Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

July, 2003
Regional Report

Cut Back Leggy Annuals

Impatiens, petunias, phlox, and other leggy annual flowers can be cut back now to produce another bloom in a few weeks. Impatiens especially respond well to a midsummer trim, keeping the plants compact and colorful. Cut the whole plant back to within 4 to 6 inches of the ground. Apply no fertilizer until you begin to see new growth, then use 22-14-14 to get plants back to size.

Fertilize Cymbidiums

Cymbidium orchids need a weekly watering and applications of high nitrogen fertilizer from now through the month of August. Follow label directions to a tee!

Pinch Fuchsias

To keep fuchsias blooming, pinch back the tips of the branches. Flowers form on new wood. The more branches you create, the more elegant flowers you will be able to enjoy. Make sure they have ample water through the hot days of summer.

Fertilize Citrus

Provide citrus trees with a midsummer boost to ensure a crop of flowers. Dibble a citrus fertilizer into the soil around the drip line and water it in well. Keep citrus trees watered during hot weather.

Harvest Lavender

This is what we have been waiting for! Lavender flowers are ready to harvest and hang. Cut the stems individually near the foliage so that there are no stubs remaining on the plant and the flowers have long stems. Tie the flowers in bundles with rubber bands and hang upside down in a dark, dry, warm area. Over the water heater is ideal. Dried lavender can be used to make potpourri or sachets or in arrangements.

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