Three Simple Reasons Why Fall Is The Ideal Season For Planting [and Transplanting!]

This standard hydrangea at our beach cottage was being suffocated by the Hosta so it needs to be replanted now.

Why Plant (or Transplant) in the Fall? ┬áHere’s Three simple reasons why fall is the ideal season for planting:

  • Air temperatures are beginning to drop but soil temps remain warm, actually warmer than in the spring. Warm ground is great for encouraging fast root development and with strong roots, your plant will be well established by next year. If the same plant is planted in the Spring, it gets a slower start because soils are cooler.
  • As the days get shorter plants start to go dormant, so plants experience very little stress when transplanted this time of year. Look at it this way, when the plant is asleep, it won’t even know it’s being moved.
  • Finally, fall is a great time to find plants at clearance prices. If you haven’t done any shopping yet, stop by any of our local garden centers because the fall planting sale is going on now!
Judith Rae for KDHamptons
I review photos from my summer garden so I remember which areas need adjusting for the next season.
Don’t throw out the beautiful planters you worked so hard on all summer. Either put them in storage at a nursery, by a sunny kitchen window, or plant them in the ground on your property and hope they survive the winter.
October allows us the space and mild temps to plant.
October is also a good month to trim back your wisteria.
Early October is also a good month to trim back your wisteria and roses.