How to Grow Flowers for Bouquets

Overview

Flowers bring joy, color and warmth to any home and this is why they are mostly associated with happy occasions. To make a bouquet, you can use almost any type of flower, and growing them yourself adds color and appeal to your house, garden and the surrounding landscape. If you want to grow your own flowers, then choosing the ones that are well suited for cutting will give you a lot of blooms for interior decorating. You can grow a wide range of flowers that will meet your needs.

Step 1

Select the type of flowers that you like so you can purchase seeds. Bright and bold colored flowers always make a better bouquet. You can also use small and delicate blooms as they make a good bouquet for romantic occasions. Ideally you should use a variety of different sized flowers so you can make a bouquet for all occasions. Choose flowers with long stems as they will stand better in a vase.

Step 2

Select the appropriate area for your flower types. Some require a sunny spot, one that receives at least four to six hours of sunlight a day, while others will thrive in partial sunlight to full shade. Make sure you check label specifications beforehand.

Step 3

Decide the size for your flowerbed. This will depend on the scale of your operation. Make sure the area has well-drained soil so flowers can survive. Ideally, the flowerbeds should be not more than 4 feet wide so you can access the center from both sides.

Step 4

Rent a tiller and break compacted soil to a depth of 6 to 8 inches. Place a sample of your soil in a zipper bag and send to your local garden supply center so you can determine its pH value, and add sulfur or lime to lower or raise it. These soil amendments condition the area and provide it the necessary nutrients flowers need to thrive.

Step 5

Follow label directions for seed depth and spacing when sowing them in the flowerbed. Backfill lightly to ensure good seed-to-soil contact. Apply a layer of mulch to help retain moisture, prevent weeds from growing in the flowerbeds and deter birds from eating them.

Step 6

Water the planting area gently to ensure the soil is evenly moist. Continue watering them until they germinate, which is usually in one to two weeks. Apply a liquid fertilizer at half the strength two weeks after they germinate.

Step 7

Cut flowers with sharp scissors at soil level so you have long stems. Time it when the buds are heavy, full but still closed, so they bloom to reveal all their beauty in the bouquet.

Things You'll Need

  • Flower seeds
  • Gloves
  • Tiller
  • Zipper bag
  • Sulfur or lime
  • Mulch
  • Garden hose
  • Liquid fertilizer

References

  • Flowers- Annuals
  • Flowers Information
  • Cut Flower Basics
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