The best time to plant

The best time to plant

A long discussion on which Hans also has his vision: when is the best time to plant? In his view, there is only one correct answer to this question: late summer and early autumn. Why? He explains that in this blog.

“What you plant in the fall must grow”

He deduces this answer from the old gardener's proverb: "What you plant in the spring can grow, but what you plant in the fall must grow".

Hans thinks it is important to reiterate the advantages of late planting. The advantages certainly outweigh the disadvantages.

The benefits of planting in early fall:

  • In the fall, plants have only one job: to root. Within a few weeks the hair roots are formed and the plant is established. This gives the plant a growth advantage over the plants that are planted in the spring.
  • Because the plants were blooming recently, you still have a fresh picture of the garden. This way you know exactly which plants are missing and where there is still room for improvement. 
  • The choice is large in late summer and early autumn; much larger than in the spring. Nothing grows in the winter, so in the spring you really only have a choice from the plants that are left in the fall.
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Disadvantages of this planting

Of course, there can be no only benefits associated with planting in early fall. At this time of the year there can be a lot of precipitation,

If you know in advance which parts of the garden often remain wet, it is important not to plant here after September. The soil is then heavy and wet, which does not promote the growth of the plant and in combination with. frost can be fatal to the plant. If this is the case, it is better to wait until spring to plant with these pieces of garden.

In addition, there are a number of plants that are generally better off planting in the spring. About 5% of all plants are not suitable for planting in the fall.

Additional tips for planting in the fall

There are a number of measures you can take to protect the plants against the (sometimes violent) weather conditions in autumn and winter.

  1. Plant all plants, with the exception of rosette-forming plants, 1-2 centimeters deeper than in the pot. In this way, they are less likely to blow loose during a major storm.
  2. Keep the soil warmer by covering the plant with a mulch layer of compost or leaf soil. This gives the plant longer time to take root.

Now is the perfect time to orientate

Plants are in bloom in the summer months. So now is the perfect time to orientate yourself on new plants for your garden so that the planting can start around September. Need advice? Then please contact Hans.