Posted January 13, 2018 at 07:46 AM | Updated January 13, 2018 at 07:51 AM
Photo of foxglove from LSU Agcenter, NOLA.com|The Times-Picayune archive
The blooms will return: Cool-season bedding plants may bloom less during the midwinter period (especially if the weather is cold), but should pick-up again in the late winter and early spring. Don’t forget to keep the old, spent flowers picked off to encourage continued blooming. If the foliage color is a good deep green, and the plants seem to be growing well, you shouldn’t need to fertilize now. Pansies are, however, heavy feeders. If the foliage is even slightly pale, and if the growth seems slow, fertilize regularly with a soluble fertilizer according to label directions.
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Photo of snapdragon and delphinium by Scott Threlkeld, NOLA.com| The Times-Picayune archive
Plant Foxglove, delphinium and hollyhock now: These three plants are large, tall-growing cool-season bedding plants that need to be planted early to put on a great display in spring. Get them planted this month or by February at the latest for bloom in April through May. These plants may be perennials in cooler zones, but they have a hard time surviving our summers. After flowering these plants should be pulled up.
Photo of tulips from Ted Jackson, NOLA.com| The Times-Picayune…