Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

June, 2001
Regional Report

Fertilize Shade Plants

Shade-loving plants don\'t use water and fertilizer as quickly as plants grown in full sun. A good way to fertilize plants growing in the shade is to use a slow-release product applied directly into the soil surrounding the plant. These products will slowly release fertilizer for as long as three months.

Prevent Fungal Disease

To prevent fungal diseases from attacking your plants in the shade garden, keep the garden clean and tidy. Remove fallen debris and thin plants to increase air circulation. Remove fallen leaves and branches as well since these provide hiding places for harmful insects and snails.

Pinch Herbs

All herbs grown in shade will exhibit a tall, or leggy, growth habit. As the plants reach for the sun, they grow taller. By pinching the foliage back to keep the plants compact, you\'re also providing succulent new growth just right for harvesting.

Control Mint

Mint requires part shade and regular watering to grow well. These plants perform best in light, medium-rich, moist soil. Since mint creeps along the soil by underground rhizomes, it's recommended to plant it in containers or use a barrier surrounding the mint bed so it doesn't become a weed.

Calla Lily Care

Calla lily (Zantedeschia aetheopica) prefers a shady location, slightly acid soil, and regular watering during growth and bloom to perform best. After bloom, they require a rest period. Withhold water during this period so the bulbs don\'t rot.


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