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Insider’s Secrets: Ten Do’s & Don’ts for Cultivating Stunning Spring Flowers

Do watch the outdoor thermometer. Be sure to take your hanging and deck plants inside if the temperature dips below 45 degrees.
Don’t plant anything in the ground until after the danger of frost is past.
Do plan for proper drainage. Put a small dish in the bottom of your plant hanger and add rocks to your patio planter.
Don’t over-water plants. Always let the planter dry out completely prior to adding more water.
Do water your plants early in the morning or late in the afternoon.
Don’t water the flowers or leaves, only the soil.
Do keep your Easter plants – tulips, daffodils, lilies – until the leaves begin to yellow. Then plant in the ground for them for lovely blooms next Spring.
Don’t forget to use “Miracle Grow” plant food once a week (follow directions on the container).
Do pick up organic pesticide and fungicide to spray on plants. Scituate recommends “K + Neem” Oil, an EPA registered natural alternative to chemicals.
Don’t ignore your plants. Attentive cutting (“deadheading”) of your drooping or fading flowers, allows for your plants to flourish and grow new blooms. Keep an eye out for correct specific sun/shade exposure that match your various flowering needs.

Brought to you by Scituate Nursery (www.scituatenursery.com). Scituate Nursery has been family operated since 1986. Located at 767 Hartford Pike, Scituate Nursery offers a wide selection of annuals, plants, trees and perennials. Stop in today to browse and discuss your garden’s needs with their experienced staff.