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January Gardening To Do List

January To Do List

HAPPY NEW YEAR! 

Brighten up the inside with houseplants! Beautiful selections in various shades of green and even colorful plants, like Cordyline, add some much needed winter color into your interior space while CLEANING THE AIR! Come check out our stocked greenhouse for the perfect purifier! Already have houseplants? Turn them halfway, so they don’t grow too much toward the light.

JANUARY TO DO LIST:  

-Dormant plants are ready to set in the ground, so it’s time to plant things like roses, fruit trees and berries.

-You can still plant cool season annuals, like the bright-colored pansies, to give all the color you need for winter.

-Sow wildflower seeds, especially spring bloomers. Scatter now for a springtime bouquet.

-Protect plants from frost by grouping the ones in containers close together on a porch or patio, or move them inside if possible. Cover tender plants that are rooted in the ground.

-Turn off irrigation systems for mature landscapes, if not done already. Freshly planted landscapes, should be getting reduced water also, and will probably only need irrigation every 7-14 days, IF adequate precipitation is not received. January is typically rainy enough that no additional irrigation is required.

-An exception to the no watering rule is directly before a hard freeze. Any freshly-planted transplant or cold-sensitive plant will be much more prone to freeze damage if it is dry to the point of wilting. It’s always a good idea to give the garden a light watering before sub-freezing temperatures are expected, especially if the weather has been dry.

-Remove dead and damaged branches first on roses, then prune the canes back by 1/3 at a 45 degree angle, making cuts just above an outward facing bud. This can be done from now through Valentine’s Day!

-Remove old flowers from your cool-season bedding plants to extend blooming, and improve flower showing.

-Prune summer flowering shrubs such as crape myrtles, althea and oleander.

-Smother over-wintering pests by spraying with a dormant oil. Check the undersides of leaves on evergreen plants such as camellia, holly, and magnolia, and spray accordingly.