Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Master Gardener Tip: Planting Fall Annuals

All of the “Big Box” stores now have gorgeous displays of fall annuals – Don’t fall for it (pun intended). It’s way too hot to plant Marigolds, Chrysanthemums, etc. These past few summers have had extended hot weather, so the “traditional” planting times in September are better put off until October. Of course, we do have the occasional early frost in November, but it’s usually not so severe that the October transplants won’t survive even though they may get a little burnt around the edges. When you do start to plant, pay particular attention to the new varieties of chrysanthemums – all colors and shapes, big ones and small – you may not even recognize them for the plants they are, but they will perform spectacularly!

This post is written by Martha Dysart for the Mandarin Garden Club member's September newsletter.

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