Spring. To some, this season is the best and happiest of the whole year. You have the sun of summer, but with cooler temperatures and varied weather.
For many people, springtime represents life and symbolizes the start of something new. We all know how great it is when the flowers come out in spring and start to blossom and bloom.
Because of this, many people begin to plant their living things, whether that be vegetables, flowers, or even trees.
However, there are simply too many plants out there to name, with many being suitable options for growing during spring.
April falls right in the middle of springtime and can be the perfect time for someone to develop their green fingers and try something new.
Lots will grow their plants in the comfort of their own home under artificial lights, whereas, others will let their plants experience the freedom of the outdoors.
We have a few different choices for you here, hopefully helping you have your own experience.
Fruits And Vegetables To Plant In April
Fans and enjoyers of agriculture will tell almost anyone that planting and harvesting your own vegetables can be one of the most rewarding things to do in the world of plants. We’ll name some of our favorites with some tips!
We recommend planting some seeds of warm-season vegetables indoors so that they can have some artificial sun and warmth.
Within a controlled environment, these plants can thrive almost all year round and will need some love and care.
Because the summer months are just around the corner from April, you can start to plant these seeds ready for the warmer weather.
Once it hits summer and higher temperature, you can move these seeds outside and watch them enjoy the outdoors whilst basking in the sunlight.
Some of these vegetables can include peppers, cucumber, summer squash, eggplant, and tomatoes. Once they’re ripe, you can harvest them and use them in your very own healthy meals.
Alternatively, you can opt for the cooler road to go down. Unlike warm-season vegetables, these will need to be planted in the garden as soon as the soil is dry enough.
Just remember to prep your soil beforehand so that it is ready for you to sow your seeds.
Some of the best cool-season vegetables to plant can include carrots, beets, parsnips, lettuce, spinach, and garden peas!
All of these are great and can be used in a variety of different meals, which always helps when you’re struggling to find new things to eat.
When planting new strawberries, it’s always best to start by pinching off all of the flowers from the first year of June bearers for the best results.
These will help to grow strong root systems, which are the foundations for any healthy strawberry plant.
Keep these in an area with plenty of sunlight and a healthy amount of water so that they can be allowed to grow and develop into healthy and bountiful plants.
Just make sure that you watch out for pests and insects because they love strawberries too!
Another great thing to plant, tomatoes are ideal for a lot of different meals. Whether you enjoy homemade tomato pasta, or you like to have a fresh salad, tomatoes can be seen in lots of different plates of food.
Implementing these fruits outside when the ground is warm and dry is an excellent idea!
The best way to check if the ground is suitable for these tomatoes is quite simple. Squeeze your soil in your hands.
If the soil forms a ball, then it is too damp and will need time to become dry. If the soil falls apart, rather than forming a shape, then you’re in the money!
Of course, when many people think of common vegetables to use as crops, lettuce usually pops up. Because of this, we know that there is a desire for them and you should do it right.
Seeding a second crop of lettuce can produce great results when planted directly into the garden. Alternatively, you could start the seeds inside and then transplant them outdoors.
Flowers And Similar Features To Plant In April
Moving away from vegetables, flowers are a wonderful thing to have in and around your home.
Coming in many different colors, shapes, and sizes, these plants offer you endless different looks and feel to have on your property.
That being said, let’s have a look at some of these amazing features of nature that you could plant in April.
Plant Summer Bulbs
There is a huge demand nowadays for people to plant summer flowers, however, they don’t just grow overnight!
It’s always best to plant these plants 1 or 2 weeks before you expect the last of the spring frost to come.
However, we recommend only doing this if you can protect these bulbs from cold snaps. If you can’t, wait until after the final frost of spring.
Crocosmias, freesia, lilies, and gladiolus are all perfect for this time of year and should grow to a healthy state when given enough water and sunlight to conduct photosynthesis.
Always keep a close eye on your flowers to ensure that they have the tools needed to grow properly and safely.
Shrubs And Trees
A lot of shrubs and trees are usually planted in fall so that they can bloom in the springtime. However, all of the following plants are great to plant in April and will thrive in the different conditions, compared to fall. These plants include:
Dogwood, butterfly bush, tulip poplar, helenium, daylilies, black gum (Nyssa), redbud, magnolia, birch, hawthorn, and vitex.
On top of this, most forms of oak trees are also viable options to plant in April, but they might need a bit of room to grow! We recommend always researching the amount of space needed first, so your tree has enough room.
Divide Older Bulbs
When bulbs are in desperate need of rejuvenation, we always recommend dividing these older bulbs, with April being a perfect time to do so.
First, dig the blubs up, divide the overgrown bulbs, and transplant them into your garden. These will need to be positioned in an area with lots of sun and access to a good amount of water.
However, when these bulbs are dormant in summer, they need to have room to breathe. Don’t give them too much water and let them thrive on their own.
Don’t overplant certain bulbs either, because some summer annuals or perennials will prefer wet conditions when they aren’t available.
Dividing And Transplanting
Always check to find signs of life before doing this because bulbs need to be healthy before you think about transplanting them.
Similar to the last point, dig up these bulbs, divide them once again, and transplant them. This works especially well for crowded bulbs, such as:
Helenium, fall asters, chrysanthemums, daylilies, phlox, bee balm, hostas, and Shasta daisies. Some of these were already mentioned, but they fall under both categories, which can show how versatile they are!
We always recommend that you refrain from dividing Oriental poppies and Iris bulbs in April, or similar spring months.
Consider Planting Flowers For Drying
We’ll round off the guide with a potential thing for you to try! It can be helpful to plant flowers that can be dried.
This is done so the plants can be used for winter arrangements, giving you something to do all year round!
Some of the most ideal plants for this include statice, globe amaranth, strawflowers, and celosia.
Of course, there are more flowers out there that can be used for this purpose, but we have found that these four forms of plants produce the best results, which is always one of the most important things to consider.
There you have it! Our guide for planting in April. There are lots of different things to choose from, so it’s all about finding something that suits you and where you live.
We recommend that you either want to see in your garden, like flowers, or something you intend to use for food purposes.
Ultimately, it’s all meant to be an enjoyable experience, so make sure that you’re having fun and that you get the end product that you want and deserve!
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