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Can I still plant perennials in the fall?
Yes, it is actually one of the better times of the year to plant since it is nice and cool it doesn't stress the plants out as much as summer. You can plant all the way up until freeze!
How do I protect my outside plants for winter?
We recommend mulching all perennials, especially newly planted plants. Mature trees are the exception. Doing this insulates the roots from our unpredictable winters. Cedar mulch, Straw, dead leaves, or peat moss are great insulators.
To prevent winter kill/browning on cedars, they should be wrapped lightly in burlap, which insulates them but still allows them to breathe. Leave the burlap 6 inches off the ground so the snow can cover the ground otherwise the frost will go through the burlap and damage the roots that have no protection from cold!
Can I prune my trees and shrubs in the fall?
You can do light pruning now, but we recommend waiting until late winter or early spring to do any major pruning.
Do I fertilize my perennials plants in the fall?
No, best time to fertilize is from thaw to the first week in August. Fertilizing now would just encourage new growth which would just die off in winter.
Can my perennials stay in a pot over winter?
It can but it’s not 100% guaranteed that the plant will survive. We recommend placing it in the ground where ever you can and mulching as you do with your other plants. If you must keep the plant in a pot, move it to an insulated garage or insulated shed. Some place where it is dark and cold.
When do I stop fertilizing my houseplants?
You should stop fertilizing your houseplants by October 1st. Fertilizing for houseplants starts March and ends October.
When do I apply fall lawn fertilizer?
Fall lawn fertilizer can be from now up until the snow falls. It is best if it is watered in after applying, so it is best to apply it before you put the hoses away.
How do I plant fall bulbs, and make sure they survive the winter?
Fall bulbs (Tulips, Daffodils, Crocuses, Alliums, etc.) should be planted about 1" deeper than it says on the package, to help them survive our winters. It is a good idea to add bone meal or bulb food to the planting hole before adding the bulb, as this will help their roots start growing before frost and give them a head start in the spring. The bulbs should be watered in, but only enough to wet the soil as excess moisture can promote fungal growth over winter. Finally, they should be covered in a 4-6" layer of mulch or leaves to help insulate them further. Fall bulbs should be planted soon after you buy them so give them a chance to grow roots before winter sets in.
How do I overwinter my bulbs that are not hardy for our zone?
Once the foliage on your spring bulbs (Dahlias, canna and calla lilies, gladiolus, etc.) has started to die back in fall, you can cut the green parts off and take out the bulbs. These bulbs can be stored in soil, sawdust, or something equivalent in a paper bag or a plastic bag with holes in it to allow some air flow. The medium you are storing the bulbs in should be only very slightly moist as it can be easy for the bulbs to rot over winter. To prevent some of this rot we recommend adding in some garden sulphur. The bulbs should be stored between 4 and 8 degrees Celsius in a dark place. A cold room or fridge works well for this purpose, but if there are any fruits or vegetables in the fridge, they will release a gaseous hormone that will spoil the bulbs.
Are grow lights helpful for my tropical plants through the winter?
Yes! Grow lights can definitely help your plants that are hungry for light in the winter. You need to have them quite close to the plants for them to be effective.
I have had some tropicals outside during the summer and want to bring them in for the winter, what do I have to do?
A few treatments with end-all or an insecticidal soap before or as they bring them in is essential! Make sure once you treat your plant, you are quarantining them from the other plants in your home for a few weeks.
A few helpful things in the winter to help your plants not attract pests:
- avoid overwatering or having soggy soil (fungus gnats)
Will you be hosting the annual Pumpkin Maze this year?
We have decided to open up our Pumpkin Patch come the end of September! Customers can come in with their families, choose their pumpkin(s) and take fall photos in our photo-opt areas. We are hoping to host the maze in fall 2022 but it will depend on how the COVID situation is. Keep an eye on our social media channels for more information and the exact starting date.
Will you be hosting your fall Choc'laCure Fashion Show?
We will not be doing any Choc'laCure fashion shows in 2021 due to COVID.