Get ready for the 49-cent perennial sale at Mischler’s to be held April 25-May 3

Shoppers at Mischler's perennial plant sale
Photo courtesy Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses

The yearly 49-cent perennial sale at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses is so popular, the folks at Mischler’s have created a short guide with tips on how to get the most out of this awesome event.

The event will be held from Friday, April 25 to Saturday, May 3 at Mischler’s,  118 South Forest Road, Williamsville. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The plants are sold only in packs of four plants at $1.96 per pack. More than 75 varieties will be available. See the entire list here.

Preparing for the sale

Here are some tips to get the most out of this sale:

Make a List: The list of available sale perennials is on the Mischler’s website. Print it out before you go. You can also pick up a printed list when you get there. Highlight the perennials that interest you so you can locate them more easily.

gardeners at Mischler's perennial sale Williamsville
Photo courtesy Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses

Bring a Pen: Check off each variety as you make your selection. It will be crowded and it may be helpful if you don’t have to backtrack.

Carpool: Parking spaces are at a premium. Sharing transportation with a friend or relative can help reduce the overall traffic and increase parking availability.

Where to park: As you approach Mischler’s parking lot entrance, one of their employees will do their best to direct you to an available space. If you choose to park on South Forest Road or adjacent side streets, they ask that you be considerate of residents’ property and not block driveways or park on lawns. Also be careful not to park too close to any corner, which would block crosswalks. Be prepared to walk, perhaps several blocks. If you transported your purchase to your vehicle using one of their carts, they would appreciate its return to their lot.

Bring Your Own Wagon: Their shopping carts will be at a premium. To prevent waiting for an available cart, you might consider bringing a wagon or cart of your own.

Carrying your purchases: Corrugated cardboard trays are available in multiple locations throughout the sales area. Placing your perennial sale packs directly in these trays will help save time at checkout.

After the sale

People often ask whether they should keep their perennials in the house until they’re ready to plant them.

Perennial sale at Mischler's in Williamsville NY
Photo courtesy Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses

The answer is no. The sale perennials have been hardened off, which means they were introduced to colder temperatures several weeks ago.  The perennials are hardy to our area but all young plants are susceptible to frost damage. If you should encounter severe weather warnings or frost warnings, you should cover your plants or take them into a protected area under a porch or into an unheated garage.

Get the plants into the ground as soon as you can work the soil.  The sooner the plants are in the ground the sooner they can establish a substantial root system.

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