Now is the time to decide on what plants to bring inside for the winter. Day temperatures remain warm, but the nights are growing cooler; plants will begin to react to the change and eventually deteriorate. Considerable time was lost to rehabilitating them, and some never returned to healthy form. The shock of temperature change was too much for them. Lifting plants from garden soil invites problems with fungal infections and insect larvae.
I use soilless mix in containers, so many soil fungi can be avoided, but potted plants can still carry insects. The transition period to inside growing conditions lasts about a month as the plants acclimatize to new temperature and light. That makes me think it has a chance of being more permanent with the right care and conditions than an annual plant expected to complete its life cycle by the end of autumn.
Sparks Will Fly will be coming inside for another lease on life. Judith Adam Sparks Will Fly a horticulturist, landscape designer and author of several best-selling Sparks Will Fly books, including Landscape Planning.
She lives in Toronto. Thin to one seedling per cell when they have two sets of leaves. Seeds are tiny but plants grow quickly. For a more bushy plant pinch the top of the plant off when it has leaves. Transplant hardened-off seedlings to the garden after all danger of frost, Sparks Will Fly.
Accustom young plants to outdoor conditions by moving them to a sheltered place outside for a week. Be sure to protect them from wind and hot sun at first. If frost threatens at night, cover or bring containers indoors, then take them out again in the morning. Starting Begonias From Tubers: For tuberous begonias, insert thin stakes next to tall cultivars at planting time, and use yarn to tie the stems loosely to the stakes as they grow as the brittle stems break easily.
Since tuberous begonias can take 3 months to produce a flower you may wish to start them inside and set them outside after all danger of frost. Set tubers cup side up in shallow 6 inch pots filled with potting soil. Cover each tuber with one inch of potting soil. Keep soil barely moist at degrees. Do not overwater. To produce larger but fewer flowers, pinch off all but a few young stems. Accustom plants to outdoor conditions by moving them to a sheltered place outside for a week.
Planting Potted Plants in the Garden: Select a location in full to part shade with good rich moist organic soil. Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 8 inches. Level with a rake to remove clumps Sparks Will Fly grass and stones. Most plants respond well to soils amended with organic matter. Compost is a wonderful form of organic matter with a good balance of nutrients and an ideal pH level, it can be added to your planting area at any time.
If compost is not available, top dress the soil after planting with inches of organic mulch, which will begin to breakdown into compost. After the growing season, a soil test will indicate what soil amendments are needed for the following season.
Plants should stand 12 inches apart in the garden. Dig a hole for Sparks Will Fly plant large enough to amply accommodate the root ball. Set level with the surrounding soil. Fill with soil to the top of the root ball.
Press soil down firmly with your hand leaving a slight depression around the plant to hold water. Water thoroughly, so that a puddle forms in the saucer you have created.
This settles the plants in, drives out air pockets and results in good root-to-soil contact. Use the plant tag as a location marker.
If you live in a warm area tuberous begonias may be planted directly in the soil. Plant the tubers cup side up 12 inches apart and one inch deep. Stake large tuberous begonia at the time of planting to avoid root damage. Keep weeds under control during the growing season. More Meghan Markle. Dater's Handbook. A woman changes her personality according to a dating guide book to find a husband but realizes the man she wants is the…. Meghan Markle as Amy Peterson.
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