Sometimes it would be nice to have a plant tell you, quite clearly, what is troubling it. Unfortunately, plants don’t speak English but they frequently use a botanical sign language. Be careful though, their sign language is tricky! A wilted plant may be dry or it may have too much water. If the plants could speak for themselves, here’s some things they would like to tell you.
- The annual flowers and plants in container gardens are showing their age (one year being their life span). Some of these plants can be kept indoors as houseplants or saved until next year. For more information about over-wintering your plants, see this past newsletter.
- There are still plants at the nurseries who would like to find their forever home. Most of the area nurseries have marked their prices down for the end of the season. There’s nothing wrong with the plants, the nursery staff just don’t want to have to take care of them all winter. I generally try to have plants in place by the end of September but If the weather is favorable (which it seems to be) and the deals are good, I’ll push that deadline to the middle of October.
- I’m certain the spring blooming bulbs are calling to me from their packages at the store. Are they calling to you, too? You’ll want to have them planted before the ground gets too cold to work; preferably before Halloween. Be sure to follow the planting depth diagram on the package; if you plant too shallowly, the bulbs will rot.
- The turf grass is so happy the temperatures are coming down and it’s looking nice and green again. If you increased your watering times for the summer, you can decrease the watering time now.
Are your plants trying to say something but you don’t understand them? Perhaps I can interpret! Send me an email, call or text me at (970)988-3808 to chat about your plants.