Nothing says Spring like planting flowers! Our South Texas climate gives us lots of options for blooms through the Spring and Summer. Here are Gill’s tips for timing, planting, and care to get the healthiest plants and brightest blooms.
Timing – What to Plant, What to Expect
Plant Impatiens, Petunias, Begonias, Gerbera Daisy, and Geraniums right now for intense, amazing color for the next 2ish months. Since Spring temperatures warmed up earlier this year, we already have warmer season annuals like Vinca, Zinnias, Moss Rose, and Purslane that will last and bloom through the Summer. Right now is also a great time to plant blooming perennials like Salvias, Coreopsis, Lantana, and Penta that will bloom again each year and look their best for 2-3 years.
Planting – Tender Plants, Tender Roots
For small, tender annual flowers like Geraniums and Marigolds, use a good fluffy potting soil in pots to allow tender roots to penetrate. When planting in the ground, amend existing soil with Nature’s Blend Compost to loosen up clay soil, and add worm castings for extra nutrients and better root development (worm castings can be used in pots too). Whether planting in pots or in the ground, be sure not to plant too deep – plant level with the surrounding soil so the tiny feeder roots on the surface are not buried. Allow adequate spacing between plants for good air circulation and healthy growth. Spacing depends on the flower you’re planting. For example, Petunias should be about 8” apart, while Periwinkles should be 12-16” apart.
Feeding and Care
Flowers (annuals and perennials) use a lot of energy to create beautiful blooms, so they need good, regular meals! We have the best success using liquid Hasta Gro every 2 weeks and Rose Glo once a month – both are organic and excellent for promoting new blooms. Add a calendar reminder in your phone: Rose Glo + Hasta Gro on the 1st of the month, then Hasta Gro again on the 15th. For annual flowers, pinch off any old/faded blooms to encourage new blooms!