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Cooler temperatures perk up plants!

Summer has finally come to a close. Cooler temperatures and regular rainfall perk up many plants in our gardens. Fall is a great time to plant trees, shrubs and perennials. If you plant them now while the soil is still warm and the air is cool, they will get established before winter sets in and will perform much better than spring planted specimens because their roots will grow all winter as long as the soil temperature remains at 40 degrees or above. This is also the only time to plant pansies, annual dianthus, flowering cabbage and kale for winter color. All of these plants want a location that is well drained and gets as much winter sun as possible.

The sooner you can plant these the better they will grow for you. Daffodils can be planted now until the end of December. Most other spring flowering bulbs can be planted now as well. The notable exception is Tulips. Ideally, you should plant them the first week in December. If you plant them now with warmer soil temperatures their flower quality will not be as good.

When purchasing spring flowering bulbs, store them in your refrigerator. A temperature of 38 degrees is ideal. Do not store any fruit in the refrigerator at the same time because it will give off a  gas which is detrimental to the bulbs.   

Posted by Rick Pudwell at 7:00 AM

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