It's Grow Time

It's Grow Time

It's grow time! I'm so glad you are here. If you've landed on this page because you found a card, this probably means 1 of 2 things:

  • You saw a bouquet somewhere and liked it, I'm truly honored! If that's you, click here.
  • You got a big ole box of happy mail and now it's time to figure out what to do with those plant babies. If that's you, keep reading. 

Your Plant Journey

We're sharing important information to help guide your plant journey. The first section includes general truths that apply to all plants, plugs, and cuttings shipped by Fuirk. After you've potted-up your babies, come back to checkout plant-specific tidbits that will ensure success.

Baby Plants, Plugs, & Rooted Cuttings

  • Ammi or Didicus
  • Dahlia (rooting cutting)
  • Heirloom Chrysanthemum
  • Lisanthus
  • Scoop Scabiosa

Unpack Immediately Upon Arrival

When your cuttings arrive, pot them and water them immediately. To get started, you’ll want to grab some pots that are at least twice the size of your plug. We recommend a quart sized container to begin (you can put them in larger containers when they’re moved outside.) 

Fill each container with all purpose potting soil, and plant covering the entire root ball up to the neck of the first leaves. For initial planting, we recommend soil that does not contain any added fertilizers. Keep all green parts above the soil so they can continue to grow and flourish.

Lightly tamp the soil around the plant to secure it in place keeping in mind initial waterings may wash away the top layer of soil.

Before planting in the ground, these tender plants should be hardened off both for temperature and sunlight. For the first 1-2 days, place them in bright light but out of direct sunlight. If temperatures are to drop below 50 degrees or above 80 degrees, give them a few hours each day to acclimate to this environment before planting in the ground.

From arrival and for the first 2 weeks after planting, be sure to keep soil moist but not saturated. You should not be able to squeeze moisture from the soil, but it should not completely dry while plants are establishing roots in their new homes

Plant-Specific Care

Ammi and Daucus

  • Do not plant outdoors until risk of frost has passed
  • The plant has a branching, upright habit with few leaves, and its flowers have a mild fragrance and delicate appearance.
  • The sap of these plants can be an irritant for some with sensitive skin when harvesting.
  • Height: Daucus grows 24-36", and Ammi grows 36-48". Both have an upright habit, but Ammi may especially need support in windy areas.
  • Spacing: 6-10"
  • Soil: Well-drained. Established plants handle dry soil easily
  • Light: Full-sun to part shade
  • Stem Length: 12-24"
  • Vase Life: 8-10 days
  • Harvest when 80% of the flowers are open
Dahlia, rooted cuttings
  • Do not plant outdoors until risk of frost has passed
  • If you are interested in maximizing tuber production, the bottom two sets of leaves can be removed. Be sure these two notes are beneath the soil when planting out. These nodes will become roots and hopefully tubers. 
  • Height varies by cultivar
  • Pinch when 12" tall
  • Spacing: 12"
  • Soil: Rich, well-drained soil
  • Light: 8+ hours of sun. In hot climates, afternoon shade is beneficial
  • Stem Length: Varies by variety
  • Vase Life: Up to 5 days
  • Harvest: Most blooms do not continue to mature once cut, so harvest early in the morning or late in the evening when blooms are nearing maturity. Cut deep for good stems and more blooms later.

 

Heirloom Chrysanthemum
  • Plant outdoors preferably after last frost
  • Mums need a sunny spot to spend the summer
  • Pruning can help them grow bigger, but if you prune after June or early July, you'll get short flowers
  • Remove stem tips early in the season to encourage branching - repeat every few weeks
  • Bloom time varies by zone, cultivar, weather, and care, and may require protection to extend blooms past the first frost in the fall. They can be planted in 3-gallon containers instead of planting in the ground for easier protection from the frost. 
  • Spacing: 18"

 Lisianthus

  • Generally hardy below 30 in the ground and very heat tolerant
  • Spacing: 4-6"
  • Soil: Well-drained, moisture retentive  - but they are pretty drought tolerant once established!
  • Pinching will produce more flowers, but smaller flowers. I don't pinch - others do. I like taller stems with bigger flowers.
  • Harvest: Remove the first bloom and allow a couple more to open before cutting. Best cut with a couple of open flowers and large buds. 
  • Vase life is amazing, even without a cooler. Very long lasting, and a holding solution will only help. 
  • Fusarium root rot is the primary concern with lisi. Drench plugs with a fungicide of Fusarium is present in your soil. 
  • Southern growers can get 2 and sometimes 3 flushes
  • Likely needs support, up to 2 layers in windy areas

Scoop Scabiosa

  • Not frost hardy - so don't plant out until risk of frost has passed
  • Spacing: 6"
  • Soil: Well-drained
  • Not a huge fan of high temps, so a bit of afternoon shade in hot climates can help
  • Pinch: Plugs shipped by Fuirk have already been pinched
  • Harvest: Extremely productive when happy, producing 20-30 stems per plant. Harvest when 1/3 of florets are open and use a holdings solution to extend vase life. 

 

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