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In subtropical reigons of the country do the following during April.

Plant and Sow

Annuals

Sow quick-maturing summer annuals like:

Vegetables

  • Give citrus trees their mid-season feed of 6:1:5 granular fertiliser or an organic equivalent spread evenly over the drip line 20-30cm away from the stem. Mulch and water well

Sow vegetables like:

Garden Maintenance

General garden maintenace

  • Water tropical plants frequently when the weather is hot and dry.
  • Put out snail bait after watering or rain.
  • Feed mangoes, and water papaws every two weeks in dry weather.
  • Water staghorn ferns, bromeliads and orchids daily.
  • Do not neglect your container plants; prune them lightly and feed and water them regularly.
  • Cut out the dead branches from garden trees.
  • Feed and dead head annuals.
  • Feed shrubs with a fertilizer high in potassium.
  • Water and mow the lawn.
  • Fertilize and mulch heliconias and calatheas which are starting to grow during this month.
  • Fertilize guava, litchi and mango trees.
  • Feed foliage plants with a nitrogen-based fertilizer, such as Nitrosol or Seagro.
  • Watch out for mildew on plants, especially on zinnias, and spray if necessary.
  • Feed cannas, mulch with compost and water regularly.
  • Deadhead flowering plants.
  • Water mango trees well from now on.
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