Growing cut flowers is a simple way to liven up your home, make a nice gift for family and friends, and can be a source of extra income. Cut flowers can consist of bulbous, annuals and perennials that provide a wide variety of cuts. Annuals rarely come back the following year unless they re-seed themselves. Nevertheless, the process of cutting flowers encourages flower growth, prolific blooming, and for some varieties a longer growing period.
Loosen the soil with a hand trowel where the flowers or seeds will to be planted.
Sow the flower seeds directly into the loosened soil with a garden rake.
Dig a small hole that is approximately 1 1/4 times deeper than the root ball and twice as wide if you are planting potted flower transplants. Place the flower transplant in the hole and cover with soil
Feed the plant a fertilizer specific to the plant you are growing, being careful to keep the fertilizer away from any flowers.
Water slow and steady for a period of 30 minutes weekly with a garden hose or sprinkler.
Add a 1/2-inch layer of light mulch, such as pine needles, around the base of the plant to help retain moisture and deter weeds.
Pull weeds throughout the growing period.