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Birch
Plant Care Instructions By Steve Brigham

In coastal Southern California, there are several kinds of Birch trees that may be grown as landscape trees. But they all are a bit out of their element, because of the long growing season, occasional hot, dry winds, and lack of winter chill. Birch trees are often planted in lawns, but they really do much better as garden trees, where deep rooting can be encouraged. For the best results, plant in a deep, well-drained soil, and water Birch trees regularly and deeply. Regular feeding helps, too. Don\'t plant Birch trees near paved areas or where cars are parked, or occasional aphid honeydew fall will be a problem.

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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 regularly and deeply during dry periods.

  • February
    • Buy

        Buy container-grown trees. Look for big, full trees that are not too root-bound.

    • Plant

        Plant in well-drained soil, using plenty of soil amendment.

    • Water

        Water regularly and deeply during dry periods.

  • March
    • Buy

        Buy container-grown trees. Look for big, full trees that are not too root-bound.

    • Plant

        Plant in well-drained soil, using plenty of soil amendment.

    • Fertilize

        Feed with a balanced fertilizer to keep plants growing well.

    • Water

        Water regularly and deeply during dry periods.

    • Mulch

        Mulch to conserve water use and keep roots cool.

  • April
    • Buy

        Buy container-grown trees. Look for big, full trees that are not too root-bound.

    • Plant

        Plant in well-drained soil, using plenty of soil amendment.

    • Water

        Water regularly and deeply during dry periods.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Watch for aphids and sooty mold.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Wash foliage with a spray of water to dislodge aphids.

  • May
    • Buy

        Buy container-grown trees. Look for big, full trees that are not too root-bound.

    • Plant

        Plant in well-drained soil, using plenty of soil amendment.

    • Water

        Water regularly and deeply during dry periods.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Watch for aphids and sooty mold.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Wash foliage with a spray of water to dislodge aphids.

  • June
    • Buy

        Buy container-grown trees. Look for big, full trees that are not too root-bound.

    • Plant

        Plant in well-drained soil, using plenty of soil amendment.

    • Fertilize

        Feed with a balanced fertilizer to keep plants growing well.

    • Water

        Water regularly and deeply during dry periods.

    • Mulch

        Mulch to conserve water use and keep roots cool.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Watch for aphids and sooty mold.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Wash foliage with a spray of water to dislodge aphids.

  • July
    • Buy

        Buy container-grown trees. Look for big, full trees that are not too root-bound.

    • Plant

        Plant in well-drained soil, using plenty of soil amendment.

    • Water

        Water regularly and deeply during dry periods.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Watch for aphids and sooty mold.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Wash foliage with a spray of water to dislodge aphids.

  • August
    • Buy

        Buy container-grown trees. Look for big, full trees that are not too root-bound.

    • Plant

        Plant in well-drained soil, using plenty of soil amendment.

    • Water

        Water regularly and deeply during dry periods.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Watch for aphids and sooty mold.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Wash foliage with a spray of water to dislodge aphids.

  • September
    • Buy

        Buy container-grown trees. Look for big, full trees that are not too root-bound.

    • Plant

        Plant in well-drained soil, using plenty of soil amendment.

    • Fertilize

        Feed with a balanced fertilizer to keep plants growing well.

    • Water

        Water regularly and deeply during dry periods.

    • Prune

        Prune this month only to shape. Do not prune heavily.

    • Mulch

        Mulch to conserve water use and keep roots cool.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Watch for aphids and sooty mold.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Wash foliage with a spray of water to dislodge aphids.

    • Propagate

        Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings.

  • October
    • Buy

        Buy container-grown trees. Look for big, full trees that are not too root-bound.

    • Plant

        Plant in well-drained soil, using plenty of soil amendment.

    • Water

        Water regularly and deeply during dry periods.

    • Prune

        Prune this month only to shape. Do not prune heavily.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Watch for aphids and sooty mold.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Wash foliage with a spray of water to dislodge aphids.

    • Propagate

        Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings.

  • November
    • Buy

        Buy container-grown trees. Look for big, full trees that are not too root-bound.

    • Plant

        Plant in well-drained soil, using plenty of soil amendment.

    • Water

        Water regularly and deeply during dry periods.

  • December
    • Water

        Water regularly and deeply during dry periods.

  • 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
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            •  May
            •  Jun
            •  Jul
            •  Aug
            •  Sep
            •  Oct
            •  Nov
            •  Dec
            • February

              Buy container-grown trees. Look for big, full trees that are not too root-bound.

            • March

              Buy container-grown trees. Look for big, full trees that are not too root-bound.

            • April

              Buy container-grown trees. Look for big, full trees that are not too root-bound.

            • May

              Buy container-grown trees. Look for big, full trees that are not too root-bound.

            • June

              Buy container-grown trees. Look for big, full trees that are not too root-bound.

            • July

              Buy container-grown trees. Look for big, full trees that are not too root-bound.

            • August

              Buy container-grown trees. Look for big, full trees that are not too root-bound.

            • September

              Buy container-grown trees. Look for big, full trees that are not too root-bound.

            • October

              Buy container-grown trees. Look for big, full trees that are not too root-bound.

            • November

              Buy container-grown trees. Look for big, full trees that are not too root-bound.

          • Plant

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

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            •  May
            •  Jun
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            •  Aug
            •  Sep
            •  Oct
            •  Nov
            •  Dec
            • February

              Plant in well-drained soil, using plenty of soil amendment.

            • March

              Plant in well-drained soil, using plenty of soil amendment.

            • April

              Plant in well-drained soil, using plenty of soil amendment.

            • May

              Plant in well-drained soil, using plenty of soil amendment.

            • June

              Plant in well-drained soil, using plenty of soil amendment.

            • July

              Plant in well-drained soil, using plenty of soil amendment.

            • August

              Plant in well-drained soil, using plenty of soil amendment.

            • September

              Plant in well-drained soil, using plenty of soil amendment.

            • October

              Plant in well-drained soil, using plenty of soil amendment.

            • November

              Plant in well-drained soil, using plenty of soil amendment.

          • 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
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            •  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
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              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • March

                Feed with a balanced fertilizer to keep plants growing well.

              • June

                Feed with a balanced fertilizer to keep plants growing well.

              • September

                Feed with a balanced fertilizer to keep plants growing well.

            • 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 regularly and deeply during dry periods.

              • February

                Water regularly and deeply during dry periods.

              • March

                Water regularly and deeply during dry periods.

              • April

                Water regularly and deeply during dry periods.

              • May

                Water regularly and deeply during dry periods.

              • June

                Water regularly and deeply during dry periods.

              • July

                Water regularly and deeply during dry periods.

              • August

                Water regularly and deeply during dry periods.

              • September

                Water regularly and deeply during dry periods.

              • October

                Water regularly and deeply during dry periods.

              • November

                Water regularly and deeply during dry periods.

              • December

                Water regularly and deeply during dry periods.

            • 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
              • September

                Prune this month only to shape. Do not prune heavily.

              • October

                Prune this month only to shape. Do not prune heavily.

            • 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
              • March

                Mulch to conserve water use and keep roots cool.

              • June

                Mulch to conserve water use and keep roots cool.

              • September

                Mulch to conserve water use and keep roots cool.

            • 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
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              •  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
                • April

                  Watch for aphids and sooty mold.

                • May

                  Watch for aphids and sooty mold.

                • June

                  Watch for aphids and sooty mold.

                • July

                  Watch for aphids and sooty mold.

                • August

                  Watch for aphids and sooty mold.

                • September

                  Watch for aphids and sooty mold.

                • October

                  Watch for aphids and sooty mold.

              • 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
                • April

                  Wash foliage with a spray of water to dislodge aphids.

                • May

                  Wash foliage with a spray of water to dislodge aphids.

                • June

                  Wash foliage with a spray of water to dislodge aphids.

                • July

                  Wash foliage with a spray of water to dislodge aphids.

                • August

                  Wash foliage with a spray of water to dislodge aphids.

                • September

                  Wash foliage with a spray of water to dislodge aphids.

                • October

                  Wash foliage with a spray of water to dislodge aphids.

              • 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?

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                •  May
                •  Jun
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                •  Aug
                •  Sep
                •  Oct
                •  Nov
                •  Dec
                • Propagate

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

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

                    Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings.

                  • October

                    Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings.

                • Harvest

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

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                  •  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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