Growing Your Own Bridal Bouquet: Learn How To Plant Wedding Flowers
Grow Your Own Bridal Bouquets: A Guide For Beginners
How to Grow Your Own Flower Bouquets: An Introduction
The Basics Of Growing Floral Treasures For Weddings And Other Events
Flowering Plants For Your Garden: What You Need To Know About Their Care And How They Can Help You With Your Garden Design
What Are The Best Types Of Flowers For My Garden? Which Ones Should I Choose?
Grown from seeds or cuttings, most garden plants are grown from seedlings. These small plants usually don’t have enough room to develop into full-grown trees or shrubs, but they do make excellent houseplants! Most houseplants come in many different varieties, colors and sizes. Some are even edible!
There are several types of houseplant care that you need to keep in mind when growing them indoors. If you’re just starting out with indoor gardening, it might seem like there’s no way to get all the details right the first time because so much depends on how well you take care of your plant. There are many different things to consider: Light, temperature, humidity, soil, water and fertilizers all play a role in how your plants will turn out. But with a little advice and careful reading of plant tags, you can be on your way to a successful houseplant garden.
Keep these things in mind when shopping for new plants:
Location, location, location!
Will the lighting conditions be right for this plant? Does the space have enough light for the plant to grow?
Water, water everywhere!
Does your soil have good drainage? How often does this plant need watering? What happens if you over water it?
Getting the temp right.
What is the ideal temperature range for this plant? Does it like it hot or cold? What happens if you don’t provide the right temperatures?
Does this plant need extra food? How and when do you fertilize it? Does it need special additives in its soil?
Grooming and pruning.
Do you trim leaves or branches? How and when do you prune this plant?
If you’re using standard potting soil, you need to fertilize your plants every couple months. If you’re using organic compost instead of potting soil, you can still fertilize your plants every couple months, but you also have the option of applying a slow-release fertilizer once instead.
You can choose from many different types of plant containers:
Plastic: Lowest cost, but won’t last as long as other options.
Clay: Excellent quality and durability, but heavy and sometimes expensive.
Glazed Ceramic: Great for indoor plants because it holds moisture well, but may be prone to cracking.
Hanging: Good if you want to train your plants against a wall or trellis.
If you’re going to keep your plant outside, you need to choose a different container than you would for an indoor plant. An outdoor plant needs a container that can withstand all types of weather and will last for several years. Here are some options:
Wood: Good if you’re growing several plants in the same container because it’s easy to drill drainage holes in the bottom.
Concrete: The heaviest and most durable of all the options.
Plastic or Fiberglass: Lightweight, but don’t hold up well to severe cold.
How do I get my seeds to grow?
When getting seeds or seedlings for your garden, it’s always best to get them locally. This way, you will be more familiar with the growing conditions of your region and know that you won’t have to wait too long for your plant to grow. You can also choose your own planting time based on the weather.
What containers do I use?
Where should I plant my garden?
You want a spot that gets a lot of sun. You may have to water your garden more often if you don’t have a sunny location. The more sun, the less watering your garden will need.
Make sure your garden has good drainage. You don’t want plants sitting in standing water. If the soil is clay, it may not drain well no matter where you plant. You can add coarse sand to your soil if you have this problem.
How do I prepare the soil?
Preparing the soil before you plant is just as important as choosing the right plant. The roots need food and water to survive, just like the rest of the plant. You can add slow-release fertilizer to the soil before planting. Adding compost or aged animal manure will give the plant a jump start and will provide needed nutrients over time.
What is Compost?
Compost is decomposed organic matter. When you compost leaves, grass, tea bags, egg shells and fruit, it turns into a dark, crumbly material that adds nutrients to your soil. It can be used in containers or in your garden beds. It takes time to make compost, so you need to plan ahead.
What about Pesticides?
You may have some problems with insects and animals eating your plants. You can prevent most problems by placing mesh or screens over your containers, but if insects do hop, fly or crawl in, you can use pesticides made especially for outdoor plants. Always read and follow all directions, including the safety gear you need to wear and any plants that you should avoid applying it to.
What is Weeding?
Weeds take away the nutrients that your plants need to grow and can even damage or kill them. Weeds also compete with your plants for sunlight. You can prevent a lot of problems by laying down weed barrier cloth under your containers. You may still have to hand weed, but it will be easier to keep the weeds from coming back.
Watering your plants isn’t just a matter of wet is good. You need to know how long to water and how often to do it. Most plants need at least an inch of water a week, but there are lots of variables like weather and soil type. The best way to know how your plants are doing is to use a moisture meter. It will tell you if your soil is dry one inch deep or all the way through.
It’s better to water deeply a few times than to keep your plants wet all the time with shallow watering.
Plants need more than water and sunlight to grow. Just like people, they need nutrients. You can choose a liquid or slow-release fertilizer to add to the soil when you plant your container garden. How often you fertilize, and how much, depends on what you choose.
So now that you know how to plant a garden, it’s time to plan what you would like to grow. Check out these resources for growing information.
When you’re ready to get seeds, browse our seed selection here.
Sources & references used in this article:
Victorian royal wedding flowers: Orange, myrtle, and the apotheosis of white heather by EC Nelson – Garden History, 2009 – JSTOR
VICTORIAN ROYAL WEDDING FLOWERS: ORANGE, MYRTLE, AND THE APOTHEOSIS OF WHITE HEATHER by GDOFM FREDERICK – heathersociety.org
Specialty cut flower production and marketing by J Bachmann – 2006 – wnc.edu
The flower farmer: An organic grower’s guide to raising and selling cut flowers by L Byczynski – 2008 – books.google.com
Getting Started in the Production of Field-Grown, Specialty Cut Flowers by C Roney – 2002 – Chronicle Books
Folklore and symbolism of flowers, plants and trees by HL Scoggins – 2014 – vtechworks.lib.vt.edu
… : 5 out of 5 St☆ rs!!! Fun and helpful! By Amanda Customer-July 2 This wedding guide shares lots of intersting trivia and information about the history of brides … by E Lehner, J Lehner – 2003 – books.google.com
The Cutting Garden: Plants for Gorgeous Bouquets All Year Long by J Rogers, D Edition – 1992 – ebay.ie