Here a few simple steps for successfully planting flowers.
- First choose short plants that have few flowers and look healthy.
- Once home arrange the potted plants in a pattern you like so you can visualize how they will look once planted.
- Knock the plant from its pot keeping the rootball. Gently loosen the roots by pulling them apart with your hand so that they spread out in the soil.
- Pinch off the flowers so the plant focus on growing roots. This will also create more flowers later on.
- Prepare your plant bed with a spade and work in an inch of organic compost, manure, sphagnum peat moss, etc to keep good soil quality. Or you can top your bed with 2 inch layer of compost.
- Dig the holes to a depth of 12 inches for annuals and 18 inches for perennials.
- Soothe the soil with rake and plant the flowers. Place the top of the root, level with the surface of the soil.
- Backfill any loose dirt and gently press down around the plant.
- Mulch the bed as mulch controls weed growth and improves moisture.
- Water and fertilize. (Most plants want moist soil around their roots all the time. In the spring too frequent and shallow watering makes roots rise to the top of the soil for moisture. This discourages deep root growth and leads to survival problems during the summer months. Water should be applied no faster than the soil surface is able to absorb it. This is determined by the rate of application, hose size, length of hose, water pressure, the water head, and the type of soil. Generally, the faster the soil absorbs water, the more frequently it needs to be watered. For annuals, early morning, once a week give your annual plants a single, deep drink instead of frequent surface watering.)
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