Growing Bedding Plants

Overview

Bedding plants are annuals or perennials that are used to add a quick splash of color--usually seasonal color--to a home garden or landscape. The University of Kentucky lists begonias, impatiens and geraniums as some of the most popular bedding plants. Most home gardeners purchase these plants as young seedlings early in the season in the hopes that they will be rewarded with large amounts of blooms later in the summer. This is often the case, as many bedding plants are fast growers and will quickly become established if their basic growing conditions are met.

Step 1

Acclimate your bedding plants to the conditions in your home garden. Most have been grown in a warm, humid greenhouse and need some time to adjust to cooler, drier air. Place the plants on a cool porch for a week or two before planting them.

Step 2

Lay 2 to 3 inches of organic mulch on top of the soil at the planting site, then till the soil to a depth of 6 inches. Do this as soon as you can work the soil and at least two weeks before planting the bedding plants.

Step 3

Dig a hole just large enough for the rootball. Place the plant in the hole so that the top of the rootball is level with the surface of the soil. Backfill the hole with the removed dirt.

Step 4

Tamp the soil down around the plant and water thoroughly. Fertilize with a balanced (10-10-10), water-soluble fertilizer according to the directions on the label as per the size of your planting site.

Step 5

Keep the soil moist throughout the spring and summer. Deadhead (remove spent blooms) periodically to encourage reblooming. Most bedding plants are heavy feeders, according to the University of Florida, so continue to fertilize at least once a month.

Things You'll Need

  • Organic mulch
  • Tiller
  • Shovel
  • Watering tool
  • Balanced (10-10-10), water-soluble fertilizer

References

  • University of Kentucky: Bedding Plants
  • BBC Gardening: Growing Bedding Plants
  • University of Florida: Bedding Plants--Selection, Establishment and Maintenance
Keywords: growing bedding plants, caring for plants, planting bedding plants

About this Author

April Sanders has been a professional writer since 1998. Previously, she worked as an educator and currently writes academic research content for EBSCO publishing and elementary reading curriculum for Compass Publishing. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in social psychology from the University of Washington and a master's degree in information sciences and technology in education from Mansfield University.