Information About Flowering Almond

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Pruning Flowering Almonds: How And When To Trim Flowering Almond Plants

By Teo Spengler

Pruning a flowering almond tree annually is a good way to keep the tree full and compact. If you want to learn how to prune a flowering almond, the information found in this article will help get you started. Click here to learn more.

Flowering Almond Care: How To Grow Flowering Almond Trees

By Amy Grant

Nothing is quite as pretty in the spring as the flowering pink almond tree. Growing flowering almonds is a great way to add color to the landscape. Learn how to grow flowering almond trees here.

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Spiraeas: Plant Care and Collection of Varieties

About spiraeas
Among the easiest flowering shrubs to grow, spireas are often used in foundation plantings, as hedges, and in perennial gardens. Most spireas bloom in late spring to midsummer. Flower colors include pink, red, yellow, and white, depending on the variety. Some types have colorful fall foliage. Size depends on the species and variety, and can range from 2 to 10 feet tall and wide. Low-growing bumald spirea (S. bumalda) and medium-sized Japanese spirea (S. japonica) can be used throughout the landscape. Vanhoutte spirea (S. vanhouttei), the classic bridal wreath spirea, grows up to 10 feet tall and 20 feet wide, so give it plenty of elbow room. Masses of small, white flower clusters cover the plant in the spring.

Special features of spiraeas
Easy care/low maintenance

Planting Instructions
Plant in spring or fall. Space plants 2 to 15 feet apart, depending on the expected mature size of the plant. Dig a hole only as deep as the root ball and 2 to 3 times as wide. If your soil is in very poor condition, amend the soil you've removed from the hole with a small amount of compost. Otherwise don't amend it at all. Carefully remove the plant from the container and set it in the hole. Fill in around the root ball with soil until the hole is about half filled. Then firm the soil and water thoroughly. Fill the hole with the remaining soil and water again. Form a raised ridge of soil around the perimeter of the hole so it acts like a berm to help hold in water.

Ongoing Care
Apply a layer of compost under the tree each spring, spreading it out to the dripline (the area under the outermost branches). Add a 2-inch layer of mulch to retain moisture and control weeds. Water plants during the summer if rainfall is less than 1 inch per week. Deadheading spent flowers will sometimes induce a second flowering. Most spireas can be pruned after flowering to reduce height and maintain the desired shape. However, Japanese and bumald spireas should be pruned in early spring to promote the best flowering. Remove dead, diseased, and broken branches anytime. Spireas can be severely pruned and will grow and flower again.


Growing Almond Trees in Texas

Almond trees are generally not suitable for growing in Texas because they bloom in early spring, when frost damages the blossoms or forming nuts, warns Texas A&M University. However, the varieties known as 'Mission' and 'Hall's Hardy' bloom later and might reward you with a crop of almonds in the fall. You can grow almond trees in large containers in Texas and then move them indoors in fall, where they will be safe until after your final spring frost occurs.

Purchase a healthy, young tree that is either the 'Mission' or 'Hall's Hardy' variety. Before you plant it, cut the main central limb to make it about 2 feet tall, measuring from ground level. Using your clippers or shears, make your cut parallel to the ground. This will encourage the tree to grow into an open center configuration, which is recommended for certain fruit and nut trees. Also cut off all lateral branches

  • Almond trees are generally not suitable for growing in Texas because they bloom in early spring, when frost damages the blossoms or forming nuts, warns Texas A&M University.
  • This will encourage the tree to grow into an open center configuration, which is recommended for certain fruit and nut trees.

Build a mound in a sunny planting area by piling up topsoil in an area about 8 feet across. Make your mound 6 to 12 inches high. Texas A&M University recommends that you prepare your planting area in winter and then plant almond trees in mid to late February. Dig a planting hole in the center of your mound that is twice as large as your almond tree’s root system. Transfer the soil into a wheelbarrow and mix it with about 25 percent organic compost or other organic materials such as peat moss, fallen leaves, composted animal manure and/or grass clippings. Then fill the hole about half full with your amended soil.

Remove your almond tree from its nursery pot and set it into its planting hole. Distribute the roots evenly around the base of the tree, and bury it to the top of its roots with the rest of the soil and compost mixture. Water it well by running a sprinkler near the base for 30 to 60 minutes. After planting, water your tree thoroughly every three weeks but in hot weather water it once each week. Wait for the soil to dry out and do not over water your almond tree.

Fertilize your almond tree for the first time after its leaves are fully developed. The first year of the tree’s life, give it 1 cup of balanced fertilizer in April--a plant food having an N-P-K ratio of 10-10-10 or 16-16-16. In May, June and again in July feed it with 1 cup of 21-0-0 plant food, which has a very high nitrogen content. Give 2-year-old trees 2 cups of 21-0-0 fertilizer in March, April, May, June and July. Scatter granular fertilizer around the tree’s canopy, but avoid contacting the trunk.

Keep the area around your tree weed-free and clean up all fallen leaves and nuts to avoid insects and diseases.

Prune Texas almond trees in winter every two to three years. Severe yearly pruning is not necessary. Your goal should be to maintain an open center, which will ensure the tree receives plenty of light at its central region. Always prune watersprouts or suckers, dead and broken branches and those that bump into other branches. Also cut limbs to achieve a balanced, symmetrical appearance. Texas A&M University advises against sealing pruning cuts with tar or other sealants.

  • Fertilize your almond tree for the first time after its leaves are fully developed.
  • Keep the area around your tree weed-free and clean up all fallen leaves and nuts to avoid insects and diseases.

If you plan to plant more than one almond tree, or if you are planting other trees in the same area, leave at least 20 feet between trees.

The Hall’s Hardy and Mission almond varieties are compatible for pollination of the other’s flowers, which turn into the nuts you desire. For best results, plant one tree of each variety within 20 feet of each other.


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These shrubs of Oriental origin have a glossy foliage and bear flowers and berries as well. The interesting thing about these flowers is that while the buds are red in color, the fully developed flower is white! The flowers have a lovely fragrance and the berries, which show themselves in October and stay on till spring, are bright red. These shrubs require moist soil, rich in humus. They are flowering bushes that grow best in a shaded area.

Kerria Japonica

This is a very hardy shrub that produces gorgeous honey gold blooms in summer and towards fall, is totally laden with them. It grows just up to 5 feet and looks absolutely gorgeous. It requires loamy or humus enriched soil and grows well in partial shade. It may tolerate the sun, but that will cause its flowers to fade away, reducing the grandeur of its appearance. Hence it is best grown in an area that receives mild sunlight. So if you’re looking for a shrub to flaunt to all your neighbors, this is definitely the one!

Others: Daphne, Hydrangea, Rose of Sharon, Lilac, Rhododendron, etc.

These were some evergreen flowering shrubs that you can plant to transform your garden into a beautiful palette of colors. Try them and you’ll definitely have the prettiest garden in the neighborhood!


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