We think that growing flowers are similar to raising kids. Even if, growing flowers are easier. Growing flowers and raising kids is all about providing a good home environment, remove bad company, provide extra protection, provide support, and create an important link between the growth and nutrition. If you have a big interest to enjoy your own garden in the backyard, it is good to start learning and add more knowledge on how to make your plants healthy.
1. Take Time
Don’t afraid to take more time just to prepare the proper environments. This is what you should do at the beginning of the process. Do this before the plants arrive. The most important thing to do is to provide good soil preparation. You need to provide the loosen soil for 6-inch, add organic matter like compost, peat moss, and manure, and then mix well. Continue the process by raking to level and it can be a fun job when it comes to the soil preparation. It is all about preparing a new life just like preparing a new nursery room for a new baby born. It is important to make sure that the environment around the plant is perfect.
2. The Soil Layer
It is important to make sure that the flower seeds are covered. Here, take a soil layer with 1/4-inch of thick. The common mistake is to plant flower seeds too deep and that is the same as covering the newborn with many blankets. Therefore, the seed depth and the planting time are the critical factors to emerge new life and we recommend you to listen to the expert advice. The best thing to do is to read the seed packet and read again.
3. Fast Food or Health Foods
You can even feed fast foods to your growing plants. To do so, add water-soluble fertilizer to a hose-end sprayer or a watering can. You should not add fertilizers with heavy chemical additive if it is about nourishing the youngsters. It is good to choose organic fertilizer to act slow but with healthier compost. For example, you can use fish fertilizer and manure fertilizer. You can even use a batch of manure tea for your plant.
Even though the organic foods are not the fast and active option for your adolescent plants, it is all about building the healthier soil environments.
4. The Weed
Besides the rapid growth of your plant, it is also important to know about how sturdy and straight they are when they are adults. Weeds will only take the nutrients of your seedlings, as well as water so that they can look bad. If your plants in the garden look bad, at first you may think that it is the plant’s weedy companions. The fact is it can be because you do not stay in control such as setting the limits and spend more time to pull weeds.
If you see the seeds sprout, they are entering the toddler stage or the vulnerable seedling phase. In this point, the big task is to hover over the plants. It is a must to keep the soils moist, but we don’t recommend you to fertilize until you can see the two true leaves. If you fertilize the newly sprouted seeds, it is like feeding a pork chop to your newborn which is harmful. Once you see the first set of the true leaves, it is like seeing an infant with the new teeth. In other word, this development requires the new diet.
If you plant flowers, you should remove the faded flower heads, which is known as the deadheading. This is good to keep the color coming. If your flowers are blooming and then fade, try to shearing off the faded blooms to revitalize it.
There are some additional supports since seedlings are going to the adolescent plants. So, what are the right supports? You should provide forked twigs and other things. For example, you can choose to pinch out the center of your petunias and fuchsias to help more side growth. If you plant sunflowers, delphinium, and dahlias ties the flowers to the stakes.
8. Plant Adoption
It is important to note that not all flower gardens are great to form by planting the seed. In fact, you can adopt the transplants from a nursery. Alternatively, you can start the seeds inside your home
and then transfer the plants carefully to the nurturing nursery of the outdoor soil in the right weather. When you do the transplants, the most important is the first few nights. At this point, the plants adjust to the new environment. Therefore, it is good to let the plants sit outdoors for a few days, under the covered porch. At night, you can protect the plants with the light sheets or the newspaper tents as the cover.
After all the time, especially for perennials are the best time to move the plants. If the plants grow big, it is the time of the pull the baby plants from the mother. After that, you can transplant the plants to the new location. The best time to move is on a cloudy day. What you can do for the plants are to loosening the soil and then watering well to prepare the new environment.
10. The Camera
Are you ready to use your camera? Now, the beautiful plants and flowers look great in your garden. It is good to have a fresh bouquet for your home interior and then share the story of your successful planting by giving a vase of the fresh cut of flowers.
As you see, growing plants and flowers are like raising kids but they are even easier. Make sure that you always show your love by feeding them with fertilizer and watering their soil well. Your care will help them to grow well just like your expectation and the reward of your hard work is your beautiful garden that is full of blossom. Are you ready to plant some? We cannot wait for seeing your garden blossoms!