Is it too late to plant?

bellarosa(z5/IL)June 5, 2011

Hi,

I bought a bunch of pennistenum and switch grass with the intention of planting them by the end of May. Unfortunately, we had quite a few cold and rainy days, so I wasn't able to get out and plant the grasses. Now, the weather has moved on to very high temps - 80s and 90s. Should I wait until the Fall to plant everything? The grasses are Panicum, Northwind and pennistenum, Hamelin.

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donn_(7b-8a)

If the plants are quarts or smaller, I'd pot them up and take care of them until the weather cools off.

If they are gallons or larger, you could safely plant them now. Try to do it on cooler overcast days, and be sure to water them every day if they don't get at least a quarter inch of rain. In summer, rainy weather is the best time to plant.

    Bookmark   June 5, 2011 at 1:39PM
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bellarosa(z5/IL)

Thanks so much for the input. They are small plants in 4 inch containers. I just keep watering them every other day or so. I'm going to wait to plant them in the Fall. We've had three days of temps in the 90s. Thanks again.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2011 at 4:48PM
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donn_(7b-8a)

If you leave them in the small pots, they will be very rootbound by fall. Pot them up to 1-gallon pots, and you'll have larger and healthier plants to plant in the fall. You also won't have to water them quite as often over the summer.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2011 at 5:16PM
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