Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

June, 2004
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Low-Chill Fruit Tasting
Want to know which fruit tree varieties to purchase for your home garden? Come to a free taste-testing on Saturday, June 26, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Walter Anderson Nursery. Our mild winters give us some unique choices. And the nursery's a great one, as well! It's located at 12755 Danielson Ct., Poway. For more information call (858) 513-4900.

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Transplanting in Hot Weather
Choose transplants that aren't rootbound. Now that the weather's already hot, confined roots can't spread out fast enough to absorb the moisture and nutrients they need to survive summer heat. As a result they frequently wilt or die. Gently loosen the rootballs of transplants before planting to encourage new roots to grow quickly out into surrounding soil. Transplant seedlings close enough so the leaves of mature plants will shade the soil between the plants. This will help keep plant roots cooler and prevent the sun from baking the soil. There's less evaporation so you'll have to water less.

Form a "donut" of soil around the transplant, 6 inches to a foot out from the stem. Fill it twice to make sure the moisture has saturated the entire root zone. Place a piece of cardboard or other sunscreen on the south side of the plant to shield it from direct sun in the late afternoon. Place a 1- to 2-inch layer of mulch over the entire area.

Fill the water basin each evening for 3 days. After about a week, when the transplant has established itself, remove the shield. Continue filling the water basin twice, one day a week to encourage deep-growing roots.

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