How to Take Care of Flowers

Overview

Flowers are very beautiful to look at and gratifying to grow. Understanding how to take care of flowers is very important to keep the flowers healthy and flourishing. Fill your garden or yard full of flowers, care for them properly and you can enjoy the benefits season after season. Providing the specific needs for your flowers can vary for different species and locations. However, there are basic things you should know about caring for flowers.

Step 1

Use a shovel to add a 3 to 4 inch layer of mulch around your flowers. This provides protection against weeds and helps the soil maintain moisture.

Step 2

Use a hoe around your flowers to remove any weeds, if mulch is not used. Hand-pull any weeds that appear around flowers.

Step 3

Place stakes behind any flowers that are top heavy. Stakes should be at a height of 6 to 12 inches below the fully-grown plant. Attach a soft cloth strip to the stake with a loop. Make a separate loop to connect the plant to the stake.

Step 4

Supply at least 1 inch of water a week to your flowers, if rainfall is inadequate. Use a water source such as a drip-irrigation or soaker hose for best results.

Step 5

Pinch annual flowers early in the growing season to encourage more blooms to form. Continue to pinch flowers during bloom times to control plant height and to produce more flowers.

Step 6

Use pruning shears to cut (or pinch) off any old flowers on your plants. This is known as "deadheading" and should be done each week during blooming periods.

Step 7

Learn everything you can about the exact flowers you are growing, such as any type of fertilizer to use, how often to add it, pruning requirements or whether it needs to be divided.

Things You'll Need

  • Gloves
  • Hoe
  • Mulch
  • Shovel
  • Water supply
  • Stakes
  • Soft cloth strips
  • Pruning shears
  • Fertilizer

References

  • Purdue University Cooperative Extension: Growing Perennial Flowers
  • Purdue University Cooperative Extension: Growing Annual Flowers

Who Can Help

  • Cornell University: Flower Growing Guides
  • Garden Guides: Flower Gardening
Keywords: Take care of flowers, Growing flowers, Flower maintenance

About this Author

Diane Dilov-Schultheis has been writing professionally since 2000. She is a food and travel writer who also specializes in gaming, satellites, RV repair, gardening, finances and electronics. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and has been published online at the Travel Channel and Intel.