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Plant Care Instructions By Julie Bawden-Davis

Evergreen shrubs covered in white to pale blue and violet flower clusters in the spring. Height and growth habits vary by species, from low-growing groundcovers to small trees. Fragrant blooms attract butterflies. Most species are California natives.

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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. Buy

    Buy ceanothus in the winter when it can be planted.
    2. Plant

    Plant ceanothus in a well-draining area of the yard. Locate on a hilly or mounded area whenever possible. Avoid planting in a low-lying area that collects water.
    3. Fertilize

    Ceanothus are California natives and do not generally require fertilizing. They are able to extract required nutrients from the soil and also absorb nitrogen from the atmosphere.
    4. Transplant

    Transplant ceanothus in a well-draining area of the yard. Locate on a hilly or mounded area whenever possible. Avoid planting in a low-lying area that collects water.
    February
    1. Buy

    Buy ceanothus in the winter when it can be planted.
    2. Plant

    Plant ceanothus in a well-draining area of the yard. Locate on a hilly or mounded area whenever possible. Avoid planting in a low-lying area that collects water.
    3. Fertilize

    Ceanothus are California natives and do not generally require fertilizing. They are able to extract required nutrients from the soil and also absorb nitrogen from the atmosphere.
    4. Transplant

    Transplant ceanothus in a well-draining area of the yard. Locate on a hilly or mounded area whenever possible. Avoid planting in a low-lying area that collects water.
    March
    1. Buy

    Buy ceanothus in the early spring when it can be planted.
    2. Plant

    Plant ceanothus in a well-draining area of the yard. Locate on a hilly or mounded area whenever possible. Avoid planting in a low-lying area that collects water.
    3. Fertilize

    Ceanothus are California natives and do not generally require fertilizing. They are able to extract required nutrients from the soil and also absorb nitrogen from the atmosphere.
    4. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for aphids.
    5. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Remove any aphids with a strong spray of water.
    6. Transplant

    Transplant ceanothus in a well-draining area of the yard. Locate on a hilly or mounded area whenever possible. Avoid planting in a low-lying area that collects water.
    April
    1. Buy

    Buy ceanothus when in bloom so you can choose the flower color.
    2. Plant

    Plant ceanothus in a well-draining area of the yard. Locate on a hilly or mounded area whenever possible. Avoid planting in a low-lying area that collects water.
    3. Fertilize

    Ceanothus are California natives and do not generally require fertilizing. They are able to extract required nutrients from the soil and also absorb nitrogen from the atmosphere. If you would like to fertilize, this would be the month to apply one half-strength application of a well-balanced organic food.
    4. Mulch

    Apply a 1- to 2-inch layer of shredded bark 2 inches away from the base of the plant.
    5. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for aphids.
    6. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Remove any aphids with a strong spray of water.
    7. Transplant

    Transplant ceanothus in a well-draining area of the yard. Locate on a hilly or mounded area whenever possible. Avoid planting in a low-lying area that collects water.
    May
    1. Buy

    Buy ceanothus when in bloom so you can choose the flower color.
    2. Plant

    Plant ceanothus in a well-draining area of the yard. Locate on a hilly or mounded area whenever possible. Avoid planting in a low-lying area that collects water.
    3. Fertilize

    Ceanothus are California natives and do not generally require fertilizing. They are able to extract required nutrients from the soil and also absorb nitrogen from the atmosphere.
    4. Water

    Water deeply every 3 to 4 weeks in the absence of rainfall. Avoid shallow, frequent waterings, as ceanothus are susceptible to root rot.
    5. Mulch

    Maintain a 1- to 2-inch layer of shredded bark 2 inches away from the base of the plant.
    6. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for aphids.
    7. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Remove any aphids with a strong spray of water.
    8. Transplant

    Transplant ceanothus in a well-draining area of the yard. Locate on a hilly or mounded area whenever possible. Avoid planting in a low-lying area that collects water.
    June
    1. Buy

    Buy ceanothus when in bloom so you can choose the flower color.
    2. Fertilize

    Ceanothus are California natives and do not generally require fertilizing. They are able to extract required nutrients from the soil and also absorb nitrogen from the atmosphere.
    3. Water

    Water deeply every 3 to 4 weeks. Avoid shallow, frequent waterings, as ceanothus are susceptible to root rot.
    4. Prune

    Lightly prune for overall shape as needed after blooms fade. Deer feed on the tips of ceanothus in the wild, so prune with this in mind. Avoid overpruning.
    5. Mulch

    Maintain a 1- to 2-inch layer of shredded bark 2 inches away from the base of the plant.
    6. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for aphids.
    7. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Remove any aphids with a strong spray of water.
    July
    1. Fertilize

    Ceanothus are California natives and do not generally require fertilizing. They are able to extract required nutrients from the soil and also absorb nitrogen from the atmosphere.
    2. Water

    Water deeply every 2 to 3 weeks. Avoid shallow, frequent waterings, as ceanothus are susceptible to root rot.
    3. Prune

    Lightly prune for overall shape as needed after blooms fade. Deer feed on the tips of ceanothus in the wild, so prune with this in mind. Avoid overpruning.
    4. Mulch

    Maintain a 1- to 2-inch layer of shredded bark 2 inches away from the base of the plant.
    August
    1. Fertilize

    Ceanothus are California natives and do not generally require fertilizing. They are able to extract required nutrients from the soil and also absorb nitrogen from the atmosphere.
    2. Water

    Water deeply every 2 to 3 weeks. Avoid shallow, frequent waterings, as ceanothus are susceptible to root rot.
    3. Prune

    Lightly prune for overall shape as needed. Deer feed on the tips of ceanothus in the wild, so prune with this in mind. Avoid overpruning.
    4. Mulch

    Maintain a 1- to 2-inch layer of shredded bark 2 inches away from the base of the plant.
    September
    1. Buy

    Buy ceanothus in the fall when it can be planted.
    2. Plant

    Plant ceanothus in a well-draining area of the yard. Locate on a hilly or mounded area whenever possible. Avoid planting in a low-lying area that collects water.
    3. Fertilize

    Ceanothus are California natives and do not generally require fertilizing. They are able to extract required nutrients from the soil and also absorb nitrogen from the atmosphere.
    4. Water

    Water deeply every 2 to 3 weeks. Avoid shallow, frequent waterings, as ceanothus are susceptible to root rot.
    5. Mulch

    Maintain a 1- to 2-inch layer of shredded bark 2 inches away from the base of the plant.
    6. Transplant

    Transplant ceanothus in a well-draining area of the yard. Locate on a hilly or mounded area whenever possible. Avoid planting in a low-lying area that collects water.
    October
    1. Buy

    Buy ceanothus in the fall when it can be planted.
    2. Plant

    Plant ceanothus in a well-draining area of the yard. Locate on a hilly or mounded area whenever possible. Avoid planting in a low-lying area that collects water.
    3. Fertilize

    Ceanothus are California natives and do not generally require fertilizing. They are able to extract required nutrients from the soil and also absorb nitrogen from the atmosphere.
    4. Water

    Water deeply every 3 to 4 weeks in the absence of rainfall. Avoid shallow, frequent waterings, as ceanothus are susceptible to root rot.
    5. Transplant

    Transplant ceanothus in a well-draining area of the yard. Locate on a hilly or mounded area whenever possible. Avoid planting in a low-lying area that collects water.
    November
    1. Buy

    Buy ceanothus in the fall when it can be planted.
    2. Plant

    Plant ceanothus in a well-draining area of the yard. Locate on a hilly or mounded area whenever possible. Avoid planting in a low-lying area that collects water.
    3. Fertilize

    Ceanothus are California natives and do not generally require fertilizing. They are able to extract required nutrients from the soil and also absorb nitrogen from the atmosphere.
    4. Transplant

    Transplant ceanothus in a well-draining area of the yard. Locate on a hilly or mounded area whenever possible. Avoid planting in a low-lying area that collects water.
    December
    1. Buy

    Buy ceanothus in the winter when it can be planted.
    2. Plant

    Plant ceanothus in a well-draining area of the yard. Locate on a hilly or mounded area whenever possible. Avoid planting in a low-lying area that collects water.
    3. Fertilize

    Ceanothus are California natives and do not generally require fertilizing. They are able to extract required nutrients from the soil and also absorb nitrogen from the atmosphere.
    4. Transplant

    Transplant ceanothus in a well-draining area of the yard. Locate on a hilly or mounded area whenever possible. Avoid planting in a low-lying area that collects water.
  • 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!

    January

    Buy ceanothus in the winter when it can be planted.

    February

    Buy ceanothus in the winter when it can be planted.

    March

    Buy ceanothus in the early spring when it can be planted.

    April

    Buy ceanothus when in bloom so you can choose the flower color.

    May

    Buy ceanothus when in bloom so you can choose the flower color.

    June

    Buy ceanothus when in bloom so you can choose the flower color.

    September

    Buy ceanothus in the fall when it can be planted.

    October

    Buy ceanothus in the fall when it can be planted.

    November

    Buy ceanothus in the fall when it can be planted.

    December

    Buy ceanothus in the winter when it can be planted.

    Plant

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

    January

    Plant ceanothus in a well-draining area of the yard. Locate on a hilly or mounded area whenever possible. Avoid planting in a low-lying area that collects water.

    February

    Plant ceanothus in a well-draining area of the yard. Locate on a hilly or mounded area whenever possible. Avoid planting in a low-lying area that collects water.

    March

    Plant ceanothus in a well-draining area of the yard. Locate on a hilly or mounded area whenever possible. Avoid planting in a low-lying area that collects water.

    April

    Plant ceanothus in a well-draining area of the yard. Locate on a hilly or mounded area whenever possible. Avoid planting in a low-lying area that collects water.

    May

    Plant ceanothus in a well-draining area of the yard. Locate on a hilly or mounded area whenever possible. Avoid planting in a low-lying area that collects water.

    September

    Plant ceanothus in a well-draining area of the yard. Locate on a hilly or mounded area whenever possible. Avoid planting in a low-lying area that collects water.

    October

    Plant ceanothus in a well-draining area of the yard. Locate on a hilly or mounded area whenever possible. Avoid planting in a low-lying area that collects water.

    November

    Plant ceanothus in a well-draining area of the yard. Locate on a hilly or mounded area whenever possible. Avoid planting in a low-lying area that collects water.

    December

    Plant ceanothus in a well-draining area of the yard. Locate on a hilly or mounded area whenever possible. Avoid planting in a low-lying area that collects water.

    Fertilize

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

    January

    Ceanothus are California natives and do not generally require fertilizing. They are able to extract required nutrients from the soil and also absorb nitrogen from the atmosphere.

    February

    Ceanothus are California natives and do not generally require fertilizing. They are able to extract required nutrients from the soil and also absorb nitrogen from the atmosphere.

    March

    Ceanothus are California natives and do not generally require fertilizing. They are able to extract required nutrients from the soil and also absorb nitrogen from the atmosphere.

    April

    Ceanothus are California natives and do not generally require fertilizing. They are able to extract required nutrients from the soil and also absorb nitrogen from the atmosphere. If you would like to fertilize, this would be the month to apply one half-strength application of a well-balanced organic food.

    May

    Ceanothus are California natives and do not generally require fertilizing. They are able to extract required nutrients from the soil and also absorb nitrogen from the atmosphere.

    June

    Ceanothus are California natives and do not generally require fertilizing. They are able to extract required nutrients from the soil and also absorb nitrogen from the atmosphere.

    July

    Ceanothus are California natives and do not generally require fertilizing. They are able to extract required nutrients from the soil and also absorb nitrogen from the atmosphere.

    August

    Ceanothus are California natives and do not generally require fertilizing. They are able to extract required nutrients from the soil and also absorb nitrogen from the atmosphere.

    September

    Ceanothus are California natives and do not generally require fertilizing. They are able to extract required nutrients from the soil and also absorb nitrogen from the atmosphere.

    October

    Ceanothus are California natives and do not generally require fertilizing. They are able to extract required nutrients from the soil and also absorb nitrogen from the atmosphere.

    November

    Ceanothus are California natives and do not generally require fertilizing. They are able to extract required nutrients from the soil and also absorb nitrogen from the atmosphere.

    December

    Ceanothus are California natives and do not generally require fertilizing. They are able to extract required nutrients from the soil and also absorb nitrogen from the atmosphere.

    Water

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

    May

    Water deeply every 3 to 4 weeks in the absence of rainfall. Avoid shallow, frequent waterings, as ceanothus are susceptible to root rot.

    June

    Water deeply every 3 to 4 weeks. Avoid shallow, frequent waterings, as ceanothus are susceptible to root rot.

    July

    Water deeply every 2 to 3 weeks. Avoid shallow, frequent waterings, as ceanothus are susceptible to root rot.

    August

    Water deeply every 2 to 3 weeks. Avoid shallow, frequent waterings, as ceanothus are susceptible to root rot.

    September

    Water deeply every 2 to 3 weeks. Avoid shallow, frequent waterings, as ceanothus are susceptible to root rot.

    October

    Water deeply every 3 to 4 weeks in the absence of rainfall. Avoid shallow, frequent waterings, as ceanothus are susceptible to root rot.

    Prune

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

    April

    Lightly prune for overall shape as needed after. Deer feed on the tips of ceanothus in the wild, so prune with this in mind. Avoid overpruning.

    May

    Lightly prune for overall shape as needed. Deer feed on the tips of ceanothus in the wild, so prune with this in mind. Avoid overpruning.

    June

    Lightly prune for overall shape as needed after blooms fade. Deer feed on the tips of ceanothus in the wild, so prune with this in mind. Avoid overpruning.

    July

    Lightly prune for overall shape as needed after blooms fade. Deer feed on the tips of ceanothus in the wild, so prune with this in mind. Avoid overpruning.

    August

    Lightly prune for overall shape as needed. Deer feed on the tips of ceanothus in the wild, so prune with this in mind. Avoid overpruning.

    Mulch

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

    April

    Apply a 1- to 2-inch layer of shredded bark 2 inches away from the base of the plant.

    May

    Maintain a 1- to 2-inch layer of shredded bark 2 inches away from the base of the plant.

    June

    Maintain a 1- to 2-inch layer of shredded bark 2 inches away from the base of the plant.

    July

    Maintain a 1- to 2-inch layer of shredded bark 2 inches away from the base of the plant.

    August

    Maintain a 1- to 2-inch layer of shredded bark 2 inches away from the base of the plant.

    September

    Maintain a 1- to 2-inch layer of shredded bark 2 inches away from the base of the plant.

    Pest/Disease Inspection

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

    March

    Check for aphids.

    April

    Check for aphids.

    May

    Check for aphids.

    June

    Check for aphids.

    July

    Check for whiteflies.

    August

    Check for whiteflies.

    September

    Check for whiteflies.

    October

    Check for whiteflies.

    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?

    March

    Remove any aphids with a strong spray of water.

    April

    Remove any aphids with a strong spray of water.

    May

    Remove any aphids with a strong spray of water.

    June

    Remove any aphids with a strong spray of water.

    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?

    January

    Transplant ceanothus in a well-draining area of the yard. Locate on a hilly or mounded area whenever possible. Avoid planting in a low-lying area that collects water.

    February

    Transplant ceanothus in a well-draining area of the yard. Locate on a hilly or mounded area whenever possible. Avoid planting in a low-lying area that collects water.

    March

    Transplant ceanothus in a well-draining area of the yard. Locate on a hilly or mounded area whenever possible. Avoid planting in a low-lying area that collects water.

    April

    Transplant ceanothus in a well-draining area of the yard. Locate on a hilly or mounded area whenever possible. Avoid planting in a low-lying area that collects water.

    May

    Transplant ceanothus in a well-draining area of the yard. Locate on a hilly or mounded area whenever possible. Avoid planting in a low-lying area that collects water.

    September

    Transplant ceanothus in a well-draining area of the yard. Locate on a hilly or mounded area whenever possible. Avoid planting in a low-lying area that collects water.

    October

    Transplant ceanothus in a well-draining area of the yard. Locate on a hilly or mounded area whenever possible. Avoid planting in a low-lying area that collects water.

    November

    Transplant ceanothus in a well-draining area of the yard. Locate on a hilly or mounded area whenever possible. Avoid planting in a low-lying area that collects water.

    December

    Transplant ceanothus in a well-draining area of the yard. Locate on a hilly or mounded area whenever possible. Avoid planting in a low-lying area that collects water.

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