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September Gardening Tips from Sonoran Gardens
TIME TO PLANT YOUR WINTER POTS!
Believe it or not, but now is the time to start scheduling Sonoran Gardens to plant flowers for your winter pots. If you like to plant on your own, always shop for the best selections at our local nurseries.
A few tips on planting your pots:
September Rose Care from Tucson's Rose Society
In September we begin the preparation for the Fall bloom season. This will be the time to do a pruning again on the roses, but only one third of the plant gets shorn away, leaving as many leaves on the plant as is possible. Start your pruning any time after the 15th of the month and try to have all of your cutting done before October 8th. Pruning stimulates the rose into producing new growth, which in turn brings on new bloom. Prune the bush at the outward facing leaf-set, with a stem of at least a pencils' thickness, and cut just above the leaf. At the base of the leaf is a hidden 'bud-eye', which the pruning will cause to swell and push out and form the new bloom stem.
Your pruned rose bush will need additional nutrients too. Bring your fertilizer on lightly at first, since our temperatures can be still quite hot, and too much fertilizer will cause burn. Any type of fertilizer will work as long as it is always supplied with a good volume of water. I start out with a small handful of Epsom salt for each bush, a bit of chelated iron, 'Vigoro Rose' or if not available 'Vigoro Citrus and Avocado' or even 'Osmocote', feed-one handful per plant. Alfalfa pellets are a good low-nitrogen boost, (alfalfa releases nitrogen and aids stem length) a small handful should do. Apply any kind of water soluble too, such as 'Miracle Grow' for roses, or 'Magnum Gro', every two weeks.
Keep your roses well-watered since you will start to see a lot of tender new growth coming on, and any reduction of watering will cause wilting and leaf damage from our still warm temps.
Other September Tips:
An ideal month to plant most trees and shrubs • Fertilize citrus, fruit trees, roses, and lawns on Labor Day • Prune plants to shape after summer rains • Harvest pomegranates • Plant tomatoes, peppers, beans, squash, gourds, and pumpkins • Divide and transplant iris • Prepare a site for winter annual wildflowers.
It's never too early to get ready for
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