After Care Instructions

Seasonal Color Installations

Welcome to your comprehensive guide on maintaining the vibrancy and health of your seasonal color plants. This manual is crafted to provide you with detailed, easy-to-follow instructions for the immediate aftercare and ongoing maintenance of your seasonal blooms, ensuring they remain a radiant feature in your landscape.

Immediate Aftercare (First 2-4 Weeks)

  • Watering:
      • You can tell quickly if your plants need water by digging around with your hands, a soil probe, garden trowel, or shovel. Don’t wait for the plants to tell you by wilting and leaves dropping off! Pull the mulch back, stick your finger in the ground and see if it is wet or dry.
      • Be careful to avoid watering so much that there is standing water. This could cause the plants to develop other issues.
      • Before starting to water, check that the hose water is not too hot! If your hose has been sitting in the sun, chances are the water coming out will also be pretty hot and can potentially burn your new plants. Let it run for a few seconds until you feel it start to cool down.

  • Frequency: Water your plants daily for the first 2-4 weeks post-planting, except on days when rain sufficiently moistens the soil.
  • Amount: Aim to provide at least 1 inch of water per week, either through rainfall or manual watering.
  • Monitoring: Check the soil moisture regularly. The soil should be moist but not waterlogged. If the soil feels dry an inch below the surface, it’s time to water.

Ongoing Maintenance

  • Watering:
      • Adjustment: After the initial 4 weeks, reduce watering frequency to twice a week, ensuring the soil is thoroughly saturated each time.
      • Conditions: Monitor local rainfall and temperature fluctuations. Adjust your watering schedule accordingly to avoid over or under-watering.
  • Fertilization:
        • When: Approximately 4 weeks following planting, apply a balanced, slow-release fertilizer.
        • What: A 14-14-14 NPK (Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Potassium) fertilizer is recommended for most seasonal color plants and annuals. This ensures a steady supply of essential nutrients
  • Pest Management:
          • Inspections: Regularly inspect your plants for signs of pests and diseases.
          • Control: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Apply ornamental fungicide and insecticide every 6 weeks or as needed to help prevent disease and pest issues. For other issues or greater concerns, reach out to Leapfrog Landcare.
  • Pruning:
            • Deadheading: Continue removing spent flowers to encourage new blooms.
            • When: As necessary.
            • Why: Trimming back overgrown or dead foliage not only maintains the plant’s appearance but also supports its health and growth.

General Tips

  • Adaptability: Tailor your care routine to meet the specific needs of your plants and respond to the changing weather conditions, particularly in variable climates like Zone 8a.
  • Vigilance: Keep an eye out for pests and diseases year-round. Early detection and treatment are key to maintaining healthy plants.