Autumn is upon us, the extreme heat of summer is over. Soil and air temperatures are getting cooler and transpiration rates are lower. This means April and the next few months are optimal times of the year to plant new plants. There is enough time for new plants to establish themselves before the cold of winter. Lower Autumn temperatures mean newly planted plants will take less stress when being transplanted and have a faster recovery. Here is a list of some plants that benefit the most of being planted now. These plants and their growth patterns such as flowering fruiting and times depend heavily on season, so it is important to plant them at the right time of the year.
In South Africa the Autumn season stretches from April trough April to May. Some of these plants are best planted in warmer frost free areas of South Africa during the month of May so make sure you have a look at the Plantinfo frost Icons of individual plants before you plant.
Summer flowering annuals to plant and sow in South Africa during April and the rest of Autumn
|If you want that spectacularly colorful spring and summer garden you need to start sowing summer flowering annuals in Autumn. This will allow your little plants to grow and establish themselves trough Autumn and Winter so the are ready for a show in Spring and the Summer months that follow.|
|Click on the images of these summer flowering annuals for detailed information on each plant|
Vegetables to plant and sow during April and the rest of Autumn in South Africa
|Vegetables to plant and sow in May and Autumn in South Africa. There is nothing like home grown! Remember vegetables love full sun for most of the day, plan then in well drained fertile soil and water them often. Sow vegetables in seed trays this Autumn before planting them in the vegetable garden you will see much better results. Follow detailed instructions and specific advice on individual plants by clicking the images.|
|Click on the images of these vegetables for detailed information on each plant|
Bulbs to plant during April and the rest of Autumn in South Africa
|Cooler temperatures signify the start of Autumn. Bulbs always promise a show so make sure you stick some of them in the garden or some pots. Plant all of these bulbs during April. As soon as the weather gets cooler the following bulbs can be planted.|
|Click on the images of these bulbs for detailed information on each plant|