Store Tulip and Hyacinth Bulbs for Mid-Winter Planting
Purchase bulbs of tulips and hyacinths now while selection is still good. Then store them in lower part of the refrigerator for 6 to 8 weeks. Do not leave bulbs in airtight plastic bags during refrigerator storage or store them with apples, which give off ethylene, a gas that can damage the bulbs. Plant these bulbs in mid to late December.
Storing Fall Potatoes and Squashes
Potatoes and winter squash will keep for quite a while if conditions are right. Store potatoes and winter squash in an area with moderate humidity and cool temperatures. This will assure the longest possible shelf life. Check periodically and promptly remove any showing signs of decay.
Select Fall Foliage Ornamentals
Many woody ornamental that provide good fall foliage color are planted from seed and thus vary genetically from plant to plant. Fall is a good time to choose such plants as it allows you to get a preview of their potential to help you choose the best ones.
Transition Color Beds
After the first hard freeze clean out the remains of the warm-season flowers like marigold and petunias. Work an inch or so of compost into the soil and set out cool-season flowers, including pansies, viola, and ornamental kale and cabbage, to keep landscape color on into winter.
Move Tender Plants Indoors
Bring houseplants and other cold tender plants indoors well before a frost. Some of our tropical container plants can be damaged by temperatures around 50 degrees F. Because the indoor environment has much lower light levels, move them to an intermediate location first to give them a week or so to adapt.