TEXAS COOPERATIVE EXTENSION
BY DAVID RODRIGUEZ
April 29, 2006
- You can still plant new shrubs and trees if they are container grown. Use generous amounts of mulch on the surface over the root area, and water as the soil dries; usually about once per week through the hot summer. Visit the Bexar county website at http://bexar-tx.tamu.edu for recommended varieties for our area.
- For best blooms, let your bougainvillea get root bound and stressed between waterings. A hibiscus food works well for container plants, or use a water soluble fertilizer when you water.
- Snails, slugs and pill bugs can devour the tender growth of young plants. Lightly dust young plants and the area directly adjacent to the plants with an insecticidal dust and or bait.
- Prune climbing roses as soon as they have finished flowering. This is true for spring-flowering shrubs such as quince, spiraea, azaleas and Indian Hawthorne. Prune to retain the natural shape of the plant.
- Corn, okra, eggplant, green beans, sweet corn, radishes, carrots, southern peas and melon crops can be planted now.
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