Category Archives: Annuals

Keep Your Annuals Blooming All Summer Long

At Culver's, we often get asked what our "Secret" is to our big beautiful, blooming annuals.  Our secret is...fertilizer!

Most blooming annuals thrive and look their best when fertilized.  At Culver's we use a low dose of fertilizer every time we water.  If you aren't able to do this, you can fertilize once a week using the recommended amount on the back of the fertilizer package.  Knowing exactly what type of fertilizer to use is the key to success.  If you have ever seen the 3 numbers listed on a fertilizer package, they are in order of N (nitrogen), P (phosphorus), and K (potassium).  The amount of phosphorus in the fertilizer make-up is important for bloom production.  It also helps with root production (which is important for a healthy plant).  If your flowering plant is producing more leaves than blooms, try switching to a Bloom Boosting Fertilizer.  We're always here to help, so stop in our give us a call with any questions.

Happy Planting!


Monarchs and Milkweed

With the drastic decrease in the monarch population, many people are looking to milkweed to help save the monarchs. So Why Milkweed? Monarch larvae feed almost exclusively on milkweed because the milky sap inside of the milkweed makes them toxic to their predators.  When the caterpillar ingests the milky sap, it will carry through to the wings and…

How to Turn Your Garden into A Hummingbird Paradise

Hummingbirds are delightful little creatures, not to mention fantastic pollinators. If you’re looking to attract these sweet birds to your garden this year, the following tactics will produce great results. Flowers Planting a garden specifically geared toward hummingbirds will not only attract them to your yard, it will also provide them a natural diet. Offer…

Make the Most of your Alstroemeria

Alstroemeria is a plant most commonly known for its long lasting flowers in cut flower arrangements.  But, did you know you can grow it as an annual in Iowa?

Alstroemeria is an annual in the northern part of the U.S.  It is very showy if cared for properly.

We recommend placing your alstroemeria in full to part sun for the best bloom display.  Make sure to keep your alstroemeria evenly moist and fertilize weekly with a bloom boosting fertilizer.

Click the video to see how to make the most of your alstroemeria this spring & summer!