Growing Perennials

Unlike annual plants, which must be replanted each spring, perennials grow from the same roots year after year. Though most flowering perennials are dependable and easy to care for, they still require some maintenance. Watch for six important steps to ensure a healthy and beautiful garden.

Divide. Most perennials need to be divided every few years during early spring or late fall. Click here to learn how to properly divide plants.

Stake. Tall or weak-stemmed plants need support when they reach blooming size. Try bamboo canes for individual stems and wire support rings for entire plants.

Deadhead. Remove dead flowers to keep plants looking their best, stimulate reblooming, and prevent plants from expending their energy on seed production.

Mulch. Add some shredded bark, dry grass clippings or torn leaves to keep weeds at a minimum and help retain moisture in the soil. This is especially important for newer gardens or those more sparsely planted.

Water. The amount your perennial requires depends on where you live. If your summers are very dry and you do need to water, try to water deeply and avoid soaking the foliage.

Fertilize. Scratch in a handful of fertilizer around each plant once a year. In addition, an annual application of aged manure or finished compost will improve soil texture and water retention

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