Temps have some planting already

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Warmer temperatures have some gardeners rushing to local nurseries, while others are still waiting for spring to arrive.

Casey Teel of Andalusia Garden Center and Landscaping said a lot of people are purchasing fruit trees because of the mild climate this winter.

Additionally, he said blueberry bushes are blooming out early, “which isn’t good.”

“If the flower comes off, then you don’t have any fruit,” Teel said.

Teel said other plants that are blooming earlier than normal are Japanese Magnolias and Carolina Jasmine.

Usually, those type plans bloom around March.

While the milder temperatures may be harmful to some plants, especially if a hard freeze takes place, now is the best time to plant and transplant, Teel said.

“It’s better for them in the ground than these pots,” he said.

Teel said the red maples are also starting to flower early.

At the Opp Farmer’s Co-op, Brandon Worley said they’ve had a few early customers, but not a lot because of the weather.

“It’s just now getting to be that time of year,” he said. “It’s still early for a lot of people.”

However, Worley said they do have plenty of collards, cauliflower, cabbage and brussel sprouts.

“The main sellers are collards and cabbage,” he said. “We do have some pansies and other flowers.”