July 22 2006 Timely Tips

GARDENING CALENDAR

TEXAS COOPERATIVE EXTENSION

BEXAR COUNTY

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 https://bexar-tx.tamu.edu

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