April 11, 2003

Selecting, Hardening, and Planting Bedding Plants

Bedding Plants

Home gardeners will soon be buying bedding plants (annual flowers and vegetables) from local garden centers and greenhouses. To help ensure a successful start to the gardening season, select strong, healthy plants and harden them outdoors for a few days before planting. Proper planting is another key to success.


Spring Conifer Troubles

Spring weather is here and many people are out and about noticing that some evergreens aren't looking as green as they did before winter arrived. The Iowa State University Plant Disease Clinic has received several samples of browning conifers, probably because the winter was quite dry. It seems there are several causes for the trouble.

Planting Roses

The first step in the successful culture of roses is correct planting. Roses are available as bare-root or container grown. Dormant, bare-root roses should be planted in early spring (late March or April). Container-grown roses can be planted from May through midsummer. Roses perform best in well-drained soils in full sun. Sites should receive at least 6 hours of sun. In poorly drained areas, plant roses in raised beds.