This week’s gardening tips: plant hardy trees in December and January
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By Dan Gill, LSU AgCenter horticulturist and Times-Picayune gardening columnist
Plant hardy trees now: December and January are ideal months for planting hardy fruit trees, bushes and vines, such as apples, pears, plums, peaches, grapes, blueberries, persimmons and others.
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I recommend planting citrus trees in late February, since hard freezes could severely damage young trees.
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Tropical fruit, such as avocados, bananas and papayas, should not be planted until April.
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Be careful when using space heaters: If you’re using electric space heaters in greenhouses, garages or sheds, keep plants and any other flammable materials well away from the heaters. Use heavy-duty extension cords that are free from damage. Use caution when watering plants. Electric heaters must remain unplugged until the area is dry. Also heaters are much more effective when the air is circulated, so it’s a good idea to run a fan.