Planting Biennial Plants Visalia CA

This article defines biennials plants, describes how to grow them and how to make the most of them in the garden and gives examples of biennial flowers to grow. If you are interested in planting biennial plants in Visalia, please read on to find more information.

Leos Nursery
(559) 741-0178
31804 Road 124
Visalia, CA
Garden World
(559) 651-3388
10331 W. Goshen Ave.
Visalia, CA
Riesner Nursery
(559) 747-0794
27200 Road 164
Visalia, CA
Davenport Tom Ladscape
(559) 625-0588
32360 Road 132
Visalia, CA
Charter Oak Landscape
(559) 594-5100
17741 Avenue 304
Visalia, CA
Cross Creek Nursery
(559) 627-8733
1807 N Mendonca St
Visalia, CA
Green Shop The
(559) 688-4200
6420 S Mooney Blvd # I
Visalia, CA

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Country View Nursery
(559) 624-0100
32831 Road 124
Visalia, CA
Mid Valley Trees
(559) 734-4641
32595 Road 132
Visalia, CA
Callahan Hilvers Landscape Management
(559) 733-9180
2001 E Mineral King Ave
Visalia, CA
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Planting Biennial Plants

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Biennials complete their life cycle in two growing seasons. In the first year they produce only roots, stems and leaves. In their second year they flower and form seeds, then die. (Annuals, meanwhile, germinate, grow, bloom, set seed and die within one year.)

Hardy biennials can be sown outside from late spring to early summer. An exception is forget-me-not (Myosotis), which grows very quickly and shouldn’t be sown until midsummer. If the plants set any flower buds in their first year, pinch the buds off because allowing them to flower will diminish their second-year bloom.

Many biennials reseed themselves, so once you grow a few plants you can end up with a plants every year. In fact, some biennials are commonly thought to be perennials since they appear every year.

You can end up with blooms from biennials every year if you stagger your own new plantings with the existing plants’ self-sowing. For instance if you plant seeds the first year, they will grow and then bloom and sow their seeds the second year. In the third year as those seeds are sprouting, plant second-year transplants, which will bloom that year and set seed, which will sprout in year four when year one’s self-sown seedlings are blooming. From there forward you should have some second-year plants in bloom every year.

Popular biennials

  • California poppy (Eschscholozia)
  • Forget-me-not (Myosotis)
  • Foxglove (Digitalis)
  • Hollyhock (Alcea)
  • Honesty (Lunaria)
  • Poppy (Papaver)
  • Stock (Matthiola incana)
  • Sweet William (Dianthus barbatus)


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