November is a good time to:
Cooler temperatures and more abundant fall rains will help prevent additional stress to plants affected by the uprooting process. Fall is one of the most colorful times of the year. Deciduous trees turn shades of reds, golds, oranges, and yellows. Some shrubs are also affected by the cooler temperatures.
To begin transplanting shrubs and trees that need to be relocated since plants generally start going dor- mant for the winter. That would include azaleas, ca- mellias and trees.
Add cool-season color including alyssum, calendula, cyclamen, dianthus, Drummond phylox, English daisy, forget-me-not, ornamental kale, pansy, petu- nia, primrose, snapdragon, stock and viola.
Our winters have been so mild, it’s difficult to imagine a freeze. But should one be forecast, water inground plants before the temperature drops. Dry roots are more easily damaged by cold.
Plant artichokes, bok choy, cilantro, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, mustard, spinach, green onions, garlic cloves and turnips.
AUTUMN PROVIDES IDEAL WEATHER TO GARDEN
For holiday color, start amaryllis indoors in contain- ers of soil or over the water and pebbles. For fra- grance force narcissus.
Around Thanksgiving, plant alliums, amaryllis, cro- cus, daffodils, freesia, hyacinths, ixia, leucojum, ipheoin, muscari, rain lilies, sparaxis and watsonia.
Move potted plumerias indoors when nights become chilly.
The information in this article supplied by Lawn Mangement Company, November 2009—Season to Season Newsletter and the Houston Chronicle Saturday, October 31, 2009 addition—Home & Garden section.
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