What To Plant
November through January are the best months to transplant. Any plant in your garden that needs to get moved due to size, lack of sun or any other reason should be done now while it is in its dormant stage.
Amaryllis Bulbs are among the easiest to grow and provide huge blooms. This South American native can be grown indoors or out. Right before planting place the roots and base of the bulb in lukewarm water for several hours. Plant in a deep container so the roots have room to stretch out. Plant the bulb up to its neck and then gently press the soil to secure the bulb in place. Keep the amaryllis in a warm spot (about 68-70 degrees) and water sparingly until the stem appears. As the bud and leaves appear gradually increase the watering. The bulb will bloom in 7-10 weeks. Amaryllis is available in a variety of colors from white, shades of red, pink, salmon and orange as well as striped and multicolored varieties.
You can still plant your spring flowering bulbs this month!
Plant Nutrition & Protection
- Thanksgiving time is when you first dormant spray for peach leaf curl. This is the second most important application (the most important one is when the blooms are in 'popcorn stage' in the spring).
- Turn off irrigation if rains have begun. If November and December bring too many dry days you may need to water. If a heavy freeze comes and tender plants are dry, they are less likely to survive.
- Don't let citrus go dry in cold frosty weather and lay frost cloth over them to protect them during cold spells.
- Make sure trees are staked loosely so they can establish strong trunks.
- Apply Master Bloom 0-10-10. Formulated without nitrogen to aid the development of flower and fruit buds. Also helps plants resist diseases and cold weather damage. Add to fruit trees, flower beds, spring blooming trees and shrubs.