PLANTS ACT VERY MUCH like people. All go through certain daily activities that are necessary to live. Some tolerate a wide range of temperature change and others do not. Some deal better with adversity than others. Some just flake out under stress and go south. All plants, like all people, thrive when they are situated in the conditions they love best. We at Weird Dude's Plant Zoo will do our very best to help you choose the best plants for your conditions, so that your new plants can thrive.
SUNLIGHT is the least understood aspect of gardening. Morning sun, from sunrise until noon, is by far the most beneficial light for optimum plant growth and inflorescence (bloom production). As temperatures increase with the afternoon sun, many plants tend to conserve their energy, which causes temporary wilting, decreased leaf size, and/or decreased or nonexistent blooms. Some plants will not bloom at all without morning sun. Some plants require all day sun to be at their best. However, morning shade and afternoon sun is the most inefficient light for plant growth. When in doubt, morning sun is the best light. If you have morning shade/afternoon sun, do not let this prevent you from trying to grow plants in that spot. Plants actually are more adaptable than most people. Keep an open mind, be observant, and be willing to move plants that are not thriving in the spot you chose for them.
BESIDES PROPER SUNLIGHT, the key to success in growing is providing proper soil texture and drainage. Most of our offerings prefer, and many require, well-drained soil. Well-drained soil means that water never stands in that soil. Poorly draining soil, like heavy clay soil, will allow water to puddle. This means certain death for some plants, especially in the winter. For most plants, heavy clay soil must be amended to provide sufficient water runoff and oxygen to the root zone. Organic materials, such as compost, peat moss, or well-aged manure, are the best ways to improve the texture of a heavy clay soil. On the other hand, extremely sandy soils are excessively drained and for most plants should be augmented with the addition of the same organic materials to hold more water.