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5 Reasons Why Fall Is The Best Time to Plant

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Although spring is often thought of as the best time to plant, adding perennials, bulbs, wildflowers and shrubs to the garden in the fall gives plants a head start for their first season. We’ve put together our top five reasons why we love fall planting.

1. Get a jump-start on spring growth.

Planting perennials and wildflowers in the fall gives them a head start on growth the following spring. Root systems will start to grow once the ground thaws, long before the soil can be worked by human hands and any new plants can be put in. This early start means wildflowers that bloom earlier and first-season perennials that can actually show their flowers!

2. The cool weather.

If the hot, sweaty weather isn’t for you, try gardening in the fall! The crisp, cool air makes for an enjoyable, leisurely experience working in the garden.

3. Crucial support for pollinators.

With earlier blooms comes earlier nectar sources for pollinators, who struggle to find food at the extreme ends of the gardening season. Anytime that you can provide early-spring (and autumn) food supplies for birds, bees, and butterflies, you'll be doing your part to protect the human food supply as well, as we rely on pollinators to put food on our own dinner tables!

4. Less water.

The colder weather helps to eliminate evaporation and shorter days mean that photosynthesis actually slows down, resulting in your new plants requiring less water than if planted in the spring.

5. Spring-blooming bulbs need to winter over.

Do you love colorful varieties such as tulips, daffodils and more? These bulbs need to be planted in the fall and require a wintering-over time to provide gorgeous, cheerful spring blooms.

Fall Planting is all about lessening stress. Less stress for gardeners, plants, and pollinators!

The colder weather in fall causes less stress on your new plants, allowing for the root systems to establish themselves in a comfortable environment before the winter. Savvy gardeners know that planting in fall is a great way to get a stress-free jump on the following season!

We have a variety of wildflower seeds, bulbs and perennials for fall planting that you won’t find in the big box stores. Happy fall gardening!


5 thoughts on “5 Reasons Why Fall Is The Best Time to Plant”

  • JenniferSherman
    JenniferSherman July 31, 2015 at 8:15 am

    I already knew this but it is a great reminder.

  • Blair Sulak

    But wouldn't planting in the fall be the worst time for annuals? There wont be time for them to go to seed...

    • wildviolets101

      You would never plant annuals in the Fall...unless they ARE the specific kind of Annuals that CAN be planted at that time in order to germinate, (Usually in warmer Southern States only)... Annual means it only comes into bloom 1 time, whch is usually the, Spring or Summer month's when it is warm for the plants...
      Perennials can be planted in Fall when it is cooler on the ground for them...and gives their roots a little time to get situated...Hope this helped :)
      Happy Planting!

      • Amanda

        You can plant annual wildflowers in the fall! Fall seeding (after the ground has frozen) lets the seed stay dormant for the winter, not coming up and sprouting until the early spring once the ground warms. If you seed annual wildflowers (Such as Zinnias and Cosmos) you'll get earlier blooms in the summer.

        Happy Gardening!


  • Sue

    Of course Planting Perennials in the fall is a great way to go for plants as you point out.
    What I want to know is this. *What seeds can be planted outside in the fall directly in the soil?
    I am very familiar with winter sewing in mini-green houses to be transplanted later. What I am asking about is direct sewing. It seems a great idea for many seeds that need stratification. Nature does this as many plants are prolific seed scatterers? What are they?
    However, I am personally staying away from scattering seed mixes in the garden. It is too difficult to determine the newly emerging little plants from little weeds! I have a SUGGESTION;
    Why not include photos of new plants so people might learn what each looks like after they emerge and get their first true leaves. (I did find a little book with a very limited number of images of juvenile plants from the MO Conservation Dept). If you, who are familiar with baby plants, would do this, it would be a great service to purchasers of mixed seed packets, as well as for those who plant single species. Maybe you might consider this? Thanks. Sue

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