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Plant Care Instructions By Julie Bawden-Davis

Dense shrub that grows to 15 feet tall and wide. Dull, dark-green leaves used to make tea. Features white fragrant flowers in fall when the plant is dormant. Takes full sun to partial shade.

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

        Prune soon after flowering, as pruning later in the season may result in removing next season's flower buds. Remove crossing and dead branches.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check for petal blight characterized by premature browning of flowers.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Remove and dispose of diseased flowers on plant and clear all fallen buds from ground. Remove mulch and replace with a 2-inch layer of fresh mulch. Keep area clear of fallen flowers.

  • February
    • Prune

        Prune soon after flowering, as pruning later in the season may result in removing next season's flower buds. Remove crossing and dead branches.

    • Mulch

        Add a fresh 2-inch layer of mulch to soil surrounding the plant.

  • March
    • Mulch

        Add a fresh 2-inch layer of mulch to soil surrounding the plant, if not done in prior month.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check for petal blight characterized by premature browning of flowers.

  • April
    • Fertilize

        Feed every 4 to 6 weeks with a half-strength solution of an organic acid plant food. Plants are sensitive to overfeeding.

    • Water

        Water young plants when the top 4 to 6 inches of soil has dried. Avoid overwatering. Established plants five years or older can get by on little to no supplemental watering.

    • Mulch

        Add a fresh 2-inch layer of mulch to soil surrounding the plant, if not done in prior month.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check for petal blight characterized by premature browning of flowers.

  • May
    • Fertilize

        Feed every 4 to 6 weeks with a half-strength solution of an organic acid plant food. Plants are sensitive to overfeeding.

    • Water

        Water young plants when the top 4 to 6 inches of soil has dried. Avoid overwatering. Established plants five years or older can get by on little to no supplemental watering.

    • Mulch

        Add a fresh 2-inch layer of mulch to soil surrounding the plant, if not done in prior month.

  • June
    • Fertilize

        Feed every 4 to 6 weeks with a half-strength solution of an organic acid plant food. Plants are sensitive to overfeeding.

    • Water

        Water young plants when the top 4 to 6 inches of soil has dried. Avoid overwatering. Established plants five years or older can get by on little to no supplemental watering.

  • July
    • Fertilize

        Feed every 4 to 6 weeks with a half-strength solution of an organic acid plant food. Plants are sensitive to overfeeding.

    • Water

        Water young plants when the top 4 to 6 inches of soil has dried. Avoid overwatering. Established plants five years or older can get by on little to no supplemental watering.

  • August
    • Fertilize

        Feed every 4 to 6 weeks with a half-strength solution of an organic acid plant food. Plants are sensitive to overfeeding.

    • Water

        Water young plants when the top 4 to 6 inches of soil has dried. Avoid overwatering. Established plants five years or older can get by on little to no supplemental watering.

  • September
    • Buy

        Buy when plant is in bloom so you can choose the desired flower color.

    • Plant

        Plant during dormancy in a well-draining soil. Scrape the top 2-inch layer of soil off and discard before planting, as this may harbor petal blight.

    • Water

        Water young plants when the top 4 to 6 inches of soil has dried. Avoid overwatering. Established plants five years or older can get by on little to no supplemental watering.

    • Transplant

        Transplant during dormancy. Scrape the top 2-inch layer of soil off and discard before planting, as this may harbor petal blight.

  • October
    • Buy

        Buy when plant is in bloom so you can choose the desired flower color.

    • Plant

        Plant during dormancy in a well-draining soil. Scrape the top 2-inch layer of soil off and discard before planting, as this may harbor petal blight.

    • Water

        Water young plants when the top 4 to 6 inches of soil has dried. Avoid overwatering. Established plants five years or older can get by on little to no supplemental watering.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check for petal blight characterized by premature browning of flowers.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Remove and dispose of diseased flowers on plant and clear all fallen buds from ground. Remove mulch and replace with a 3-inch layer of fresh mulch. Keep area clear of fallen flowers.

    • Transplant

        Transplant during dormancy. Scrape the top 2-inch layer of soil off and discard before planting, as this may harbor petal blight.

  • November
    • Buy

        Buy when plant is in bloom so you can choose the desired flower color.

    • Plant

        Plant during dormancy in a well-draining soil. Scrape the top 2-inch layer of soil off and discard before planting, as this may harbor petal blight.

    • Prune

        Prune soon after flowering, as pruning later in the season may result in removing next season's flower buds. Remove crossing and dead branches.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check for petal blight characterized by premature browning of flowers.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Remove and dispose of diseased flowers on plant and clear all fallen buds from ground. Remove mulch and replace with a 2-inch layer of fresh mulch. Keep area clear of fallen flowers.

    • Transplant

        Transplant during dormancy. Scrape the top 2-inch layer of soil off and discard before planting, as this may harbor petal blight.

  • December
    • Buy

        Buy when plant is in bloom so you can choose the desired flower color.

    • Plant

        Plant during dormancy in a well-draining soil. Scrape the top 2-inch layer of soil off and discard before planting, as this may harbor petal blight.

    • Prune

        Prune soon after flowering, as pruning later in the season may result in removing next season's flower buds. Remove crossing and dead branches.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check for petal blight characterized by premature browning of flowers.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Remove and dispose of diseased flowers on plant and clear all fallen buds from ground. Remove mulch and replace with a 2-inch layer of fresh mulch. Keep area clear of fallen flowers.

    • Transplant

        Transplant during dormancy. Scrape the top 2-inch layer of soil off and discard before planting, as this may harbor petal blight.

  • 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 when plant is in bloom so you can choose the desired flower color.

            • October

              Buy when plant is in bloom so you can choose the desired flower color.

            • November

              Buy when plant is in bloom so you can choose the desired flower color.

            • December

              Buy when plant is in bloom so you can choose the desired flower color.

          • 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 during dormancy in a well-draining soil. Scrape the top 2-inch layer of soil off and discard before planting, as this may harbor petal blight.

            • October

              Plant during dormancy in a well-draining soil. Scrape the top 2-inch layer of soil off and discard before planting, as this may harbor petal blight.

            • November

              Plant during dormancy in a well-draining soil. Scrape the top 2-inch layer of soil off and discard before planting, as this may harbor petal blight.

            • December

              Plant during dormancy in a well-draining soil. Scrape the top 2-inch layer of soil off and discard before planting, as this may harbor petal blight.

          • 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

                Feed every 4 to 6 weeks with a half-strength solution of an organic acid plant food. Plants are sensitive to overfeeding.

              • May

                Feed every 4 to 6 weeks with a half-strength solution of an organic acid plant food. Plants are sensitive to overfeeding.

              • June

                Feed every 4 to 6 weeks with a half-strength solution of an organic acid plant food. Plants are sensitive to overfeeding.

              • July

                Feed every 4 to 6 weeks with a half-strength solution of an organic acid plant food. Plants are sensitive to overfeeding.

              • August

                Feed every 4 to 6 weeks with a half-strength solution of an organic acid plant food. Plants are sensitive to overfeeding.

            • 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
              • April

                Water young plants when the top 4 to 6 inches of soil has dried. Avoid overwatering. Established plants five years or older can get by on little to no supplemental watering.

              • May

                Water young plants when the top 4 to 6 inches of soil has dried. Avoid overwatering. Established plants five years or older can get by on little to no supplemental watering.

              • June

                Water young plants when the top 4 to 6 inches of soil has dried. Avoid overwatering. Established plants five years or older can get by on little to no supplemental watering.

              • July

                Water young plants when the top 4 to 6 inches of soil has dried. Avoid overwatering. Established plants five years or older can get by on little to no supplemental watering.

              • August

                Water young plants when the top 4 to 6 inches of soil has dried. Avoid overwatering. Established plants five years or older can get by on little to no supplemental watering.

              • September

                Water young plants when the top 4 to 6 inches of soil has dried. Avoid overwatering. Established plants five years or older can get by on little to no supplemental watering.

              • October

                Water young plants when the top 4 to 6 inches of soil has dried. Avoid overwatering. Established plants five years or older can get by on little to no supplemental watering.

            • 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
              • January

                Prune soon after flowering, as pruning later in the season may result in removing next season's flower buds. Remove crossing and dead branches.

              • February

                Prune soon after flowering, as pruning later in the season may result in removing next season's flower buds. Remove crossing and dead branches.

              • November

                Prune soon after flowering, as pruning later in the season may result in removing next season's flower buds. Remove crossing and dead branches.

              • December

                Prune soon after flowering, as pruning later in the season may result in removing next season's flower buds. Remove crossing and dead branches.

            • 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
              • February

                Add a fresh 2-inch layer of mulch to soil surrounding the plant.

              • March

                Add a fresh 2-inch layer of mulch to soil surrounding the plant, if not done in prior month.

              • April

                Add a fresh 2-inch layer of mulch to soil surrounding the plant, if not done in prior month.

              • May

                Add a fresh 2-inch layer of mulch to soil surrounding the plant, if not done in prior month.

            • 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 petal blight characterized by premature browning of flowers.

                • March

                  Check for petal blight characterized by premature browning of flowers.

                • April

                  Check for petal blight characterized by premature browning of flowers.

                • October

                  Check for petal blight characterized by premature browning of flowers.

                • November

                  Check for petal blight characterized by premature browning of flowers.

                • December

                  Check for petal blight characterized by premature browning of flowers.

              • 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

                  Remove and dispose of diseased flowers on plant and clear all fallen buds from ground. Remove mulch and replace with a 2-inch layer of fresh mulch. Keep area clear of fallen flowers.

                • October

                  Remove and dispose of diseased flowers on plant and clear all fallen buds from ground. Remove mulch and replace with a 3-inch layer of fresh mulch. Keep area clear of fallen flowers.

                • November

                  Remove and dispose of diseased flowers on plant and clear all fallen buds from ground. Remove mulch and replace with a 2-inch layer of fresh mulch. Keep area clear of fallen flowers.

                • December

                  Remove and dispose of diseased flowers on plant and clear all fallen buds from ground. Remove mulch and replace with a 2-inch layer of fresh mulch. Keep area clear of fallen flowers.

              • 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

                  Transplant during dormancy. Scrape the top 2-inch layer of soil off and discard before planting, as this may harbor petal blight.

                • October

                  Transplant during dormancy. Scrape the top 2-inch layer of soil off and discard before planting, as this may harbor petal blight.

                • November

                  Transplant during dormancy. Scrape the top 2-inch layer of soil off and discard before planting, as this may harbor petal blight.

                • December

                  Transplant during dormancy. Scrape the top 2-inch layer of soil off and discard before planting, as this may harbor petal blight.

              • Propagate

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

                •  Jan
                •  Feb
                •  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
                  •  Feb
                  •  Mar
                  •  Apr
                  •  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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                    •  May
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