Indianapolis gardeners: it's time to transplant

Indianapolis gardeners: it's time to transplant

by Steve Mayer


  • Set cabbage and broccoli transplants into the garden. (HO-32)
  • Remove anthers as soon as Easter lily flowers open to prolong flower life and prevent petal staining.
  • If you missed planting pansies in the ground in fall, plant them in pots now.


  • Although termites usually begin swarming in April, their presence outdoors doesn't necessarily mean a structure is infested. (E-2, E-4)
  • Transplant 1-year-old asparagus crowns between now and mid-May. (HO-96)
  • Fertilize perennial flowers as new growth emerges. (HO-61) (HO-79)


  • Don't cut the foliage on spring-flowering bulbs immediately after bloom; wait 4 to 6 weeks after or until it dies naturally. (HO-86)
  • If you're treating ash trees to prevent emerald ash borer with imidacloprid, apply a soil drench in mid- to late spring.
  • Remove flowers on newly planted strawberries, which promotes early, vigorous plant growth and increases production. (HO-46)


  • April is ideal for planting trees and shrubs, so celebrate Arbor Day on April 30 by planting a tree. (HO-100)
  • Continue mowing the lawn frequently with a sharp mower blade at a 3 to 3-1/2-inch cutting height. (AY-8)
  • Plant strawberries this month. Set the plants early to obtain the best growth and plant development the first year. (HO-46)

Mayer is a horticulture educator with Purdue Extension of Marion County. The numbers in parentheses in the calendar entries refer to related Purdue Extension publications. To obtain the publications, contact the Extension Office at 275-9292, e-mail or visit

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Nice schedule. It is good to have something like this from professionals rather than just winging it!

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