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California lilac
Plant Care Instructions By Julie Bawden-Davis

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.

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These month by month plant care tasks are for plants in the following zones :
Sunset Zones : 22, 23, 24
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  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
  • January
    • 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
    • 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.

  • Winter
    • Spring
      • Summer
        • Fall
          • 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!

            •  Jan
            •  Feb
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            •  May
            •  Jun
            •  Jul
            •  Aug
            •  Sep
            •  Oct
            •  Nov
            •  Dec
            • January

              Buy ceanothus in the winter when it can be planted.

            • February

              Buy ceanothus in the winter when it can be planted.

            • March

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

            • April

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

            • May

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

            • June

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

            • September

              Buy ceanothus in the fall when it can be planted.

            • October

              Buy ceanothus in the fall when it can be planted.

            • November

              Buy ceanothus in the fall when it can be planted.

            • December

              Buy ceanothus in the winter when it can be planted.

          • Plant

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

            •  Jan
            •  Feb
            •  Mar
            •  Apr
            •  May
            •  Jun
            •  Jul
            •  Aug
            •  Sep
            •  Oct
            •  Nov
            •  Dec
            • January

              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.

            • February

              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.

            • March

              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.

            • April

              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.

            • May

              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.

            • September

              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.

            • October

              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.

            • November

              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.

            • December

              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.

          • 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?

            •  Jan
            •  Feb
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            •  Apr
            •  May
            •  Jun
            •  Jul
            •  Aug
            •  Sep
            •  Oct
            •  Nov
            •  Dec
            • Fertilize

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

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • January

                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.

              • February

                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.

              • March

                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.

              • April

                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.

              • May

                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.

              • June

                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.

              • July

                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.

              • August

                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.

              • September

                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.

              • October

                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.

              • November

                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.

              • December

                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

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

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • May

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

              • June

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

              • July

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

              • August

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

              • September

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

              • October

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

            • Prune

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

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • June

                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.

              • July

                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.

              • August

                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

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

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • April

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

              • May

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

              • June

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

              • July

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

              • August

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

              • September

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

            • 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?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • Pest/Disease Inspection

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

                •  Jan
                •  Feb
                •  Mar
                •  Apr
                •  May
                •  Jun
                •  Jul
                •  Aug
                •  Sep
                •  Oct
                •  Nov
                •  Dec
                • March

                  Check for aphids.

                • April

                  Check for aphids.

                • May

                  Check for aphids.

                • June

                  Check for aphids.

              • 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?

                •  Jan
                •  Feb
                •  Mar
                •  Apr
                •  May
                •  Jun
                •  Jul
                •  Aug
                •  Sep
                •  Oct
                •  Nov
                •  Dec
                • March

                  Remove any aphids with a strong spray of water.

                • April

                  Remove any aphids with a strong spray of water.

                • May

                  Remove any aphids with a strong spray of water.

                • June

                  Remove any aphids with a strong spray of water.

              • 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?

                •  Jan
                •  Feb
                •  Mar
                •  Apr
                •  May
                •  Jun
                •  Jul
                •  Aug
                •  Sep
                •  Oct
                •  Nov
                •  Dec
                • January

                  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

                  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

                  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

                  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

                  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.

                • September

                  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

                  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

                  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

                  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.

              • Propagate

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

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                • Harvest

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

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                  •  Nov
                  •  Dec
                  • Special requirements

                    Any other requirement for this plant? Is there anything that doesn't fit into the other care categories?

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