THE MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED EARLY SUMMER GARDENING QUESTIONS,COURTESY OF WHITE FLOWER FARM Got a gardening question? White Flower Farm's customers ask its staff for answers, or they'll check out the detailed gardening information on White Flower Farm's Web site (http://www.whiteflowerfarm.c
Got a gardening question? White Flower Farm's customers ask its staff for answers, or they'll check out the detailed gardening information on White Flower Farm's Web site (http://www.whiteflowerfarm.com/gardening-help.html). And with the addition of White Flower Farm's Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/White-Flower-Farm/86550408163), customers and fans can get answers to all sorts of gardening questions there as well as post photos of favorite plants, or share experiences and tips.
Here is a selection of often-asked questions for June and July:
** Can I grow shrubs and/or perennials in a container?
Certainly Ė just keep in mind that perennials may not bloom the first year, and shrubs may take two or three years to start flowering. Also, if they are being grown in an area where temperatures dip below freezing for extended periods, the pots will have to be moved under cover for the winter; we recommend storing them in a cold but frost free area, in dim light; with occasional attention to watering. Annuals will provide almost instant color, and there is no need to worry about over wintering them, so they are usually a better choice for a container in colder climates.
** How do I care for my reblooming Iris?
The trick to getting them to rebloom is to fertilize right after June bloom and to water during the summer dry spells. Also, see the Growing Guide on our Web site at http://www.whiteflowerfarm.com/planting-growing-bearded-iris-reblooming-iris.html.
**Why hasnít my Tree Wisteria leafed out yet?
Tree wisteria can take a very long time to leaf out the first spring after planting. While some may begin growing almost at once, we do hear of some that donít sprout until June or even late July. Do not apply any kind of fertilizer, growth booster, or stimulants, and water only when the soil is dry two to three inches down from the surface, and then give a good soaking. Once they have gotten their roots established, newly planted Tree Wisteria will start to produce foliage.
** When do I prune my Clematis?
Clematis are divided into 3 pruning groups as follows:
Group I plants bloom on old wood and require no pruning except to control size, in which case prune lightly after flowering, cutting back to a pair of healthy buds.
Group II plants bloom first on old wood and then again on new growth; prune lightly in early spring to shape and remove weak growth and then prune after bloom if desired.
Group III plants all flower on new growth and can be cut back to 12 inches in early spring. This group is ideal for growing through shrubs as all old growth is removed annually. We provide pruning instructions for every Clematis we sell on our Web site at http://www.whiteflowerfarm.com/growing-clematis-vines.html, and this information is also in the Instruction booklet we send with each order.
** When should tulip and daffodil leaves be cut back?
Wait until most of the foliage has turned yellow. Do not braid daffodil leaves or fold them under for a neat appearance;