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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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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 regularly and deeply during dry periods.
    February
    1. Buy

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

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

    Water regularly and deeply during dry periods.
    March
    1. Buy

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

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

    Feed with a balanced fertilizer to keep plants growing well.
    4. Water

    Water regularly and deeply during dry periods.
    5. Mulch

    Mulch to conserve water use and keep roots cool.
    April
    1. Buy

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

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

    Water regularly and deeply during dry periods.
    4. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Watch for aphids and sooty mold.
    5. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Wash foliage with a spray of water to dislodge aphids.
    May
    1. Buy

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

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

    Water regularly and deeply during dry periods.
    4. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Watch for aphids and sooty mold.
    5. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Wash foliage with a spray of water to dislodge aphids.
    June
    1. Buy

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

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

    Feed with a balanced fertilizer to keep plants growing well.
    4. Water

    Water regularly and deeply during dry periods.
    5. Mulch

    Mulch to conserve water use and keep roots cool.
    6. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Watch for aphids and sooty mold.
    7. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Wash foliage with a spray of water to dislodge aphids.
    July
    1. Buy

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

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

    Water regularly and deeply during dry periods.
    4. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Watch for aphids and sooty mold.
    5. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Wash foliage with a spray of water to dislodge aphids.
    August
    1. Buy

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

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

    Water regularly and deeply during dry periods.
    4. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Watch for aphids and sooty mold.
    5. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Wash foliage with a spray of water to dislodge aphids.
    September
    1. Buy

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

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

    Feed with a balanced fertilizer to keep plants growing well.
    4. Water

    Water regularly and deeply during dry periods.
    5. Prune

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

    Mulch to conserve water use and keep roots cool.
    7. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Watch for aphids and sooty mold.
    8. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Wash foliage with a spray of water to dislodge aphids.
    9. Propagate

    Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings.
    October
    1. Buy

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

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

    Water regularly and deeply during dry periods.
    4. Prune

    Prune this month only to shape. Do not prune heavily.
    5. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Watch for aphids and sooty mold.
    6. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Wash foliage with a spray of water to dislodge aphids.
    7. Propagate

    Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings.
    November
    1. Buy

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

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

    Water regularly and deeply during dry periods.
    December
    1. Water

    Water regularly and deeply during dry periods.
  • 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!

    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?

    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.

    Fertilize

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

    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?

    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?

    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?

    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.

    Pest/Disease Inspection

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

    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?

    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.

    Propagate

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

    April

    Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings.

    September

    Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings.

    October

    Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings.

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