When you plan to start working on your garden, you should first consider when the best time is to start planting your flower bushes.
The common debate is whether it is best to do so in the spring or fall but it depends on your preference and the plant type. We highly recommend waiting until the middle of the fall season to start planting your flower bushes. Your plants will grow better in preparation for the upcoming season.
The best time to plant flower bushes is in late fall or early spring. This way, they will have time to grow and produce flowers before the hot summer months. It will also allow your flower bush to thrive during its first year because of less competition for nutrients with other plants in the ground.
If you have ever worked in your garden, you know the difficulties of trying to plant your flower bushes at the wrong time. The soil will reject your plants if it is too cold or still too close to winter. This is why we explain exactly when to plant your flower bushes in this guide.
When To Plant Flower Bushes
It is best to plant flower bushes in the fall because it gives your plants enough time to settle before winter and you won’t need to worry about weeds. However, many people often plant them in the spring because they think that they will get better blooms and produce more flowers.
This is not necessarily true though and fall is the better time to plant flowers since this is when weeds are dormant. It is also better because it allows plants more time to establish themselves before winter arrives.
If you are looking for something to do this fall, planting some flowering bushes is a great idea. The soil does not have to deal with other growth during the wintertime, so it is ideal to get your plants in during the fall when the roots can establish themselves before the temperature drops too much.
However, the type of flower bush you are planting will play a major role in when you should do so. There are a variety of different flower bushes we will discuss along with the ideal time to plant them.
What Is The Best Month to Plant Flower Bushes?
In order to maximize your chances of getting a bush flowering each year, it's important to make sure you pick the right time to plant them.
The best month to plant flower bushes is at the end of March or the end of September. This is because these are times when there are higher chances that there will be no frost or snow, and then flowers can grow much quicker.
The soil will also be less restrictive with other roots and plants so your new shrubs will have no issues establishing roots in preparation for a bloom. The exact time you plant will also depend on the type of flower bush you are planting.
We prefer planting in September and October for most plants because it allows more time before spring. The idea with this is to allow at least six weeks for your roots to establish underground before the freezing temperatures occur.
However, if you don’t mind waiting a bit for a full bloom you can have plenty of success by waiting until the end of March to start growing your plants.
When To Plant the Different Types of Flower Bushes
There are many different types of flower bushes that have a specific time for planting. Each type of flower is planted at a different time, which is determined by the climate and the specific flower.
Some flower bushes grow best in the late spring or early summer while others will grow best in the autumn or winter. It ultimately depends on the plant type and the style of bulbs that grow.
No matter what time of year you plant your flowers you should make sure they are planted where they have enough space to grow properly without crowding other plants or being too close to buildings. It is also important to follow the proper planting instructions to grow healthy flowers.
Spring Flowering Bushes
You should plant your spring-flowering bushes in the middle of the fall right before the winter weather approaches. This allows the roots to form before the cold weather and then a full bloom will occur once spring arrives.
They can also be planted in the spring, but you will lose a full bloom and the plant will not grow as healthily right away.
Summer Flowering Bushes
Summer-flowering bushes should be planted in the early parts of spring to allow for growth by the middle of the summertime. They are slightly different and because they tend to bloom later in the year, it is best to wait until after winter to plant them.
The general rule is to wait two to four weeks until the cold temperatures have ended before planting the summer flower bushes.
Winter Flowering Bushes
Winter flower bushes are a great way to keep your garden area looking pretty despite the cold, gloomy weather. These are best planted in late spring or early fall in preparation for the winter months.
Using winter-flowering bushes is typically a much more rare practice compared to other traditional spring or summer flower bushes. Some popular flower choices include a honeysuckle or pansies bush.
Evergreen Flowering Bushes
Similar to the summer-flowering bushes, evergreen bushes should also not be planted until the springtime after cold temperatures have left. They tend to take longer to grow too, so it is ideal to get this done to expect full growth within the first 100 days.
However, you can afford to wait longer with these bushes to ensure they are only getting warm temperatures and maximum sunlight. You can have plenty of success still by planting these towards the end of spring too.
How Long Does It Take Flower Bushes to Grow?
Flowers are a great way to spruce up your home. Luckily there are many different types of flowers that will work well with any landscaping style. One question that often comes up is how long does it take flowers to grow?
Some flowering bushes grow in as little as 65 days while some can take up to 100 days for them to fully bloom and be fully grown. You will notice your flowers starting to sprout within the first week or so too.
The length of time required for a flower bush to mature will depend on the type of bush, the care that it receives, and the climate in which it is grown. It also depends on when you plant your flower bushes to determine how quickly they grow.
When planting a flower bush in your garden, it is important to be aware that the time needed for the plant to mature will vary depending on the variety of plants chosen. The first few months of growth is the most important as it sets the framework for the rest of the plant's life.
How to Plant Flower Bushes
When planting a flower bush, it is important to choose the right location for maximum exposure to sunlight. It is also essential to consider soil health when planting a flower bush. Both of these factors will heavily impact growth.
1. Prepare the Area
When you start to prepare the planting area, you will need to rake away any leaves or old soil that could harm the growth of the flower bush. This includes any debris like rocks or stones that could hinder plant growth.
The goal is to freshly clean the area and make it easier to dig. After this is done, you can start to dig the hole where the flower bush will go. The size of the hole ultimately depends on the size of the plant, but you should aim to make it big enough for the pot to fit too as a general rule of thumb.
2. Remove the Plant From the Pot
Once you have finished digging a hole that fits both the plant and the pot, you can start to remove the plant from the pot it came in. It should slide out of the pot easily and only be done once you are ready to immediately plant it.
3. Plant the Shrub
Now that you have the plant in hand, you can set it down into the hole you dug. Be sure to move the plant around to securely find the right angle and location you want it to sit in. Be sure everything aligns right before moving on.
You can start to fill in the hole with the soil that you dug up. Be sure to evenly fill the hole and try to eliminate any potential air pockets that could exist.
4. Water the Area
Before moving on, make sure you spend a few minutes watering the area too. It is smart to water it right away to get things started and remember to regularly water it for healthier growth in the future too.
About THE AUTHOR
As an experienced gardener & landscaper on my own property over the last 20 years, I'm excited to share the things I've learned along the way, as I continue to learn.Read More About Elsie Moore