Fall Planting, The Best time to plant anything green
It might be tempting to plant new additions to the home garden in spring, but the best time for planting is in fall. A great reason for fall planting is that the ground is cooler. Since most
plants become stressed when the temperatures are too hot, fall planting will help them
become accustomed to the environment. This will lessen the chance of a fungus or disease
wiping out the plants.
Fall Planting Offers Less Stress and Transplant Shock
Transplant shock is the stress caused by removing a plant from its original growing
environment, exposing it to new soil, and exposing it to the weather. Plants can die as a result
of transplanting. The longer they are exposed to the elements before being transplanted, the
more likely they will die. Plants that survive often end up stunted and smaller than normal
due to their weakened state.
Fall planting offers greater success because it reduces transplant shock and stress by allowing
plants time to adjust to their new environment before exposure to extreme temperatures or
Fall planting helps control weeds because the ground is not as warm as it would be in spring.
The soil also holds moisture better in fall than spring, resulting in healthier plants that can put
down roots faster than they could during drier conditions.
Weeds compete with plants for nutrients and water. They also produce seeds that can
germinate into new plants once exposed to sunlight and warm temperatures. If too many
weeds are present in a garden or lawn, they will crowd out desired plants. This can lead to an
unproductive garden or lawn.
The Weather Is Moderate For Fall Planting
The weather in fall is much more moderate than in other seasons. The temperature fluctuates
between 20 degrees Celsius and 30 degrees Celsius, and there are no extreme variations.
There is less rain and sun during this time. This allows the soil to retain moisture and not
become dry, which can cause plants to wilt and die.
The weather affects all plants by changing their growth cycle. If a plant’s growth cycle
changes, it will not grow as well as it would have if the conditions had remained constant.
For example, when flowers are planted in spring but it rains heavily for several days, the
flowers may not grow well because of planting too early for optimal growth.
There Are Fewer Pests
There are fewer pests in the fall than in the spring or summer. This is because fewer insects
are around this time of year, and many bugs have already laid their eggs for next year’s crop.
Pests can affect both the health and appearance of plants. They often suck out their juices or
lay their eggs inside them, which can cause them to wilt and die prematurely. Some pests also
carry diseases that can spread quickly through the garden if left untreated by pesticides. Fall
planting allows plants to grow together to help each other defend themselves against pests
like aphids, spider mites, and other insects that thrive on warm weather and lush growth.
There Are Fewer Chores Hence More Time for Planting
Fall is when a gardener can focus on fewer chores, such as harvesting crops, cleaning up
fields, and preparing them for the winter. This means the gardener will have more time to
plant and transplant new seeds. The result will be a bigger yield with less work in the long
There Are More Deals on New Plants in the Fall
Fall is a great period to plant. Not only is it cooler outside, but there are also more deals on
new plants in the fall. First, many stores are trying to clear out inventory before winter to
bring in new stock and make room for holiday merchandise. This means there are better deals
on fall plants than at any other time of the year.
Second, fewer customers are buying plants at this time of year, so stores have more flexibility
with their pricing structure. There is no need to rush and buy everything immediately because
they will be back next spring anyway.
Plants Get a Longer Growing Period
Fall planting offers greater success for plants. The reason is simple: Fall gives plants more
time to grow. Plants get a longer growing period in the spring. But if a gardener plants them
in the fall, they will grow through winter and spring. This means that they will have a longer
growing season that can help them to produce more fruits and vegetables, as well as flowers
and other plants. Fall planting is especially useful for perennials that need more time to
establish themselves before they bloom again in spring.
One of the biggest advantages of fall planting is that it allows gardeners to get an early start
on next year’s garden so they can take advantage of warmer days and longer nights during the
winter months when most plants are dormant.
Fast Seed Germination During Fall
Many seeds germinate quickly and easily in the spring, but others may take weeks or months
to sprout. This can be frustrating for gardeners who want a fast-growing vegetable or flower
bed. Fall planting helps get plants off to a strong start by allowing them to sprout in advance
of winter. The cooler temperatures also give them more time to grow before they need
protection from cold weather. A gardener will have more time to enjoy their new plants while
they are still small enough for easy care and harvesting.
Better Access To Fall-Planted Bulbs
Bulbs come from plants that store food for winter under their leaves or roots. When the
weather turns cooler, these bulbs begin growing again to bloom in early spring before their
leaves emerge from dormancy. Bulbs should be planted with their tops facing up and pointed
toward the sun to receive plenty of light and warmth during their growth period before
Bulbs are sowed in the fall to give them plenty of time to grow before they bloom. This
results in bigger and more beautiful blooms than those planted in the spring. Fall planting
allows a gardener to use some of the space in their garden for other plants that do not need as
much time to grow, such as vegetables and annuals.
Plants Will Need Less Tending and Watering
In the fall, the days are shorter than the nights. This creates a natural change in temperature
that provides many benefits to plants. Plants need less watering during this time because they
will not grow as quickly. The soil is also cooler, so there is less evaporation from the surface.
Planting plants earlier in the season requires watering more often throughout the summer.
This can be especially true for young seedlings that need extra attention early on.
Roots Can Grow Before the Ground Freezes
Plants planted in fall can take advantage of the warmer weather, allowing root growth before
the ground freezes. This means that plants will have more time to establish their root systems
before winter arrives, making them less likely to die during colder months when they cannot
absorb water as easily.
There Is Less Competition for Nutrients in the Soil
There is less competition for nutrients in the soil because other plants have already started
slowing down their growth cycles for winter. New plants grow stronger before competing
with established vegetation for nutrients and water resources.
Reduced Risk of Disease
Fungal diseases like powdery mildew and rust can infect plants at any time during their
growing season but tend to occur more often during warm weather (spring through summer).
The fungus spreads over plant surfaces and leaves spores on them, which then get dispersed
by wind currents or splashing water droplets. These spores land on other plants where they
can continue to grow and spread throughout the garden.
Plants have a reduced chance of contracting a disease if planted in fall instead of spring. This
is because they will have more time to establish themselves before winter, reducing plant stress.
Stress can make it more likely that a plant will contract a disease.
Plants’ Hardiness Is Increased
The cold weather of fall helps plants become hardier than they would be if planted in spring
or summer. When plants are exposed to cold temperatures, their cells become dormant and
prepare for winter. This is why fall-planted flowers often bloom longer in the winter than
spring or summer.
Plants need less fertilizer in the fall than in the spring. This means that if a gardener is
growing cover crops or plants with a long growing season, they will save money by not
having to buy as much fertilizer at one point during the year. They will also have less
leaching of excess nutrients into groundwater or waterways because the soil is not so
saturated with fertilizer.
Fall planting offers greater plant success compared to spring planting. Though both seasons
have benefits, fall planting allows for a longer growing season, more sunlight, and fewer
temperature extremes for plants. Fall planting is advantageous for most plants.