Annual Flowers

Posted on Oct 9, 2015 in Garden

   Gardening is a soothing and beautiful hobby, because it involves spending time outdoors and handling beautiful plants. Though we live in the computer age, people haven’t lost their connection with earth. We still have to feed the soil in order to get fed, and this is a miraculous bond. Whether you have a garden that you want to arrange, or simply a balcony that could use some life, this article will help you with some tips on how to grow your own annual flowers. Nowadays we have a much larger variety of annual flowers that we can grow at home.

When starting a garden, or planting a windowbox, you first have to decide what sort of flowers you would like, or what combination of colors would be best. The annual plant is that which completes its growing cycle in one season: growing from seed, flowering, and then making its own seeds. The next step is deciding whether you want to grow your flowers directly from seeds or buying them already in flower. Growing them yourself will be much cheaper though, saving you money for other gardening supplies. Another important factor is height. You can grow short, medium or longer flowers, or all of the above, arranging them by color and height. The good thing about annual flowers is their huge diversity, allowing you to make interesting and striking combinations.

You can also grow perennials as annuals, enjoying them for one season and letting them die in the fall; another option is to move them inside the house, because they can’t handle low temperatures. This allows them to live longer. You can save the bulbs for next season, or take cuttings and clone the plant. If you have a greenhouse with plenty of sunlight, you can tend to perennials and help them survive year round. Growing annual flowers from seed may mean harder work, but besides being a cheaper variant, it also offers you the possibility to have a larger variety of flowers, as even the best garden shops don’t grow every possible strain. Many annuals grow if planted directly into the soil, whereas other may need to be started indoors, under special lights. Make sure you know everything about the flowers you intend to grow, as some might be too difficult to tend if you can’t dedicate enough time to them.

If you want to grow your next batch from cuttings, late summer and early autumn are the appropriate periods for harvesting them. The stem cuttings should be about six inches long; strip them of the lower leaves, insert them in potting soil and cover them with clear plastic sheet to create a humid atmosphere that allows light to pass through. In about three weeks, the cuttings should have developed roots. These are some basic steps for growing your own flower garden, but remember that each plant has different needs, so you need to document thoroughly in order to get the best results.