Plant Native Perennial Wildflowers in the Fall

Planting perennial wildflowers in the fall gives the roots a chance to become established before the plant has to put energy into growing its vegetative portion and flowering the next year. Photo credit: Shannon Trimboli, all rights reserved

We always think of spring as the planting season, but fall is the perfect time to plant native perennial wildflowers. When we plant in the spring, the flower has to divide its energy between establishing a strong root system and growing the vegetative portion of the plant and perhaps flowering that year. However, when we plant in the fall, the vegetative portion of the plant is getting ready to go dormant. The plant, therefore, can put the vast majority of its energy into establishing a strong root system which will often continue to grow until the ground freezes. This results in a plant that is typically stronger when it comes back next year.

This article was part of Shannon’s original Kentucky Pollinators and Backyard Wildlife blog which evolved into the blog for Backyard Ecology.

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