Landscape Maintenance - Knowledgebase Question

Boca Raton, Fl
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Question by snoopyone
July 3, 2010
We are in Palm Beach Cty., FL. Our Alamenda are growing beautifully, along a 14' Ft. fence. We had a very strong rain, and they are all now lying down, and some are broken. We tried to stake and tie them up. How and when should these be cut and trimmed? We also have new crotons that always seem to get the black mold on their leaves, and have trouble establishing and growing - what to do?

Answer from NGA
July 3, 2010
If you find any broken stems on your allamanda, cut them off just below the break. New stems will grow wherever you make a pruning cut. As the weeks go by you can snip and clip to make the plant look more attractive. Allamanda is fast growing so removing the damaged or dead stems will help renew your plant. Crotons can develop black on their leaves because of a fungal disease. You can apply a fungicide such as Banner or Daconil to protect your plants.

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