Planting tips

Spring Bedding Plants

If you have a sunny garden, you'll be able to choose from a huge selection of annuals, in all colors, shapes, and sizes. The majority of annuals require full sun, which means they need direct light for at least six to eight hours daily

Examples: Geraniums, Zonal, Petunia, Portulaca, Snapdragons, Verbena, Zinnias, Cosmos, Dahlias, Calibrachoa, Osteospermum

Some annuals, called tender annuals, are killed by frost. They grow in hot weather and are started indoors or in greenhouses and then set out in the garden after the danger of frost passes.

  • Sun Annuals

  • Full Sun, Partial Shade, and Full Shade Annuals

    Impatiens, Pansies and Violas, Fuchsias, Nicotina, bacopa, Ipomea, Assorted Herb plants, Fibrous Begonias and Wax Begonias

  • Tender Annuals

How To Plant

The best time to plant is late in the afternoon. Before planting, water your plants and the soil in your bed well. Remove the plants from their pots gently to disturb the roots as little as possible. If they are in peat pots, tear the pots slightly to make it easy for the roots to grow through. If the roots are compacted, loosen them gently before planting.

Dig a hole slightly larger than the root ball, and set the plant in at the same level at which it was growing. Carefully firm the soil around the roots. Water well after planting and keep moist until the plants are established and new growth has started. Once they are established, addition of a balanced fertilizer will encourage them to bloom.

Fertilizing

Most annuals don't require a lot of fertilizer, but will do much better if adequate nutrients are available. In general, you can fertilize once a week during the growing season. Over fertilizing will cause a build-up of soluble salts in the soil, especially if the soil is heavy, and result in damage to the plants.

Watering

Annuals need about an inch of water a week. If Mother Nature doesn't provide, you will have to help. When you must water, water deeply to encourage deep root growth. Try to keep the foliage dry during watering. If you must use an overhead sprinkler, use it early in the day so the foliage will be dry by nightfall, lessening the chance of disease.

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