Annuals were planted the first part of May and were healthy and fertilized. Normally by the middle of June they are big and filled in. Well….. this year with the weather it has been a struggle with all the rain and lack of sun light that most annuals look stunted and in some case are turning yellow due to too much moisture.
The vinca flowers we planted have turned yellow instead of green because of all the water we have received. Yes flowers, like all other plants, require water but in the case of this year have been over watered by Mother Nature to the point that they are dead or on the way out.
As you can see these flowers are yellow and not looking good. The soil is perfect as it is a good mix and held moisture like we normally would like, but with this wet season it has been a bad thing. After speaking with other horticulturist and greenhouses, we have been instructed that they will come back but will take about a month.
In some cases we have replaced them with a different annual that will do well in wetter areas.
Once this weather pattern breaks, fertilizer needs to be applied and they need watered once a day with smaller amounts of water. As these plants have not established a root system because they haven’t had to find any water. Brummel Lawn will be fertilizing the annuals we installed next week and again mid July, and depending on the weather again the first part of August.
We use and recommend a liquid fertilizer. Liquid fertilizers allow the flowers to take up the fertilizer though the leaves vs having to work through the plants roots. If you are planning on fertilizing them yourself more doesn’t always mean better and can burn or even kill your annuals.