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*Edibles in
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You can start  pruning dormant fruit trees in February.  After pruning consider spraying with a dormant oil to kill over-wintering insects. Grape vines can also be pruned this month.  Remember that fruit buds can only form on one-year old canes (canes that grew last spring).         February is a good month to start tomato, pepper and eggplant seeds indoors.  Wait until 3 or 4 weeks before the 90% frost-free date to start cucumbers, melon and squash.  Starting seeds indoors is easy and economical.  It is not necessary to use grow lights, as ordinary fluorescent lights will usually be enough for seedlings.  For more information on starting seeds in your home read “Starting Plants from Seeds,”

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Apples grow on a tree.

*Edibles in
February*

You can start  pruning dormant fruit trees in February.  After pruning consider spraying with a dormant oil to kill over-wintering insects. Grape vines can also be pruned this month.  Remember that fruit buds can only form on one-year old canes (canes that grew last spring).         February is a good month to start tomato, pepper and eggplant seeds indoors.  Wait until 3 or 4 weeks before the 90% frost-free date to start cucumbers, melon and squash.  Starting seeds indoors is easy and economical.  It is not necessary to use grow lights, as ordinary fluorescent lights will usually be enough for seedlings.  For more information on starting seeds in your home read “Starting Plants from Seeds,”

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*Pruning Ornamentals*

        Lightly prune boxwoods during late February.  If you haven’t pruned your butterfly bush, do so during this month. Prune summer bushes like butterfly bush, abelia, hibiscus, hydrangea, beautyberry, althea, rose of Sharon, and bush roses to encourage new growth.  They bloom only on new growth and hard pruning in the winter will encourage new growth in the spring.         Cut back dormant ornamental grasses or grass-like ornamentals such as liriope and mondo grass to remove last year’s unsightly foliage.  If clumps have become too big for the area, divide them and share with friends or plant in other areas of the yard.         Remove any old camellia blooms  and pick up and dead blooms off the ground to prevent spreading petal blight. Finish cleaning up any seedheads left for the birds in the perennial garden.  Cut back old foliage on most perennials with the exception of lantana, verbena, salvia and anything with a hollow stem that extends in to the ground.  Wait until March to cut those back.

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*Houseplants*

Image by F.D.Richards[/caption]         Turn and prune houseplants regularly to keep them shapely.  Pinch back new growth to promote busy plants.         Wipe dust from the leaves of broad-leaf plants using a cloth dampened with clean water.  If the plant has small leaves, consider placing several in the shower to rinse off the dust. Check your houseplants regularly for insects and if necessary use insecticidal soap to manage mites, scale and mealybugs.

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