10 flower growing tips that can make you an expert grower in no time

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The vibrant blooming beauties in the garden not only brighten up space but also help in garnering compliments for the one who nurtures them with utmost care, patience, and love. A little knowledge about gardening, an aptitude to raise flowers and the right amount of soil, light, and water can help you to become an expert in owning a fully-bloomed garden. Here’s how to do it all!Below are the flower growing tips that can make you expert grower in no time.

Select the right soil

Selecting the right kind of soil depends upon the place where you want to grow the flowering plants. If you have a landscape garden, you have two choices – to grow the plant directly in the soil or in pots. However, if you are planning for a balcony garden, you are left with the only option of growing plants in the pots.

You need to be careful while choosing the soil as the garden soil is different from the potting soil. The garden soil is compact and likely to hold the root of the plant together for better growth and development without drooping. The garden soil with compost has the tendency of breaking down to produce richer nutrients, which facilitate natural growth.

However, this is not the case with the potting soil. It may be tough to believe, but the soil used in pots is not the soil directly taken from the earth. In fact, it is a healthy mixture of compost, peat moss, pine bark, coco peat and a bit of coarse sand and coir fiber for air circulation. Finally, the mixture is balanced to create well-drained and loose soil to suit the needs of potted plants. The availability of organic soil and pot-mix in the market makes the job much easier nowadays.

Sun & Shade

Once you select the right kind of soil for your plants, it’s the time to decide where to place them in your flower garden? Lesser the sunlight, fewer the flowers and more the shade, fewer the blooms. Most flowering plants need six to eight hours of sunlight during the day, throughout the flowering season. It is very important to place them in the area where they get the right amount of sun. However, it is good to ensure that it does not receive an excess of anything – too much sun or too much shade – both can be harmful to the growth and life of the plants.

Choose the Right Plants

All plants need care and attention. However, some may need to be looked after throughout the season or sometime for the entire year. If your garden has a good gardener, you need not bother. However, if you are the sole caretaker and nurturer of your flowering plants, choose plants that require minimum efforts and time.

Moreover, there are two basic kinds of flowering plants: perennial and annual. Although perennial plants do not flower for the entire year, the roots of these plants stay under the ground, and grow year after year, growing in size until they mature. The benefit of perennial plants is that even if you plant them once and forget about it, they will continue to do their job of beautifying your garden every year. Perennial is usually suitable to the climate and can be easy to deal with for beginners. Some of the all-weather perennial plants in India are Bougainvillea, Begonias, Geraniums, Vinca, Jasmine Ixora and Lily

Annual plants need to be replanted once they complete their life cycle in a year. From a seed to roots, shoots and finally, a fully grown flowering plant, an annual plant reseeds before finally dying and withering. Easy to grow, annual plants can be chosen according to the season to know their potential growth. For instance, Marigold, Balsam, Zinnia, Cosmos, Sunflower are some of the common annual plants found during monsoon in India.

Variety is the Spice of a Garden!

Choosing and combining different varieties of flowering plants in one pot can work wonders – for the pot as well as your garden. Planting perennial and annual plants in one huge pot will ensure flowering almost throughout the year. Moreover, the blend of colors that it would give out would soothe the eyes of the beholder.

If you want your flower garden to bloom during each season during the year, you need to choose flowering plants that grow during different periods of the year, especially being able to thrive in different types of conditions. This method will ensure that your garden is flowering all through the year, and also helps in providing a specific type of character to the garden as per the season that is prevailing during a particular time frame.

Plant it right

If you choose a small pot for a plant that is going to have a reasonably good height, you have planted it wrong. The plants that don’t get sufficient space to expand would stay undernourished; they would never reach maturity and would be unable to give you desired blossoms. So, choose the right size of the pot for the plant.

To begin with, you can either plant a seed in the soil, or you can directly go for sprouted plants available in the nursery, and plant them in the pot. The former one requires a lot of care and patience as the seed will take time, sometimes several weeks, to grow into a plant, while the latter one requires little effort and time before you can enjoy the vibrant blooms. The call is yours!

Watering Woes

The amount of water that goes into the pot can make or break the plant. It is very important to give the right quantity of water to the plants, suitable to the climate. The requirement of water for the plants in India during summer may be very different to the requirement of plants in the colder regions in the West.

Under or over-watering the plant will affect the overall growth and development of the plant. In case of giving more water, if the excess water is unable to drain out from the pot for a prolonged period, there is a possibility of roots getting rotten, eventually leading to death. So it is highly crucial to give the adequate quantity of water which can reach to the roots and keep the soil moist. The moment the upper soil gets dried up, you know it’s time to water.

The preferable time to water the plants is either early morning or late evening as watering the cool soil ensures less evaporation of water.

Pruning

Once in a while, it’s good to prune (trim) your plants to maintain the structure and enable them to grow better in the future. In bigger plants and trees, pruning is done to restrict their growth or remove dead limbs and leaves. However, in flowering plants, pruning is usually required to maintain and improve the health of the plant and the quality of flowers. Also, pruning helps the sunlight and air to penetrate the deeper recesses of the plant. So just try these awesome flower growing tips and get the best results.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]