Wallflower Care: How To Plant A Wallflower Garden Plant
The following are some of the most common questions asked by readers about how to plant a wallflower garden. Please note that these answers may not apply to your situation, so please consult with a professional if you have any specific question or concerns.
How Do I Choose Which Wall Flower Should I Grow?
There are many different kinds of wall flowers. You will need to choose one that suits your needs best. If you want to grow a large number of plants, then it would be better to start with a small variety such as those sold at the nursery. They usually sell them in 1/2 inch increments, which means that you could buy 2 stems per box (1″ x 3″).
If you don’t want to spend much money, then you can grow a few varieties of wallflowers in containers. These include:
Erythrina cheirii – Commonly known as “the blue flower.” It grows up to 6 feet tall and is very easy to care for. It’s a slow bloomer, but blooms abundantly once established. Erythrina cheirii is often grown in groups of 5 or more.
Erythrina crista-galli – Commonly known as the “Cockscomb,” it’s a short type that can reach up to 3 feet in height. They are beautiful when in full bloom and are fairly easy to care for.
Erythrina herbacea – A relatively short kind that grows up to 4 feet in height. It has a red flower that blooms throughout most of the year.
Erythrina lysistemon – Also known as “Crimson Glory,” this wallflower typically grows 4 to 5 feet. The delicate red and yellow flowers are very striking and bloom at a fast pace.
Erythrina variegata – Another variety that grows up to 6 feet tall and is easy to take care of. It has bright flowers that bloom all year long, but don’t expect it to bloom the first year you plant it!
General Wallflower Care
As mentioned before, wallflowers are usually planted in groups of five or more. Always make sure to plant them at least 6 inches away from sidewalks and driveways because people tend to walk and drive near these areas. If a wallflower is planted too close to the road or sidewalk, its shallow roots can get damaged which will cause it to die.
It’s also important to make sure the ground is moist when you water your flowers. It’s best to water your plants in the morning because this will prevent them from getting waterlogged. (It also helps prevent the roots from rotting). You want to make sure that each plant gets around 2 gallons of water per week.
The soil where you plant your flowers matters as well, but this will depend on what kind of soil you have in your yard. If you have really sandy soil, then it’s best to add topsoil or compost to it in order to provide a healthy environment for your flowers. On the other hand, if you have soil that is too heavy and clay-like, you will want to add some sand in order to lighten it up a bit.
In any case, you should always dig your hole a little deeper and wider than the plant container.
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