Bugs are at their height of activity. Mealybugs seem particularly active on jatropha. Be alert for scale, whitefly, mites, thrips, aphids, caterpillars, chinchbug, sod webworms, beetles and weevils.
Green Thoughts: Instead of replanting annuals two to three times a year, you can save money by planting perennials. Most perennials give daily color and last longer. I have found that the tall pentas and crossandra can survive at least six to seven years.
PLANT OF THE MONTH
Pinwheel Jasmine (Tabernaemontana divaricata)
This is one of the most reliable of the shrub bloomers with a good display
of flowers every day of the year. It can grow to 8-10 feet in height but
is a slow grower. The pinwheel jasmine does well in sun or shade but cannot
tolerate high alkalinity. Do not plant this beauty within 5-6 feet of any
cement including house foundations. The plant should be used as a specimen.
It is excellent for lighting up a shady corner or located near an area
used for night entertaining. The pinwheel jasmine has a layered growth
habit and can make an interesting specimen for an oriental garden. White
pinwheel-like blooms are individually small but are carried in enough quantity
to make a good display. Fertilize with an ixora/gardenia fertilizer in
March, June and October.
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