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FALL IS FOR PLANTING! (A statement rooted in truth!)

I’m sure you’ve heard this before. A ploy by nurseries to get you to buy their season ending inventory?
To some extent, maybe, IF you hear it from a person’s point of view. From the plant’s point of view…IT IS GOSPEL!
Think about the plant’s environment. In the spring, the air warms quickly, the soil slowly. In the fall, the air cools quickly, the soil slowly. Our soil temperature can be fairly warm until after the New Year. Often you see roses still in bloom here at Christmas.
 
So, by planting in the fall, you get the benefit of warm soil temperatures and good root development BEFORE the stress of next summer’s oppressive heat. Which in Memphis, comes two days after the last frost!
 
Now, look at the perennials in your yard. They’re likely showing some signs of fall. Spent flowers, spotted or crispy foliage, but can you remember how they looked early in the season? The same is true when buying perennials in the fall . YOU ARE BUYING ROOTS!  Doesn’t matter what the top looks like, most die back to the ground. They will look fabulous in the spring.

 

Now you know it’s the time to plant; the time to BUY is

OCTOBER 7 th , 2017
9:00 A.M. UNTIL 5:00 P.M.

and the PLACE TO BUY is the…
FALL PLANT SALE IN THE NURSERY AT THE GARDEN
 
Memphis Botanic Garden’s annual fall plant sale is here. We have a huge selection of perennials, many new and unusual trees and shrubs plus an outstanding selection of…
PANSIES, VIOLAS, ORNAMENTAL CABBAGE, KALE, MUSTARD, SWISS CHARD AND PEPPERS
Need a lot of perennials? Ask for the grumpy ol’ nurseryman!
 
Come see us! Every dollar you spend goes right back into our Education and Horticultural programs!
 
By Jim Crowder, MBG horticulturist
Posted by Memphis Botanic Garden at 2:03 PM

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