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Your Questions Answered - Deadheading, Lantanas and Soil Temps for Tomatoes

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Your Questions Answered - Deadheading, Lantanas and Soil Temps for Tomatoes

Bloomly Biz Is Picking Up!

The word is out, buds! Bloomly is buzzing which means we’re also hearing a bunch of great questions lately. We want to share a few we think you will appreciate reading. In no particular order, here are the highlights from our recent QA conversations. Topics include: “deadheading,” lantana: short, tall, hefty, and tomatoes.  We'll round it out with new product news and pictures of pretty flowers

What in the dickens do you mean deadheading?

Yeah, it sounds brutal but deadheading is garden-speak for snapping or cutting dead flower tops (the pretty part) off the stem once the bloom is dead. Many flowers will bloom again and again if you deadhead throughout the season. It signals to the plant that it's ok to feed a new bloom into existence. I’ve listed below a few grateful-deadhead plants.  Good pun, right music fans?


  • Knockout Roses
  • Salvia
  • Zinnia
  • Petunia
  • Marigolds
  • Gardenias

Lantana: short, tall, and hefty? Help me understand the different varieties. 

Trailing lantana (below left) – These ladies grow wide but not as tall as the Miss Huff Lantana. Many people will use this type as the “spiller” for container (planter) gardening. If you don’t know what I mean, picture in your mind’s eye the flowers spilling over the edge of a pot.

Little Lucky (above right)- As it reads, this variety is smaller but dense with really fun colors. It can be used in containers or in the yard. These ladies stay around a foot tall and wide. They are popular for their vanity. It's hard to convey the astounding colors it produces - peach, hot pink, vivid red, lavender, etc. Give them sun and a little space (10 inches) and they’ll make you smile all season. 

Miss Huff (below) – This crazy grower can reach 5 to 6 feet tall and wide! She’s bushy and a showoff - amazing blooms full of assorted colors like coral, orange, pink, and yellow. This variety can often survive over the winter and making it a perennial making it a great investment. 

*Immature Miss Huff below. You can see a few shoots starting to breakout.


Can I plant tomatoes yet?

I know, I know. Urban farmer wannabes unite! But… tomato plants should not be planted until nighttime temps are consistently above 55 degrees. If we have another cold snap then planting too early means risking future fruit production. Yes, that’s right. Tomatoes are a fruit but you know that. Another rule of thumb– don’t plant until the soil or dirt is warmer like 60 degrees. I’m sure you all reached for your dirt thermometers at the same time. For the rest of y’all, I’ve been told to stick my finger in the dirt for about a minute. If I can stand the temperature of the soil for that long then it’s probably ok to plant. 

Don’t forget, tomatoes lovvvveee the sun. One year, I gave my Nana a couple of tomato plants to keep her company. She was around 85 years old back then. She’ll be 96 next month. Anyway, she smartly put those little tomato plants in pots then set them on top of a rolling plant caddy. Each day, sweet Nana, rolled that cart from one side of her porch to the other to allow it to follow the sun. That’s dedication folks and it paid off. I wish I had a picture of this but it’s before the iPhones had a camera.


We are planning to offer a special arrangement specifically for Mother’s Day. I'll add the product on our website once I receive the cute garden stakes we ordered to go in the pot. Here's a sneak peak!

Lastly, we are adding more products as fast as we can but if you think we are missing something, please let us know. Feedback is the best gift.  

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Quick shout out to our good friends at Drip Thru Coffee!! If you haven't been, you are missing out! Locations in Stockbridge and College Park. 


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