7 Tips for Home Flower Gardening

Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or just beginning to cultivate your green thumb, caring for flowers in your garden requires attention and a touch of finesse. Here are seven tips to ensure your garden blossoms flourish throughout the season:

Know Your Flowers

Different flowers have different needs. Some thrive in full sun, while others prefer partial shade. Others may need trellising for support, or “pinched” after they are transplanted to encourage branching.

Watering

Watering is essential for the health of your flowers, but it’s crucial to strike a balance. Too much water can lead to root rot, while too little can cause wilting. Water your garden deeply, ensuring the moisture reaches the roots. Consider investing in a drip irrigation system for efficient watering, especially during dry spells.

Mulching

Mulch helps retain moisture in the soil, suppresses weed growth, and regulates soil temperature. Another advantage of mulch is that water cannot splash up from the soil onto the plants’ foliage. This spreads disease and creates dirty cut flower stems. You can use an organic mulch (like woodchips), biodegradable fabrics, or plastic mulches.

Deadheading and Harvesting

Regular “deadheading,” or the removal of spent flowers, encourages continuous blooming by redirecting the plant’s energy towards new growth. Many plants, like zinnias, enjoy a deep harvesting, which encourages the plants to branch. Use clean, sharp tools to prevent damage or disease to the plant.

Fertilizing

Feed your flowers with an organic compost to replenish nutrients depleted from the soil. Consider testing the soil in your garden (contact your local OSU Extension office) so you know what nutrients are needed to balance your soils.

Pest and Disease Management

Keep a vigilant eye for signs of pests and diseases that may afflict your garden. Early detection allows for prompt intervention. Implement organic pest control methods whenever possible to safeguard beneficial insects and maintain ecological balance in your garden.

Continuous Monitoring

Regularly monitor your garden for signs of stress, such as wilting, discoloration, or pest infestation so you can prevent further damage. Stay on top of any weeds, which compete with flowers for sun and nutrients.

We hope the journey of caring for your flowers is as rewarding as the blooms themselves. Happy gardening!

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Lauren Ketcham, owner of Down the Road Farm in New Lexington, Ohio, holding a colorful spray of Ranunculus flowers

By Lauren Ketcham

Lauren Ketcham has been growing specialty cut flowers at Down the Road Farm in New Lexington since 2013. You can find her and her sustainably grown flowers each week at the Lancaster Farmers Market. Visit Down The Road Farm to shop for 2024 Flower Bouquet Subscriptions or to learn more about having local flowers at your wedding or special event.