as needed. Regular water during fruit growth prevents unwanted fruit drop.

    August

    Regular deep watering once a week, or as needed. Regular water during fruit growth prevents unwanted fruit drop.

    September

    Low water needs during fall until leaf drop.

    October

    Low water needs during fall until leaf drop.

    November

    Low water needs during fall until leaf drop.

    December

    Low water needs during fall until leaf drop.

    Prune

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

    January

    Prune once during winter. Focus on leaving second year branches for fruit growth. Go to www.coastalsage.com for more information.

    February

    Prune once during winter. Focus on leaving second year branches for fruit growth. Go to www.coastalsage.com for more information.

    December

    Prune once during winter. Focus on leaving second year branches for fruit growth. Go to www.coastalsage.com for more information.

    Mulch

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

    January

    Keep an inch of organic matter as a healthy mulch year round. Add more organic compast as needed.

    February

    Keep an inch of organic matter as a healthy mulch year round. Add more organic compast as needed.

    March

    Keep an inch of organic matter as a healthy mulch year round. Add more organic compast as needed.

    April

    Keep an inch of organic matter as a healthy mulch year round. Add more organic compast as needed.

    May

    Keep an inch of organic matter as a healthy mulch year round. Add more organic compast as needed.

    June

    Keep an inch of organic matter as a healthy mulch year round. Add more organic compast as needed.

    July

    Keep an inch of organic matter as a healthy mulch year round. Add more organic compast as needed.

    August

    Keep an inch of organic matter as a healthy mulch year round. Add more organic compast as needed.

    September

    Keep an inch of organic matter as a healthy mulch year round. Add more organic compast as needed.

    October

    Keep an inch of organic matter as a healthy mulch year round. Add more organic compast as needed.

    November

    Keep an inch of organic matter as a healthy mulch year round. Add more organic compast as needed.

    December

    Keep an inch of organic matter as a healthy mulch year round. Add more organic compast as needed.

    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?

    June

    Protect fruit from birds and other critters.

    July

    Protect fruit from birds and other critters.

    August

    Protect fruit from birds and other critters.

    Pest/Disease Inspection

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

    July

    Look for leaf curl. If this exists you'll need to treat with dormant sulfer or copper spray in the winter.

    August

    Look for leaf curl. If this exists you'll need to treat with dormant sulfer or copper spray in the winter.

    September

    Look for leaf curl. If this exists you'll need to treat with dormant sulfer or copper spray in the winter.

    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

    Preventively spray one application of copper or sulfer spray to control peach leaf curl. If peach leaf curl has a problem, then spray twice during dormant season.

    December

    Preventively spray one application of copper or sulfer spray to control peach leaf curl. If peach leaf curl has a problem, then spray twice during dormant season.

    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?

    January

    If you need to transplant a small tree this is the best time to do it.

    December

    If you need to transplant a small tree this is the best time to do it.

    Harvest

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

    June

    When fruit is ripe depending on variety.

    July

    When fruit is ripe depending on variety.

    August

    When fruit is ripe depending on variety.

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John Noble
Owner Coastal Sage Gardening and Botany for kids. Specialize in drought-tolerant and native landscapes, and are experienced in all garden environments. We do custom design, installation, maintenance, irrigation, repair, labor, and consultation. At our shop we have classes, tutorial services, plant walks, plants, organic gardening supplies, and a reference library to guide and help you if you want to build your own garden.
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