When To Buy Outdoor Plants

The best time to purchase plants is between September and November if you want to brighten up your yard on a budget.

To make place for arriving fall plants and Christmas goods, home improvement retailers and nurseries are anxious to get rid of all leftover summer plants (trees, shrubs, bulbs, and perennials). Earlier in the year, you might be able to find plants for less money. Let’s examine some other opportunities to get great deals on annuals and perennials.

When can plants be placed outside?

Most indoor plants can be placed outside from May through September. Wait until two to four weeks after the last frost if you want to be safe because timing varies across the nation and from year to year. You could also decide to hold off a little longer if your garden is open to the elements.

Hardening off

Before removing your plants for the summer, gently acclimate them to the chilly temperatures and increasing light intensity outside. For the first one or two weeks, place the plants in a shaded area outside during the day and bring them inside at night.

Where to put them

When house plants are outdoors, they run the risk of scorching, so gradually increase their exposure to light. For shade and pest prevention, you can hang air plants, bromeliads, Christmas cactus, and orchids from a tree.

Summer care

House plants will need regular watering because they dry out quickly outside, so keep an eye on the compost. Watch out for pests like aphids, slugs, snails, and caterpillars as well. When watering, it’s also beneficial to provide a home plant fertilizer on a regular basis.

Returning indoors

Before the first frost, bring your houseplants back inside. Check them first for pests, such as slugs that may be hiding under the pot. Remove any damaged or burned foliage as well as any faded blossoms. Put your plants in a bowl of warm water if they are dry.

Is it too soon to start outside plant planting?

It varies! As long as the ground is not too moist, you can now plant trees, shrubs, perennials, cool-season annuals, vegetables, and herbs. However, you should normally hold off until May 1st or Mother’s Day before planting warm-season flowers and vegetable plants.

There are 2 key components you need to look at to know whether it is safe to plant

#2Are the air and soil temperatures (during the day and night) warm enough for the plants you have in mind?

When should I purchase springtime plants?


The want to head outside and plant might become very strong as soon as the first few days of mild weather arrive. To truly start planting, it is usually advisable to hold off until it is warmer outside. Knowing when to start planting can be confusing for many new gardeners. Not everything can be planted at once, which adds to the complexity. But don’t worry; there are easy guidelines you may follow to determine when to plant.

The ideal planting period will vary depending on the plant. Here are some recommendations on what plants can be planted when.

  • As soon as the ground is neither frozen nor too damp to work, it is deemed to be useable. Squeeze a handful of dirt in your hand; if the ground is too damp to work on, it should easily crumble. The ground is too damp to work if it sticks together.
  • As long as they remain dormant, bareroot perennials can be planted right now.
  • Annuals that can withstand extreme cold, including violas, primroses, and pansies, can be planted, but they need to be hardened off to live. To find out whether the plants you buy have already been “hardened off” or if you need to do it yourself, check with the garden center where you purchased them.
  • Peas and spinach are two examples of cold-crop vegetables that can be sown now. You can also sow onion seeds.

When should flowers be purchased for plants?

Although it can be tempting to purchase plants that are already covered in blooms, that isn’t always the greatest option. During flowering, plants focus their efforts primarily on producing additional blooms and setting seed rather than developing a strong root system that would support robust development and plentiful bloom over a longer period of time.

It’s okay to postpone purchasing if getting a specific flower color is crucial to you until you can see the flowers in person. The label’s image might not accurately depict the plant’s true color. If so, purchase as early in the season as you can, right as the first blossoms begin to open. If not, you should select plants with more leaves rather than ones that are in full flower.

When do you begin to plant flowers?

When it’s not overly hot or sunny, it’s ideal to grow flowers. The best day to expect rain is one that is cloudy. After the last date of frost in your area, most flowers should be planted.

The most common period to plant flowers is in the spring, although perennials can also be planted in early fall in the North and late fall in the South.

What degree of cold is unsuitable for outdoor plants?

Being able to cultivate vegetables in your own garden is great. However, you must exercise caution when planting the vegetables. I conducted research to find out how much cold these plants could withstand and have included the results below.

The ideal temperature for a vegetable garden is 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Your vegetable garden’s roots, leaves, and fruits could be damaged by frost that forms in the garden due to this temperature. If the temperature drop is only momentary, you can still safeguard your food crop.

The temperatures at which the plants in your vegetable garden would survive are described in much more depth below. Additionally, I’ve provided advice on how to shield your plants from a brief drop in temperature.

How does it work?

Planting calendars are made to determine when it is optimal to plant a garden and start seedlings. First and final frost dates are used to determine when to plant everything. For instance, if you’re planting in hardiness zone 5, the first and last frost dates are normally between October 16 and October 31. The final frost date typically falls between April 1 and April 15, for example. These dates will help determine when to plant, in part.

Which months would be ideal for planting?

In North America, the dormant season, which typically lasts from late fall to early spring, is the ideal period to plant any type of plant. The rest of the year is fine for planting, but it will take more upkeep from you in the form of watering, fertilizers, etc. Large shrubs and trees can be planted during the hot, dry summer, but fall is actually the best period since the winter months allow the roots of the plants to expand, allowing them to consume more water.

A longer period with more “excellent” days is available for gardening in the fall compared to the frequently turbulent spring. Additionally, if you plant in the fall, you’ll gain a head start and avoid rushing to finish everything after the winter. In fact, planting perennials at the same time as your fall bulbs is a wise move. The weeds in your soil are dormant in the fall, making it easier to control them than in the spring when they are highly energized and eager to wreck havoc in your garden. As a gardener, this circumstance makes it possible for you to prepare your growing area one weekend before planting the following week. The weeds will take over your target crop if you don’t clear and plant on the same day in the spring.

Most trees, shrubs, grasses, and flowers go through a dormant period in the fall and winter when the temperature decreases, during which time they don’t produce as many new roots. Instead, they are putting energy into storage in the roots for use in the upcoming growing season. These plants can establish root systems by fall planting, which they can then develop during the winter. Additionally, there is typically more rain in the fall, so you will need to do less upkeep.

Planting native trees, shrubs, and perennials now will give them a few weeks of warm soil temperatures to establish their roots before the soil temperature drops. Although there won’t be much growth visible above ground, the roots are thriving and will fare better than plants that are only now beginning to send out their roots in the spring.

Is it too early to plant in April?

The spring green-up is beginning as temperatures rise. Have you been itching to get your garden going? Even if it seems warm outside, it’s still too early to move the majority of plants outside for the season.

As most plants still need to wait to be planted in the ground, I chatted with Greg Leyes from Ginger Valley Garden Center in Granger to find out what we should start doing right away to transition our yard and garden from winter to spring.

Prior to starting the enjoyable task of planting the flowers and veggies, you must first perform some labor-intensive yardwork. Spread some grass seed now to prevent crabgrass later in the summer.

Leyes asserts that it is far simpler to get rid of crabgrass if it is stopped from spreading than if it is attacked after it has completely taken over your lawn.

While mid-April is an excellent time to lay down crabgrass preventer, the temperatures aren’t warm enough for crabgrass to sprout just yet. Before applying the preventer, it’s a good idea to give your lawn a thorough rake because it might need some TLC after the winter.

Early April is still regarded as the start of the chilly weather plant season, despite daytime highs in the 70s. Growing plants like peas and broccoli as well as leafy greens (such as kale or spinach) is possible until soil temperatures are in the 40s to 50s. Plants that prefer cool climates are typically a little more frost resistant.

Plants known as perennials, which grow back every year, can thrive in the chilly springtime weather. Some of these flowers, according to Leyes, have even flowered while covered in snow in the springtime. Early spring is a good time to begin planting fresh perennial flowers if you want to do so.

Plants that prefer warmer climates, such as the tomato plant, aren’t quite ready. Many of the plants are being started for the season indoors in Ginger Valley’s heated greenhouse.

Although the plants in the heated greenhouse already appear lovely, they must remain inside for a little while longer to retain their health and attractiveness.

Some of these warmer-season plants can be started indoors at home as well, but they shouldn’t be placed outside until the weather is warmer. These plants are susceptible to freezing or late-season frosts if overnight lows fall below 32 degrees.

The winter-dead annual flowers are likewise not yet prepared to be planted outside. If you’re thinking of flowers, you can view a lot of them in the cozy greenhouse, but they aren’t yet ready for your outdoor garden. Even though spring doesn’t officially end until mid-June, there is still plenty of time to get these planted.

The indigenous trees and bushes of Michiana have already begun to bud. Remember to water your new tree when you plant it in your yard right now.

“There won’t be a problem if the April showers cooperate. Simply add water with a hose if it isn’t raining enough “Leyes is suggested.

Any plant needs water, but it’s especially crucial during the first year or two after planting. This also applies to trees: it may sound silly, but water your younger trees.

Please feel free to share a picture of your garden or flowers with the First Warning Neighborhood Weather team as the season progresses and you are able to get things planted.

Is purchasing plants in the cold a bad idea?

It might seem simple to transport the plant securely, but doing it in the winter can be really difficult. If you have any plants, particularly tropical plants, and you reside somewhere that gets chilly in the winter, even a brief exposure to the cold can be fatal to the plant. Your plant experiences a significant temperature change quickly, which could shock it. Plants that experience shock require a long time to recuperate and run the danger of contracting pest infections or perhaps dying.

Driving is the best option if you’re buying plants in the winter because walking or riding a bike will expose the plant to the cold air for too long, which will likely destroy it. Although the plastic and/or paper wrapping will shield your plant from the chilly winds, it won’t last very long against the outside temperature. When getting your new plant(s) home, it is essential to have a warmer environment like a car because the layers won’t be able to keep your plant warm for more than a few minutes.