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Planting Bedding Annuals

Green Circle Growers - Monday, August 10, 2009

Planting your bedding flowers can be an easy and enjoyable part of your landscaping! Annual flowers only last through one growing season and typically die off when cold weather comes. Bedding plants come in a variety of shapes, colors and sizes that can be mixed and matched to create wonderful-looking flower beds.

If you are not planning on planting your flowers immediately, try to place them in a shaded area and water them regularly to maintain a moist soil level. It is a good idea to also water the flowers thoroughly and the beds slightly before replanting to moisten the soil. Be sure you are not planting your annuals too early because frost can kill or damage your flowers. Typically, bedding flowers tend to prefer warm soil and reasonably stable temperatures to flourish and grow.

Because the roots of the flowers are compacted into individual cells on a flat, loosely breaking up the roots helps them expand and gain better rooting in the bed. After digging a hole about twice as big as the roots, plant the flower into the bed and firmly press the dirt around the roots. Water immediately after planting, and continue watering and fertilizing regularly to provide the bedding flowers with the nutrients they need to last through the growing season.