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Winter in Ohio can be rough for gardeners. The itch to work on the garden is made difficult by all the freezing air and snow. However, winter gardening isn’t impossible if you have the determination. One perfect plant for winter gardening is the amaryllis.
Amaryllis is perfect for the dull winter gardening months. One reason for this is that amaryllis doesn’t stop growing once it’s planted so you stay busy with it the whole time. Also, it doesn’t require a lot of sunlight; just keep it in a place that receives some throughout the day. Another reason is that amaryllis only has to stay above 60F (but warmer is better).
Make sure you use a large container. Amaryllis grows large blooms that can be top-heavy if you don’t plant it in a container with a large base. In addition, some sturdy sticks will help to keep the plant from growing sideways and keep it nice and straight.
First plant your bulb in potting soil and pack the soil so that one-third of the bulb remains above the soil line. Place it in a location that gets sunlight and water it sparingly until you see about 2” of growth. Then, you’ll want to water it more regularly. Remember to turn the plant every so often so that it grows straight. It only takes 5-8 weeks for amaryllis to bloom so you can have some beautiful flowers during the cold winter months in Ohio!
To cut amaryllis and make a pretty display like the picture above, cut the flower stems when the first bud is just ready to open and place it in a sturdy vase. Change the water regularly and remove flowers as they fade. Your cut amaryllis should last for up to 10 days if maintained well.
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Winter always comes too fast and that means you need to start making garden preparations sooner rather than later. Winter poses some challenges to home gardens if you are in a cold climate. There are some precautions that you can take, though. You might think winter is a strange time to be using mulch, but there are actually a few different ways to utilize mulch in the winter to protect your garden.
To protect plants from freezing temperatures and save them from dying, you can insulate the ground to trap some warmth, just as you would inside your home. Snow surprisingly acts as a good insulator for plants in the ground and serves as a buffer from the freezing air to the roots below ground. However, if there isn’t much snow, but temperatures are below freezing then mulch can work as an extra layer of insulation. To figure out how much mulch you need, you first need to know how deep the roots of your plants are. Then mulch enough so that the root length plus your mulch height is greater than the frost level.
Another nifty use of mulch in the winter is to protect roses. If you have rose shrubs, find a small cylindrical enclosure (a wide, but short piece of PVC would work), place it around the roses and then fill it with mulch to insulate the flowers. You can use mulch similarly to protect the crown of roses or the canes of climbing roses.
Winter mulching, or otherwise, Jones Topsoil has you covered for all your topsoil, mulch, gravel, limestone, or sand needs. We’ll deliver your order right to your home. Just contact us anytime and we’ll be happy to serve you in any way we can!
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Spring is just around the corner and it is time to start thinking about what type of flowers you want to plant. There are so many options to choose from and it can sometimes be overwhelming. We have created a list of some beautiful spring flowers that are easy to plant and manage while adding beauty to your home.
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The genetic ability of plants allows them to sense the atmospheric changes and adjust in advance of them. Warm winter temperatures do induce growth and flowering, cool temperatures slow down the growth rate and race to flower.
1. Water the plant before the ground is frozen.
2. Know what works well for this season. Festive, colorful strains like Winterberry will work well.
3. Prune your plants when the branches are without leaves. Remove waterspouts, dead or crossing branches.
4. Use winter mulch when ground begins to freeze.
5. Tie down trunks and spray anti-transpirant to evergreen to prevent winter burn.
6. Adding compost up to 3″ thickness. This will supply organic nutrients to the soil.
1. Garden plants go dormant and rest. Adding Fertilizer is like forcing them to start new growth before the ground warms in the spring. This interrupts this period when they are rejuvenating and ice storms and temperatures below freezing or even hard frosts will kill tender new growth.
2. Do not follow your regular watering cycle. During dry periods when the ground isn’t frozen or covered with snow, a once-a-week deep watering is beneficial. New plantings especially need to be watered in.
3. Worry about bulb foliage. Leaves of daffodils and other spring-flowering bulbs should be just fine during temperature dips.
Keep in mind to evaluate your garden the previous year and decide the changes needed. Its always easy to draw garden plans on paper.
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