African Violets can bloom all year long. They make great houseplants, with their cheerful flowers brightening up a windowsill even in the dead of winter.
A guide to purchasing, caring for and growing cut flowers.
Q. Can I divide perennials in the fall?
A. Late summer or early fall, when the worst of summer’s heat is over, is a great time to divide perennials. Because there are so many gardening tasks in the spring, it also helps to spread your workload. Perennials need to be divided when they develop small or sparse foliage or bare spots in the middle. These signs are a good indicator that there is too much competition for water, nutrients and space.
Fall divisions will have plenty of time to develop new roots as long as you allow 6 to 8 weeks before the ground freezes. Iris, peonies, poppies and moss pinks even do better when divided in early fall. The only poor choice of a time to lift and divide perennials is in August, a hot month with little rain. If possible, lift and divide perennials when they are not in bud or bloom.
Choose a cool, cloudy day to divide perennials and try to water a day ahead. If dividing in the fall, cut the foliage back to 6 to 8 inches. Use a shovel to dig under all 4 sides of the plant about 3 inches out from the edge of the plant. Lift out the clump to be divided, shake off the loose soil and remove any dead leaves or stems. Clumps with fibrous roots can be pulled apart by hand or with spading forks. Plants with tough, dense, roots (like hosta or daylily) may need to be cut apart with a knife or sharp spade. Discard the old centers of the plants as well as any soft, rotted roots. Re-plant your divisions immediately, water them well, and keep them moist for several weeks.
By autumn, many of the spring- and summer-blooming perennials have faded, leaving the garden bleak and colorless. But some perennials, such as asters and goldenrod, will provide vivid color until the first killing frost or even later.
Flowers and Materials used for Winter Bouquets
This flyer gives details about the 2014 Grafton County 4-H Garden Seed Pick Up Day and Workshops event on Saturday, April 26th.
This is the booklet that 4-Hers in the 2017 Grafton County 4-H Gardening Program may complete and return to the 4-H office by September 15.
This packet includes all the information and details about the 2017 4-H gardening program in Grafton County including deadlines, guidelines, addresses for sponsors, etc.
This is the registration form for the 2014 Gardening Program in Grafton County. Call the office if you have any questions 603-787-6944.
Once completed and submitted to the office, the 2014 Grafton County 4-H Gardening Booklet will be scored on this sheet.
forcing spring-flowering bulbs
This fact sheet offers suggestions on designing a colorful border planting of annuals and perennials.
A collection of color pages describing key features of some common perennial wildflowers from seedling to mature flowering plants. Includes photos.
The difference between hardy and tender bulbous plants is a matter of geography, not underground structure. Plants originally developed bulbs, corms, and tubers to help them survive conditions like cold and drought. In cold-climate gardens many tender bulbous plants which can’t survive extremely low soil temperatures can be lifted and brought indoors for their winter’s rest. Some of the varieties commonly lifted and stored indoors inNew Englandare tuberous begonias, dahlias, cannas, caladium, elephant’s ears and gladiolus.
Geraniums are one of the most outstanding plants grown in the home garden. They are a very popular plant, so much so that the Penn State Cooperative Extension Service says that $1.00 out of every $5.00 spent on bedding plants in the United States is for geraniums. Many gardeners like to keep their geraniums from one year to the next.
I moved into a home with older established flower beds last year. I've identified several peonies, but none flowered last year. What can I do this year to ensure I get blossoms?
Forcing spring bulbs is easy to do and far less expensive than buying pots of
flowers from retail establishments that do the growing for you.
The potted geraniums I brought in for the winter are dropping their leaves. What’s going on?
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