Western Mountains and High Plains

September, 2008
Regional Report

Prepare Geraniums for the Move Indoors

If you want to keep some geraniums over the winter and grow them indoors, now is the time to prepare them. Cut back the leggy plants so they will be easier to dig, and transplant into containers in the next few weeks. You can also take some cuttings for new geranium starts. Grow indoors in bright light with cool temperatures.

Take Advantage of Discounted Perennials

Early fall is a good time to set out new perennials in those blank spots in the garden. Garden centers and nurseries have great plant sales. You can also divide spring-blooming perennials so they can get rooted before the ground freezes. Use a spading fork to lift plants and divide them.

Plant Daffodils Early

If you love daffodils like me, this is the month to get planting. These bulbs need to establish roots while the soil is still warm. Plant them deep, with at least 7 to 8 inches of soil above the nose of the bulbs. Deep planting assures they will last and multiply for many years to come.

Make Room for Cheerful Pansies

Call them what you like -- "winter" or "hardy" pansies -- it's time to plant them for late-season color. Put them in window boxes, containers, and borders. They will grow and bloom well into December.

Plant Peonies

Plant sales have discounted prices on herbaceous and tree peonies now. Locate them in full sun where the soil has been enriched with compost and sphagnum peat moss. Don't plant too deeply because that can cause failure to bloom.

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