Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Upper South

May, 2001
Regional Report

Pinch Chrysanthemums

Most of the hardy chrysanthemums grow to a height of 3 feet or more and can become floppy by autumn. To make them shorter and bushier, pinch out the tops so the plants stand 8 to 10 inches tall. Pinching causes the plants to branch and increases the number of blooms.

Control Cabbageworms

Watch broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and other cole crop plants for signs of the imported cabbageworm and cabbage looper. Both are green and up to 1-1/2 inches long. They chew holes in the leaves and heads. To control, spray the top and bottom of leaves with Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt).

Divide Primroses

Primroses are finished blooming and are ready to be divided. Dig up the clumps, separate them into several pieces, and replant. Primroses grow best in dappled shade with evenly moist, but well-drained soil.

Fuchsia Care

Hanging baskets of fuchsias are a glorious addition to porches and patios. They grow best in an acidic potting soil mix and thrive on being fed with fish emulsion once a month throughout the growing season. Fuchsias like water, so check the soil moisture daily. When humidity is low, mist plants in the morning.

Keep Harvesting Strawberries

Continue to harvest ripe strawberries daily. Keep the bed weeded, and feed weekly with a liquid fertilizer. Protect fruits from slugs by placing plates of beer at ground level or surrounding the plants with a ring of wood ashes. If weather turns dry, water deeply.


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