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PLANT CARE

THE FOLLOWING ARE OUR RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE GENERAL CARE OF PLANTS

WATERING: Regular watering is essential to a healthy landscape, whether it comes from sprinkler systems, hand watering or rainfall, or a combination of any of the above. Newly installed plants will require more water than plants that have been established. Seasonal variations in temperature also affect water requirements, as does the water retention properties of the soil. [Sandy, well-drained soil will require more water than a poorly-drained clay based soil].

Plants should be watered every day for the first thirty days after being installed. We recommend that sprinkler systems be set for 45-60 minutes per zone. [In clay areas 20-30 minutes should be sufficient]. Hand watering should be aimed at watering each plant to beyond the depth of it's root zone. Watering thoroughly and deeply will enable the plant to send out a deep root system, making it more drought tolerant in the future. A moderate to heavy rainfall makes watering by sprinkler or hand unnecessary for that day, but you must resume your regular watering schedule if natural rainfall is not consistant.

Plants will not be established after the first thirty days, and it would be ideal for them to receive water at least every other day, particularly during the warmer months. Usually, the warmer days are compensated for the afternoon or evening showers. However, if natural rainfall does not occur, sprinkler systems of hand watering should be used as required.

Within six months root systems should be fairly well established, and twice a week watering of approximately 30 minutes per zone should be sufficient. It is still advisable to pay attention to your plants. Particularly during hot and dry conditions, and if plants appear stressed, water as needed.

Important:Please check your sprinkler system to make sure that all plants are getting water. Also, as plants mature, the heights of sprinklers may need to be raised. Remember, one plant can block the spray to many surrounding plants.
Note: Turn off sprinkler systems when there is a freeze warning.

COLD WEATHER: Cold sensitive plants will need to be protected whenever there is a freeze/frost warning. Cover and/or wrap plants with sheets, pillowcases, blankets, towels or any other similar type of insulation material. Plastic is not effective.

Plants may be affected in varying degrees depending on the intensity and duration of cold that they are exposed to. These plants include, but are not limited to - Hibiscus, Ixora, Croton, Bougainvilla, Mandevilla, Tibouchina, Roebellini, Palm, Dracaena, Schefflera, Plumbago, Oyster, Heloconia, Ginger, Oleander, Allamanda, Heather, Bird of Paradise, etc.

FERTILIZATION: It is not necessary to fertilize during the first month after installation, as there will be residual fertilizer in the newly installed plants. If the weather is very cool and plants are dormant [not growing], it is not necessary to fertilize until the growing season begins.

There are many fertilizers on the market, and if you have had experience and success with any particular type, we recommend that you continue with it. If you have no experience or preference, a general purpose granular fertilizer such as 6-0-6 or 8-0-8 will work well on most plants. liquid fertilizer such as Miracle-Grow  also works very well, are easier to apply than granular fertilizers, but require more frequent applications. For Palms or Azaleas/Camelias we recommend fertilizers made specially for these plants.

Important: Whatever fertilizer you choose, please follow the manufacturers recommendations. Incorrectly used fertilizers can damage or destroy plants. Also, do not apply granular fertilizers on leaves or against trunks. It is best applied evenly around the outer edge of the root zone, and preferably beneath the mulch.

PRUNING: A plant that is regularly pruned will develop a denser branch structure and result in a fuller, healthier plant. We recommend that shrubs not be allowed to grow to their desired heights without pruning, as you will usually end up with a sparce, leggy plant. Instead, bring the plant along in stages, pruning any branches that appear out of sync with the fullness of the plant.

Pruning for non-flowering bushes can be done anytime. Plants that flower in the winter/spring period such as Azaleas & India Hawthorne should not be pruned after labor day as a rule of thumb. Plants that flower in the warmer months such as Hibiscus & Ixora should be pruned as soon as "Spring " begins, and only if necessary [getting too large or leggy] during their flowering seasons. Pruning for plants such as Palms, Dracaenas, Yuccas, TI, Bird of Paradise, grasses etc. require only removing older leaves that are dying [yellow] or dead [brown].

SPRAYING: In general, pests and fungii are most active during the warmer/wetter months. With a move torwards environmental consciousness, regular preventative spraying is not as popular as it once was. Many prefer to spray only if pests and fungii appear, then treat only as needed. To identify pests and determine the correct pesticide and/or fungicide to use, you can call your local cooperative extension service, or call us at the nursery. Should you choose to use a program of preventative spraying, give us a call.

Please let us know if we can assist you in any way regarding the above info, or to answer any other questions that you may have.
 

NOTE: PLEASE CHECK WITH YOUR LOCAL AUTHORITIES TO MAKE SURE
THAT YOU ARE IN COMPLIANCE WITH CURRENT WATERING AND FERTILIZATION REGULATIONS 

 

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