By now most of us have our planters finished, our garden beds are filling out, and our vegetable gardens are starting to produce food. This is the time of year to take notice of what is working and what isn't. Do you have certain flowers that aren't producing many blooms? Did you put a sun annual in too much shade? Do your vegetables have enough space now that they are getting bigger? Do you need a perennial that flowers in the early summer? Maybe you don't like the colors you picked out for the planters on your front porch. Maybe you need to go get a few fillers for a flower that didn't make it. (If you lost some that's ok, it probably means you were experimenting or trying something new) Maybe you love everything. Whatever the case this is a great time of year to take a walk around your yard and take notes so you can walk into next year knowing what you want to do. This is also the time of year where you should be deadheading, weeding, and fertilizing. It is sometimes hard to know what to do to what flowers. Below are just a few suggestions on common plants to help you keep your yard beautiful.
The Proven Winners Website, www.provenwinners.com suggests this for deadheading:
In most cases, when deadheading, you can simply remove the old flower by pinching off the stem just below the base of the flower. This will remove the old flower and keep it from producing seed – the goal of deadheading. If the flower stem is large or you don’t want to stain your fingernails green, you may find using pruning shears or scissors to be a better choice. Please note that simply pulling off the dead flower petals without removing the developing seed pod does not increase flower production since the seeds will still develop.
Any flower can be removed just above the first leaf below the flower head without affecting the rest of the plant. For plants with larger stems removing just the flower may leave an ugly stem exposed. Cutting just above the first leaf, will remove the unsightly stem as well as the flower. This is also the preferred method of deadheading for plants that bloom with spikes of flowers. New research has recently shown that even roses flower more prolifically when old flowers are removed just above the first leaf below the flower rather than at the first set of 5 leaves (this is the standard method promoted by most people).
Calibrachoa Superbells® – self-cleaning, no deadheading needed
Impatiens Rockapulco® - self-cleaning, no deadheading needed
Petunia Supertunia® – self-cleaning, no deadheading necessary, this is not necessarily true of all Petunias. You may want to remove old blooms of Supertunia® doubles since these larger flowers sometimes remain on the plant. Leaving them will not affect flowering.
Make sure you fertilize. Every fertilizer is utilized a little different so make sure you read the labels carefully. It is possible to burn your plants if you incorrectly use a fertilizer. We offer a fabulous option of our fertilizer water. You can buy our jug and have unlimited fill ups after your initial purchase!
And let's be honest, we could weed all day everyday. If you miss a few, it's ok:)