How to Plant a Flower in Dirt


Marigolds. Periwinkles. Gerbera Daisies. Raising flowers is not only a relaxing and fulfilling hobby, it improves the curb appeal of a home. Planting flowers--both annuals and perennials--involves more than just digging up the dirt and sticking the flower in it. Flowers will grow healthier when planted in soil that was prepared and amended. Flowers are stocked in local nurseries when they can be planted. Flowers ordered from catalogs or online are shipped at the appropriate time for planting.

Prepare the Dirt

Step 1

Dig up the garden dirt a month before planting the flower. Remove weeds, rocks and other debris from the garden.

Step 2

Test the soil to determine the pH level of the soil. Mix in limestone to raise the pH or mix in sulfur to lower the pH, depending upon what the flower requires.

Step 3

Amend the soil in the garden. Mix in generous amounts of compost, well-rotted manure, mulch or peat moss.

Plant the Flower

Step 1

Plant the flower in the morning. This allows the flower to dry from any water that got on it.

Step 2

Dig a hole that is larger than the root system of the flower. Remove the flower from the container it came in from the nursery and place it in the hole.

Step 3

Fill the hole half full with soil. Water the hole to settle the soil around the roots. Finish filling the hole with soil and tamp down gently. Water the plant again.

Step 4

Spread a 2-inch layer of mulch around the plant to help retain moisture. Do not pile the mulch up around the base of the plant. Insert a plant support for climbing flowers.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Soil testing kit
  • Sulfur or hydrated lime
  • Compost, well-rotted manure, mulch or peat moss
  • Flower
  • Water
  • Plant support (optional)


  • "The Complete Garden Flower Book;" Catie Ziller; 2001

Who Can Help

  • University of California Cooperative Extension: Changing pH in Soil
Keywords: plant, dirt, flowers

About this Author

Since 1995, H.B. Dean has written more than 2,000 articles for publications including “PB&J,” Disney’s “Family Fun,” “ParentLife,” Living With Teenagers,” and Thomas Nelson’s NYTimes Best-selling “Resolve.” After 17 years of homeschooling her five children, Dean discovered that motherhood doesn’t stop with an empty nest.