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Summer wine physocarpus

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Plant Care Instructions By Proven Winners

SUMMER WINE is an easy way to introduce wine colored foliage into your collection. . Its beautiful color, vibrancy, and arching habit brings true grace to the garden, especially in spring. In early June it blooms with white button-like flowers that contrast the leaves beautifully and rich, dark purple foliage provides stunning color throughout the season. A great landscape plant, use it as a bold accent, in groupings, or part of a mixed border. SUMMER WINE may even be cut for use in arrangements. It is fast growing and has few, if any, pest problems. This is a tough, adaptable plant is ideal for difficult sites and requires very minimal maintenance.

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These month by month plant care tasks are for plants in the following zones :
Sunset Zones :
USDA Zones :3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b
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Plant Care Instruction

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    • January
    • February
    • March
    • April
    • May
    • June
    • July
    • August
    • September
    • October
    • November
    • December
    January
    1. Prune

    SUMMER WINE is a vigorous plant; for best results, prune about a third of the branches to the ground in late winter.
    February
    1. Prune

    SUMMER WINE is a vigorous plant; for best results, prune about a third of the branches to the ground in late winter.
    March
    1. Prune

    Do not prune.
    2. Mulch

    Applying mulch around your flowering shrubs in the spring is a great idea. Not only does it look attractive, it keeps roots cool, conserves soil moisture, reduces water requirements, and acts as an effective weed barrier. Spread mulch evenly to a depth of 2 to 3 inches (if replenishing, don't allow build up to exceed 4" in depth). If your shrub is in lawn, mulch a ring between 3 to 6 feet in diameter around the trunk. Be careful to keep mulch an inch away from the shrub's trunk.
    April
    1. Buy

    For those of you in Zone 6, purchase shrubs after the threat of frost has passed. If you buy sooner, be sure to provide protection to the tender new top growth at night. When choosing plants, don't be shy about popping the plant out of its pot to inspect the roots; the root mass should be free of black, mushy sections and amply fill the container. Remember, the more roots the better!
    2. Plant

    For those of you in Zone 6, plant as soon as the threat of frost has passed and the soil is workable. If the threat of frost persists, be sure to provide protection to tender new growth of the plant by covering at night. For SUMMER WINE, choose an open, full sun location with good air circulation. Adaptable in most soil types and withstands both acidic and alkaline soils. Apply a granular slow release fertilizer and water in well. It is recommended to apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season and be extra mindful during periods of heat and drought. However, in subsequent years, it can tolerate dry conditions once established.
    3. Fertilize

    Fertilize in early spring by applying a slow release fertilizer specialized for trees and shrubs. Follow the label for recommended rate of application.
    4. Water

    As a rule of thumb, apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season. Be mindful of hot days and periods of drought. SUMMER WINE prefers medium moisture and can tolerate dry conditions once established.
    5. Prune

    Do not prune.
    6. Mulch

    Applying mulch around your flowering shrubs in the spring is a great idea. Not only does it look attractive, it keeps roots cool, conserves soil moisture, reduces water requirements, and acts as an effective weed barrier. Spread mulch evenly to a depth of 2 to 3 inches (if replenishing, don't allow build up to exceed 4" in depth). If your shrub is in lawn, mulch a ring between 3 to 6 feet in diameter around the trunk. Be careful to keep mulch an inch away from the shrub's trunk.
    May
    1. Buy

    Purchase shrubs after the threat of frost has passed. If you buy sooner, be sure to provide protection to the tender new top growth at night. When choosing plants, don't be shy about popping the plant out of its pot to inspect the roots; the root mass should be free of black, mushy sections and amply fill the container. Remember, the more roots the better!
    2. Plant

    Now is a great time to plant! For SUMMER WINE, choose an open, full sun location with good air circulation. Adaptable in most soil types and withstands both acidic and alkaline soils. Apply a granular slow release fertilizer and water in well. It is recommended to apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season and be extra mindful during periods of heat and drought. However, in subsequent years, it can tolerate dry conditions once established.
    3. Fertilize

    Fertilize in early spring by applying a slow release fertilizer specialized for trees and shrubs. Follow the label for recommended rate of application.
    4. Water

    As a rule of thumb, apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season. Be mindful of hot days and periods of drought. SUMMER WINE prefers medium moisture and can tolerate dry conditions once established.
    5. Prune

    Do not prune.
    June
    1. Buy

    It isn't too late to add to your garden. When choosing plants, don't be shy about popping the plant out of its pot to inspect the roots; the root mass should be free of black, mushy sections and amply fill the container. Remember, the more roots the better!
    2. Plant

    June isn't to late to make additions to your garden. However, with the increasing heat and longer days, pay extra attention to the watering needs of freshly planted shrubs. For SUMMER WINE, choose an open, full sun location with good air circulation. Adaptable in most soil types and withstands both acidic and alkaline soils. Apply a granular slow release fertilizer and water in well. It is recommended to apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season and be extra mindful during periods of heat and drought. However, in subsequent years, it can tolerate dry conditions once established.
    3. Water

    As a rule of thumb, apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season. Be mindful of hot days and periods of drought. SUMMER WINE prefers medium moisture and can tolerate dry conditions once established.
    4. Prune

    Do not prune.
    July
    1. Water

    As a rule of thumb, apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season. Be mindful of hot days and periods of drought. SUMMER WINE prefers medium moisture and can tolerate dry conditions once established.
    2. Prune

    Do not prune.
    August
    1. Water

    As a rule of thumb, apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season. Be mindful of hot days and periods of drought. SUMMER WINE prefers medium moisture and can tolerate dry conditions once established.
    2. Prune

    Do not prune.
    September
    1. Buy

    Visit your independent garden center now because fall is the best time to purchase shrubs! Here's why: In the spring, a new plant would have to divide its energy between settling into a new home and growing immediately. In the fall however, the short days are causing the top to go dormant. All the while, the warm soil, which will persist for the coming weeks or months, provides the perfect environment for roots to acclimate. Once spring arrives, the happily established plant can focus on growing and flowering. When choosing plants, don't be shy about popping the plant out of its pot to inspect the roots; the root mass should be free of black, mushy sections and amply fill the container. Remember, the more roots the better!
    2. Plant

    Plant flowering shrubs now - it's a great time to get a jump on next year's garden! Choose a medium to sunny location. For SUMMER WINE, choose an open, full sun location with good air circulation. Adaptable in most soil types and withstands both acidic and alkaline soils. Save the application of a granular slow-release fertilizer for spring to avoid the initiation of tender new growth. It is recommended to apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season and be extra mindful during periods of heat and drought. However, in subsequent years, it can tolerate dry conditions once established.
    3. Water

    As a rule of thumb, apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season. Be mindful of hot days and periods of drought. SUMMER WINE prefers medium moisture and can tolerate dry conditions once established.
    4. Prune

    Do not prune.
    5. Mulch

    Applying a winter top-dressing of mulch will provide protection to the roots from severe winter temperatures and frost heaving. Spread mulch evenly to a depth of 2 to 3 inches (if replenishing, don't allow build up to exceed 4" in depth). If your shrub is in lawn, mulch a ring between 3 to 6 feet in diameter around the trunk. Be careful to keep mulch an inch away from the shrub's trunk.
    October
    1. Buy

    Visit your independent garden center now because fall is the best time to purchase shrubs! Here's why: In the spring, a new plant would have to divide its energy between settling into a new home and growing immediately. In the fall however, the short days are causing the top to go dormant. All the while, the warm soil, which will persist for the coming weeks or months, provides the perfect environment for roots to acclimate. Once spring arrives, the happily established plant can focus on growing and flowering. When choosing plants, don't be shy about popping the plant out of its pot to inspect the roots; the root mass should be free of black, mushy sections and amply fill the container. Remember, the more roots the better!
    2. Plant

    Plant flowering shrubs now - it's a great time to get a jump on next year's garden! Choose a medium to sunny location. For SUMMER WINE, choose an open, full sun location with good air circulation. Adaptable in most soil types and withstands both acidic and alkaline soils. Save the application of a granular slow-release fertilizer for spring to avoid the initiation of tender new growth. It is recommended to apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season and be extra mindful during periods of heat and drought. However, in subsequent years, it can tolerate dry conditions once established.
    3. Prune

    Do not prune.
    4. Mulch

    Applying a winter top-dressing of mulch will provide protection to the roots from severe winter temperatures and frost heaving. Spread mulch evenly to a depth of 2 to 3 inches (if replenishing, don't allow build up to exceed 4" in depth). If your shrub is in lawn, mulch a ring between 3 to 6 feet in diameter around the trunk. Be careful to keep mulch an inch away from the shrub's trunk.
    November
    1. Prune

    Do not prune.
    December
    1. Prune

    Do not prune.
  • 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!

    April

    For those of you in Zone 6, purchase shrubs after the threat of frost has passed. If you buy sooner, be sure to provide protection to the tender new top growth at night. When choosing plants, don't be shy about popping the plant out of its pot to inspect the roots; the root mass should be free of black, mushy sections and amply fill the container. Remember, the more roots the better!

    May

    Purchase shrubs after the threat of frost has passed. If you buy sooner, be sure to provide protection to the tender new top growth at night. When choosing plants, don't be shy about popping the plant out of its pot to inspect the roots; the root mass should be free of black, mushy sections and amply fill the container. Remember, the more roots the better!

    June

    It isn't too late to add to your garden. When choosing plants, don't be shy about popping the plant out of its pot to inspect the roots; the root mass should be free of black, mushy sections and amply fill the container. Remember, the more roots the better!

    September

    Visit your independent garden center now because fall is the best time to purchase shrubs! Here's why: In the spring, a new plant would have to divide its energy between settling into a new home and growing immediately. In the fall however, the short days are causing the top to go dormant. All the while, the warm soil, which will persist for the coming weeks or months, provides the perfect environment for roots to acclimate. Once spring arrives, the happily established plant can focus on growing and flowering.

    When choosing plants, don't be shy about popping the plant out of its pot to inspect the roots; the root mass should be free of black, mushy sections and amply fill the container. Remember, the more roots the better!

    October

    Visit your independent garden center now because fall is the best time to purchase shrubs! Here's why: In the spring, a new plant would have to divide its energy between settling into a new home and growing immediately. In the fall however, the short days are causing the top to go dormant. All the while, the warm soil, which will persist for the coming weeks or months, provides the perfect environment for roots to acclimate. Once spring arrives, the happily established plant can focus on growing and flowering.

    When choosing plants, don't be shy about popping the plant out of its pot to inspect the roots; the root mass should be free of black, mushy sections and amply fill the container. Remember, the more roots the better!

    Plant

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

    April

    For those of you in Zone 6, plant as soon as the threat of frost has passed and the soil is workable. If the threat of frost persists, be sure to provide protection to tender new growth of the plant by covering at night.

    For SUMMER WINE, choose an open, full sun location with good air circulation. Adaptable in most soil types and withstands both acidic and alkaline soils. Apply a granular slow release fertilizer and water in well. It is recommended to apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season and be extra mindful during periods of heat and drought. However, in subsequent years, it can tolerate dry conditions once established.

    May

    Now is a great time to plant!

    For SUMMER WINE, choose an open, full sun location with good air circulation. Adaptable in most soil types and withstands both acidic and alkaline soils. Apply a granular slow release fertilizer and water in well. It is recommended to apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season and be extra mindful during periods of heat and drought. However, in subsequent years, it can tolerate dry conditions once established.

    June

    June isn't to late to make additions to your garden. However, with the increasing heat and longer days, pay extra attention to the watering needs of freshly planted shrubs.

    For SUMMER WINE, choose an open, full sun location with good air circulation. Adaptable in most soil types and withstands both acidic and alkaline soils. Apply a granular slow release fertilizer and water in well. It is recommended to apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season and be extra mindful during periods of heat and drought. However, in subsequent years, it can tolerate dry conditions once established.

    September

    Plant flowering shrubs now - it's a great time to get a jump on next year's garden! Choose a medium to sunny location.

    For SUMMER WINE, choose an open, full sun location with good air circulation. Adaptable in most soil types and withstands both acidic and alkaline soils. Save the application of a granular slow-release fertilizer for spring to avoid the initiation of tender new growth. It is recommended to apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season and be extra mindful during periods of heat and drought. However, in subsequent years, it can tolerate dry conditions once established.

    October

    Plant flowering shrubs now - it's a great time to get a jump on next year's garden! Choose a medium to sunny location.

    For SUMMER WINE, choose an open, full sun location with good air circulation. Adaptable in most soil types and withstands both acidic and alkaline soils. Save the application of a granular slow-release fertilizer for spring to avoid the initiation of tender new growth. It is recommended to apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season and be extra mindful during periods of heat and drought. However, in subsequent years, it can tolerate dry conditions once established.

    Fertilize

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

    April

    Fertilize in early spring by applying a slow release fertilizer specialized for trees and shrubs. Follow the label for recommended rate of application.

    May

    Fertilize in early spring by applying a slow release fertilizer specialized for trees and shrubs. Follow the label for recommended rate of application.

    Water

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

    April

    As a rule of thumb, apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season. Be mindful of hot days and periods of drought. SUMMER WINE prefers medium moisture and can tolerate dry conditions once established.

    May

    As a rule of thumb, apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season. Be mindful of hot days and periods of drought. SUMMER WINE prefers medium moisture and can tolerate dry conditions once established.

    June

    As a rule of thumb, apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season. Be mindful of hot days and periods of drought. SUMMER WINE prefers medium moisture and can tolerate dry conditions once established.

    July

    As a rule of thumb, apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season. Be mindful of hot days and periods of drought. SUMMER WINE prefers medium moisture and can tolerate dry conditions once established.

    August

    As a rule of thumb, apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season. Be mindful of hot days and periods of drought. SUMMER WINE prefers medium moisture and can tolerate dry conditions once established.

    September

    As a rule of thumb, apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season. Be mindful of hot days and periods of drought. SUMMER WINE prefers medium moisture and can tolerate dry conditions once established.

    Prune

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

    January

    SUMMER WINE is a vigorous plant; for best results, prune about a third of the branches to the ground in late winter.

    February

    SUMMER WINE is a vigorous plant; for best results, prune about a third of the branches to the ground in late winter.

    March

    Do not prune.

    April

    Do not prune.

    May

    Do not prune.

    June

    Do not prune.

    July

    Do not prune.

    August

    Do not prune.

    September

    Do not prune.

    October

    Do not prune.

    November

    Do not prune.

    December

    Do not prune.

    Mulch

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

    March

    Applying mulch around your flowering shrubs in the spring is a great idea. Not only does it look attractive, it keeps roots cool, conserves soil moisture, reduces water requirements, and acts as an effective weed barrier.

    Spread mulch evenly to a depth of 2 to 3 inches (if replenishing, don't allow build up to exceed 4" in depth). If your shrub is in lawn, mulch a ring between 3 to 6 feet in diameter around the trunk. Be careful to keep mulch an inch away from the shrub's trunk.

    April

    Applying mulch around your flowering shrubs in the spring is a great idea. Not only does it look attractive, it keeps roots cool, conserves soil moisture, reduces water requirements, and acts as an effective weed barrier.

    Spread mulch evenly to a depth of 2 to 3 inches (if replenishing, don't allow build up to exceed 4" in depth). If your shrub is in lawn, mulch a ring between 3 to 6 feet in diameter around the trunk. Be careful to keep mulch an inch away from the shrub's trunk.

    September

    Applying a winter top-dressing of mulch will provide protection to the roots from severe winter temperatures and frost heaving.

    Spread mulch evenly to a depth of 2 to 3 inches (if replenishing, don't allow build up to exceed 4" in depth). If your shrub is in lawn, mulch a ring between 3 to 6 feet in diameter around the trunk. Be careful to keep mulch an inch away from the shrub's trunk.

    October

    Applying a winter top-dressing of mulch will provide protection to the roots from severe winter temperatures and frost heaving.

    Spread mulch evenly to a depth of 2 to 3 inches (if replenishing, don't allow build up to exceed 4" in depth). If your shrub is in lawn, mulch a ring between 3 to 6 feet in diameter around the trunk. Be careful to keep mulch an inch away from the shrub's trunk.

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