Some people in the South will tell you not to plant spring flowers until after Mother’s Day. However, some will say, don’t plant until after Easter? While the exact date may change, there are a few important rules to remember before you plant your spring flowers.
Tips from HomeDepot.com:
- Wait until all danger of frost passes before planting warm-season annuals. These include impatiens, celosia, marigolds, and zinnias, and avoid planting when the ground is wet.
- For best results, mix a complete fertilizer into the soil. If you’re planting in containers, use a potting mix with fertilizer. Because the growing season in the South is longer than in other parts of the country, fertilize regularly, following product directions.
- After transplanting, water your spring annuals as often as needed to help them develop strong roots. Remember spring winds can dry out hanging baskets. In the garden, use a 2-4″ layer of mulch to help conserve moisture and prevent weeds from popping up.
What to Do If the Cold Comes Back
If you’ve planted flowers a bit too early, or you have unexpected cold fronts that brings freezes, there are steps you can take to protect your flowers. If you’re expecting an overnight frost, cover your flowers with a sheet or light blanket. You can then add a layer of plastic to insulate the garden with warmer air. Remove the coverings first thing in the morning, as soon as the temperatures are back to normal.
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