Monday, January 30, 2012

How long will my potted flowers from summer last?

I am a brand new gardner this year, and I potted several flowers (seed and blooming) this summer. I knew nothing about gardening, but my flowers have done pretty well this year and bloomed well. We live in Colorado Springs and I am curious as to how long I should expect them to live. It is already getting cold at night here, but I don't know which ones, if any, I should bother bringing inside. I planted pansies, marigolds, petunias, geraniums, and several variations of daisies. Do any of these bloom again or are they pretty much a "one-time" kinda thing? And if they do bloom again, is it a decent regrowth or are you better off just calling it a loss and planting again next year? I also have herbs outside I dont know what to do with...sage, basil, chives, rosemary, oregano and thyme. Help! What should I do?
How long will my potted flowers from summer last?
All the flowers you mention are annuals, which mean they will only last through this season, so it is not worth bringing them inside - they may last a couple more weeks if the weather holds.



Here's a link that will give you some tips for putting the garden to 'bed' for the winter:

http://www.sheridannurseries.com/GardenS...
Reply:pansies, marigolds, petunias, geraniums, and some variations of daisies are annuals, they will last through one or two frosts. Pansies like cooler weather so they may last longer then your others. The marigolds may possibly reseed them selves mine always did.

Some of your herbs may come back on their own next year.

Next year you might want to consider using perennials so that they will come back the following year and all you will have to do them will be cover them at the end of the year. and It saves you money on not having to buy annuals each year.

You can also create yourself a small inside herb garden for your kitchen. Just plant your herbs in a pot and keep in front of a lighted window.

I planted annuals for many years in a row but with the prices of the annuals getting higher each year I finally decided i was throwing away money and plant all perennials now. Some times I will fill in with a few annuals just for a change of scenery.
Reply:PANSIES, MARIGOLDS, PETUNIAS, GERANIUMS, AND DAISIES ALL COME BACK NEXT YEAR SO, NOT TO FREAT. DIG UP YOUR HERBS AND POT THEM FOR INSIDE PLANTS UNTILL THE WHEATHER GETS WARM AGAIN, PLANT THEM BACK OUT SIDE AGAIN!
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