This time of year presents us with quite the conundrum. With temperatures in the 80 – 95+ range it still is a little too early to plant winter flowers with any long-lived success and yet you will find local nurseries overflowing with them! I’m sure you are tired of your summer flowers (and they for sure are tired themselves), but to save you the agony of losing new plants before their time, please wait, wait, wait!!!
The ideal time for planting winter plants (both flowering plants and vegetables) is when the night time temperatures are in the low 60′s or even the 50′s,especially for delicate plants like Pansies and Violas. We want your winter flowers to last at least until next May which is 6 – 7 months. Trying to get any more out of them is asking a lot! If you absolutely cannot wait, start with heartier plants like Snap Dragons, Dianthus and Petunias. We like to think of them as ‘shoulder plants’ that can help us cross over seasons.
Even though the current forecast includes some low nighttime temperatures, I can guarantee you that we will be back up there for our own version of “Indian Summer.” Therefore to enjoy a potted garden that is absolute instant gratification, wait just a little longer!!by