Gardening Q & A
Today’s Common Gardening Questions…Answered!
Why don’t you carry Forget-Me-Not seeds and plants anymore?
Starting last year, the common Forget-Me-Not (Myosotis sylvatica) has been absent from Wisconsin garden centers. That’s because it has been classified as “restricted” invasive weed by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, effective May 1, 2015. Plants that were already in the state before that time can still be moved or planted until May 1, 2018. After that date, transporting, transplanting, and sales will be prohibited by law. You don’t have to remove “restricted” plants from your garden, but purposeful propagation is not allowed.
Plants are classed as ‘Invasive’ when they spread in the environment and cause environmental and or economic harm. This is different than ‘aggressive’, which is when a plant spreads rapidly in the garden. For a legal alternative, try seeds of Chinese Forget-Me-Not (Cynoglossum amabile). This is summer-blooming annual with the same blue flowers. We have the variety “Firmament” available as seed from Seed Savers. To plant, simply sprinkle the seeds on top of the soil where you want them to grow!
How soon can I plant my _____________ ?
We often get this question at our retail store. Unfortunately, the answer isn’t always simple. Different plants have different cold tolerances, and our weather can vary a lot from year to year. Here’s a good general guide for the Middleton/Madison WI area:
Cold tolerant plants: when the soil is workable, around mid-April:
- Trees, Shrubs, and Evergreens
- Cold-tolerant Annual Plants: Dianthus, Dusty Miller, Lobelia, Ornamental Kale, Osteospermum, Pansies, Snapdragons, Stocks, Sweet Alyssum, Violas
- Cold-tolerant Annual Seeds: Bachelor’s Buttons, Calendula, Love-in-a-Mist, Poppies, Sweet Peas
- Cold-tolerant Herbs: Catnip, Chives, Cilantro, Hyssop, Lavender, Mint, Oregano, Parsley, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme
- Cold-tolerant Vegetables & Fruits: Arugula, Beets, Blackberries, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Fava Beans, Kale, Leeks, Lettuce, Mustards, Onions, Peas, Potatoes, Radishes, Raspberries, Rhubarb, Spinach, Strawberries, Swiss Chard, Turnips
Warm-season plants: mid May to early June, when night temperatures are above 45-50° F
- Tropical Plants: Angel’s Trumpets, Bananas, Bougainvillea, Mandevilla, Palms, Papyrus
- Summer Bulbs: Caladiums, Cannas, Calla Lilies, Dahlias, Elephant Ears, Gladiolus, Tuberous Begonias
- Warm-season Annual Plants: Begonias, Calibrachoa, Cleome, Coleus, Cuphea, Fuchsia, Gerber Daisies, Globe Amaranth, Geraniums, Impatiens, Lantana, Marigolds, Moss Roses, Lantana, Petunias, Purple Fountain Grass, Salvia, Sweet Potato Vine, Verbena
- Warm-season Annual Seeds: Castor Beans, Cosmos, Hyacinth Bean Vines, Morning Glories, Nasturtiums, Sunflowers, Zinnias
- Warm-season Herbs: Basil, Dill, Fennel, Marjoram, Summer Savory
- Warm-season Vegetables: Beans, Corn, Eggplants, Melons, Okra, Peppers, Pumpkins, Soybeans, Squash, Tomatoes, Watermelons, Zucchini
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2830 Parmenter Street, Middleton, WI 53562