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Place nursery orders soon

The spring planting season is still weeks away, but now is the time to place those nursery orders according to Patrick Byers, a horticulture specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

"Ordering early is a good way to insure that your plants and seeds are available when the time comes to plant," said Byers. "Just be sure the nursery you ordering from is reputable."

It is also important to make sure the seeds and plants you order are types that will grow and perform in your climate.

"We all like to push the envelope when we select interesting and unusual plants, but remember that a dead plant gives no pleasure," said Byers.

He recommends checking our hardiness zone and select plants accordingly. The recent cold weather may sort out some of the less adapted plants gardeners have planted in the past. Remember, the summer heat and drought can also be deadly for many plants.

A third factor to consider is the adaptation of the cultivars ordered. For ornamental plants, check out the All America Selections lists and the Plants of Merit lists. For fruits, nuts and vegetables, MU Extension has guide sheets that describe recommended cultivars to plant.

"One final recommendation is to ask the nursery to ship the plants and seeds at the proper time for planting in (your area)," said Byers.



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