Plant Guide: Flowers, Bulbs, Roses, Shrubs, Houseplants

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can i prune my roses in

By hleikim on September 24

can i prune my roses in autumn? i live in Taxes, am a beginner gardener. thanks.

In the fall you can remove

By Almanac Staff on September 25

In the fall you can remove unproductive growth along with any dead or crossing canes. The best time to prune is in the early spring just as you see the growth of new buds.

We just put in a pool. I have

By Aschacht on September 7

We just put in a pool. I have large pots and would like to plant flowers that will be colorful for fall and winter. I live in Mississippi and I'm new to gardening. Any suggestions for the best type of flowers to plant in the pots that will add color around my pool? Also, when should I plant them?

Hi Aschacht, We suggest that

By Almanac Staff on September 8

Hi Aschacht,

We suggest that you go to a garden center and see what flowers are in bloom right now and see what type of plants they suggest for fall and winter bloom in your region. You can also visit our plant page below for ideas.

http://www.almanac.com/content/great-garden-plants

Pineapple sage how long to it

By susan woods

Pineapple sage how long to it blooms?I have had it for about a month now.

We can only tell you that

By Almanac Staff

We can only tell you that Pineapple Sage takes 80 to 90 days to mature (from sowing to harvest). 

What's the best time of the

By jeffrey dunnam

What's the best time of the year to plant zinnie seeds in Colorado.

Plant zinnia seeds in the

By Almanac Staff

Plant zinnia seeds in the ground any time after the danger of frost has passed.

I planted a Queen Elizabeth

By Rose S.

I planted a Queen Elizabeth rose bush last June, and before summer was over I had several blooms. I covered the plant over winter, but the rose cone blew off and the rose was exposed to subzero temperatures before I realized the cone was gone. Is there anything I can do to save them? I took the cone off, and the plant appears to be dead (the stem is brown and dry, and while my other rose bush is green and has leaves already, this one does not)
I live in a 5b zone per the USDA map.

Thank you!

Hi Rose, The Queen Elizabeth

By Almanac Staff

Hi Rose,

The Queen Elizabeth rose is hardy in Zones 6 and higher and will tolerate a few degrees below zero temps. All you can do is wait and see if there will be any new growth.

I live in Point Pleasant NJ,

By Rosario Gill

I live in Point Pleasant NJ, and I would like to know when is the right time to plant roses. I love flowers, and I just think to have my garden full of them.
Thanks

Bare root roses should be

By Almanac Staff

Bare root roses should be planted in early spring.  Potted roses can be planted anytime, but spring is best. Local garden centers, nurseries, and mail order rose specialists are the best source of roses. All the best!

I want to build and plant a

By ErikaA

I want to build and plant a small flower garden with my 2 year old son this year. When is the best time to do this? What type of soil is best? What type of flowers or plants are best for a simple, easy garden?

For an easy flower garden

By Almanac Staff

For an easy flower garden that kids will enjoy, we would suggest:  Zinnias, marigolds, celosia and sunflowers.

Place a sign or stake in a child's garden that lists the child's name (e.g. "Jacob's Garden" or "John's zinnias).

Sunflowers are good because the seeds are big and easy to handle.

Hope this helps! Our Almanac for Kids book has some fun ideas you might want to consider!

we just bought a house and

By Anna Erich

we just bought a house and the yard needs help. We want to plant shrubs as soon as possible .It is Dec. here in Ky.

Weren't not sure what your

By Almanac Staff

Weren't not sure what your yard challenges are; here's a nice list of shrubs (and trees) suitable for Kentucky from your Kentucky cooperative extension service office: http://www2.ca.uky.edu/agc/pubs/ho/ho61/ho61.pdf

Next to the birdfeeder has

By Lee1946

Next to the birdfeeder has grown a woody stalk which has grown 4 ft high with beautiful night blooming white w/violet at it's base. I can't find out what kind of plant it is - and I'd like to know how to care for it - it is really lovely. I'd be happy to send you a picture. Please help -

If it helps, there are many

By Almanac Staff

If it helps, there are many plant ID web sites. For example:
http://plants.usda.gov/gallery.html
http://www.colby.edu/info.tech/BI211/PlantFamilyID.html
You could also bring a sample to your county cooperative extension as they would have local plant information.

Just a quick question for

By Jonna

Just a quick question for anyone who can answer it.

I'm starting a flower garden for the first time, some flowers I'm growing from seed, other I'm buying and transplanting into my garden.

I have bought some petunias, most of them have about, what looks like, 3 plants to a pot; would it be ok to dig small holes in my garden and put the 2 or 3 plants, into the holds, or is that oo close together? Should I seperate each individual plant?

It really depends on the

By Almanac Staff

It really depends on the flower but it's usually fine to transplant annuals. For petunias, you want the plants spaced about 1 foot apart. See our petunia page: http://www.almanac.com/plant/petunias
Visit all our flower pages here:
http://www.almanac.com/plants/type/Flower
When you transplant, do it on a cloudy day and try not to disrupt the roots or soil and transplant at the same depth they were growing in the containers. Water thoroughly after transplanting to avoid excessive wilting.

Basically though what I want

By Jonna

Basically though what I want to know is, if there are like 3 or 4 flowers in 1 pot, can I just dig a hole the size of the pot in the garden and put them all into it, without disturbing the roots or soil?

B/c it seems like when you seperate them that disturbs the roots.

I bought 3 T. Edith Verbena,

By Beth Hope

I bought 3 T. Edith Verbena, can anyone tell me how big I can figure these will get. We are also very windy here, will that be a problem?

I love flowers; live in Zone

By Syndi Jones-Curtis

I love flowers; live in Zone 9 in Central Florida, with 11 oak trees front & back - shade, shade, shade, and VERY little grass! I know our soil is poor, but azaleas & impatiens should do well. What other perennials should I consider?

Hello, Syndi, Here are some

By Almanac Staff

Hello, Syndi, Here are some suggestions for zone 9 shade plants--both annuals and perenntials:
• Begonia
• Caladium
• Coleus
• Crossandra
• Impatiens
• Persian Shield
• Torenia
Near trees, take care. You'll want to minimize root interference, so pick small plants (with small root balls). Check with your Florida county extension for more locally-based suggestions and all the best!

Hello, i just bought some

By valerie227

Hello, i just bought some bare root roses today, and everywhere i have looked i have not found when is a good time to plant them. I live in central ohio, please help. I want to plant them soon but i dont want to hurt them.

You can plant roses as soon

By Almanac Staff

You can plant roses as soon as your can dig the soil. Just make sure its not too wet. If you still have cold nights you may want to plant the roses in pots that you can move into a protected location during the night.

Hello, we reside in San

By lyla leath

Hello, we reside in San Jose,Ca, in this month of March, we would love to plant tulips & have them bloom by May is that possible ? and will the tulips last all summer ? and will they return every year ? or will I need to replanted ? thank you!

Tulips require at least 8

By Almanac Staff

Tulips require at least 8 weeks of cooling before they will grow. You can try keeping the bulbs planted in soil in a conatiner in the refrigerator for a few weeks and then planting them the ground, but this method would have been better if started in December. Tulips are a spring-flowering plant though some tulips do last until early summer. Tulips will return for many years, but do eventually stop producing blooms.

My yard with moles is in

By S. MaShonne

My yard with moles is in NAugusta, SC.

I'm wanting to plant any kind

By S. MaShonne

I'm wanting to plant any kind of flowers but "the moles" are all over both front & back yards! I'm looking forward to a lil flowering patch for my butterflies, bees & of course my hummingbirds! So, what's first?

Start with bright-colored

By Almanac Staff

Start with bright-colored annuals (asters, cosmos, zinnias, pansies, sweet peas). Start these from seed or buy transplants. Stay away from bulbs as moles like to eat them. See our list of plants that attract butterflies at www.almanac.com/content/plants-attract-butterflies.

when is it best to buy and

By Kristi H.

when is it best to buy and plant Amarillis bulbs

Amaryllis are only hardy in

By Almanac Staff

Amaryllis are only hardy in zones 9 - 10, so most people grow them indoors as houseplants, starting in time for the holidays. If you live in the South, you could plant them in gardens after all danger of frost has passed. Otherwise, you can just leave them in pots year-round -- for years!

I have had 3 Amaryllis plants

By PinsnPromises

I have had 3 Amaryllis plants in a big pot on my front porch for several years now. The porch is covered so there is no fear of frost or heavy freeze to the plants. They actually started to sprout the long green leaves 2 months ago and are pretty healthy looking now. I am located in Georgia so our winters do not get as cold as other areas. I am also planting several different veggies on my porch this year. Lots of sun there and it takes place of the old square foot gardening I used to do.

Just moved back into our

By tgayle53

Just moved back into our house after being restored after tornado. Contractor planted 8 knockout rose bushes around house. I am in Fayetteville North Carolia and want to know how to care for these rose bushes during this time of year.

See our free Rose Guide to

By Almanac Staff

See our free Rose Guide to learn how to care for these roses. Look at the "winterizing roses" section. http://www.almanac.com/plant/roses

i would like to know what i

By Gerry Heroux

i would like to know what i do with my pointsetta

Gerry, We aren't sure where

By Almanac Staff

Gerry, We aren't sure where you live, but here is a page on caring for poinsettia and holiday plants: http://www.almanac.com/content/holiday-plants-poinsettia-christmas-cactus-amaryllis

I would like to know what is

By darlenewhite

I would like to know what is the earliest date I can plant dahlia tubers in my garden near Victoria, BC

Awesome issues here. I am

By 18 inch dishwasher

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Thanks so much and I'm having a look forward to contact you.
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Plant dahlia tubers after all

By Almanac Staff

Plant dahlia tubers after all danger of frost has passed. In zones 8 through 11 you can leave your dahlias in the ground all winter.

What do I do to keep my Roses

By Thomas Brunner

What do I do to keep my Roses out side alive in the cold Alaska winter?

Hi Thomas, if you are growing

By Almanac Staff

Hi Thomas, if you are growing hardy roses, by now you should have stopped fertilizing and pruning in order to promote dormancy in the plants. Wait until after a couple of hard frosts (and most of the leaves drop) to provide winter protection. We recommend hilling up organic mulch or compost about 10 inches around the plant. If you have tender roses, they'll need to be moved indoors and stored between 34 and 40 degrees, in a dark basement or attic. Good luck! 

I would like to know what

By robinlynn

I would like to know what plants or shrubs are attractive to mockingbirds.

Hi Robinlynn, Mockingbirds

By Almanac Staff

Hi Robinlynn, Mockingbirds love anything they can snack on. Try planting a crab apple or cherry tree, or a low growing shrub that they can nest in. Of course, they will also most likely visit you if you have a birdfeeder and clean drinking water out for them.

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