Fall Planting Tips

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.