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Gardening column: Follow these June gardening tips

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Friday, June 09, 2017 12:01 am

The following June gardening tips will hopefully help solve some things you were thinking of doing and keep you on schedule:

• Water those indoor plants more often now, and fertilize as you see them adding more growth.

• Move them outdoors in a shady place and remember to water them more often because outdoor air and heat dries them out so much faster.

• If you enjoy taking your cut garden flowers inside, treat them as you would fresh cut flowers that you bring home from flower shops.

• Cut the stems to open them so they will draw the water in your vase and add an aspirin or preservative to the water so they will last longer.

• Now is a good time to take root cuttings of your houseplants and garden plants. This will help grow your collection or give you extra plants to share with friends and family members.

• Always choose the roots from actively growing, healthy plants.

• Place several roots that you've treated with rooting hormone in a plastic bag of moist soil, then zip it up and lay it in a shady place. When you see new green shoots, you can transplant into small containers. Keep out of sunlight. Keep soil moist not wet.

• Also flowering shrubs such as forsythia, lilac, pyracantha and weigelia can be easily encouraged to grow a new plant by stem-tip cuttings.

• For stem-tip cuttings choose a twig that has several leaves growing on it. Remove those lower leaves before you plant the stem because these opened up areas are where the roots will come from.

• Next, fill a plastic bag or plastic cup with a good seed germinating soil. Moisten the soil then dip the cutting in rooting hormone. Make a small hole in the soil, insert the cutting then carefully tuck the soil around it. Close the bag up or cover the cup with a plastic bag or plastic wrap. You will be creating a little greenhouse. Now set it out of direct sunlight. When you see new growth you will know it has rooted and can be transplanted.

• Now is the time to prune spring-flowering shrubs — or if they haven't finished blooming, wait until after their blooms fade.

• When ready to do this, remove faded flowers and seed pods on lilac and other spring-flowering shrubs. Soon after this they will be setting new flower buds for the next season and you don't want to prune them once that process begins or they will not bloom next spring.

• Apply fungicide to prevent and control black spot on roses.

• Always keep the soil clean under the rose — add some mulch as well — and water at the root level.

• Always water deeply every 7 to 10 days any newly planted shrubs or trees unless it rains often.

• Make a little open circle around under your trees so your mower can pass around without nicking tree trunks.

• Lay mulch on the bare soil you have created but do not mound it up around the trunk of the tree.

• Your fruit trees may drop fruiting buds at this time of year — not to panic, this is something the tree does automatically to rid it of too big a load of mature fruit to handle later on.

• You can keep an eye on this and help the tree by thinning it yourself or propping the limbs up now so they do not break under the load. Rule of thumb is space fruit 6 to 8 inches apart.

• If you spray your fruit trees, continue doing that now.

Jane Ford is an Advanced Master Gardener. Email questions to bloominthing@gmail.com. She also answers gardening questions with horticulture educator Ricky Kemery noon-1 p.m. the second and fourth Thursday of each month on "The Plant Medic," a radio show on 95.7fm. This column is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the views of The News-Sentinel.

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