Answer: Houseplants are a lot like humans. After a long, cold winter they can’t wait for spring! They can breathe the fresh air and stretch out in the natural light. They thrive during Indiana’s hot, humid summers, but by early September nightly temperatures begin to drop and houseplants should begin their transition from outside to inside. Moving indoors can be traumatic due to changes in humidity, light, and temperature. There are important steps to take in order for houseplants to stay healthy during cooler months. 45 degrees is a minimum temperature for most houseplants, so give yourself plenty of time for the move indoors.
Plants can adapt to interior and filtered lighting by placing them in a shady location for a couple of weeks. Allow them to adjust to less watering at this time. Once placed indoors, the soil will take much longer to dry. When the soil is dry to the touch, water thoroughly, and let the soil dry again before watering.
Inspect your plants carefully for insects and disease. The soil and pot could use a drench treatment to ensure all unwanted pests have been removed. Insecticide drenches usually come in a concentrated form. Follow product label instructions for the appropriate measure, and pour mixture through the soil. Another method is to soak the potted plant in lukewarm water for 15 minutes. This will help flush any insects out from the soil. It’s a good idea to then apply an insect control systemic that will keep insects away. Reapply every eight weeks for optimum results. Some plants may require pruning. Trim the top for a more uniform shape. Fertilize now by following instructions listed on the product label.
Most houseplants will enjoy a break from rapid growing during cooler months, so reduce fertilizing and watering after moving indoors. Attention should be placed on proper lighting. Place plants that require high light do best in a south or west facing window. If your plants like a medium light, place them near an East facing window or within a room facing south or west. Plants that tolerate low light can do well in a North facing window.
Just like humans, houseplants do best with a gradual transition into winter. If the necessary steps are taken and they are permitted to adjust to an indoor environment, houseplants can brighten up your indoor space, add life to a cold winter, and filter the air you breathe!
Answer: Tulips, Hyacinths, Crocus, Daffodils, Alliums, Snowdrops, Grape Hyacinths, Lycoris, Dutch Iris, Anemone, Eranthis, Fritillaria, Scilla, and Chionodoxa bulbs are all set to arrive before the end of the first week in September. All of the above bulbs can be planted after the first frost of the fall, but Lycoris and Daffodils may also be planted as early as the first week of September.
Answer: The best time to apply a broadleaf week killer to perennial broadleaf weeds is during the fall when the weeds are trying to store up food for the coming winter. Specifically Bennett’s recommends treating from mid-September through November first. Bennett’s is proud to suggest the best broadleaf killer currently known to mankind, Fertilome brand Weed Free Zone, featuring our exclusive formula containing carfentrazone. Weed Free Zone will kill more weeds than Weed B Gone, but instead of just going, your weeds will be gone!
Answer: First it is important to know that not all hydrangeas can change colors. White hydrangeas cannot change color although most of them fade to a pink or mauve color as they mature. Generally it is the Big Leaf Hydrangeas, Hydrangea macrophylla, that you can manipulate their color to be either pink or blue. Always begin by doing a soil test with a ph meter to determine your ph level. Hydrangeas turn colors as a reaction to the amount of aluminum in the soil which is controlled by the ph level. If your desire is to have a blue hydrangea your soil needs to be slightly acidic, ph level between 4.0-5.0. Adding aluminum sulfate to the soil will help lower the ph if necessary. Also to maintain your blue color a high potassium fertilizer should be used. Hydrangeas turn pink because of a lack of aluminum in the soil which means you need to raise the the ph level to between 6.0-7.0. This can be accomplished by adding dolomitic lime to your soil and it is best to use a high phosphorus fertilizer which will prevent your hydrangea from accessing aluminum. Remember that altering the soil to obtain the color you desire is not a one-time thing. You will have to continue to maintain the soil at the desired ph level. All the products needed to achieve the desired color of your hydrangeas can be purchased in our store and there is always helpful staff to assist you with any questions.