Growing Annual Flowers
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Annual flowers last just one season and then die out. If you wish to enjoy their beauty year after year then you need to keep replanting them. They provide an array of color in the blooming season and are excellent flowers for hanging baskets and container gardening. But, growing annual flowers requires a bit of research and care to yield wonderful results.

Soil Preparation And Planting

Annuals prefer a well-drained soil with a ph balance of 6.3 to 6.7. Dig in a good quantity of peat moss or compost to help build up the soil's organic matter and allow the plants' roots to spread quickly.

Space the young plants as recommended, so as to prevent them from crowding each other once they have matured. Before transferring the plant from flats to a planting hole, gently break apart the root mass. This will encourage the roots to spread well in the surrounding soil.

Sowing Annuals

Before growing annual flowers you must be aware of the three basic annual types and their ideal sowing time.

Hardy Annuals bloom in winters; therefore, they should be sown in the fall or during spring (before the fall). These flowers cannot survive scorching heat as they are not heat-tolerant. Some examples of hardy annual flowers are calendula, foxglove, larkspur, pansy, sweet alyssum, viola, and many dianthus cultivars.

Half-hardy Annuals cannot survive cold frost but can tolerate damp cold weather. They are sown after the last spring frost, as they don't need warm soil to take root. Half-hardy annuals include baby's breath, bells of Ireland, blue sage, candytuft, forget-me-nots, love-in-a-mist, snow-on-the-mountain and strawflower. Sometimes these flowers droop in the summer and again blossom at the end of the summer.

Tender Annuals prefer warm regions to cold places. If you plan on growing annual flowers of this type then remember that they do not sprout in cool soil temperature rather they will rot. Therefore, seed them after three weeks of last spring frost. Some examples of this variety include ageratum, balsam, begonia, celosia, coleus, globe amaranth, impatiens, marigold, morning glory, nasturtium, petunia, scarlet sage, verbena, and zinnia.