The good, better, best approach to fall perennials

Late Summer and Fall perennial programs have been gaining in popularity with home consumers and growers over the past few years. A change of seasons and a change of routines deserves a change of scenery.

With the kids back to school there is more time, not necessarily for gardening, but for decorating. Decorating with perennial color. Perennials can be the perfect complement to Fall mums and offer a better value to customers due to the duration of color. It’s also a better value to growers since margins for perennials can be greater than that of mums.

The easiest way to grow Summer perennials is outside. Yes, there is the lack of control with temperatures and the chances of monsoon-type rains washing all the nutrients out of the media, but the high light intensities make up for the risk with better quality and less or no need for PGRs.

Coreopsis Uptick: The top of this no-brainer list. Five colors – including the new Red for 2022 (shown) to choose from. One pinched liner into a 2.5 quart container and you have a retail-ready crop in 6-7 weeks! Grown outdoors these will need no PGR. Indoors under lower light levels you can use a little B9 if needed.

Salvia Marvel: Second on this no-brainer list. The Rose (shown) absolutely glows at retail. Seven weeks in summer production and you have a no-brainer retail display!

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