The Fall Foliage Festival (September 2019) Plant Package features four colorful fall-interest plants paired with a whitewashed wicker basket planter for extra fall feels. Nothing says fall quite like bright reds and yellows (and of course, pumpkin spice lattes).
Below, we'll answer some questions you might have about caring for your container.
How much sun should I give my container? The flowers prefer full sun, which means you'll want to find a spot that gets 4-6 hours of direct sunlight per day.
How often should I water my plants? These plants are drought-tolerant, but if you're keeping them outside in temperatures of 75 degrees or above, you'll want water every day. You can tell if your plants need water by sticking your finger into the top inch of soil. If it is dry, it's time to water. A good watering consists of watering until water runs out of the holes on the bottom of the container. This will allow even the deepest of roots to get the necessary water.
It's getting colder! What do I do? These plants are considered a "fall interest" because they can tolerate a light frost, but that doesn't necessarily mean they should. While they'll survive a light frost, the frost is still doing damage and affecting the lifespan of the plants. If a frost is in the forecast or temperatures are falling below 45 degrees, bring the container inside. You can keep it inside permanently in a sunny window, or you can move them outside for sun and bring them in for the overnights.
How big will this arrangement get? These plants should fill out the container and grow to round it out, but shouldn't grow taller than 12-14 inches.
My plants are getting so big! What can I do? The wildflowers in this month's container have the ability to grow quite large. If they get too top-heavy for the container, we recommend either replanting them into a deeper pot or cutting them back. NOTE: Do not cut the Amethyst in Snow back - the flowers can be cut for displaying but the plant itself should not be trimmed.
Do I have to deadhead? Yes, we recommend removing the dead flowers after they die. Look under the fading flower head for the next bud or leaf. Snip the stalk beneath the dead flower but above the first healthy leaf with a pair of sharp scissors or gardening shears.
Can I transfer it to the ground? If you're located in the South and your temps stay warmer, go for it! Also, the Dolce Apple Twist is a perrenial in zones 4-9, so it can come back next year! Find your zone.
Is this arrangement pet-friendly? While none of these plants are toxic to pets, we don't recommend letting your pets snack on them. You never know what could upset their stomachs, and oftentimes microscopic bugs live in the plants.
Did we miss anything? Ask us additional questions in the comments below and our growers will be happy to answer!