Q. When is the absolute deadline for planting anything
Dear Arts When is the absolute deadline for planting anything? Ive found some online articles saying winter is a perfect time for planting trees. But Ive always been under the assumption that cold temp. means to stop planting. If you plant when the ground is frozen wont it damage the root system and eventually kill the plant? What is the minimum amount of time needed for roots to develop once planted in the ground especially during fallwinter? If you CAN continue planting during fall and winter what are plants that can and cant be planted? Thank you.
A.In the Pacific Northwest, specifically Metro Vancouver, we are blessed with a mild, marine climate. Unless the ground is frozen, you can keep planting virtually all year long.
Obviously this is not true as you get into colder areas like the Interior or the BC North. Many say Fall is a great time to plant. That is true because Fall plantings give the plant a chance to establish and grow roots over the cool season. With that said, many plants will simply shut down and go dormant, so won't put on a lot of growth until the weather warms up in Spring. There are no lists of plants that are appropriate for Fall plantings, but a good place to start is with a plants Hardiness Zone.
It's a pretty safe bet that it's ok to plant anything with a Hardiness Zone of 6 or lower in our area. We are a Zone 7, so Zone 6 gives you margin of error in case we have another super cold winter.
Posted: 10/12/2017 12:00:00 AM
Location: Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
Tags: transplant, winter planting, fall planting