Perennials can absolutely be planted in the fall, just allow enough time for the roots to get established before the ground freezes. Here are a few tips and benefits:
- Water, Water, Water! If the weather is dry, don’t neglect to give your new plants some water. This is probably the most important key to their success.
- Unlike in the spring, fall plants don’t need to worry about producing foliage or flowers, so they can direct their energy to the root system.
- Also, unlike spring plants, they do not need to be ‘hardened off’ and they do’nt need to adjust to outside conditions from the greenhouse.
- By the end of the season, you’ll have a much better idea about how big the plant gets, its color, and its shape. That beats a photo.
- Enjoy the nice weather. Many plants will feel less transplant stress than during the hottest days of summer.
- Enjoy the nice weather for yourself. I know I prefer working outside on a sunny fall day than a hot, humid one.
- Take advantage of end of season sales. It’s no big deal that the plant is done flowering for this year…it will be ready to put on a show next season.