Middle South

November, 2000
Regional Report

Plant Tulips


The second half of November is the perfect time to plant tulip bulbs straight from the store (or catalog) - no prechilling required. I like to interplant tulips with mini-pansies in front-yard beds. I plant groups of 5 tulip bulbs, spaced 3 inches apart, about 5 inches deep, with mini-pansies between groups. It'll be quite a colorful combination come spring.

Plant Daffodils


In our region daffodils are the best spring-flowering bulbs for naturalizing. They always come back, year after year. Plant purchased bulbs or dig and divide crowded clumps. When dividing established clumps, don't worry if the bulbs have already developed roots. They'll recover if you work quickly and replant them within hours after digging them up.

Set Out Evergreens


Boxwoods, junipers, and other hardy evergreen shrubs planted now will benefit from winter rains and be well rooted by summer. Prepare very wide planting holes (at least twice the diameter of the root ball), amended with 4 inches of organic matter only if the soil is very poor. Be sure to plant shrubs at the same depth they grew in their containers.

Plant Garlic

The biggest, fattest cloves taken from the outside of garlic bulbs will grow into the biggest, strongest plants. Plant cloves 3 inches deep and about 8 inches apart in fertile, well-drained soil. Mulch with 2 inches of wheat straw after a hard freeze. In winter the cloves develop roots, so by spring the green shoots poke up through the straw mulch.

Kalanchoe Care

Leave potted kalanchoes outside until just before a damaging freeze and then bring them indoors. Kept in a bright windowsill, the plants quickly get busy producing clusters of buds. Feed kalanchoes every two weeks with a liquid fertilizer, and you\'ll have a strong display of flowers by February.

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