May 12 2007 Timely Tips




May 12, 2007

  • Looking for a Mother’s Day gift? Consider a Grandma’s Yellow Rose. It is a beautiful low-maintenance hardy and attractive landscape rose. Unfortunately, there are limited quantities available at this time.
  • When the warm weather arrives, change the sugar water in your hummingbird feeder every week. No die is necessary. Pour four cups of hot tap water into a large pot or pan (glass, enamel, or stainless steel, if possible; try not to use aluminum). Add one cup of table sugar (DO NOT use honey, artificial sweeteners, or other sugar substitutes). Stir until all sugar has dissolved
  • Do not wait much longer in planting Wax begonias (Begonias semperflorens) of the Cocktail series such as Vodka, Gin or Whiskey and ‘Super Elfin’ impatiens if you expect them to thrive once the temperatures begin to soar.
  • As the weather gets warmer, regular fertilizing of your pot plants with a 6-12-6 water-soluble analysis will bring rich color to your environment.
  • Keep the tomatoes well-watered and mulched to avoid blossom-end-rot. Avoid watering the leaves. Spray every 5 days with Liquid Seaweed or Kelp to prevent any spider mite problems.

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

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