When’s the Best Time to Plant My Flowers?
A healthy, thriving and vibrant garden is no easy task, and there are many different factors to consider. Due to the wide variety of species and classifications out there, timing is actually one of the most important things every gardener needs to plan for.
When planning your garden, be sure to consider the best planting times for perennials, annuals, biennials, and the rather unique (but our personal favorite) seed papers.
Often considered the backbone of any home garden, perennial flowers and plants continue to regrow for many seasons, sometimes indefinitely! There are a huge variety of perennial plants, but it is typically best to plant them in mid to late spring., ensuring the plants are well established before summer’s heat.
If you do decide to plant perennials in the summer, you must water them daily so that they don’ dry out. You may also plant them in the fall as long as they establish roots before the ground freezes.
When choosing a species of perennial, location is also crucial to consider. Some species are sun-loving while others are shade-loving, so the right amount of daily sunlight will be vital to their success.
Although a garden benefits from the ease and regularity of perennials, it is often annuals that give a garden distinction. Annuals are generally classified into cool-season or warm-season species.
The cool-season annuals are best planted during the mild temperatures of spring and fall, as they are able to withstand frost. These species usually last until the weather turns hot. Warm-seasons annuals, on the other hand, thrive during the warmer months of spring and summer and do not fare well once frost sets in.
As with perennials, specific planting times can vary for each species, so it’s important to do some extra research on the specific species you’re going to plant.
Blooming every two years, biennials are the most difficult, yet most rewarding plants to grow. These are generally the largest, most vibrant plants, but little growth is often seen the first year of planting.
Biennials fare best when planted just a few weeks after the frost is gone in early spring. The small number of species that fall under this category self-sow, which makes the challenges of initially planting biennials pay off in the long run!
Seed paper comes in a wide variety of species from perennials to annuals. For the most part, however, they are best planted in cooler months, from fall on to early spring. Planting seed paper in the fall will take advantage of winter moisture and yield early spring blooms!
If you’re planting inside, there’s no better time than the present! You can plant your seed paper at any time and transplant to a more permanent location whenever you want!
All of our seed paper comes with instruction on when to plant—specific to the species—so you don’t have to worry about researching anything! Here are the basic steps:
- Loosen the soil.
- Soak the seed paper in water overnight.
- Plant the wet seed paper in the prepared soil, at a depth of about 1/4 inch.
- Water well, especially during the first four to six weeks.
- Practice weed control.
*While perennials don’t normally bloom the first year, your annuals will.
As you can see, each variety and each species has a specific window of time for optimal growth. Perennials, the easiest to grow, can be planted in mid-spring, summer or early fall. Annuals are best planted in the spring, or depending on their subcategories of cold-season and warm-season, are best planted in fall or summer respectively. Biennials, the most difficult, grow best in early spring. Bloomin’s seed paper comes in each of these categories, and offers specific instructions for specific species so you can spend less time researching, and more time gardening!