Important tips about planting annuals5/4/2012


Important tips for planting  annuals




Whether you are planting your annuals in the landscape, around the mailbox, or in beautiful containers, there are some simple tips to follow that will assure your success and provide for a summer of outstanding color in your yard. At first glance this may seem like overkill, however you are making a large investment in both time and money and you deserve to get the best results.




·         Use good soil


o   If planting in containers use a good potting mix, specifically blended for containers, such as Miracle Gro Potting Soil or Jolly Gardner Potting Mix .


o   If planting in the bed, use a good soil mix that is specifically geared for flowers and vegetables such as Miracle Gro Garden Soil.


·         Use an organic root stimulator such as BioTone to promote great root growth.


·         Make your first watering count using Miracle Gro Quick Start for large blooms and a fast start on plant growth.


·         Select the right plants for the sun or shade properties they will experience when planted. 


·         Deadhead often -  this involves removing the blossom remains after it has bloomed.  In almost all cases, you will enjoy more prolific and continued blooms if you keep the plant clean allowing all energy to be used for the re-bloom process.


·         Water daily -  most annuals appreciate being kept evenly moist – not drenched and not drought. 


·         Fertilize frequently – the daily watering will quickly deplete the soil from any fertilization it starts with.  Supplemental fertilization will improve the color, bloom and growth of the plant. 




Watering 101!


Watering plants may seem like a simple task -  turn on the water, spray the plants – done right?  Well yes and no.  How long do you spray those plants for?  To determine how much water the plant needs, use the counting method.  For example spray 2 seconds worth of water into a measuring cup for a small plant or a 5 second count into a bucket for a large container.  Then pour the water into the plants soil.  After giving the soil time to absorb the water, pull the plant out of its pot (or stick your hand down deep into a large pot) to see how wet the soil is.  If the soil is dripping, then count you used is too long, likewise the plant needs more water if the soil is not moist.    When watering pots, make sure the water you are applying is actually getting into the pot, large leaves, packed soil etc. can make the water run outside of the pot, never hitting the roots.