TEXAS COOPERATIVE EXTENSION
July 23, 2005
- Check for insects and diseases. Destroy badly infested plants. Spider mites can be especially troublesome at this time. Select a chemical or organic control, or use insecticidal soap.
- There is still time to plant some of the colorful, heat-tolerant summer annuals. You can direct-seed zinnias and portulaca, and purchase plants of periwinkle, salvia, marigold, gomphrena, celosia, and purslane. Be sure to water transplants as needed until roots become established.
- Picking flowers frequently encourages most annuals and perennials to flower even more abundantly.
- Removing faded flowers from plants before they set seed will keep them growing and producing more flowers. A light application of fertilizer every 4 to 6 weeks will also be helpful.