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Planting in this Heat

Farmington Gardens has some great sales going on right now.

The annual Parking Lot Sale is not to be missed! There are a variety of large size bushes and trees ready to go home with you.

Getting these plants in the ground takes more effort at this time of year.  You may even need more than one day if you count all the soaking time. These bigger plants require big holes. It might be in an area that has not been getting irrigation this summer because you are not wasting water and have been concentrating on the plants not empty spaces.

  • Dig a regular size hole – two times as wide and as deep as the plant is in the pot.
  • Now, fill the hole with water and let it drain. This allows the surrounding soil to absorb water so it won’t be sucking up the water intended for your new plant.
  • In the meantime, really soak the potted plant. This makes sure the plant is well hydrated before planting in the ground and makes the roots less susceptible to damage. If you have a container large enough to fill with water to let the pot sit in, that is great.
  • In a wheelbarrow, mix your compost with native soil and dampen before using.

Are you getting the drift here? Damp hole, damp potted plant and damp soil. At this point, during these hot summer days, you may need to give yourself some hydration too.

  • Plant as you normally do, making sure you add water halfway through and tamp down to get out all the air pockets.
  • Finish backfilling, water, and then add a few inches deep of mulch farther out than the plant’s drip line. This helps keep the soil and roots from drying out too quickly. Make sure you do not build up mulch around the trunk. Leave a few inches. You can mound the mulch on the outer edge to create a well. This makes watering easier and helps avoid run off.
  • Plan your watering routine – use a drip, soaker hose or slow and long release from the hose. The plant will be producing new tender roots to grow into the new soil and should never be allowed to dry out.


These extra steps will help ensure your Bargain Priced Plants

will reward you with Top Dollar Beauty.

What's New and Blooming 7/08/2015

Create a checkerboard of color with hardy and drought tolerant sempervivum, sedums, or delosperma. Low growing or up to 24 inches tall, it is easy to find a sunny spot in your garden or planters for them. The taller sedums bloom later in the season.

 

Create Your Own Tropical Paradise With Mandevillas

With trumpet-like blooms all summer long, the Sun Parasol Mandevilla Vine – 'Pretty Crimson' cannot be beat for setting a tropical scene. The velvety red flowers with their darker throats are prolific on deep green vines that can grow to 30 feet in one season! They intertwine with each other making it perfect for growing in smaller spaces like a balcony or patio.

Whether you let them hang down from the basket or climb up a trellis, their beauty and delicateness will take you away to your own tropical paradise.

 

These mandevilla prefer full to part sun and moist, but not wet, soil. They definitely do not like to sit in water nor do they want to dry out. Think tropical rains every day.

Fertilize weekly with a flower boosting formula like Dr. Earth Flower Girl Bud and Bloom Booster.You want to keep those large flowers coming.

Treat the Sun Parasol Mandevilla as an annual – a yearly vacation away to the tropics. You might even try sipping on a fruit drink with a flower tucked in your hair!