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Hong kong orchid tree
Plant Care Instructions By Steve Brigham

The Hong Kong Orchid Tree is one of the showiest flowering trees for coastal Southern California climates where frost seldom occurs. This grafted tree can be slow to get established, however, so it pays to get at least a 15 gallon specimen to start with. Young trees can be erratic in their blooming and foliage schedules, but older trees are stunning in bloom and well worth waiting for.

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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
    • Water

        Water regularly during dry periods. Do not overwater during cold weather.

    • Protect

        Protect from frost and cold winds, which can severely damage trees.

  • February
    • Water

        Water regularly during dry periods. Do not overwater during cold weather.

    • Protect

        Protect from frost and cold winds, which can severely damage trees.

  • March
    • Water

        Water regularly during dry periods. Do not overwater during cold weather.

  • April
    • Buy

        Buy grafted trees that are well established in their containers. It's better to get a large tree to start with.

    • Plant

        Plant in well-drained soil in full sun, using plenty of soil amendment. Pick a warm site that is protected from both strong winds and frost.

    • Water

        Water regularly and deeply.

    • Mulch

        Mulch to keep roots cool and conserve water use.

  • May
    • Buy

        Buy grafted trees that are well established in their containers. It's better to get a large tree to start with.

    • Plant

        Plant in well-drained soil in full sun, using plenty of soil amendment. Pick a warm site that is protected from both strong winds and frost.

    • Fertilize

        Fertilize with a balanced plant food.

    • Water

        Water regularly and deeply.

  • June
    • Buy

        Buy grafted trees that are well established in their containers. It's better to get a large tree to start with.

    • Plant

        Plant in well-drained soil in full sun, using plenty of soil amendment. Pick a warm site that is protected from both strong winds and frost.

    • Water

        Water regularly and deeply.

    • Prune

        Prune only to shape. Remove any basal sprouts from the rootstock, which is usually Bauhinia variegata.

  • July
    • Buy

        Buy grafted trees that are well established in their containers. It's better to get a large tree to start with.

    • Plant

        Plant in well-drained soil in full sun, using plenty of soil amendment. Pick a warm site that is protected from both strong winds and frost.

    • Water

        Water regularly and deeply.

    • Prune

        Prune only to shape. Remove any basal sprouts from the rootstock, which is usually Bauhinia variegata.

  • August
    • Buy

        Buy grafted trees that are well established in their containers. It's better to get a large tree to start with.

    • Plant

        Plant in well-drained soil in full sun, using plenty of soil amendment. Pick a warm site that is protected from both strong winds and frost.

    • Water

        Water regularly and deeply.

    • Prune

        Prune only to shape. Remove any basal sprouts from the rootstock, which is usually Bauhinia variegata.

  • September
    • Buy

        Buy grafted trees that are well established in their containers. It's better to get a large tree to start with.

    • Plant

        Plant in well-drained soil in full sun, using plenty of soil amendment. Pick a warm site that is protected from both strong winds and frost.

    • Fertilize

        Fertilize with a balanced plant food.

    • Water

        Water regularly and deeply.

    • Mulch

        Mulch to keep roots cool and conserve water use.

  • October
    • Water

        Water regularly and deeply.

  • November
    • Water

        Water regularly during dry periods. Do not overwater during cold weather.

    • Protect

        Protect from frost and cold winds, which can severely damage trees.

  • December
    • Water

        Water regularly during dry periods. Do not overwater during cold weather.

    • Protect

        Protect from frost and cold winds, which can severely damage trees.

  • 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
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            •  Aug
            •  Sep
            •  Oct
            •  Nov
            •  Dec
            • April

              Buy grafted trees that are well established in their containers. It\'s better to get a large tree to start with.

            • May

              Buy grafted trees that are well established in their containers. It\'s better to get a large tree to start with.

            • June

              Buy grafted trees that are well established in their containers. It\'s better to get a large tree to start with.

            • July

              Buy grafted trees that are well established in their containers. It\'s better to get a large tree to start with.

            • August

              Buy grafted trees that are well established in their containers. It\'s better to get a large tree to start with.

            • September

              Buy grafted trees that are well established in their containers. It\'s better to get a large tree to start with.

          • Plant

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

            •  Jan
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            •  May
            •  Jun
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            •  Aug
            •  Sep
            •  Oct
            •  Nov
            •  Dec
            • April

              Plant in well-drained soil in full sun, using plenty of soil amendment. Pick a warm site that is protected from both strong winds and frost.

            • May

              Plant in well-drained soil in full sun, using plenty of soil amendment. Pick a warm site that is protected from both strong winds and frost.

            • June

              Plant in well-drained soil in full sun, using plenty of soil amendment. Pick a warm site that is protected from both strong winds and frost.

            • July

              Plant in well-drained soil in full sun, using plenty of soil amendment. Pick a warm site that is protected from both strong winds and frost.

            • August

              Plant in well-drained soil in full sun, using plenty of soil amendment. Pick a warm site that is protected from both strong winds and frost.

            • September

              Plant in well-drained soil in full sun, using plenty of soil amendment. Pick a warm site that is protected from both strong winds and frost.

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

                Fertilize with a balanced plant food.

              • September

                Fertilize with a balanced plant food.

            • 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
              • January

                Water regularly during dry periods. Do not overwater during cold weather.

              • February

                Water regularly during dry periods. Do not overwater during cold weather.

              • March

                Water regularly during dry periods. Do not overwater during cold weather.

              • April

                Water regularly and deeply.

              • May

                Water regularly and deeply.

              • June

                Water regularly and deeply.

              • July

                Water regularly and deeply.

              • August

                Water regularly and deeply.

              • September

                Water regularly and deeply.

              • October

                Water regularly and deeply.

              • November

                Water regularly during dry periods. Do not overwater during cold weather.

              • December

                Water regularly during dry periods. Do not overwater during cold weather.

            • 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

                Prune only to shape. Remove any basal sprouts from the rootstock, which is usually Bauhinia variegata.

              • July

                Prune only to shape. Remove any basal sprouts from the rootstock, which is usually Bauhinia variegata.

              • August

                Prune only to shape. Remove any basal sprouts from the rootstock, which is usually Bauhinia variegata.

            • 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

                Mulch to keep roots cool and conserve water use.

              • September

                Mulch to keep roots cool and conserve water use.

            • 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
              • January

                Protect from frost and cold winds, which can severely damage trees.

              • February

                Protect from frost and cold winds, which can severely damage trees.

              • November

                Protect from frost and cold winds, which can severely damage trees.

              • December

                Protect from frost and cold winds, which can severely damage trees.

            • Pest/Disease Inspection

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

              •  Jan
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              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • 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
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                •  May
                •  Jun
                •  Jul
                •  Aug
                •  Sep
                •  Oct
                •  Nov
                •  Dec
                • 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?

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                  •  Aug
                  •  Sep
                  •  Oct
                  •  Nov
                  •  Dec
                  • Propagate

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

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                    •  Sep
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                    •  Nov
                    •  Dec
                    • 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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