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Firethorn
Plant Care Instructions By Julie Bawden-Davis

This evergreen shrub is grown for its colorful berries that light up the fall and early winter garden.

Is Indoor Plant?

No

These month by month plant care tasks are for plants in the following zones :
Sunset Zones : 22, 23, 24
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  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
  • January
    • Water

        Water every two to three weeks if there is no rain. Avoid overwatering. Plant responds poorly to overly wet soil.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check for signs of fireblight, which include oozing from cankers on branches and flower and leaf dieback. Also be on the lookout for symptoms of scab, which starts as olive-green to brown scabs that enlarge and become hard bumps.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Treat for scab with the appropriate fungicide. Cut out and dispose of plant parts affected by fireblight.

  • February
    • Water

        Water every two to three weeks if there is no rain. Avoid overwatering. Plant responds poorly to overly wet soil.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check for signs of fireblight, which include oozing from cankers on branches and flower and leaf dieback. Also be on the lookout for symptoms of scab, which starts as olive-green to brown scabs that enlarge and become hard bumps.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Treat for scab with the appropriate fungicide. Cut out and dispose of plant parts affected by fireblight.

  • March
    • Water

        Water every two to three weeks if there is no rain. Avoid overwatering. Plant responds poorly to overly wet soil.

    • Prune

        Prune sparingly to shape. Removing flowers leads to decreased berry production in fall.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check for signs of fireblight, which include oozing from cankers on branches and flower and leaf dieback. Also be on the lookout for symptoms of scab, which starts as olive-green to brown scabs that enlarge and become hard bumps.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Treat for scab with the appropriate fungicide. Cut out and dispose of plant parts affected by fireblight.

  • April
    • Fertilize

        Apply a half-strength solution of a liquid organic fertilizer. Overfeeding can lead to limited berry production.

    • Water

        Water every two to three weeks if there is no rain. Avoid overwatering. Plant responds poorly to overly wet soil.

    • Prune

        Prune sparingly to shape. Removing flowers leads to decreased berry production in fall.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check for signs of fireblight, which include oozing from cankers on branches and flower and leaf dieback. Also be on the lookout for symptoms of scab, which starts as olive-green to brown scabs that enlarge and become hard bumps.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Treat for scab with the appropriate fungicide. Cut out and dispose of plant parts affected by fireblight.

  • May
    • Fertilize

        Apply a half-strength solution of a liquid organic fertilizer. Overfeeding can lead to limited berry production.

    • Water

        Water every two weeks. Avoid overwatering. Plant responds poorly to overly wet soil.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check for signs of fireblight, which include oozing from cankers on branches and flower and leaf dieback. Also be on the lookout for symptoms of scab, which starts as olive-green to brown scabs that enlarge and become hard bumps.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Treat for scab with the appropriate fungicide. Cut out and dispose of plant parts affected by fireblight.

  • June
    • Water

        Water once a week. Avoid overwatering. Plant responds poorly to overly wet soil.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check for signs of fireblight, which include oozing from cankers on branches and flower and leaf dieback. Also be on the lookout for symptoms of scab, which starts as olive-green to brown scabs that enlarge and become hard bumps.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Treat for scab with the appropriate fungicide. Cut out and dispose of plant parts affected by fireblight.

  • July
    • Water

        Water once a week. Avoid overwatering. Plant responds poorly to overly wet soil.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check for signs of fireblight, which include oozing from cankers on branches and flower and leaf dieback. Also be on the lookout for symptoms of scab, which starts as olive-green to brown scabs that enlarge and become hard bumps.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Treat for scab with the appropriate fungicide. Cut out and dispose of plant parts affected by fireblight.

  • August
    • Water

        Water once a week. Avoid overwatering. Plant responds poorly to overly wet soil.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check for signs of fireblight, which include oozing from cankers on branches and flower and leaf dieback. Also be on the lookout for symptoms of scab, which starts as olive-green to brown scabs that enlarge and become hard bumps.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Treat for scab with the appropriate fungicide. Cut out and dispose of plant parts affected by fireblight.

  • September
    • Buy

        Buy in fall when the plant has berries so you can choose the color you desire.

    • Plant

        Plant in fall when weather has cooled and plant has berries.

    • Water

        Water once a week. Avoid overwatering. Plant responds poorly to overly wet soil.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check for signs of fireblight, which include oozing from cankers on branches and flower and leaf dieback. Also be on the lookout for symptoms of scab, which starts as olive-green to brown scabs that enlarge and become hard bumps.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Treat for scab with the appropriate fungicide. Cut out and dispose of plant parts affected by fireblight.

    • Transplant

        Pyracantha does not transplant well, so avoid moving whenever possible.

  • October
    • Buy

        Buy in fall when the plant has berries so you can choose the color you desire.

    • Plant

        Plant in fall when weather has cooled and plant has berries.

    • Water

        Water every two weeks. Avoid overwatering. Plant responds poorly to overly wet soil.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check for signs of fireblight, which include oozing from cankers on branches and flower and leaf dieback. Also be on the lookout for symptoms of scab, which starts as olive-green to brown scabs that enlarge and become hard bumps.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Treat for scab with the appropriate fungicide. Cut out and dispose of plant parts affected by fireblight.

    • Transplant

        Pyracantha does not transplant well, so avoid moving whenever possible.

  • November
    • Buy

        Buy in fall when the plant has berries so you can choose the color you desire.

    • Plant

        Plant in fall when weather has cooled and plant has berries.

    • Water

        Water every two to three weeks if there is no rain. Avoid overwatering. Plant responds poorly to overly wet soil.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check for signs of fireblight, which include oozing from cankers on branches and flower and leaf dieback. Also be on the lookout for symptoms of scab. which starts as olive-green to brown scabs that enlarge and become hard bumps.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Treat for scab with the appropriate fungicide. Cut out and dispose of plant parts affected by fireblight.

    • Transplant

        Pyracantha does not transplant well, so avoid moving whenever possible.

  • December
    • Water

        Water every two to three weeks if there is no rain. Avoid overwatering. Plant responds poorly to overly wet soil.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check for signs of fireblight, which include oozing from cankers on branches and flower and leaf dieback. Also be on the lookout for symptoms of scab, which starts as olive-green to brown scabs that enlarge and become hard bumps.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Treat for scab with the appropriate fungicide. Cut out and dispose of plant parts affected by fireblight.

  • Winter
    • Spring
      • Summer
        • Fall
          • Buy

            When's the best time to buy this plant? When can you buy these from seed (if you can)? When is it usually available? What are things to look for when you're buying it? Or anything other tidbit of information you can share!

            •  Jan
            •  Feb
            •  Mar
            •  Apr
            •  May
            •  Jun
            •  Jul
            •  Aug
            •  Sep
            •  Oct
            •  Nov
            •  Dec
            • September

              Buy in fall when the plant has berries so you can choose the color you desire.

            • October

              Buy in fall when the plant has berries so you can choose the color you desire.

            • November

              Buy in fall when the plant has berries so you can choose the color you desire.

          • Plant

            When's a good time to plant this plant or bulb? Any special planting instructions?

            •  Jan
            •  Feb
            •  Mar
            •  Apr
            •  May
            •  Jun
            •  Jul
            •  Aug
            •  Sep
            •  Oct
            •  Nov
            •  Dec
            • September

              Plant in fall when weather has cooled and plant has berries.

            • October

              Plant in fall when weather has cooled and plant has berries.

            • November

              Plant in fall when weather has cooled and plant has berries.

          • Sow Seeds

            When can you plant these seeds? When's the best time? Can you start them indoors and move them out? Do they have any special requirements?

            •  Jan
            •  Feb
            •  Mar
            •  Apr
            •  May
            •  Jun
            •  Jul
            •  Aug
            •  Sep
            •  Oct
            •  Nov
            •  Dec
            • Fertilize

              When should you fertilize this plant? Which kind of fertilizer do you recommend? Should you use different fertilizers at different times of year?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • April

                Apply a half-strength solution of a liquid organic fertilizer. Overfeeding can lead to limited berry production.

              • May

                Apply a half-strength solution of a liquid organic fertilizer. Overfeeding can lead to limited berry production.

            • Water

              Is there a time to reduce or increase watering? Any special requirements? Things to avoid during certain times of the year?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • January

                Water every two to three weeks if there is no rain. Avoid overwatering. Plant responds poorly to overly wet soil.

              • February

                Water every two to three weeks if there is no rain. Avoid overwatering. Plant responds poorly to overly wet soil.

              • March

                Water every two to three weeks if there is no rain. Avoid overwatering. Plant responds poorly to overly wet soil.

              • April

                Water every two to three weeks if there is no rain. Avoid overwatering. Plant responds poorly to overly wet soil.

              • May

                Water every two weeks. Avoid overwatering. Plant responds poorly to overly wet soil.

              • June

                Water once a week. Avoid overwatering. Plant responds poorly to overly wet soil.

              • July

                Water once a week. Avoid overwatering. Plant responds poorly to overly wet soil.

              • August

                Water once a week. Avoid overwatering. Plant responds poorly to overly wet soil.

              • September

                Water once a week. Avoid overwatering. Plant responds poorly to overly wet soil.

              • October

                Water every two weeks. Avoid overwatering. Plant responds poorly to overly wet soil.

              • November

                Water every two to three weeks if there is no rain. Avoid overwatering. Plant responds poorly to overly wet soil.

              • December

                Water every two to three weeks if there is no rain. Avoid overwatering. Plant responds poorly to overly wet soil.

            • Prune

              When's a good time to prune this plant? How about deadheading, pinching back, trimming or any other grooming? Any special requirements?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • March

                Prune sparingly to shape. Removing flowers leads to decreased berry production in fall.

              • April

                Prune sparingly to shape. Removing flowers leads to decreased berry production in fall.

            • Mulch

              Does this plant need to be mulched? Are there specific types of Mulch which are better for this plant? How much?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • Protect

                When and how should you protect this plant from birds, deer, rabbits? Does this plant need be covered, or wrapped or painted or moved?

                •  Jan
                •  Feb
                •  Mar
                •  Apr
                •  May
                •  Jun
                •  Jul
                •  Aug
                •  Sep
                •  Oct
                •  Nov
                •  Dec
                • Pest/Disease Inspection

                  What are the common problems this plant will face and when should you look for them to appear?

                  •  Jan
                  •  Feb
                  •  Mar
                  •  Apr
                  •  May
                  •  Jun
                  •  Jul
                  •  Aug
                  •  Sep
                  •  Oct
                  •  Nov
                  •  Dec
                  • January

                    Check for signs of fireblight, which include oozing from cankers on branches and flower and leaf dieback. Also be on the lookout for symptoms of scab, which starts as olive-green to brown scabs that enlarge and become hard bumps.

                  • February

                    Check for signs of fireblight, which include oozing from cankers on branches and flower and leaf dieback. Also be on the lookout for symptoms of scab, which starts as olive-green to brown scabs that enlarge and become hard bumps.

                  • March

                    Check for signs of fireblight, which include oozing from cankers on branches and flower and leaf dieback. Also be on the lookout for symptoms of scab, which starts as olive-green to brown scabs that enlarge and become hard bumps.

                  • April

                    Check for signs of fireblight, which include oozing from cankers on branches and flower and leaf dieback. Also be on the lookout for symptoms of scab, which starts as olive-green to brown scabs that enlarge and become hard bumps.

                  • May

                    Check for signs of fireblight, which include oozing from cankers on branches and flower and leaf dieback. Also be on the lookout for symptoms of scab, which starts as olive-green to brown scabs that enlarge and become hard bumps.

                  • June

                    Check for signs of fireblight, which include oozing from cankers on branches and flower and leaf dieback. Also be on the lookout for symptoms of scab, which starts as olive-green to brown scabs that enlarge and become hard bumps.

                  • July

                    Check for signs of fireblight, which include oozing from cankers on branches and flower and leaf dieback. Also be on the lookout for symptoms of scab, which starts as olive-green to brown scabs that enlarge and become hard bumps.

                  • August

                    Check for signs of fireblight, which include oozing from cankers on branches and flower and leaf dieback. Also be on the lookout for symptoms of scab, which starts as olive-green to brown scabs that enlarge and become hard bumps.

                  • September

                    Check for signs of fireblight, which include oozing from cankers on branches and flower and leaf dieback. Also be on the lookout for symptoms of scab, which starts as olive-green to brown scabs that enlarge and become hard bumps.

                  • October

                    Check for signs of fireblight, which include oozing from cankers on branches and flower and leaf dieback. Also be on the lookout for symptoms of scab, which starts as olive-green to brown scabs that enlarge and become hard bumps.

                  • November

                    Check for signs of fireblight, which include oozing from cankers on branches and flower and leaf dieback. Also be on the lookout for symptoms of scab. which starts as olive-green to brown scabs that enlarge and become hard bumps.

                  • December

                    Check for signs of fireblight, which include oozing from cankers on branches and flower and leaf dieback. Also be on the lookout for symptoms of scab, which starts as olive-green to brown scabs that enlarge and become hard bumps.

                • Treat for Pest/Disease

                  How do you treat the common problems for this plant? What products or concoctions or natural means do you use? Any special requirements?

                  •  Jan
                  •  Feb
                  •  Mar
                  •  Apr
                  •  May
                  •  Jun
                  •  Jul
                  •  Aug
                  •  Sep
                  •  Oct
                  •  Nov
                  •  Dec
                  • January

                    Treat for scab with the appropriate fungicide. Cut out and dispose of plant parts affected by fireblight.

                  • February

                    Treat for scab with the appropriate fungicide. Cut out and dispose of plant parts affected by fireblight.

                  • March

                    Treat for scab with the appropriate fungicide. Cut out and dispose of plant parts affected by fireblight.

                  • April

                    Treat for scab with the appropriate fungicide. Cut out and dispose of plant parts affected by fireblight.

                  • May

                    Treat for scab with the appropriate fungicide. Cut out and dispose of plant parts affected by fireblight.

                  • June

                    Treat for scab with the appropriate fungicide. Cut out and dispose of plant parts affected by fireblight.

                  • July

                    Treat for scab with the appropriate fungicide. Cut out and dispose of plant parts affected by fireblight.

                  • August

                    Treat for scab with the appropriate fungicide. Cut out and dispose of plant parts affected by fireblight.

                  • September

                    Treat for scab with the appropriate fungicide. Cut out and dispose of plant parts affected by fireblight.

                  • October

                    Treat for scab with the appropriate fungicide. Cut out and dispose of plant parts affected by fireblight.

                  • November

                    Treat for scab with the appropriate fungicide. Cut out and dispose of plant parts affected by fireblight.

                  • December

                    Treat for scab with the appropriate fungicide. Cut out and dispose of plant parts affected by fireblight.

                • Transplant

                  When's the best time to dig up and transplant this from one spot to another? (This is different than planting). Any special requirements?

                  •  Jan
                  •  Feb
                  •  Mar
                  •  Apr
                  •  May
                  •  Jun
                  •  Jul
                  •  Aug
                  •  Sep
                  •  Oct
                  •  Nov
                  •  Dec
                  • September

                    Pyracantha does not transplant well, so avoid moving whenever possible.

                  • October

                    Pyracantha does not transplant well, so avoid moving whenever possible.

                  • November

                    Pyracantha does not transplant well, so avoid moving whenever possible.

                • Propagate

                  When's a good time to divide, take cuttings, layer or propagate this plant. Any special requirements?

                  •  Jan
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                  •  Mar
                  •  Apr
                  •  May
                  •  Jun
                  •  Jul
                  •  Aug
                  •  Sep
                  •  Oct
                  •  Nov
                  •  Dec
                  • Harvest

                    When's a good time to harvest this plant? What's the best way to harvest? Are there special requirements or features?

                    •  Jan
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                    •  May
                    •  Jun
                    •  Jul
                    •  Aug
                    •  Sep
                    •  Oct
                    •  Nov
                    •  Dec
                    • Special requirements

                      Any other requirement for this plant? Is there anything that doesn't fit into the other care categories?

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