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Alexandria, IN
(Zone 5a)

October 23, 2007
12:33 PM

Post #4113903

I just bought several plants from a local home improvement store for an amazing percent off.

2-Wine and Roses weigela

Is there anything special I need to do at this time of year when I plant them in my zone 5? Honestly, everything could die as long as the weigela lives till next year!! I also recently planted some ornamental grass that I bought at a steep discount as well. Anything I should do for them?

Thanks guys. You have always been helpful! Maybe I need to subscribe someday...
Vicksburg, MS
(Zone 8a)

October 24, 2007
10:43 AM

Post #4117465

I would add root stimulator at planting time and mulch well. Hopefully, they will all have time to put down some roots before your really cold weather sets in. If they do, they should all be fine come spring. I've been planting lots of fall stuff too but my weather will stay warm a lot longer than yours will. Good luck.
South Milwaukee, WI

October 25, 2007
12:20 AM

Post #4120264

The weigela is pretty hardy - keep watering everyday for the first week after planting and mulch it . I think it will be fine. I have planted so many Mums in fall and I have never had one come back the next year.--I think they freeze, but maybe You'll have better luck.
Alexandria, IN
(Zone 5a)

October 26, 2007
2:10 AM

Post #4124240

Thanks guys. I have some rooting compound for cuttings. Would that work as a root stimulator?
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

October 26, 2007
2:29 AM

Post #4124300

Rooting hormone isn't the same thing as a root stimulator. Root stimulators are usually a mix of vitamins that help the plants build strong roots. Superthrive is a popular one but I'm sure there are other ones too.
Vicksburg, MS
(Zone 8a)

October 26, 2007
7:42 PM

Post #4126390

This time of year I'm still getting Miracle Grow Quick Start at Home Depot. There's another brand but I'm having a senior moment on the name, lol. I've used SuperThrive too and think it's great stuff but it may be a little hard to find locally this late in the year.


Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

October 28, 2007
3:53 AM

Post #4131014

A lot of the mums sold for fall bloom are not hardy, and those that do live need pruning to be anything like the full round bush you buy.
South Milwaukee, WI

October 28, 2007
3:59 AM

Post #4131026

That may be the reason --they never come back for me. I see others with them and was wondering why I have no luck. They really don't say on the tags.

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