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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
USDA Zones :
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Plant Care Instruction

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

    Water every two to three weeks if there is no rain. Avoid overwatering. Plant responds poorly to overly wet soil.
    2. 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.
    3. Treat for Pest/Disease

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

    Water every two to three weeks if there is no rain. Avoid overwatering. Plant responds poorly to overly wet soil.
    2. 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.
    3. Treat for Pest/Disease

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

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

    Prune sparingly to shape. Removing flowers leads to decreased berry production in fall.
    3. 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.
    4. Treat for Pest/Disease

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

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

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

    Prune sparingly to shape. Removing flowers leads to decreased berry production in fall.
    4. 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.
    5. Treat for Pest/Disease

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

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

    Water every two weeks. Avoid overwatering. Plant responds poorly to overly wet soil.
    3. 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.
    4. Treat for Pest/Disease

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

    Water once a week. Avoid overwatering. Plant responds poorly to overly wet soil.
    2. 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.
    3. Treat for Pest/Disease

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

    Water once a week. Avoid overwatering. Plant responds poorly to overly wet soil.
    2. 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.
    3. Treat for Pest/Disease

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

    Water once a week. Avoid overwatering. Plant responds poorly to overly wet soil.
    2. 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.
    3. Treat for Pest/Disease

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

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

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

    Water once a week. Avoid overwatering. Plant responds poorly to overly wet soil.
    4. 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.
    5. Treat for Pest/Disease

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

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

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

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

    Water every two weeks. Avoid overwatering. Plant responds poorly to overly wet soil.
    4. 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.
    5. Treat for Pest/Disease

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

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

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

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

    Water every two to three weeks if there is no rain. Avoid overwatering. Plant responds poorly to overly wet soil.
    4. 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.
    5. Treat for Pest/Disease

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

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

    Water every two to three weeks if there is no rain. Avoid overwatering. Plant responds poorly to overly wet soil.
    2. 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.
    3. Treat for Pest/Disease

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

    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?

    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.

    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

    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?

    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?

    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.

    Pest/Disease Inspection

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

    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?

    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?

    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.

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