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Plant Care Sheets

Posted on March 6, 2017 by Purple People

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Delphinium Care Sheet (PDF)

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Grub Damage guide (PDF)

Hibiscus Care Sheet (PDF)

Hydrangea Care Sheet (PDF)

Iris Care Sheet (PDF)

Live Christmas Tree Care Sheet (PDF)

Mulching guide (PDF)

Peony Care Sheet (PDF)

Perennials by Bloom Time list (PDF)

Perennials General Care sheet (PDF)

Planting guide (PDF)

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Plants Resistant to Deer Browsing list (PDF)

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Poinsettia Care Sheet (PDF)

Pruning guide (PDF)

Rose Care Sheet (PDF)

Trees and Shrubs for Year-Round Interest list (PDF)

4-Step Lawn Fertilization guide (PDF)


14 thoughts on “Plant Care Sheets”

  1. delores galazka says:


    1. Sarah Proulx says:

      Hi Delores –

      Step 1: Set up a Japanese Beetle trap about 50 to 100 feet away from your plants and gardens. Out in the middle of the lawn or in a non focal tree area is fine. Do not set it up in your valuable landscape because this trap will draw the beetles to it (so it draws them away from your gardens). But they eat on their way to the trap so be careful where you put it. We recommend Bonide’s Beetle Bagger Japanese Beetle Trap.

      Step 2: Spray the plants that they are attracted to the most with an insecticide that will kill Japanese Beetles. We recommend either Bonide’s Eight Insect Control or Bayer Advanced Rose and Flower Insect Killer. Also, remember that these Japanese Beetles are mating and laying eggs for a new generation of Beetles. This new generation will start out life as a grub which will eat the roots of your lawn. So, it is also a good idea to use Bayer Advanced Season Long Grub Control right now to prevent any lawn damage this year or next Spring.

      Hope this info helps…please come in or give us a call if you have any further questions!

  2. Elaine Hobbs says:

    My roses have little holes in the green leaves. Do I cut the rose bushes back in the fall?

    1. The Purple People says:

      Hi Elaine, holes in the leaves could be one of a few different insects, if you bring in a sample leaf one of our Purple People could identify what insect it could be. Typically, this late in the season, we don’t worry as much about some of the damage because the leaves will be dropping soon, but if you want a product to put on, use Bayer All in One Rose & Flower Care.

      As far as cutting back, a full discussion of it is covered in our ‘Rose Care Sheet’ with specific fall instructions mentioned.

  3. Dee says:

    Barberry is now 3.5′ wide and planted it properly because it said 2′ wide. now I don’t know what to do? its grown between railings and on porch, its so big but don’t want to trim off the beautiful color! if I knew it would grow so big AND wide I’d have planted it farther away from things but instructions say its only 1-2′ wide! advise please?

    1. The Purple People says:

      Hi Dee, it sounds like this is the Orange Rocket variety. They are supposed to grow more narrow and upright, however we are seeing that it does grow wider than that. In this case, go ahead and enjoy the fall color and trim hard after the leaves have dropped. It may be best to move away from the porch if possible, either a late fall or early spring move would be fine.

      1. Dee says:

        thank you, yes its the orange rocket, beautiful! can’t get anyone to move them so is something going to happen sense planted against the cement porch?

        i wish they would state that they can grow much taller and wider! nearing 5′ tall now since planting it in May at just 2′! super fast growers!

        1. Sarah Proulx says:

          Hi Dee – Could you send a picture of the shrubs so we can get an idea of how close they are to the cement? That will help us to give a better answer for you.
          Also, what area do you live in? You can send photos to sarah@bordines.com
          Thank you!

  4. Chris Ripplinger says:

    I have hardy mums in hanging pots. How do I keep them thru the winter? Plant them in the ground and cover them? TKS!

    1. Sarah Proulx says:

      Hi Chris – There is no guarantee that garden mums will come back due to our inconsistent weather patterns. The mum breeders have hybridized the hardiness out of them with all of the new colors and varieties with less chance of survival.
      Try planting in a protected area that gets lots of sunlight and the chances of coming back might be better. Thanks!

  5. Duke says:

    I just bought a couple apple trees from Bordine’s. The person in the store said to go on this site and there will be instructions on how and when to spray them and with what (among other growing and care details). I cannot seem to find that information. I have granny smith and kindercrisp varieties. Can you point me to detailed instructions, products, etc…?

    1. Sarah Proulx says:

      Hi Duke – For spraying – spray with Bonide Complete Fruit Tree Spray (synthetic) or Bonide Orchard Spray (organic) as directed by the label.
      A good fertilizer would be Espoma Tree-tone. Here is a link to our general planting guide. If you have any further questions please give us a call! Thanks!


  6. sue says:

    My butterfly bush leaves are bubbled, brownish & look under attack, but by what? Do I spray against generic insect attack – though I do not want to harm butterflies,later in season … Please advise. Ditto situation on ,my 10 yr old Bluebeard spirea,,leaves are out but not looking good with tiny holes &’curled edges ….what caused this back ladt month & what is remedy?

    1. The Purple People says:

      Hi Sue, It’s difficult to say exactly what is happening with your bushes. Both of these plants are susceptible to overwatering and depending on the rainfall and irrigation in your area over the last few weeks, this could explain some of the curling on your leaves. If you could bring in a branch sample or a picture of the plant in its landscape location, one of our Purple People in our Garden Store at any of our locations could help identify the cause of these issues.

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