July

Indoors

  • Cuttings may be made of coleus, geraniums, ever blooming begonias, and any other plants needed for the house next winter.
  • Remove flower buds from gardenias now for better blooming next winter.
  • Turn indoor plants from time to time to keep them shapely.
  • Rest callas now by reducing watering.

Outdoors

  • Trim hedges as needed. Deciduous hedges may require trimming several times a year. Evergreens usually require only one trimming. Shape carefully as growth will soon be stopping for the year.
  • Prune out old, woody raspberry and blackberry canes.
  • Pull weeds when they are small, before they set flowers and seeds. Look for hidden weeds under shrubs and perennials that are often overlooked.
  • Delphiniums that have finished flowering may have stalks cut back and add a complete fertilizer around the plants to encourage a second bloom.
  • Hollyhocks should have dead and dying foliage removed from around the plants to reduce spreading of rust disease. Sow fresh hollyhock seed to start young, clean plants for next year.
  • Rose Care: Floribunda roses will flower all summer if the old flower clusters are snipped off regularly. Old-fashioned rambler roses may be cut to the ground. Large-flowering or ever blooming climbers should have old, non-productive canes removed. Remove old flowers and cut the side branches back 6 – 12 inches from the main stem.
  • Transplant irises by taking divisions from the newer, outside growth and discard the centers.
  • Stake tall perennials in beds and borders before they begin to bend or break.
  • Water tomatoes, cucumbers, and squash especially when they are flowering and fruit starts to develop. Sweet corn needs an abundant supply of water when the silks and tassels are forming.