To keep your Coleus and Caladium plants in top form, be sure to pinch off the faded leaves and flowers, water consistently and make sure to use an all purpose fertilizer.
If you want continuous blooms from you gladiolas plant some bulbs every few weeks and you will have blooms throughout the summer.
Feed your roses!
As it gets hot, check that the water in your container and potted designs are adequate. If you have your drippers turned down, you might need to turn them up a little.
If you trim the old bloom ends from you Crape Myrtle trees you will encourage lots of new flower formation.
Fertilizing your summer annuals will encourage blooms.
Beneficials: Nematodes applied now can destroy Japanese beetle grubs that live in the ground. You can also control budworm with Bt. (budworm love petunias & geranium so keep your eyes open for holes)
Diatomaceous earth can be used to control earwigs. You need to spread it around where they live.
Be sure to keep an eye on your vegetable crops and harvest them as they reach optimum size.
Trim off old bloomed out spikes of Salvia, Pentas, and Penstemons. This type of trimming (deadheading) will encourage new blooms and extend the bloom time of the plants.
It is time to prune the spring blooming Ceanothus. Make sure that they are finished blooming and give them a nice haircut.
Palm Fertilizer Notes:
Apply slow-release fertilizers to your palms. They provide nutrients over a long period of time. The main advantage to slow release fertilizers is they are convenient. The best fertilizer regimen for palms is three applications per year: once in early spring, once in early summer (now), and once in late fall. Use a balanced fertilizer (equal numbers) with micro-nutrients.
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