Timing Is Everything!

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Citrus Trees

Fertilize your citrus NOW for more blooms, May/June for better fruit set, September/October for nutrients. This past year I fertilized our citrus only once in June – our lemons are good but not as big and the tree is lagging. This year, I’m on it! 

My Meyer Lemons (without regular fertilizing) are on the right, Debbie’s – Buyer at Gill’s – are on the left. Guess who remembered to fertilize! Speaks volumes!

For citrus trees, we recommend fertilizing with Espoma Citrus-Tone – all organic

Knock-out Roses

We like to cut knock-out roses by the end of January or first week of February, even if they’re covered in blooms. With milder winters, chances of late February freezes are minimal, and we prefer to cut before roses have made their first big flush of spring growth. Just like the hybrid tea roses, knock-out roses benefit from a hard trimming, usually down to 24”. Begin fertilizing mid-February. 

We recommend fertilizing roses with all organic Rose-Glo. Works great for lots of other blooming plants. 

Ornamental Grasses

Trim your ornamental grasses straight across (no “cupcakes”) to 3”-4” from the ground  sometime in January. Follow up with a small amount of fertilizer late February or early March. Be stingy – too much fertilizer speeds up the growth, making the foliage flop over instead of stand up. 

Next week, my grasses will be cut back and ready for a new growing season. 

For ornamental grasses, Plant Tone, Medina Growin’ Green, or HastaGro are all great organic fertilizers. Just remember – not too much!

-Sally Gill

3 Comments on “Timing Is Everything!”

  1. Your work of horticulture and landscape is very educative
    to us in North West Nigeria. Thanks very much.

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