When to cut apricot tree branches - Knowledgebase Question

Temple City, Ca
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Question by lilylee98732
May 26, 2010
EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED--not a single royal apricot this year! When can I trim down the huge branches? Should I continue watering--I have been daily until now?

Three of my dozen poinsettias plants are still growing in their respective six-inch pot. May I plant them outdoor? Where, type of soil, type of fertilizer [how often and when], how often to water [daily]?

THANKS for two questions

Answer from NGA
May 26, 2010
Since your tree is not developing fruits this year, you can go ahead and prune it now. Continue watering - deeply, once or twice each week - rather than daily.

You can plant your poinsettias outdoors. They prefer sunny sites with soil on the dry side (similar conditions as geraniums). You can feed them each spring with a general purpose 10-10-10. Poinsettias are reasonably drought tolerant once established. Water every other day for 2 weeks after transplanting then reduce frequency of watering but water deeply. Once a week should be just fine for your poinsettias, twice a week if your soil drains well and the wether is hot.

Best wishes with your garden!

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