If you're looking for a winter activity, attend the Fort Wayne Home and
Garden Show, Feb. 26 - March 2 at the Fort Wayne Memorial Coliseum. Go
for more information.
Be sure to visit the Purdue University "Plant Info to Go" display
at the Indiana Flower and Patio Show, March 8-16 at the Indiana State
Fairgrounds in Indianapolis.
HOME (Indoor plants and activities)
Begin fertilizing houseplants as new growth appears. Keep spent leaves
and flowers removed to improve appearance and encourage more blooms.
Start garden seeds indoors for transplanting outdoors later in spring.
Check stored bulbs and produce for decay; discard damaged items.
Prune, repot and clean houseplants as needed.
YARD (Lawns, woody ornamentals and fruits)
Prune trees and shrubs, except those that bloom early in spring, while
plants are still dormant.
Plant new trees and shrubs as soon as soil dries enough to be worked.
Plant bare-root plants before they leaf out.
Fertilize woody plants before new growth begins, but after soil temperatures
have reached 40 F -- around early March in southern Indiana and late
March in northern Indiana.
Remove winter coverings from roses as soon as new growth begins. Prune
and fertilize as needed.
Apply superior oil spray to control scale insects and mites when tips
of leaves start to protrude from buds.
GARDEN (Flowers, vegetables and small fruits)
Plant cool-season vegetables and flowers as soon as the ground has
dried enough to work. Do NOT work the soil while it is wet; wait until
it crumbles in your hand. If the soil forms a solid ball when squeezed,
it's still too wet.
Gradually harden off transplants by setting them outdoors during the
daytime for about a week before planting.
Follow last fall's soil test recommendations for fertilizer and pH
adjustment. It's not too late to test soil if you missed last year.
Start seeds of warm-season vegetables and flowers indoors; in northern
and central Indiana, wait until the end of March or early April. Transplant
to the garden after danger of frost is past.
Watch for blooms of early spring bulbs, such as daffodils, squill,
crocus, dwarf iris and snowdrops.
Remove old asparagus and rhubarb tops, and sidedress the plants with
nitrogen or manure. Plant or transplant asparagus, rhubarb and small
Remove winter mulch from strawberry beds as soon as new growth begins,
but keep the mulch nearby to protect against frost and freezes.
Remove weak, diseased or damaged canes from raspberry plants before
new growth begins. Remove old fruiting canes if not removed last year,
and shorten remaining canes if necessary.