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Plant Care Instructions By Steve Brigham

It is important to note that all plants formerly classified under the names Zauschneria californica and Zauschneria arizonica are now properly classified as subspecies and forms of their new species name Epilobium canum. While this makes sense botanically, you\'ll still see them grown and listed as Zauschneria, and so they are listed under both Epilobium canum and Zauschneria californica in this reference. Whatever name you grow them under, the \"California Fuchsias\" are all wonderful drought-tolerant perennials that need little care and provide not only bright garden color and but also food for hummingbirds in late summer and fall. These are rather informal-looking plants which can go dormant with excessive heat or cold; they are best cut back when they get too rangy. Many named varieties are available, ranging from ground-cover types to 2\' tall mounding varieties, with the most spectacular featuring bright orange-red flowers against a background of bright silvery-gray leaves.

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These month by month plant care tasks are for plants in the following zones :
Sunset Zones : 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 1114, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
USDA Zones :
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Plant Care Instruction

  • Scroll down or click on any month for plant care instructions
    • March
    • April
    • May
    • June
    • July
    • August
    • September
    • October
    • November
    March
    1. Buy

    Buy one-gallon plants from a reputable nursery, or order by mail from a specialty nursery to get the varieties you want.
    2. Plant

    Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil. Many varieties look very good in hillside plantings combined with other Mediterranean-climate plants.
    3. Water

    Water young plants regularly during dry periods; established plantings need only twice-a-month watering, but will accept weekly watering in hot climates.
    April
    1. Buy

    Buy one-gallon plants from a reputable nursery, or order by mail from a specialty nursery to get the varieties you want.
    2. Plant

    Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil. Many varieties look very good in hillside plantings combined with other Mediterranean-climate plants.
    3. Fertilize

    Little fertilizer is necessary, but a light feeding with a balanced fertilizer is beneficial this month.
    4. Water

    Water young plants regularly during dry periods; established plantings need only twice-a-month watering, but will accept weekly watering in hot climates.
    5. Prune

    Cut rangy plants back when new growth starts in the spring.
    6. Mulch

    Mulch to conserve water use.
    May
    1. Buy

    Buy one-gallon plants from a reputable nursery, or order by mail from a specialty nursery to get the varieties you want.
    2. Plant

    Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil. Many varieties look very good in hillside plantings combined with other Mediterranean-climate plants.
    3. Water

    Water young plants regularly during dry periods; established plantings need only twice-a-month watering, but will accept weekly watering in hot climates.
    June
    1. Buy

    Buy one-gallon plants from a reputable nursery, or order by mail from a specialty nursery to get the varieties you want.
    2. Plant

    Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil. Many varieties look very good in hillside plantings combined with other Mediterranean-climate plants.
    3. Water

    Water young plants regularly during dry periods; established plantings need only twice-a-month watering, but will accept weekly watering in hot climates.
    July
    1. Buy

    Buy one-gallon plants from a reputable nursery, or order by mail from a specialty nursery to get the varieties you want.
    2. Plant

    Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil. Many varieties look very good in hillside plantings combined with other Mediterranean-climate plants.
    3. Water

    Water young plants regularly during dry periods; established plantings need only twice-a-month watering, but will accept weekly watering in hot climates.
    August
    1. Buy

    Buy one-gallon plants from a reputable nursery, or order by mail from a specialty nursery to get the varieties you want.
    2. Plant

    Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil. Many varieties look very good in hillside plantings combined with other Mediterranean-climate plants.
    3. Water

    Water young plants regularly during dry periods; established plantings need only twice-a-month watering, but will accept weekly watering in hot climates.
    September
    1. Buy

    Buy one-gallon plants from a reputable nursery, or order by mail from a specialty nursery to get the varieties you want.
    2. Plant

    Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil. Many varieties look very good in hillside plantings combined with other Mediterranean-climate plants.
    3. Fertilize

    Little fertilizer is necessary, but a light feeding with a balanced fertilizer is beneficial this month.
    4. Water

    Water young plants regularly during dry periods; established plantings need only twice-a-month watering, but will accept weekly watering in hot climates.
    5. Mulch

    Mulch to conserve water use.
    October
    1. Buy

    Buy one-gallon plants from a reputable nursery, or order by mail from a specialty nursery to get the varieties you want.
    2. Plant

    Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil. Many varieties look very good in hillside plantings combined with other Mediterranean-climate plants.
    3. Water

    Water young plants regularly during dry periods; established plantings need only twice-a-month watering, but will accept weekly watering in hot climates.
    November
    1. Water

    Water young plants regularly during dry periods; established plantings need only twice-a-month watering, but will accept weekly watering in hot climates.
  • 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!

    March

    Buy one-gallon plants from a reputable nursery, or order by mail from a specialty nursery to get the varieties you want.

    April

    Buy one-gallon plants from a reputable nursery, or order by mail from a specialty nursery to get the varieties you want.

    May

    Buy one-gallon plants from a reputable nursery, or order by mail from a specialty nursery to get the varieties you want.

    June

    Buy one-gallon plants from a reputable nursery, or order by mail from a specialty nursery to get the varieties you want.

    July

    Buy one-gallon plants from a reputable nursery, or order by mail from a specialty nursery to get the varieties you want.

    August

    Buy one-gallon plants from a reputable nursery, or order by mail from a specialty nursery to get the varieties you want.

    September

    Buy one-gallon plants from a reputable nursery, or order by mail from a specialty nursery to get the varieties you want.

    October

    Buy one-gallon plants from a reputable nursery, or order by mail from a specialty nursery to get the varieties you want.

    Plant

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

    March

    Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil. Many varieties look very good in hillside plantings combined with other Mediterranean-climate plants.

    April

    Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil. Many varieties look very good in hillside plantings combined with other Mediterranean-climate plants.

    May

    Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil. Many varieties look very good in hillside plantings combined with other Mediterranean-climate plants.

    June

    Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil. Many varieties look very good in hillside plantings combined with other Mediterranean-climate plants.

    July

    Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil. Many varieties look very good in hillside plantings combined with other Mediterranean-climate plants.

    August

    Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil. Many varieties look very good in hillside plantings combined with other Mediterranean-climate plants.

    September

    Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil. Many varieties look very good in hillside plantings combined with other Mediterranean-climate plants.

    October

    Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil. Many varieties look very good in hillside plantings combined with other Mediterranean-climate plants.

    Fertilize

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

    April

    Little fertilizer is necessary, but a light feeding with a balanced fertilizer is beneficial this month.

    September

    Little fertilizer is necessary, but a light feeding with a balanced fertilizer is beneficial this month.

    Water

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

    March

    Water young plants regularly during dry periods; established plantings need only twice-a-month watering, but will accept weekly watering in hot climates.

    April

    Water young plants regularly during dry periods; established plantings need only twice-a-month watering, but will accept weekly watering in hot climates.

    May

    Water young plants regularly during dry periods; established plantings need only twice-a-month watering, but will accept weekly watering in hot climates.

    June

    Water young plants regularly during dry periods; established plantings need only twice-a-month watering, but will accept weekly watering in hot climates.

    July

    Water young plants regularly during dry periods; established plantings need only twice-a-month watering, but will accept weekly watering in hot climates.

    August

    Water young plants regularly during dry periods; established plantings need only twice-a-month watering, but will accept weekly watering in hot climates.

    September

    Water young plants regularly during dry periods; established plantings need only twice-a-month watering, but will accept weekly watering in hot climates.

    October

    Water young plants regularly during dry periods; established plantings need only twice-a-month watering, but will accept weekly watering in hot climates.

    November

    Water young plants regularly during dry periods; established plantings need only twice-a-month watering, but will accept weekly watering in hot climates.

    Prune

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

    April

    Cut rangy plants back when new growth starts in the spring.

    Mulch

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

    April

    Mulch to conserve water use.

    September

    Mulch to conserve water use.

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