A- Maintenance guidance for Organic products!
A – Maintenance guidance regarding fine herbs, fruits and organic vegetables
Should you keep them in their original pot or transplant in soil?
Both options are viable however we do recommend you transplant your plants either in a bigger pot (15cm to 40cm deep depending on your plant) outside or even directly in growing soil. If you chose to transplant outside, you’d ideally find a sunny area free of roots (4 to 6 hours of sun). If your living situation does not allow you to plant outside, you may also put your new plants nearby a window in their original or a new and bigger pot.
Keep in mind that you will have to water your plants more often if they remain in a pot compared to outside soil.
Delicate and frail
Our most precarious fine herbs are basil, parsley and cilantro, as they require more attention and water than our other fine herbs.
Please note that given our climate, only the chive is a perennial fine herb. In general, fine herbs that are outside will die following first frost thus must be considered as annuals.
As a general notice, if you keep your herbs in a pot, water your plants every 2 days. You can easily assess whether or not your plants require watering simply by weighting them. Light means dry, heavy means moist.
If you plant with your herbs outside, water your plants every 3 days.
Throughout heat waves, you might have to water them on a daily basis.
In order to enrich your soil prior to transplanting, you may use organic fertilizer. You can find certified organic fertilizer such as manure compost and vegetable matter. Apply those early in the process and then at a 4-week interval.
B –Guidance regarding annuals flowers
Getting your soil ready
In springtime, prior to planting, it is fundamental to appropriately mix your soil to oxygenate it and introduce fertilizer.
Add new soil in all your pots and flowerbeds.
For optimal development and growth of your flowers, your soil must be fresh, balanced, rich in minerals and well drained.
You should aim to plant in May-June.
As with our vegetables and fine herbs, annual plants require diligent watering. In order to limit water waste and evaporation, you should always try to water your plants in the morning. If this is not possible for you, your second best bet would be at night. Avoid watering in the heat of the day.
In terms of frequency, each plant has different needs and as such, each will require individual assessments. Variables such as weather and temperature as well as ground drainage makes it hard to give our costumers firm advice regarding watering. This said, too much or too little watering have significant and similar consequences on your plants’ health. Try to remain attentive to the moisture in your soil.
Keep in mind many plants do not tolerate water on their petals (petunias, tuberous begonias) or leaves (geraniums, tomatoes) as the sun will proceed to burn them.
Fertilize frequently (once or twice per week) with a water soluble fertilizer (20-20-20).
Here at FLO, we take pride in exclusively distributing and working with vigorous products meant to accommodate our North-Eastern American climate.
Slight variations do occur however between products as some types of plants are more resistant to cold (pansies, geraniums and cinerarias) while others may be a little more frail (coleus, new-guineas, begonias and gerberas).