🌺 Planting for max enjoyment

I overheard a fun conversation at the nursery this weekend.

  • Young guy (let’s call him Ted) holding up a beautiful Geranium to an older lady (we’ll call her Susan) who was picking out Begonias:

Ted: Is this a good plant for the front of my house?

Susan: How much sun does the area get?

Ted: I don’t know. I guess it’s pretty sunny.

Susan: Are you planting in the ground or in a pot?

🤔 The conversation continued, but you get the idea.

  • Susan was trying to get Ted to think strategically about his planting.

Why it matters: When deciding what to plant, don’t get distracted by whatever your local nursery or big box store has on display.

  • Planting smart means using a strategy for plants to thrive.

💡 Here are 5 S’s to help you remember:

👉 Sunlight – Does the plant want full sun? Partial sun? Shade? A plant won’t thrive in the wrong light.

👉 Spacing – It’s tempting to overcrowd your plants at first — read the label and give them room to grow.

👉 Soil conditions – Does it want to be mounded? Does it want good drainage? Does it like more acidic soil?

👉 Saturation – How often do you need to water?

👉 Snacking – When should you feed/fertilize?

✅ For your Smart Homeowner list

  • Whatever you do … have fun, enjoy and don’t be afraid to take risks.
  • BloomIQ.com is great resource to find info for your plants.



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