Planting fall annuals is a quick, easy way to give your yard a kick of autumnal color. These vibrant flowers get their name because their life cycle lasts one season, and then they can be replaced the following year.
Here in Gainesville, Florida, we’re lucky to have several options for buying fall annuals. The Sun Power Lawn Care team took some time to call around this week and ask who has annuals in stock, so that you can get straight to planting new flowers and enjoying a welcoming, autumnal lawn. Check out our list of Gainesville fall annual vendors below, plus tips for choosing and planting these flowers.
Tips For Planting Fall Annuals
If you plant your fall annuals in the next couple of weeks, you can expect them to look their best in about three or four months. But don’t just plant any annual – different flowers will thrive in different settings. An excellent planting guide from UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is available here.
- As your annuals grow, they’ll start to need more watering. The best way to decide whether your flower needs water is to press your finger into the soil up to your first knuckle. If it’s not damp, it’s time to water.
- We generally suggest that gardeners use fertilizers for full, vibrant annuals. Look for a fertilizer that is heavy in nitrogen.
- Prune your annuals by “deadheading” them. This simply requires pulling off flower heads as they wilt and begin to form seeds. After deadheading, the plant’s energy goes toward creating new flowers rather than seed production, creating a nicer visual for your yard.
Where To Get Fall Annuals In Gainesville This Month
2406 NW 43rd Street
Garden Gate started getting their fall crop around two weeks ago. Annuals include snapdragons, petunias, and dianthus, while others such as pansies are expected to arrive soon. This nursery will have annuals in stock until around February.
15220 West Newberry Road
Blooming House expects fall annuals to arrive within two weeks. You’ll be able to get snapdragons, petunias, and most likely pansies at this nursery.
14231 E County Road 1474
Grassroots Nursery predominantly offers perennials, but has recently started focusing a bit more on annuals. This season you can pick up cat whiskers here that typically last one season.
5150 NW 13th Street
7107 NW 4th Boulevard
Annuals have arrived at both of these Gainesville Home Depot locations and will be available until the winter. Flowers include pansies, violas, snapdragons, and petunias.
2564 NW 13th Street
3101 Clark Butler Boulevard
These Gainesville Lowes locations just started getting their annuals in stock. Look for impatiens, snapdragons, geraniums, dianthus, and blue salvia. More will continue to arrive over the next couple of weeks.
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