Timely tendings: Fertilize citrus trees

Fertilize citrus trees this month using a formula of 6-6-6 or 8-8-8. (The Pinellas County Fertilizer Ordinance exempts fruit trees and vegetable gardens.) Apply fertilizer to the entire rooting area, which usually extends well beyond the drip line of the tree. If the tree is surrounded by turf and the turf is fertilized, this additional fertilizer is not needed. The amount of fertilizer varies according to the age of the tree. Fertilizer should be applied three times a year in February, June and October.

Plant Crinum or Swamp Lily bulbs (Crinum americanum) now for spring and summer bloom. Well-suited to hot, dry locations, crinum lilies grow from what are among the largest true bulbs, some weighing over 40 pounds. Crinums will recover quickly from killing frosts in our area.

Other bulbs to plant now are gladiolus, lycoris, daylilies and zephyr lilies. Prepare your planting bed with plenty of organic matter such as compost or peat moss. More information is available on the Internet: Bulbs for Florida, edis.ifas.ufl.edu/MG029.

Sources: Carol Suggs and Theresa Badurek, Pinellas County Extension Service. Learn more at askextension.org or pinellascountyextension.org.

Timely tendings: Fertilize citrus trees 10/22/11 [Last modified: Saturday, October 22, 2011 5:30am]

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