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December Gardening To Do List

December gardening
Zone 1
  • Continue pruning deciduous trees and roses
  • In coldest regions, protect roses with earth cones or wire baskets filled with insulating material
  • Keep gift house plants as cool and bright as possible
  • To prevent breakage, brush snow from evergreen limbs
  • Keep living Christmas trees away from hot air registers
  • Order seed and nursery catalogues

Zone 2

  • Cut back on feeding houseplants (do not feed dormant houseplants)
  • Water cymbidiums weekly until they bloom
  • Water living Christmas trees (ice cubes work well)
  • Prechill tulips and hyacinths for forcing indoors

Zone 3

  • Cut back on feeding houseplants (do not feed dormant houseplants)
  • Water cymbidiums weekly until they bloom
  • Water living Christmas trees (ice cubes work well)
  • Prechill tulips and hyacinths for forcing indoors

Zone 4

  • Cut back on feeding houseplants (do not feed dormant houseplants)
  • Water living Christmas trees (ice cubes work well)
  • Prechill tulips and hyacinths for forcing indoors

Zone 5

  • Cut back on feeding houseplants (do not feed dormant houseplants)
  • Water living Christmas trees (ice cubes work well)
  • Prechill tulips and hyacinths for forcing indoors

Zone 6

  • Cut back on feeding houseplants (do not feed dormant houseplants)
  • Water living Christmas trees (ice cubes work well)
  • Prechill tulips and hyacinths for forcing indoors

Zone 7

  • Order seeds
  • Plant ornamental trees
  • Apply dormant spray to ornamental trees
  • Prechill tulips and hyacinths for forcing indoors
  • Water living Christmas trees
  • Sow frost-tolerant perennials
  • Prune winter-flowering shrubs during or just after bloom
  • Prune hardy deciduous and evergreen trees
  • Protect tender plants from frost
Zone 8
  • Order seeds
  • Sow seeds for hardy spring-blooming plants
  • Plant winter- and spring-blooming bulbs
  • Plant fruit trees
  • Cut back on feeding houseplants (do not feed dormant houseplants)
  • Water living Christmas trees
  • Plant bare-root roses
  • Prune hardy dormant deciduous trees, shrubs, and vine
  • Prune winter-blooming shrubs and vines after bloom
  • Plant bare-root trees, shrubs, and vines
  • Apply dormant spray to trees
  • Sow seeds for cool-season or winter vegetables
  • Plant or transplant cool-season or winter vegetables
  • Protect tender plants from frost

Zone 9

  • Order seeds
  • Sow seeds for hardy spring-blooming plants
  • Plant winter- and spring-flowering shrubs
  • Buy summer-blooming bulbs
  • Repot cacti and succulents, if essential, once they have finished blooming
  • Plant bare-root fruit trees
  • Plant citrus
  • Apply dormant spray to fruit trees
  • Cut back on feeding houseplants (do not feed dormant houseplants)
  • Water living Christmas tree
  • Sow frost-tolerant perennials indoors
  • Plant or transplant frost-tolerant perennial seedlings outdoors
  • Plant bare-root roses
  • Apply dormant sprays to roses
  • Plant bare-root trees, shrubs, and vines
  • Prune fall- and winter-flowering shrubs and vines just after bloom
  • Plant bare-root perennial vegetables
  • Plant or transplant cool-season or winter vegetables
  • Sow seeds for cool-season or winter vegetables
  • Protect tender plants from frost

Zone 10

  • Order seeds
  • Set out cool-season annuals
  • Sow seeds for hardy spring-blooming bulbs
  • Plant winter- and spring-blooming bulbs
  • Repot cacti and succulents, if essential, once they have finished blooming
  • Apply dormant sprays to fruit trees
  • Plant bare-root fruit trees
  • Plant citrus
  • Protect citrus from frost damage
  • Cut back on feeding houseplants (do not feed dormant houseplants)
  • Water living Christmas trees
  • Plant winter-blooming perennials
  • Plant bare-root roses
  • Apply dormant spray to roses
  • Plant bare-root shrubs and vines
  • Apply dormant spray to trees, shrubs, and vines
  • Prune fall- and winter-flowering shrubs and vines just after bloom
  • Plant bare-root trees
  • Plant bare-root perennial vegetables
  • Sow cool-season vegetable seeds
  • Plant cool-season vegetable seedlings

Zone 11

  • Purchase living Christmas tree (but don't bring it indoors until a week -or less- before Christmas)
  • Plan next year's garden
  • Clean and oil garden tools
  • Drain and winterize garden mechanical equipment according to manufacturer's instructions
  • When you bring in the living Christmas tree, keep it away from heating registers
  • Keep gift plants in a cool, light place. Slit foil at bottom of pot to keep roots from drowning.



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