Planting Perennials In The Fall - Knowledgebase Question

Flushing, NY
Question by ROBMARL
September 7, 2000
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES, IF ANY,OF PLANTING PERENNIALS LIKE ACHILLA,BRUNERA,DELPHINIUM,DICENTRA,HOSTA,GAURA,LUPINE AND VERONICA IN THE FALL?


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Answer from NGA
September 7, 2000

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Early fall is a good time to plant larger sizes of perennials (if they are available) because the weather is cool and reduces stress on the tops of the plants but the soil stays warm and allows the roots to grow and become established. That way, in the spring when the plants come out of dormancy they are able to grow in their routine cycle and should perform better than if they were planted in the spring and asked immediately to bloom in addition to rooting and becoming established. Note that smaller sized plants from small pots may not root deeply enough to avoid heaving during the freeze thaw cycles; but for larger plants fall planting generally works well.

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