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How to Grow Healthy Flowers

by Junou Mathieu May 31st, 2011 | Flowers, Gardening
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A greenhorn gardener’s first batch of flowers are often unhealthy and unimpressive. Gardeners often unintentionally grow stunted flowers with diseases, insects, foliage discoloration, and injury. Typically, unhealthy flowers are unavoidable if you have no experience growing plants.

Yet, if you’ve been at this for a while, and the flowers you grow are still considered unhealthy, you’re probably repeating the same mistakes over and over again. By employing the following tips, you’ll grow your healthiest batch of flowers yet.

Proper Preparation

Of course, you can grow plants without proper preparation; however, by making preparations, it will be easier for you to grow the flowers, and they will probably end up healthier.

Before planting the flowers, you should loosen at least six inches of soil. Add organic matter, such as compost and manure, into the soil and mix well. Believe it or not, soil preparation can be a very fun experience. For some, it kind of feels like their preparing a nursery for their baby.

Perfect Soil Blanket

The soil blanket your cover your flower seeds with shouldn’t be too thin or too thick. The flower seeds should be barely covered with a soil layer that is 1/4 of an inch thick. Read the information on the back of the seed packet in case it says otherwise. If you’re still unsure, conduct research on the Internet.

The Seeding Stage

When leaves and roots begin to sprout, make sure you keep the soil moist at all times. Ignore the desire to fertilize the small beginnings of the flower right away until you see two leaves. Fertilizing a plant too will early will do nothing for the plant, and it may even harm it.

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