Planting flowers at home is a wonderful activity for any house-owner. But it can also be quite tricky especially if you are still a beginner. The best way to start with your flower gardening is to make a well-informed and educated decision. Here are some of the basics when planting flowers you need to know about:
Plant the plants, that you want in the garden in a manner that is suitable for your environment. Before deciding on which plants to grow you need to have an honest look at your garden. This means assessing whether it gets sun and at which time of the day. If your area is mostly shady, be careful about planting trees in the only sunny spots. A tree planted in the sun will grow fast but the resulting shade will prevent other plants from growing well.
Plants are similar to people in that they will not all get along with others. Do not place the seeds of your favourite plants in the same space as other plants that are not suitable for them. It is better to plant the seeds in a separate area away from the other plants. You may also make your own plan of planting by combining two or more types of plants that will complement each other. You can buy a book on gardening or look online at gardening websites to see which plants will not grow well together.
If your garden has already been planted, you can plant new additions in an adjacent area. Be careful about adding new plants very close to the location of existing ones. This can be risky because the established plants will have larger roots and will compete for water with the newer smaller plants. It is often better to start plants indoors in pots until they are big enough to transplant outside. This is because young tender plants may be attacked by insects before they have had a chance to mature. Slugs are the bane of a gardener’s life and they prefer young plants.
If you do not want to use slug pellets to kill slugs, there are natural methods you can try. Crushed eggshells scattered around the plants can help. Slugs do not like to move across sharp edges. Another established method is to part bury a container of beer in the soil. The slugs are attracted to the beer and fall in the container and drown.
Once your plants have grown, another common pest is aphids Natural methods of controlling aphids include spraying with dilute washing up liquid or garlic water.
If you are planting flowers, plant the blossoms where they will receive adequate sunlight. This depends on where the plants would naturally grow. If you have deep shade you will be limited in what will thrive. Woodland plants will grow well in shady, damp positions. Ferns would be a good choice here. Conversely if your plot is baked in sun all day then you need plants that will tolerate extreme conditions. Succulents would be a good choice.
The flowers also need adequate soil to support their roots. It is always wise to pay careful attention to the ground around the plants before planting. If you find areas that seem to be rocky do not plant there unless you choose rockery type plants. Most soils can be improved by adding compost or manure and digging this in.
Some plants require support to grow well. Check to see whether your plant needs support before you plant. If it does, then look for a spot in your garden where you can position a trellis or canes for it to climb up.
Certain plants such as roses and Japanese gardenias benefit from the assistance of a special coating of soil in order to thrive. This is known as mulching and suitable substances are compost or manure. Once the mulch has been applied, the plants will be protected from direct exposure to rain and wind. The mulch acts to stop water from evaporating quickly. It is important to check to see if your plant requires this treatment before planting.
All plants need watering in order to thrive. Some obviously require a lot more than others. Again this depends on the environment in which the plant would naturally occur. Over watering is as much a problem as under watering. In fact it can be worse. If a plant is over watered, the roots will rot and this is usually fatal. Therefore, if your area is moist and not hot, you should never over-water. All plants need water to get their blooms to blossom. It is just a question of getting the amount correct. It is better to water well once a week than to give a little water each day.
Do not place the seeds or plug plants in a central location, where not all all of them can get sufficient light and air. The reason for this is that the seedlings will not get sufficient nutrients from the soil when they grow into plants. They need air and sunlight to grow and become healthy.
These are just some of the useful tips you can use when planting flowers. Continue to practice and improve your methods in your home-gardening so that you can successfully have an attractive garden at home. So to sum up, when planting flowers basics are water, sun and soil that best represent what the plant would experience in it’s natural environment.