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Plant Care Instructions By Lucy Warren

Is Indoor Plant?

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These month by month plant care tasks are for plants in the following zones :
Sunset Zones : 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
USDA Zones : 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b
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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
    • December
    January
    1. Protect

    Dormant plants are tender when young. The young growth in spring, even on mature plants, is frost-tender and so it is best to grow the plants in a position sheltered from the early morning sun.
    February
    1. Prune

    Plants are not normally pruned. If they grow too big they can be cut back in early spring.
    2. Protect

    Dormant plants are tender when young.
    3. Transplant

    Grow young plants in containers and plant out in spring. Dislikes root disturbance.
    March
    1. Plant

    Plant out young plants in spring after danger of frost is past. Take care as roots are tender and resent disturbance.
    2. Water

    Do not let plants dry out during the growing season. They prefer well draining moisture retentive soil.
    3. Prune

    Plants are not normally pruned. If they grow too big they can be cut back in early spring.
    4. Protect

    The young growth in spring, even on mature plants, is frost-tender and so it is best to grow the plants in a position sheltered from the early morning sun.
    5. Transplant

    Grow young plants in containers and plant out in spring. Dislikes root disturbance.
    6. Propagate

    Cuttings can be taken of soft wood in spring. Layering in early spring. Very easy, the plants usually self-layer and so all you need to do is dig up the new plants and plant them out directly into their permanent positions.
    April
    1. Plant

    Plant out young plants in spring after danger of frost is past. Take care as roots are tender and resent disturbance.
    2. Water

    Do not let plants dry out during the growing season. They prefer well draining moisture retentive soil.
    3. Prune

    Plants are not normally pruned. If they grow too big they can be cut back in early spring.
    4. Protect

    The young growth in spring, even on mature plants, is frost-tender and so it is best to grow the plants in a position sheltered from the early morning sun.
    5. Transplant

    Grow young plants in containers and plant out in spring. Dislikes root disturbance.
    6. Propagate

    Cuttings can be taken of soft wood in spring. Layering in early spring. Very easy, the plants usually self-layer and so all you need to do is dig up the new plants and plant them out directly into their permanent positions.
    May
    1. Plant

    Plant out young plants in spring after danger of frost is past. Take care as roots are tender and resent disturbance.
    2. Water

    Do not let plants dry out during the growing season. They prefer well draining moisture retentive soil.
    3. Protect

    The young growth in spring, even on mature plants, is frost-tender and so it is best to grow the plants in a position sheltered from the early morning sun.
    June
    1. Water

    Do not let plants dry out during the growing season. They prefer well draining moisture retentive soil.
    July
    1. Water

    Do not let plants dry out during the growing season. They prefer well draining moisture retentive soil.
    2. Propagate

    Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame. The cuttings can be slow to root.
    3. Harvest

    Fruit ripens.
    August
    1. Sow Seeds

    Sow seeds in cold frame when ripe, germination takes one to three months. Need cold stratification to germinate.
    2. Water

    Do not let plants dry out during the growing season. They prefer well draining moisture retentive soil.
    3. Propagate

    Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame. The cuttings can be slow to root.
    4. Harvest

    Fruit ripens.
    September
    1. Sow Seeds

    Sow seeds in cold frame when ripe, germination takes one to three months. Need cold stratification to germinate.
    October
    1. Sow Seeds

    Sow seeds in cold frame when ripe, germination takes one to three months. Need cold stratification to germinate.
    December
    1. Protect

    Dormant plants are tender when young.
    2. Propagate

    Root cuttings can be propagated in December and kept in a warm greenhouse.
  • Plant

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

    March

    Plant out young plants in spring after danger of frost is past. Take care as roots are tender and resent disturbance.

    April

    Plant out young plants in spring after danger of frost is past. Take care as roots are tender and resent disturbance.

    May

    Plant out young plants in spring after danger of frost is past. Take care as roots are tender and resent disturbance.

    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?

    August

    Sow seeds in cold frame when ripe, germination takes one to three months. Need cold stratification to germinate.

    September

    Sow seeds in cold frame when ripe, germination takes one to three months. Need cold stratification to germinate.

    October

    Sow seeds in cold frame when ripe, germination takes one to three months. Need cold stratification to germinate.

    Water

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

    March

    Do not let plants dry out during the growing season. They prefer well draining moisture retentive soil.

    April

    Do not let plants dry out during the growing season. They prefer well draining moisture retentive soil.

    May

    Do not let plants dry out during the growing season. They prefer well draining moisture retentive soil.

    June

    Do not let plants dry out during the growing season. They prefer well draining moisture retentive soil.

    July

    Do not let plants dry out during the growing season. They prefer well draining moisture retentive soil.

    August

    Do not let plants dry out during the growing season. They prefer well draining moisture retentive soil.

    Prune

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

    February

    Plants are not normally pruned. If they grow too big they can be cut back in early spring.

    March

    Plants are not normally pruned. If they grow too big they can be cut back in early spring.

    April

    Plants are not normally pruned. If they grow too big they can be cut back in early spring.

    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

    Dormant plants are tender when young.
    The young growth in spring, even on mature plants, is frost-tender and so it is best to grow the plants in a position sheltered from the early morning sun.

    February

    Dormant plants are tender when young.

    March

    The young growth in spring, even on mature plants, is frost-tender and so it is best to grow the plants in a position sheltered from the early morning sun.

    April

    The young growth in spring, even on mature plants, is frost-tender and so it is best to grow the plants in a position sheltered from the early morning sun.

    May

    The young growth in spring, even on mature plants, is frost-tender and so it is best to grow the plants in a position sheltered from the early morning sun.

    December

    Dormant plants are tender when young.

    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?

    February

    Grow young plants in containers and plant out in spring. Dislikes root disturbance.

    March

    Grow young plants in containers and plant out in spring. Dislikes root disturbance.

    April

    Grow young plants in containers and plant out in spring. Dislikes root disturbance.

    Propagate

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

    March

    Cuttings can be taken of soft wood in spring.
    Layering in early spring. Very easy, the plants usually self-layer and so all you need to do is dig up the new plants and plant them out directly into their permanent positions.

    April

    Cuttings can be taken of soft wood in spring.
    Layering in early spring. Very easy, the plants usually self-layer and so all you need to do is dig up the new plants and plant them out directly into their permanent positions.

    July

    Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame. The cuttings can be slow to root.

    August

    Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame. The cuttings can be slow to root.

    December

    Root cuttings can be propagated in December and kept in a warm greenhouse.

    Harvest

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

    July

    Fruit ripens.

    August

    Fruit ripens.

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About the Author
Lucy Warren
Author: Lucy Warren
Lucy Warren is a longtime regional gardening professional in southern California. She has written for many local and national publications, including a regular gardening column in the San Diego Union-Tribune. She has also been editor for California Garden magazine. She is a life-member of the San Diego Horticulture Society, a UCCE Master Gardener, and a horticulture chair on the board of Friends of Balboa Park. She is a sought-after speaker and expert on native plants and sustainable landscaping.
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