Best Way to Plant Flowers
There is a right way and a wrong way to accomplish most anything, and planting flowers is no exception. The Best Way to Plant Flowers, has several steps, none of which should be skipped.
First, you should know the best time to plant your flowers. Seeds can be planted early in the Spring, once the ground has thawed. Seeds usually take 30 – 45 days to germinate. Plants, generally should be planted after Mother’s Day and before June 15th for most parts of the country. Too soon, and you run the risk of evening frost. Too late, and you will not have sufficient time to enjoy them.
Next, you must prepare your flower beds for planting, by removing all weeds and debris and cultivating the soil 4” – 6” deep. Use a small rototiller for larger beds, or a flat spade shovel for smaller areas. Add a flower fertilizer 3 – 6 days before planting and mix it into the top few inches of your soil.
See my Post: How to Prepare My Flower Beds for Planting
Then, you will need to decide on the what types of flowers that you intend to plant in each of your planting areas. Will they be annuals or perennials? What specific types? How tall will they grow? How wide will they grow? Will you be planting seeds or plants?
Next, you should measure the areas where you intend to plant so that you will know how much of each type you will need. Then, you should decide on where you will purchase your flowers.
It is best to purchase your flowers from a reputable source. It is usually a bad idea to purchase flowers from your local grocery store or similar source, as they usually do not water them often enough. What may look ok when you purchase, may not develop very well due to lack of water. It is best to purchase from a reputable Garden Center or Nursery.
For proper planting procedures, please refer to the Step-by-Step Instructions below.
Materials & Supplies Needed:
- Flower Seeds or Plants of your choosing
Tools & Supplies Needed:
- Work Gloves
- Flower Shovel
Step 1 – Create a Materials & Supplies Needed Sheet
Click the following Link to see my page: Steps Common to All Projects for completing Steps 1 thru 4. When those (4) Steps have been completed, return here and begin with Step 5.
Step 2 – Calculate Project Cost
Step 3 – Order Your Materials & Tools Needed
Step 4 – Inspect Your Delivery
Step 5 – Digging Your Flower Holes
Your flower beds should be fully prepared, including flower fertilizer before you begin to plant. After preparing your flower beds for planting, it is time to plant.
If you are planting seeds, refer to the package for Instructions on depth and spacing. If none is found, a good rule of thumb is about ½” deep, and spaced about 8” to 12” apart.
If you are planting flower plants, it is best to dig all of your holes first, as it will speed up the planting process. If you have a lot of planting to do and your beds are large, you can dig your holes one bed at a time if you prefer.
Using a flower shovel or flower trowel, dig the holes to the depth of the flowers roots that will be planted, and about twice as wide.
Step 6 – Planting Your Flowers
Plant 3 – 6 flowers at a time, then water them. Do NOT just remove all of the flowers from a flat and rest them in the holes. Exposed roots dry quickly, and this will stunt the flower’s growth.
Place the flower in the center of the hole, and replace the removed soil completely around the flower roots about half way up. Then, press the soil firmly with your fingers.
Repeat the process for the remaining half of the hole, and also press the flower plant firmly into the ground. Then, spread any remaining soil between the plants. Once you have planted 3 – 6 plants, water those thoroughly before continuing to plant. Finish planting one flower bed at a time.
Step 7 – Water Thoroughly and Maintain
Once a flower bed is completely planted, thoroughly water them until the water is standing on top. Then go on to the next flower bed and repeat the planting and watering process.
Newly planted flowers should be thoroughly watered about every other day for the first couple of weeks after initially planting, or every day if the temperatures are above 80 degrees. Then at least 1 or 2 times a week should be sufficient, more often in very hot conditions. Never water during the hot part of the day. Early evening or early morning is best.
Certain annuals like petunias will do better if you continuously pinch off the dead flowers as they die off. By doing this, the plants will be fuller and less stringy.
Nice Job! Take the time to look at your flowers often and enjoy the fruits of your labor!
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