The 2nd to 3rd weeks of October are the best time to plant your bulbs for a stunning Spring Bulb Display!
Choose your favorite Tulip, Daffodil, Galanthus, Crocus, and other unique favorites now, before the selection is picked over. Store the bulbs in a dry, dark, cool place for a couple of weeks until the ideal bulb planting time.
Choose a site that is well drained (amend clay soils) and sunny in the early Spring.
Plant your bulbs 2-3x as deep as the bulbs are tall, from nose to base. Plant nose side up.
Some gardeners like to plant their bulbs with Bonemeal, which is high in Phosphorus and promotes root and flower production in plants. Just be aware, that on bulbs that are smaller, and require a hole less than 4” deep, Bonemeal may attract critters that will dig up your bulbs to get to the tasty fertilizer.
Give a little water to the area to set the bulbs in place.
Then, cover with leaf litter or a thin layer of much, about 1" to 2”.
After the cold winter months, you will be rewarded with an outstanding Spring Display!
Fall is for planting!
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There are several great reasons to plant Trees, Shrubs, and Perennials this Fall!
As the weather cools, these plants begin to de-stress from the hot and, usually, dry Summer conditions. Throughout the Summer, they store energy from the sun, as produced by their leaves, and from the water and nutrient stores provided by the soil. All this work gives our plants protection from cold and, often, dry Winter conditions.
When we set plants in the Fall, we give them an opportunity, before their dormant season, to stretch their roots and access the stores of available nutrients and water in the landscape soil environment!
When these plants “wake up” in the Spring, and return to an active growing cycle, they do so in their new homes. No shocking moves in their near future!
This is a great way to boost the success rate of new plantings and avoid transplant shock.
As they say, Dig a $200 hole for a $20 plant!
This means twice (2x) as wide as the root ball, and just (1x) as deep. Taper your mulch line up to a few inches from the base of the plant, making sure the mulch does not encourage water to pool around or touch the plant.
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Plants need a little extra food to help them endure our, not too harsh, winter conditions. The best time to feed is September and October, up to the First Frost Date.
This year, it is expected around October 20, 2013.
Trees, Shrubs, and most Evergreen Perennials will appreciate the extra energy stored and present you with a wonderful display the coming year!
Use a Tree & Shrub specific product, at ½ the recommended dosage.
We recommend Ferti-lome Tree and Shrub Food, for your deciduous plants,
and Espoma’s Hollytone for your Evergreens and Acid Loving Plants.
Espoma’s Gardentone is a great product for your Evergreen Perennials.
New Plantings will need a starter fertilizer, such as Espoma’s Biotone Starter, or Bonide’s Root and Grow. Follow in about 10-14 days with a standard Tree, Shrub or General Fertilizer.
Be sure to water any new plantings right after they are planted. And, again, when the ground is dry.
Even established plants need water when it is dry out. Let your hose drip for about 2 hours at the base of any Trees that show signs of being dry at this cooler time of year; usually about once every week or two.
Fall pruning should be limited to pruning for general plant health.
This means removing any Dead, Damaged, or Diseased stems and limbs from the plant.
This is not the best time for pruning for shape, as hard pruning encourages new growth. If the new growth on the plant is hit by the frost and cold weather, it could further stress, or even damage, the plant.
Remember to use a proper pruning technique; use the right size pruners, loppers, or saws for the job being done.
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A Fabulous Fall is Ahead!
Please call one of our knowledgable staff members with any questions, concerns, or needs for advice, they are always Happy to Help!
Fall Magic with Pansies, Panolas, and Violas
Freshen your Annual Container and Landscape displays with our extensive variety of Pansies, Panolas, and Violas!
We have more than a Rainbow of color options and complimentary annuals and perennials to keep your Stunning Landscape and Container designs going through the Winter.
We proudly carry the complimentary Fall Magic series, by Proven Winners:
A few of our favorites are the varieties of Ferns, Euphorbia, Heuchera (Coral Bells),. Grasses, Sedum, Calibachoa (mini/million bells), Nemesia, and Diascia.
Come by and see our staff container design experts to assist our Creative Customers while making their plant selections! Happy Gardening!
Stanley’s Secret Garden on Northshore in West Knoxville.
The Secret Garden is located at 305 South Northshore Drive (map to location), near Kingston Pike and Northshore. Our Secret Garden will be open for fall planting starting September 3rd.
Henley Bridge Closure and directions to Stanley’s
Visit the SouthKnoxIsOpen.com website for updates on the Henley Bridge project.
Stanley’s Greenhouse & Plant Farm
For 72 years, Charles Stanley and sons Monte and Rocky have supplied East Tennessee gardeners with quality plants, shrubs, perennials, herbs, annuals, houseplants, and poinsettias.
Stanley's is a family owned garden center located 5 minutes from downtown in South Knoxville. Get directions...
Why choose Stanley's Greenhouse?
For the quality assurance that only a locally owned grower can provide.
Growing and propagating over 60% of the plants we sell on site at our garden center reduces our carbon “footprint” significantly by not having our plants shipped from other locations.
Because we grow the plants at our greenhouses here in Knoxville, the plants are fresher and acclimated for East Tennessee climate.
Our status as one of the areas largest growers exempts us from charging sales tax on plants. Therefore all plants purchased at Stanley’s Greenhouse are TAX FREE!