Funny when the sunlight hours become shorter and the temperature drops we automatically think flowers are done for the season. Here in Sunny Southern California, a land of no seasons, this is furthest from the truth. Our wonderful climate allows gardeners a virtual second chance to grow fall color and flowers.
A selection of fall plant varieties are required for success. Many flowering plants should be planted now such as Sweet Peas, Cyclamen, Pansies and Snapdragons. Fall is the time to plant bulbs, such as Irises, Narcissus, Amaryllis and Gladiolas.
Vegetables can also be planted now such as cabbage, kale, spinach, all lettuces, broccoli and cauliflower.
My recommendation for a successful fall color is to always…
If you are planting in the ground:
- Amend your soil.
- Apply an organic fertilizer.
- Add worm castings or Malibu Compost and John and Bob’s Soil Optimizer.
- Cover everything with our Organic Planting Mix.
- Water only as needed. Usually in coastal climate areas once a week.
If you are planting in a container:
- Use the same amendments.
- Cover everything with our Premium Potting Soil.
- Water only as needed. Usually in coastal climate areas once every 4 to 5 days. If the container in less than 6 inches the water every three to five days.