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Plant Care Instructions By Steve Brigham

Hedychiums are easy to grow in the coastal Southern California climates, where they are prized for their tropical folige and fragrant flowers. They flower best with regular feeding and ample humidity, and will recover quickly from occasional frosts.

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. Water

    Water regularly during dry periods.
    2. Mulch

    Maintain a generous mulch around plants to keep roots cool and moist and to conserve water use.
    3. Protect

    Protect from frost for best foliage appearance in winter.
    4. Pest/Disease Inspection

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

    Control snails and slugs with iron phosphate.
    February
    1. Water

    Water regularly during dry periods.
    2. Mulch

    Maintain a generous mulch around plants to keep roots cool and moist and to conserve water use.
    3. Protect

    Protect from frost for best foliage appearance in winter.
    4. Pest/Disease Inspection

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

    Control snails and slugs with iron phosphate.
    March
    1. Buy

    Buy established plants in nurseries, or order by mail from specialty growers.
    2. Plant

    Plant in partial shade in rich, well-drained soil, using plenty of soil amendment. Be sure to give plants enough room to grow.
    3. Fertilize

    Fertilize with 5-10-10 plant food to stimulate growth and bloom.
    4. Water

    Water regularly during dry periods.
    5. Prune

    Cut back old stalks to stimulate new spring growth and summer bloom.
    6. Mulch

    Maintain a generous mulch around plants to keep roots cool and moist and to conserve water use.
    7. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for snails and slugs.
    April
    1. Buy

    Buy established plants in nurseries, or order by mail from specialty growers.
    2. Plant

    Plant in partial shade in rich, well-drained soil, using plenty of soil amendment. Be sure to give plants enough room to grow.
    3. Water

    Water regularly, spraying the foliage when you do to increase humidity.
    4. Mulch

    Maintain a generous mulch around plants to keep roots cool and moist and to conserve water use.
    5. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for snails and slugs.
    May
    1. Buy

    Buy established plants in nurseries, or order by mail from specialty growers.
    2. Plant

    Plant in partial shade in rich, well-drained soil, using plenty of soil amendment. Be sure to give plants enough room to grow.
    3. Fertilize

    Fertilize with 5-10-10 plant food to stimulate growth and bloom.
    4. Water

    Water regularly, spraying the foliage when you do to increase humidity.
    5. Mulch

    Maintain a generous mulch around plants to keep roots cool and moist and to conserve water use.
    6. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for snails and slugs. Watch for whiteflies on the undersides of the leaves.
    June
    1. Buy

    Buy established plants in nurseries, or order by mail from specialty growers.
    2. Plant

    Plant in partial shade in rich, well-drained soil, using plenty of soil amendment. Be sure to give plants enough room to grow.
    3. Water

    Water regularly, spraying the foliage when you do to increase humidity.
    4. Mulch

    Maintain a generous mulch around plants to keep roots cool and moist and to conserve water use.
    5. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for snails and slugs. Watch for whiteflies on the undersides of the leaves.
    July
    1. Buy

    Buy established plants in nurseries, or order by mail from specialty growers.
    2. Plant

    Plant in partial shade in rich, well-drained soil, using plenty of soil amendment. Be sure to give plants enough room to grow.
    3. Fertilize

    Fertilize with 5-10-10 plant food to stimulate growth and bloom.
    4. Water

    Water regularly, spraying the foliage when you do to increase humidity.
    5. Mulch

    Maintain a generous mulch around plants to keep roots cool and moist and to conserve water use.
    6. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for snails and slugs. Watch for whiteflies on the undersides of the leaves.
    August
    1. Buy

    Buy established plants in nurseries, or order by mail from specialty growers.
    2. Plant

    Plant in partial shade in rich, well-drained soil, using plenty of soil amendment. Be sure to give plants enough room to grow.
    3. Water

    Water regularly, spraying the foliage when you do to increase humidity.
    4. Mulch

    Maintain a generous mulch around plants to keep roots cool and moist and to conserve water use.
    5. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for snails and slugs. Watch for whiteflies on the undersides of the leaves.
    September
    1. Buy

    Buy established plants in nurseries, or order by mail from specialty growers.
    2. Plant

    Plant in partial shade in rich, well-drained soil, using plenty of soil amendment. Be sure to give plants enough room to grow.
    3. Fertilize

    Fertilize with 5-10-10 plant food to stimulate growth and bloom.
    4. Water

    Water regularly, spraying the foliage when you do to increase humidity.
    5. Mulch

    Maintain a generous mulch around plants to keep roots cool and moist and to conserve water use.
    6. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for snails and slugs. Watch for whiteflies on the undersides of the leaves.
    October
    1. Water

    Water regularly, spraying the foliage when you do to increase humidity.
    2. Mulch

    Maintain a generous mulch around plants to keep roots cool and moist and to conserve water use.
    3. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for snails and slugs. Watch for whiteflies on the undersides of the leaves.
    November
    1. Water

    Water regularly during dry periods.
    2. Mulch

    Maintain a generous mulch around plants to keep roots cool and moist and to conserve water use.
    3. Protect

    Protect from frost for best foliage appearance in winter.
    4. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for snails and slugs.
    December
    1. Water

    Water regularly during dry periods.
    2. Mulch

    Maintain a generous mulch around plants to keep roots cool and moist and to conserve water use.
    3. Protect

    Protect from frost for best foliage appearance in winter.
    4. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for snails and slugs.
  • 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!

    March

    Buy established plants in nurseries, or order by mail from specialty growers.

    April

    Buy established plants in nurseries, or order by mail from specialty growers.

    May

    Buy established plants in nurseries, or order by mail from specialty growers.

    June

    Buy established plants in nurseries, or order by mail from specialty growers.

    July

    Buy established plants in nurseries, or order by mail from specialty growers.

    August

    Buy established plants in nurseries, or order by mail from specialty growers.

    September

    Buy established plants in nurseries, or order by mail from specialty growers.

    Plant

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

    March

    Plant in partial shade in rich, well-drained soil, using plenty of soil amendment. Be sure to give plants enough room to grow.

    April

    Plant in partial shade in rich, well-drained soil, using plenty of soil amendment. Be sure to give plants enough room to grow.

    May

    Plant in partial shade in rich, well-drained soil, using plenty of soil amendment. Be sure to give plants enough room to grow.

    June

    Plant in partial shade in rich, well-drained soil, using plenty of soil amendment. Be sure to give plants enough room to grow.

    July

    Plant in partial shade in rich, well-drained soil, using plenty of soil amendment. Be sure to give plants enough room to grow.

    August

    Plant in partial shade in rich, well-drained soil, using plenty of soil amendment. Be sure to give plants enough room to grow.

    September

    Plant in partial shade in rich, well-drained soil, using plenty of soil amendment. Be sure to give plants enough room to grow.

    Fertilize

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

    March

    Fertilize with 5-10-10 plant food to stimulate growth and bloom.

    May

    Fertilize with 5-10-10 plant food to stimulate growth and bloom.

    July

    Fertilize with 5-10-10 plant food to stimulate growth and bloom.

    September

    Fertilize with 5-10-10 plant food to stimulate growth and bloom.

    Water

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

    January

    Water regularly during dry periods.

    February

    Water regularly during dry periods.

    March

    Water regularly during dry periods.

    April

    Water regularly, spraying the foliage when you do to increase humidity.

    May

    Water regularly, spraying the foliage when you do to increase humidity.

    June

    Water regularly, spraying the foliage when you do to increase humidity.

    July

    Water regularly, spraying the foliage when you do to increase humidity.

    August

    Water regularly, spraying the foliage when you do to increase humidity.

    September

    Water regularly, spraying the foliage when you do to increase humidity.

    October

    Water regularly, spraying the foliage when you do to increase humidity.

    November

    Water regularly during dry periods.

    December

    Water regularly during dry periods.

    Prune

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

    February

    Cut

    March

    Cut back old stalks to stimulate new spring growth and summer bloom.

    Mulch

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

    January

    Maintain a generous mulch around plants to keep roots cool and moist and to conserve water use.

    February

    Maintain a generous mulch around plants to keep roots cool and moist and to conserve water use.

    March

    Maintain a generous mulch around plants to keep roots cool and moist and to conserve water use.

    April

    Maintain a generous mulch around plants to keep roots cool and moist and to conserve water use.

    May

    Maintain a generous mulch around plants to keep roots cool and moist and to conserve water use.

    June

    Maintain a generous mulch around plants to keep roots cool and moist and to conserve water use.

    July

    Maintain a generous mulch around plants to keep roots cool and moist and to conserve water use.

    August

    Maintain a generous mulch around plants to keep roots cool and moist and to conserve water use.

    September

    Maintain a generous mulch around plants to keep roots cool and moist and to conserve water use.

    October

    Maintain a generous mulch around plants to keep roots cool and moist and to conserve water use.

    November

    Maintain a generous mulch around plants to keep roots cool and moist and to conserve water use.

    December

    Maintain a generous mulch around plants to keep roots cool and moist and to 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?

    January

    Protect from frost for best foliage appearance in winter.

    February

    Protect from frost for best foliage appearance in winter.

    November

    Protect from frost for best foliage appearance in winter.

    December

    Protect from frost for best foliage appearance in winter.

    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. Watch for whiteflies on the undersides of the leaves.

    June

    Check for snails and slugs. Watch for whiteflies on the undersides of the leaves.

    July

    Check for snails and slugs. Watch for whiteflies on the undersides of the leaves.

    August

    Check for snails and slugs. Watch for whiteflies on the undersides of the leaves.

    September

    Check for snails and slugs. Watch for whiteflies on the undersides of the leaves.

    October

    Check for snails and slugs. Watch for whiteflies on the undersides of the leaves.

    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

    Control snails and slugs with iron phosphate.

    February

    Control snails and slugs with iron phosphate.

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