Native Plants: Fall Planting and the Dormancy Period

Native Plants: Fall Planting and the Dormancy Period

Learn more about the fall planting process, and take advantage of the season with American Native Plants!

The planting season might seem like it’s coming to an end, but it’s not quite over yet! Fall is an especially good time to plant natives like perennials because the season provides ideal conditions for new growth. Factors such as soil temperature and sun exposure encourage healthy root growth and aid in the overall growing process come spring. Since fall growth is mostly underground, gardeners won’t usually reap the visual benefits until the following year, but this gives us all the reason to look towards the future! Learn more about the fall planting process, and take advantage of the season with American Native Plants

Healthy Root Growth 

As mentioned above, the amount of top-growth that occurs during the fall is not as abundant as the growth recorded during summertime. While top-growth may be minimal, the action that takes place under the soil is essential for the health of a new native plant! It’s important to remember that timing is everything when it comes to fall planting. Gardeners should have transplants in the ground at least six weeks before the first freeze. This timeframe gives new transplants enough time to establish firm, anchored roots. 

The Dormant Phase 

During the fall season, hardy perennial natives are approaching a dormant phase of their growth cycle. Plants that are typically blooming begin to lose their luster and full leaves. For a perennial, the dormancy period refers to the plant’s temporary metabolic inactivity in response to the changing climate. The plant is not dead, but simply in a state of suspended animation. Gardeners should cut back their perennials now to ensure that they thrive next spring. 

Plan Accordingly 

Keep in mind that some perennials bloom earlier than others. Plant according to the perennial’s growth pattern, and group the plants together accordingly! With the proper planning, you can coordinate your landscape so that all of your perennials bloom in an aesthetically pleasing pattern. Talk to the experts at American Native Plants to ensure that you select the right natives for your property. 


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