Fall Planting: Reasons for Change

What better day to advocate for fall planting than this rainy, mid-October day in New England. These concepts should have you running to your local nursery to benefit from a fire sale of nursery stock.

Sweetspire fall foliage in Kennebunkport
Sweetspire fall foliage in Kennebunkport
Leatherwood fall foliage
Leatherwood fall foliage

Root Establishment – Aside from the fading fall foliage, many plants are showing signs adverse to aesthetic pleasure. However, the sub-surface activity is thriving in the warm fall soil. For fall planting this provides a major advantage, as roots are quicker to establish than in the unpredictable weather of spring. For many perennials, this means showier first year blooms and in general, increased plant vigor.

Lower Maintenance- The likelihood of rain events peak during the fall. Instead of guessing whether plants will dry out due to increasing spring temperatures, nature handles this chore at no cost to the environment or busy schedules. In addition, nature will also handle weed control, as most weedy plant seeds have gone dormant during the fall planting time.

Cost Savings- Nurseries are forced to slash prices significantly due to the assumed depletion of inventory quality and cultural norms. Our collective increasing desire for instant gratification and how we value plant material forces this action. Unlike consumer goods, plants should be valued by how well they will perform in the future and not solely on their current state or condition.

However clear the reasoning for fall planting may be, there are certain specifics to be considered. Some plants should not be fall-planted and we can help you make the best plant selections accordingly.

 

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