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- Remove fallen camellias as soon as possible to prevent the next year’s flowers from withering.
- Mistletoe is very difficult to control as it re-spreads from nearby infected trees. Infected branches should be removed at their origin and at least 1 foot below the cluster.
- Wait until the flowers bloom before pruning spring-flowering plants such as deciduous magnolias, meadowsweet, azaleas, and camellias.
- Treatment should not be applied to pruning cuts or other wounds, as these materials are ineffective and often harmful.
- Fertilizing is not recommended this month.
- Bare-root plants start now while they are dormant, take full advantage of the spring growing season, and are well established next year.
- Bulbs, corms, tubers: cyclamen, dahlia.
- Fruits and vegetables: Uncovered sugarcane, garlic, chives
- Annuals and perennials: dianthus, poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima), toadflax (Linaria maroccana), stock (Machiola).
- Bulbs, Corms, Tubers: Snowdrops (Galanthus), Daffodils.
- Trees, shrubs and vines: camellia, hawthorn (hawthorn).
- Fruits and vegetables: avocado, grapefruit, kumquat, pomegranate.
- Check out your gardening book for ideas on using drought-tolerant and water-tolerant plants.
- Avoid overhead watering if frost is expected.
Source: Adapted from Central San Joaquin Valley Gardener’s Companion, in its third edition, is now available from Fresno County Master Gardeners for $30. These are available for purchase at the Demonstration Garden, Garden of the Sun, 1750 N. Winery (McKinley/Winery) Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9am to noon by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Please contact email@example.com.