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Gardening To-Do’s – Subtropical Regions – May


What to do in your garden during May

In subtropical regions of the country do the following during May.

Plant & Sow


Sow quick-maturing summer annuals like:


Sow vegetables like: 

Garden Maintenance

General garden maintenance

  • Water and mow the lawn once a month.
  • Spring-flowering bulbs can still be planted.
  • Fertilize granadillas and pawpaws.
  • Do not water mango trees from now until the end of July.
  • Water tropical plants frequently when the weather is hot and dry.
  • Water Staghorn fernsBromeliad.
  • 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 deadhead annuals.
  • Water and mow the lawn.
  • Feed foliage plants with a nitrogen-based fertilizer, such as Nitrosol or Seagro.
  • Watch out for mildew on plants, especially on Zinnia, and spray if necessary.
  • Feed Canna, mulch with compost and water regularly.
  • Deadhead flowering plants.

For May maintenance tips on watering, pruning,
pests and disease, fertilizing and much more visit our countrywide maintenance guide.

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