TEXAS COOPERATIVE EXTENSION
BY DAVID RODRIGUEZ
June 17, 2006
- Check for insects and diseases. Spider mites can be especially troublesome at this time. Insecticidal soaps or labeled miticides can be helpful in their control.
- Hand pull or hoe weeds before they mature and produce seed.
- Removing faded flowers from the plant before it sets seeds will keep plants growing and producing more flowers. A light application of fertilizer every four to six weeks will also be helpful.
- Continue to spray susceptible roses with a black-spot control such as Funginex every seven to ten days.
- For a hot summer plant, consider Pride of Barbados, Dwarf Poinciana. It loves the heat and blooms a stalked cluster of bright orange-reddish flowers with a tip of gold. This is a future Texas SuperStar plant.
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