Flowers for Fall Color and Pollination Newsletter
FLOWERS FOR FALL COLOR AND POLLINATION
Zinnas with one of our bumblebee friends
Questions swirl at this time of the growing season about what plants are the best for attracting pollinators and other beneficial insects. Interest in attracting pollinators is high, especially for vegetable growers. When pollination is poor, your vegetables can and will shrivel on the vine. Variety of flowers is the key - lots of different colors, sizes of flowers and fragrances are important, but two especially good choices are almond verbena and white mistflower. They attract a wide variety of beneficial insects like big green magnets. Other plants that are needed for attracting bumble bees that are especially needed for helping cucumbers, squash and zucchini include marigolds and zinnias. And guess what? Right now in August is the perfect time to plant them for a late summer and fall show and to help with the fall vegetable garden and landscape crops as well.
Zinnias and marigolds actually do better when planted at this time of the year than in the spring. Getting them started now gives you beautiful, rich color from now till hard frost - and the disease and insect problems that hit early summer are rare. Plus, there will probably be more bumblebees. Next week’s newsletter will discuss our bumblebee friends in more detail.
Shots showing some of the wide range colors and styles of zinnias:
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