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All about succulents in free online class

Placer County master gardeners present Zoom workshop Saturday

Whirling spines of a succulent
Succulents have their own special beauty. (Photo
by L. Meyerpeter, courtesy UCCE Placer County
master gardeners)

Succulents are still the hottest thing growing in the garden world. Any gardener who feels they are late to the party might want to join a free online class offered this Saturday, June 12,  by the UCCE Placer County master gardeners.

The class starts at 10:30 a.m. and is divided into two parts:

1) Welcome to the Splendid World of Succulents.

2) How to Propagate Succulents.

The link to the class and passcode is at this page ; no registration is required.

There also are links to several handouts on the page -- valuable information especially if you come in late or have to miss the class entirely.

Check out the Placer County master gardeners' newsletter here on page 3 for more on propagating succulents.

The Placer County master gardeners have a wealth of gardening information on their website,

Scheduled at the end of the month: a free Zoom workshop on California native plants for habitat gardening, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 26.

-- Kathy Morrison


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Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Jan. 29

Bundle up and get work done!

* Prune, prune, prune. Now is the time to cut back most deciduous trees and shrubs. The exceptions are spring-flowering shrubs such as lilacs.

* Now is the time to prune fruit trees, except apricot and cherry trees. Clean up leaves and debris around the trees to prevent the spread of disease.

* Prune roses, even if they’re still trying to bloom or sprouting new growth. Strip off any remaining leaves, so the bush will be able to put out new growth in early spring.

* Prune Christmas camellias (Camellia sasanqua), the early-flowering varieties, after their bloom. They don’t need much, but selective pruning can promote bushiness, upright growth and more bloom next winter. Feed with an acid-type fertilizer. But don’t feed your Japonica camellias until after they finish blooming next month. Feeding while camellias are in bloom may cause them to drop unopened buds.

* Clean up leaves and debris around your newly pruned roses and shrubs. Put down fresh mulch or bark to keep roots cozy.

* Apply horticultural oil to fruit trees to control scale, mites and aphids. Oils need 24 hours of dry weather after application to be effective.

* This is also the time to spray a copper-based oil to peach and nectarine trees to fight leaf curl. Avoid spraying on windy days.

* Divide daylilies, Shasta daisies and other perennials.

* Cut back and divide chrysanthemums.

* Plant bare-root roses, trees and shrubs.

* Transplant pansies, violas, calendulas, English daisies, snapdragons and fairy primroses.

* In the vegetable garden, plant fava beans, head lettuce, mustard, onion sets, radicchio and radishes.

* Plant bare-root asparagus and root divisions of rhubarb.

* In the bulb department, plant callas, anemones, ranunculus and gladiolus for bloom from late spring into summer.

* Plant blooming azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons. If you’re shopping for these beautiful landscape plants, you can now find them in full flower at local nurseries.

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