Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Lower South

May, 2003
Regional Report

Aphid Alert

Watch for aphids on young transplants and new growth. An insecticidal soap spray will generally shut them down for a while. Check the plants in 4 or 5 days to see if another treatment is needed. They have many natural enemies that generally keep them in check, making regular treatments unnecessary.

Trim Blackberries

Pinch or snip out the tips of blackberry shoots when they reach about 4 feet tall. This encourages branching which helps form a tidier hedgerow for easy picking. After harvest remove the shoots that bore fruit back to ground level.

Give Tomatoes A Boost

When tomatoes begin to set fruit give them a boost of a 3-1-2 or 4-1-2 fertilizer to keep them vigorous and productive. Most of the new varieties are heavy producers if provided good nutrition and adequate soil moisture. Foliar feeding with a dilute fertilizer solution also helps keep them in top shape and production.

Multiply Your Chrysanthemums

Here in the south chrysanthemums can be short lived perennials. Now is an excellent time to propagate your favorite old fashioned types from cuttings. They?ll have plenty of time to build a strong plant for fall blooms and will be ready to replace older plants or to expand to new areas.

Start Bedding Plants Off Right

New bedding plants will benefit from a drink of a complete fertilizer solution at planting to get them established and off to a good start. Products like fish emulsion or a synthetic soluble plant food work great for this purpose. Repeat this weekly for a month or so to help build strong plant for loads of blooms.


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