TEXAS COOPERATIVE EXTENSION
BY DAVID RODRIGUEZ
July 8, 2006
- Give special attention to water requirement of leafy garden plants such as caladiums, coleus and elephant ears during hot, sunny periods. Mulch heavily with organic hardwood mulch.
- Caladiums can be fertilized now with a 19-5-9 fertilizer at a rate of 1 lb. per 100 sq. feet of flower bed, watered in thoroughly.
- Start over in the vegetable garden. Plant heat setting tomatoes now for the fall harvest. Consider tomato selections such as ‘Solar Fire’ and ‘Sun Master’.
- Consider installing a drip irrigation system in your vegetable and flower gardens to make watering more efficient and less time-consuming.
- For a lovely unusual tropical blooming plant, consider growing Plumerias. They have gorgeous blooms throughout the hot summer time.
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