Mother’s Day is over: Still too early to plant?

Niles Everyone says the best time to plant your flowers is after Mother's Day. Well, Mother's Day has come and gone but with the crazy weather we get here in Michiana is this still the best time?

Tuesday, NewsCenter 16 talked to a professional over at Vite Greenhouses in Niles. They say it's a good time to plant some flowers. They say soil temperatures are up now so it's a lot safer to plant than before but there are a couple of things you need to be careful of.

The President of Vite Greenhouses, Jerome Vite, says you may want to be careful of impatiens, New Guinea impatiens, things affected by cooler temperatures.

If we do get cooler, even freezing temperatures like we have seen in previous years, Vite says you want to cover you plants with a sheet. He says you don’t want to use plastic because plastic is not a good protector from frost.

“Just be careful, if it gets down into the mid-30s to cover up, especially when you have tropical plants,” explains Vite.

Now, if you finally made time to get in your garden or this is your first time gardening we have a few ideas for you.

If you are working with a container you want to start with your tall plants. They can either go in the center or the back of the container.

Then, you put in your filler plants and finally your spiller plants. Vite says a popular plant you could use is the Supertunia Bordeaux. They are very low maintenance and flower from now until we get a hard freeze in the fall.

Another thing you want to keep in mind is making sure you use good growing mix that does not contain soil or dirt. Soil and dirt will compact and doesn't allow the plant to reach and breathe in the containers.

A few new items they have this year are Supertunia Orchid Charm, Superbells Pomegranate Punch, Heuchera (Coral Bells), Blackberry Ice and Cinnamon Curls.

Several of you wrote in saying your rose bushes had to be cut down, that tree you planted last year died and those perennials didn't come back this year.

Vite says the harsh winter did take a toll on plants but he did say since spring started late a lot of things haven't broken dormancy yet. The best thing to do is monitor your plants and look for buds. Towards the end of the month if it hasn't done anything then it’s probably a lost cause.

For more information you can stop into Vite Greenhouse at 2610 Redbud Trail, Niles, MI or go to their website.

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