Bedding plants are the first sign for us that spring is officially here. Each spring our greenhouses are jammed full of these lovely flowering flats and pots just waiting to decorate your flower beds. We offer bedding plant flats of smaller plugs (32 per flat) for those looking to plant a large area of flowers, as well as 6-inch pots of larger, more mature annuals for those looking to fill in here or there.
SOIL PREPARATION: Spread one inch of topsoil, Just Natural Garden Soil, and Black Kow cow manure onto the flower beds. Then work into the soil at least 4 to 6 inches deep. Rake the soil level and space out the bedding plants as desired.
PLANTING TECHNIQUES: Plants grown in peat pots should be planted pot and all. Plants grown in trays should be carefully removed from their containers. Cut or break apart as evenly as possible. Shredded mulch should be spread over the area at a two-inch depth. This is done prior to planting because it is difficult to mulch around bedding plants after planting. Plant bedding plants at the same depth they stood in the tray. Space 6 to 8 inches apart. Use Just Natural Garden Soil and Espoma Bio-tone Starter when planting to give plants a healthier root system and to reduce transplanting shock.
WATERING: When first planted, if the weather is hot, sunny, or windy, plants should be watered at least once a day. Do this for a week or until the leaves do not wilt between waterings. Thereafter, or when the weather is cooler, once a week should be enough. In hot weather, every 3 to 4 days may be necessary.
ADDITIONAL CARE: Pinching out tops of young plants when they are about 6 inches tall encourages better branching and production of more flowers. Fertilizer is needed about every other week. Meadows Farms recommends Jacks All Purpose Plant Food. An all purpose insecticide such as Sevin can be used for pest control.
Below is a list of varieties we carry in bedding plant flats: