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September 26, 2011 Horticulture Column


Wow, what a beautiful weekend.  The days left us wondering what is ahead as the beautiful summer feeling days will surely end.  It was a great opportunity to get many yard activities done and accomplished.  Deb and I cleaned up our front flower beds and even planted a few new plants: 4 different sedum I received from a friend, some grapes a friend started from scratch and three new hostas I found.  Planting these plants made me think of a topic for todays’ discussion.  When is a good time to plant and not to plant a new plant or transplant a plant from one area to another.  The question then becomes what is your experience?  Many would say they have had good luck planting perennials in the fall and others would say no, never.  The thing I would bet is that those that have good luck planting in the fall do so with good faith management skills behind the planting.  Watering and other details were in order and stay that way.  Others of us have a tendency to plant new plants in the fall and forget about them and then wonder why they do not respond to the new area or what ever happened to them that they did not grow.  The grapes I transplanted on Sunday needed to get into the ground soon not later.  They need time to get their roots established before the harsh winter sets upon us.  It would have been better to have them planted a week or two ago but this was the time I had.  Hostas are handled the same way and in fact transplant better in the fall then spring but do need to be done in a timely fashion.  I shared some of my many hostas with Al and Christine last week and they did a great job of getting them planted and watered.  They will look very good next spring.


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