Cut-Back Tropicals

Coastal dwellers are reminded by Abraham Lincoln’s birthday (Feb. 12) while inland residents are cued by George Washington’s birthday (Feb. 22). Both are traditional times for cutting back such tropical and semi-tropical plants as begonias, gingers and cannas. This reinvigorates the plant for a surge of new growth as the days warm. A side dressing of slow-release fertilizer will get them off to a good start.


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