What Flowers Need


Flowers need special attention in order to thrive. Below I will show how to prepare the soil and also give you the best tips on how to plant flowers. It may need a bit of prior homework before you see any flowers but, the effort is well worth it when you consider the gifts you will receive from your plants. Who can ignore the energy emitted by a garden when you see its colors, aromas and beautiful landscapes?

Soil Preparation:

Careful preparation of the soil prior to planting will increase your chances of growing a successful flower garden. It is a fact, that plants thrive if they are grown in soil which is in good health. It should be loaded with nutrients, moist but well drained and well aerated.

If you add organic matter to the soil, it will help sandy soils to hold more moisture and help clay soils to drain more freely. Organic matter may include mushroom compost, bulky manure and compost in general. There are also several compost mixes that you can buy in bags from a nursery. Also, keep in mind that if your garden is not protected from the wind, you may need to stake tall plants to prevent them from falling over.

TIPS on planting gorgeous flowers:

ONE: Although most flowers need full sun, the best time to plant is late afternoon when the sun is not too strong.

TWO: Some perennials and many annuals are available in punnets as seedlings. These are great because you will be able to establish a flower garden much faster.

THREE: The following task is extremely important! Make sure that you immerse punnets or pots in a bucket of water until the air stops bubbling out. What this means is that the potting mix is saturated therefore transplant shock will be reduced to a minimum.

FOUR: At the time of removing seedlings try squeezing the individual punnet cells then gently place them in the soil. Make sure they are at the correct level, with roots in the soil and stems above. In case you are planting out seedlings you have grown from seed yourself, just tease them apart very gently as you remove them.

FIVE: Young plants should be watered gently but thoroughly. You could try adding a wetting solution to help them quickly recover their strength. Try to water early in the morning so plants get a good start specially on a hot day and don’t stay wet overnight.

SIX: Flowerbeds should be well mulched to prevent soil moisture from evaporating. Use preferably a fine mulch around seedlings and small plants. For instance, chopped lucerne or tea-tree mulch.

So, just repeating what flowers need: 1) FULL SUN: Most flowers need full sun. 2)NUTRIENTS: Feed flowers monthly. 3)DRAINAGE: excess water must drain away. 4)WATER: Keep the soil lightly and evenly moist. Now, it’s time to enjoy your dazzling flower garden!


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