Plant Tags Are Valuable

These larger plant tags have valuable plant growing information. They are worth reading.

Many of the plants you are buying in stores today have these larger plant tags attached to the pots. I am very impressed with the information they provide, as long as you know a few things about the metro Birmingham area. First and foremost we are basically in plant zone 8a, as it relates to our typical low temperatures. This has changed over time, as our low temperature is a bit warmer than many years ago. Note on the label above it says hardiness zone 4. That means that it is cold hardy into zone 4. That is great but some plants like tuberous begonias do poorly in high summer heat, but the tags do not cover heat tolerance. Remember many nurseries have a poor knowledge of heat tolerance, as this is a growing area of concern for many gardeners in our area. Also note mature size and spacing. In general, the mature size is after growing around 10 years under proper conditions, and the spacing is related to massing. When it come to watering and fertilization general suggestions like these are not relative to specific growing conditions. You will need to adjust this to your own situation, but as general rules, these are good. Finally, the planting instructions are good for general planting, but it is basically the same on all woody plant tags. As you and I know planting certain plants have special requirements, so be sure to check local information just to be sure that there are no special planting requirements for what you are buying. As of the info text, I could not get it to work. Since now is a great planting time, do not ignore the plant tags when buying plants you are not familiar with growing. Tags have some good information. Good planting, as the slogan says “fall is for planting.”

John Floyd

John Floyd has been gardening--and learning about Birmingham area gardening--for more than 30 years. In addition to his day-to-day experience, John has degrees in horticulture from Auburn and Clemson Universities and was Editor-in-Chief of Southern Living.

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