How to Grow Flowers as a Gardening Hobby

Overview

If you've been intrigued by the many colors of day lilies, the huge variety of orchids or the subtleties of bearded iris you might be ready to grow flowers as a hobby. Hobbies are fun but also present a challenge in some ways. As everyone knows, a hobby is an activity you do by choice.

Step 1

Decide on the flowers. If you live in a townhouse or condo you might not have the garden space--or home association rules may limit what you can grow. Indoor flower growing is the obvious choice. And there are lots of flowers that take to the inside. African violets are one choice. They come in white, pinks and purples.

Step 2

Plan your budget. Some rare flower specimens are quite costly. Orchids run from $20 to $200 (2010) depending on the variety of orchid and how large the plant is. Include in your budget what tools, lighting, stands and materials you'll need. Special soils are an added cost. Orchids won't grow in potting soil; they require a planting medium based on bark. Cacti need a very sandy soil. Propagating flowers from cuttings requires grow lights.

Step 3

Determine how much time you have. Coming up with a new variety of day lilies is intensive during the summer season. The lilies have to be pollinated within the short time they're open with the cross specimen you've selected. The freshly pollinated flowers must be protected from contamination of unwanted pollen. The seeds have to be collected. If you only have an hour or two on weekends, it might be better to select a less time consuming hobby. Perhaps growing unusual varieties of tropical flowers would be a better choice.

Step 4

Look at how much space you have. Some flowers take up more space than others. If your yard is tiny, growing hollyhocks, sunflowers and delphiniums might not be an option. Consider the type of space you have as well. A shady garden might mean you grow flowers that love the shade rather than the sun. Going vertical expands the gardening space you have. Think trellises, arches and hanging planters.

Step 5

Remain flexible. A hobby is supposed to be fun. When it becomes a chore it is no longer a hobby. Don't feel obligated to stick with your original choice. You may have decided to grow antique roses and realized it's just not for you. That's fine. Turn your attention to growing edible flowers, wild flowers or native species instead.

References

  • The American Orchid Society
  • African Violet Society of America
  • The American Hemerocallis Society: Daylilies

Who Can Help

  • National Gardening Association
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About this Author

Katie Rosehill holds an MBA from Arizona State University. She began her writing career soon after college and has written website content and e-books. Her articles have appeared on GardenGuides.com, eHow, and GolfLinks. Favorite topics include personal finance - that MBA does come in handy sometimes - weddings and gardening.