The Q&A Archives: 1st year Flowering of Perennials

Question: If I purchase some of your perennial plants in the 4 inch pots do these have a big enough root system that they will flower this summer? I am interested in Rudbeckia, Coneflower, Erigeron and Poppies.

Answer: Perennials in 4 inch pots, planted early into optimum growing conditions and cared for well, will often manage to bloom the first year. However, since they are so young and need to devote energy to establishing themselves, they will not make anywhere near the type of show they will the following year. Many gardeners will interplant a new perennial garden with annuals so that there will be a display that first year. (Note that this only works if the annuals are not allowed to overshadow and overwhelm the young perennials.) Be sure too to plant the perennials far enough apart to accommodate their future growth. Enjoy your plants!

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