New Tests at the Top
Dividng Plants in September
I’ve got a few plants I’m trying to divide Sept. 13th. One plant became seven. We’ll see how they do this late in the season.
Anise Hyssop – Can I cut off a piece and root it by sticking it in the ground?
Answer – Yes – but keep it well watered.
Coreopsis If I cut this to the ground, will they come back?…..Results: YES. and will FLOWER
If I pick the seed green, will it ripen and open the seed easily.
Answer – NO.
Seeds seem to ripen best on the plant. If you have to cut green seeds out – pitch them.
Gairailladia – Blanket Flower If I take seed off the plant and cover it with dirt – will it germinate immediately?
Answer – NO – all seeds have a period of dormancy.
New England Aster
1. Cuttings taken in spring. They are starting to bloom in Mid-September
2. I also cut plants to the ground in Mid-august. They are now coming back and blooming low to the ground.
Is it better to just dead-head it or cut it back to the ground?
Answer – cut it back to theground. Note – this is also true of veronica
Aug 25 – took out zinnias in front and transplanted in VB, tropical milkweed, buddleia, blazing star, purple french hollyhock, milkweed cuttings. Also transplanted four echinacea from test bed – these are seeds I planted last fall.
Verbena vonareinsis – C
Malva purple – B
Tropical Milkweed – A
Gaillardia- blanket flower – B
Meadow BS – C
Buterfly Bush – C – need to cut quite a bit off.
Will Zinnia Seeds from this years plants germinate?
Results: Yes! I saved some seeds from this years crop – usually it takes months for these seeds to be ready to plant, but these germinated easily.
Cabbage White, Clouded Sulphur, 27th – pearl crescent, 29th- Painted Lady LE on Pearly Everlasting and Pussy Toes, 30th-Eastern-tailed Blue puddling. 31st – Tiger Swallowtail
2- dusky wing and silver-spotted skipper.
3- CW LE on dames rocket, Black ST LE on parsley(school), ETB puddling.
6 – Red Admiral – puddling soil
I saw this plant at the Missouri Botanical Garden in 2011 and admired its compact shape and great flowering. This was September 28th – a great time for the Monarch migration. I’m going to give it a try this year and found it at these sites.
– American Meadows – $4.26 or six for $3.73 each.
– High Country Gardens – $8.49
– Eden Brothers – $7.50
-I ended up buying six plants from American Meadows for $30.24(includes shipping)
March 5 – Gardeners of St. Charles County
April 3, 10,11,12 – Truman Middle School – plant garden
April 12 – Truman Middle School – plant BG
April 14 (Saturday) – 10am – Powder Valley – FREE- reservations needed. Phone: (314) 301-1500
April 18th – Uthoff Elementary – add plants to BG. – Judy S.
April 21 – Dave T group to visit the garden.
April 30 – Ursuline Academy – Butterfly Garden – 3:15pm Barbara H.
May 1 – Crestwood Elementary BG – Kathy S.
May 5th – Concord School – Joey – Eagle Project – Butterfly Garden.
May 16 – ForgetMeNot Garden Club to visit here.
May 19th – St. John the Baptist.- Butterfly Garden – Jean
May ???? – Shenandoah Valley – Nancy N – 2nd grade class
June 16 – NABA BG program
Laura and G – done
Yvonne – done
Ward – done
Dan and Daci – done
Jackie P – done
Linda G – done
Tina – done
Jo – done
Elaine – done
Toastmasters – done
Mailman – done.
I planted at least 2000 seeds in three different areas. These are all seeds which need cold-stratification or seem to endure our cold winters and readily start from seed in the spring.
Note – I only planted Red/Cream echinacea in the mailbox area.