As summer wanes, we often get the question, is it too late to plant? And the answer is no, it’s not too late to plant! In fact, it is one of the best times to plant. And you can enjoy fall blooms in the process! Picture above is fall blooming New England Aster.
One obvious reason to plant in the fall is that you have been through the season, and know what you would like to add and tweak. Do it while it’s fresh in your mind.
Because temperatures have dropped, transplanting is less stressful on the plants — and on you! The lower temperatures make watering easier — plants will still need watering until established. In the fall, perhaps once a week will be enough, as opposed to every other day in the heat of the summer. Feel the soil a few inches below the service and if it is dry, water. It’s always best to water slowly and deeply.
Soil temperatures are warmer in the fall than in the spring, so root growth will be quicker than in the spring. You can’t SEE the root growth, but it will be happening.
Don’t worry about a frost here or there. Frost will stop the growth ABOVE the ground, but the roots will keep growing until the soil freezes solid.
Trees, Shrubs, or Perennials — Does it Matter?
The need for watering may be less in the fall, but you still need to water your plants. Check the soil moisture with your finger a few inches below the surface. If its dry, water deeply and thoroughly. This will give the roots the best chance of establishing before winter.
What About Winter?
If you plant this fall, next spring you can enjoy the spring weather, watch your new plants blossom, and weed and tweak. Why wait till spring to plant spring blooming plants? Plant them now, and they will bloom in your garden next spring!