June 17 2006 Timely Tips

GARDENING CALENDAR

TEXAS COOPERATIVE EXTENSION

BEXAR COUNTY

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 https://bexar-tx.tamu.edu

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