September 3rd, 2013
Your summer flowers are probably looking dried up and worse for wear. So now is the time to plant your pots up with fresh flowers that will provide bursts of color for the next few months.
Don’t forget to get extra soil and you may need to add in more. Watering compacts down the soil. You could dig it up, but you might damage any perennials you already have growing.
Have you wondered what’s the difference? An annual blooms for a season and then goes to seed. It may come back up the next season, or not.
Perennials stay alive all year round and bloom frequently.
All flowering plants tend to go dormant in the winter. If you enjoy forcing bulbs to bloom for December, such as an amaryllis, you should start now.
Common (and pretty) perennials that are perfect for pots:
All plants need food. Plants in pots will need extra food since they won’t be absorbing it from the ground. Find a good all-purpose fertilizer and regularly feed the plants during the active season.
Do not fertilize your plants while they are dormant. You can tell they’ve gone dormant when they stop actively growing in the fall. Do not begin fertilizing in the spring until active growth has resumed.
You will also need to ensure the pot is getting enough water, even during the winter. If the soil gets completely dry the plant can die of desiccation. Do not keep the soil soggy as you could drown your plants or the roots could rot. Also, ensure that your pot has good drainage.
When the blooming is done, cut the perennials back. Trim off all dead flowers during the season as well.
When the annuals are spent, pull them out and put them in your compost pile.
Go see what your garden center has on sale and plan your color pots. Do you try to use the warm autumn colors or the cool fall colors when you put together your plants?