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Planting time?


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From:Date:Zone:
Lee14-May-02 09:41 AM EST 5a   
Greg14-May-02 10:42 PM EST 6a   
Linda15-May-02 12:02 AM EST   
DAVE15-May-02 06:59 AM EST   
Lee15-May-02 07:38 AM EST 5a   
Joanne15-May-02 12:01 PM EST 5a   
Ann15-May-02 08:11 PM EST 4b   
Joanne15-May-02 10:12 PM EST 5a   
Lee16-May-02 08:47 AM EST 5a   
Carol16-May-02 12:17 PM EST 5a   
Lee16-May-02 02:11 PM EST 5a   
Carol16-May-02 04:05 PM EST 5a   
DAVE16-May-02 07:07 PM EST   


Subject: Planting time?
From: Lee
Zone: 5a
Date: 14-May-02 09:41 AM EST

Anyone else in my zonee going to try planting this weekend? First time for flowers. Have lots of roses & bulbs which can be planted early. Don't know much about flowers, annuals or otherwise. Thanks


Subject: RE: Planting time?
From: Greg
Zone: 6a
Date: 14-May-02 10:42 PM EST

My rule of thumb for perennials is - if you can see the same thing coming up in gardens in your area it isn't too early to transplant it. For tender annuals, the old rule of thumb was to wait until the May 24th weekend. However, I think the recommended date in zones 5 and 6 is around May 10th. I think it is pretty much safe to plant anything now.


Subject: RE: Planting time?
From: Linda
Zone:
Date: 15-May-02 12:02 AM EST

Just thought I would snivel and tell you that at present time we have over 1 inch of snow and more is coming down. I think it is time to move.


Subject: RE: Planting time?
From: DAVE
Zone:
Date: 15-May-02 06:59 AM EST

Whenever you deal with nature you are taking chances. Plant early and the bonus is you have flowers sooner but if you plant too early, frost will wipe you out. Also, for some plants they won't grow well if the ground temperature is too cold. I'm in 6a-6b and supposedly our average last day of frost is May 3rd. I try to plant my Dahlias the first week of May. While we may get another frost, it is usually mild and with most of the Dahlia below ground there is little chance for damage. The top sprouts may die back but this is temporary and the bonus is the sooner you plant them , the sooner they will bloom. With annuals, I try to split my plan into two plantings. The first half I plant the second week of May and wait for May 24th to plant the rest. So far, in 10 years, I never lost my dahlias and only once or twice have I lost the early annuals. The expense/risk is well worth the benefit of the garden flowering as early as possible. For Zone 5, I suspect the average last frost is around May 15th, so maybe just adjusting the time accordingly would work?


Subject: RE: Planting time?
From: Lee
Zone: 5a
Date: 15-May-02 07:38 AM EST

Thanks everyone. Sorry about the snow Linda. Don't know what zone you are in but that is terrible. Will plant all my perennials this weekend and also plant the annuals.The perennials have been outside and in the garage for two weeks so are cold hardy. What about miniature roses?


Subject: RE: Planting time?
From: Joanne
Zone: 5a
Date: 15-May-02 12:01 PM EST

Dave, I'm interested in what you mentioned about your Dahlia. This is my 3rd year with mine (same plant). Was 1 now is 6. But now that I have taken then out of storage and potted them, they don't look so good. It's been about 3 weeks or more in the greenhouse and I see no life. I guess I should add "anymore", I accidently broke of the only life sign. Do you think I'll see any more ? How long does it take for them to put forth? PS- I'm also planting some things this weekend, if the weather is nice enough.


Subject: RE: Planting time?
From: Ann
Zone: 4b
Date: 15-May-02 08:11 PM EST

We had snow too yesterday...then torrential rain, what a day. Not conducive to planting at all. My soil is still very cold and now soaking wet, so no planting for me just yet. The plants just sit there looking miserable when the soil hasn't warmed up and I don't think you get any further ahead.


Subject: RE: Planting time?
From: Joanne
Zone: 5a
Date: 15-May-02 10:12 PM EST

I think if you have hardened off your perennials,you should be ok. I think it is too early for the annuals, though. We're expecting a cold weekend here in Orillia, Ont. I'm still dragging most of my annuals in at night. I haven't had my begonias nor Caladiums outside at all! 2 years ago we had a hard frost in June and I lost some of my perennials in the garden. I guess mother nature can always throw you a curve ball.


Subject: RE: Planting time?
From: Lee
Zone: 5a
Date: 16-May-02 08:47 AM EST

Thanks for all the info. I live in Barrie, Ontario and even though they are calling for a cold long weekend , will plant the Perennials. Tell you how it turns out. Going to buy my annuals as if you do not get early at the greenhouses there is not much selection left.


Subject: RE: Planting time?
From: Carol
Zone: 5a
Date: 16-May-02 12:17 PM EST

Hi Lee. I live in Newmarket, not that far away and I've been planting for the last 3 weeks. Perennials are fine to plant. I have a miniature rose that overwintered and is growing fine, so it should be OK to plant those. Annuals, we take our chances! I planted a few in pots yesterday, that I can move in close to the house or cover up if frost threatens. Our gardening season is short enough as it is. I like to make the most of it! Happy planting!


Subject: RE: Planting time?
From: Lee
Zone: 5a
Date: 16-May-02 02:11 PM EST

Carol before I moved to Barrie, we lived in Newmarket. I still work in Newmarket. My husband says I am nuts about the garden since we moved here. How about clematis for planting now? Thanks for the info


Subject: RE: Planting time?
From: Carol
Zone: 5a
Date: 16-May-02 04:05 PM EST

Since clematis is growing now (mine are growing vigorously!), I would think you could plant new ones. In fact, I just came home from Loblaws where I bought a "Josephine" clematis. I'm planning to put it in a container this weekend. This is the first time I've tried clematis in container - here's hoping!


Subject: RE: Planting time?
From: DAVE
Zone:
Date: 16-May-02 07:07 PM EST

Joanne- Three weeks does seem like a long time. My dahlias were planted in early May and a few are already leafing out. You may want to check your soil temperature? Does the greenhouse fluctuate in temperature? Not so worried about the cold but some greenhouses can get very hot in the midday. I've always planted directly into the garden and sometimes you need to wait quite some time before you see life but the green house should give it ideal conditions to start the season. As long as the temperature (air and soil) is reasonable and you have good moisture, I'd wait another week or two before digging up the tubers to see their condition and possible replanting directly into the garden.


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