Annuals are a great way to add color and texture to your garden. They’re also easier to maintain than perennials and need less space. Here’s how to plant an annual flower:
Choose a site with full sun and well-drained soil.
- Choose a site with full sun and well-drained soil.
Full sun means 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight each day. Well-drained soil drains excess water away from the root zone, but still retains enough moisture to keep the roots moist at all times. Your garden soil should be loose, fluffy and rich in nutrients; it should feel cool and moist when you dig your fingers into it—but not wet!
Till the garden and add organic matter, such as compost or peat moss, to the soil to enhance drainage.
To prepare your flower bed, you need to till the soil and add organic matter like compost or peat moss, which will help enhance drainage. You can use a rototiller or a shovel and rake to prepare your flower bed. After digging up weeds and mixing in the organic matter, rake all of it into nice flat rows for planting flowers.
Purchase plants at a local nursery.
You can purchase plants at a local nursery, garden center or greenhouse. If you choose to buy your annuals from a plant nursery, be sure to ask if they carry the specific variety that you want. Some nurseries specialize in certain types of plants and may not have what you are looking for.
Plant annuals after the last spring frost — usually around Mother’s Day in May.
You can plant annuals at any time of year, but the best time to plant them is after the last spring frost. That’s usually around Mother’s Day in May.
If you live in a cooler climate with a lot of spring frosts, wait until June or July to do your planting so you’ll have plenty of time for your plants to get established before winter comes along and wipes them out. If you’re lucky enough to live somewhere warm enough where there are no frosts at all, you can plant annuals right away!
Water them daily during periods of drought and remove dead blossoms every few days commonly known as “dead-heading.”
Water your flowers daily during periods of drought and remove dead blossoms every few days commonly known as “dead-heading.”
This is how to plant your flower
You’re ready to go! You have a sunny spot and good soil. It’s time to get planting!
Plant your annual flowers at a depth equal to the size of their root ball. For example, if your plant has a 2-inch root ball, dig down 2 inches before placing it in the ground. Cover the roots with an inch or two of soil and water thoroughly. Keep the area moist for about one week after planting until new growth appears (this is called “sowing).
These tips should help you get started in planting annuals. Once you have them growing, it’s important to maintain the health and appearance of your garden. This means watering regularly and checking for signs of disease or insects.