TEXAS COOPERATIVE EXTENSION
BY DAVID RODRIGUEZ
July 22, 2006
- Don’t allow plants with green fruit or berries to suffer from lack of moisture. Hollies will frequently drop their fruit under drought conditions.
- Continue to prune fall blooming perennials through August. Chrysanthemums, Mexican Bush Sage, Copper Canyon daisies, autumn asters and Cigar Plant (Cuphea) will benefit from a light pruning at this time. (Remove top growth of 4-6″).
- Check moisture level of compost piles – turn if necessary. Compost piles should not be allowed to dry out.
- Fertilize Bougainvillea and Plumeria to keep them blooming throughout the summer.
- For a beautiful hardy heat tolerant plant that attracts both butterflies and hummingbirds, consider planting Lilac-Flowering Duranta. It loves the heat.
David Rodriguez is County Extension Agent-Horticulture with Texas Cooperative Extension in Bexar County. For more information, call the Master Gardener “Hotline” (210) 467-6575 or visit our County Extension website at http://bexar-tx.tamu.edu