Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

August, 2010
Regional Report

Propagate Herbs for Overwintering

Root cuttings of herbs. Mature, woody, spreading herbs can be propagated by dividing the plant and using the new outer shoots.

Final Vegetable Feeding

Fertilize tasseling corn and other vegetables that are setting, such as beans, cucumbers, eggplants and tomatoes, for increased yields. Plants appreciate this extra boost in food to use immediately in maturing their fruits. But during our extra-hot weather, be sure to water the plants well first so the fertilizer won't "burn" the roots.

Feed and Water Bramble Fruits and Strawberries.

The size of next summer's fruit is determined this month and next- the more fertilizer and irrigation, the bigger the berries will be next spring. Propagate bramble fruits by bending the cane tips to the soil surface and burying one or two nodes an inch or so deep.

Final Flower Feeding

Feed azaleas, camellias, and rhododendrons an acid fertilizer for the last time this year to help them set buds for early spring bloom. Continue feeding begonias, fuchsias, and summer annuals.

Root Flower Cuttings

Root cuttings of azaleas, ceanothus, carnations, fuchsias, geraniums, honeysuckle, hydrangeas, English ivy, marguerites, pachysandra, roses, succulents, verbena, wisteria and evergreens, especially arborvitae, euonymous, holly, juniper and yew. Geraniums and impatiens make nice winter-blooming houseplants.

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