Flowers, whether grown indoors in pots or outside in the garden, can bring beauty and fragrance into our lives. Growing flowers can be very easy. Whether it's daisies, zinnias, or dahlias from seeds, pansies, petunias or marigolds from starter plants, or bulbs for tulips, hyacinth or daffodils, flowers can brighten and enhance any home or garden.
Select seeds that will grow in your hardiness zone, soil and climatic conditions.
Prepare the potting medium first, by mixing half potting soil and half loose sand.
Place the mixture into individual containers. You can purchase small already-made containers at your local garden center or cut off paper or plastic drinking cups and punch holes in the bottom for drainage.
Plant your seeds following the directions on the package. Some seeds can be planted right on the surface of the soil, while others will need to be planted a certain depth.
Water the seeds lightly and cover the them loosely with plastic wrap and hold the wrap in place with rubber bands or tape. This will help keep the seeds moist.
Place the containers in a warm place in the sun to encourage the seeds to germinate. Watch for growth within the next few weeks. Water regularly.
Transplant your seedlings, once the plants have grown several inches. Plant them in a larger pot or outside in fertile, prepared beds in your garden.
Fertilize your plants and water regularly to encourage them to grow and bloom.
Planting Starter Plants
Prepare the soil in your garden or plant pot prior to purchasing your starter plants.
Plant at a time of year that will allow your flowers to thrive. Spring is best for many annuals and perennials.
Purchase healthy, well-developed starter plants from your local garden center.
Remove the plastic pots from the plant. If the roots are tightly entwined, loosen them.
Dig a hole in the soil you have prepared, and plant your flower. Ensure that the roots are not exposed or the leaves are covered.
Pinch off any existing flowers to encourage new growth on the plant.
Water thoroughly and fertilize regularly with liquid or slow release fertilizer to encourage blooming.
Prepare the bulbs for planting by chilling them. This can be done by planting in the fall in colder climates or, for warmer areas or for indoor planting, placing them in your refrigerator for a period of time. Check the instructions on the package for chill requirements.
Prepare the soil as a mix of organic material such as peat moss and sand in your garden or a flower pot when your bulbs are ready to plant. Good drainage is essential.
Plant bulbs root end down, ensuring that they are planted at the proper depth, depending of the type of plant.
Water the bulbs in lightly. Keep the soil moist but not wet. Look for them to sprout within three weeks. Once the leaves have sprouted, continue to water regularly.
Stake the plants as they grow, if necessary.
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