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It is safe to remove the incandescent lighting strings from the frost tender plants and a good time to put the tender tropicals outside for some fresh air until it is too hot.
Sapodilla may be blooming during December, January, February, March and April.
February, March or April rambutans may be blossoming.
March, April and May guava may bloom.
December, January, February, March mangos may bloom.
In March, April and May, Coffee arabica may be blooming with little white vanilla scented flowers. In March, April and May olive trees may start blooming with very inconspicuous flowers.
Divide and Conquer:
Late February or early March is the time to fertilize pear trees with an all purpose fertilizer. The calculation is (1/3 to 1/2 cup * age of tree)/2. This is also a good time to fertilize persimmon trees if they experience poor growth or lost their lush green coloring. The calculation is 1 lb of general purpose fertilizer per inch diameter of the tree trunk.
February or March may be the time to fertilize fig trees or weeping willows that experienced little growth the prior year. A soluble fertilizer works fine. Apply an iron sulphate to guava, top with compost and water well.
In March, fertilize apple trees with an all purpose fertilizer, following general instructions.
In March, fertilize blueberries with an acid fertilizer like rhodendron or azalea formulation. Fertilize cinnamon, coffee arabica, mangosteens and rambutan and with a one third dose of the recommended acid fertilizer for rhodendron or azalea.
Help reduce the potential of fire blight on apple and pear trees by using a low nitrogen fertilizer.
Late February and early March, try propagating blueberries with softwood cuttings.
November, December, January, February, March prune apple and pear trees during dormancy. The ideal shape is open goblet with four or five main branches. Cut the main branches back 1/3 to just beyond the last properly facing bud.
The rule of pruning is to never remove more than 1/4 of the total plant. Always use sharp, sterile, quality pruning tools and disinfect them between cuts to prevent the spread of disease. Rodale has an excellent article on garden tool maintenance.
During spring and summer months, combat fire blight through pruning, if necessary.