5 Common Mistakes That Are Killing Your Flowers
Planting lots of beautiful flowers in your garden is the best way to add a burst of colour and elevate your outdoor space to a new level. But if you find that your flowers always die, you may have decided that gardening just isn’t for you and you won’t bother anymore. However, if your flowers are constantly dying, you are probably making some simple mistakes that are easily rectified.
Before you give up on flowers completely, consider whether you are making one of these common flower planting and care mistakes.
Planting At The Wrong Time
Planting your flowers at the correct time is vital to your success but a lot of people get it wrong. Different flowers need to be planted at different times, so make sure that you do your research beforehand, so you can work out the best time to plant. There are some great sites, like Poplar Nurseries, where you can get a month by month rundown of what you should be planting in your garden. When you buy plants, they will often come with a small information card that tells you when you should plant them.
However, the guidelines for planting times are not set in stone and you have to consider the current climate. For example, if winter is going on for a bit longer this year, it might still be too cold. You should check the weather and look at the average temperatures and see when the last frost is likely to be. As long as you adjust planting times and wait until the weather is warm enough, your flowers stand a good chance. However, if you plant them too early, they will not recover from the shock of the cold and they will most likely die.
Over Or Under Watering
Flowers are very particular about their care needs and if you want them to thrive, you need to make sure that they get the right amount of sun, the balance of the soil is just right and, most importantly, they get enough water. Research is the key to understanding how much water to give your flowers because the tags that are on the flowers are often quite vague. For example, if they say ‘moisture loving,’ that could mean that they like slightly damp soil or it could mean that they like to be completely saturated. It’s important that you do a bit more research and work out just how much water they need because over watering will rot the roots while under watering will cause the flowers to dry out and die.
When you are planning your garden, you should put plants with similar watering needs next to each other so you don’t accidentally overwater other plants. You should also consider investing in an automated watering system so you can make sure that your plants are always watered correctly. This is particularly good if you are forgetful about watering the garden. Checking the weather is important as well because if there is going to be an especially wet or dry period, you need to adjust your watering accordingly.
Planting In The Wrong Place
Giving your plants the right amount of sun is important as well but a lot of people make the mistake of thinking that more sun is always better. However, some plants like to be in full sunlight for as long as possible so they don’t dry out, while other plants will scorch and turn brown if they are exposed to direct sunlight for too long. When you are planning your garden, pay attention to the sunlight during the day and see which areas get the sun for the longest. That way, you can plant your flowers in the right locations so they all get the optimum amount of sunlight. It’s also important that you are careful about putting flowers near to windows because they can reflect and intensify the sunlight and potentially scorch them.
The Wrong Soil pH
The pH of the soil determines how acidic it is and it’s important that you have the right balance for your flowers. Although most flowers like to be in soil that is somewhere between 6.0 and 7.5, there are a lot of exceptions and it’s important that you check the optimum pH before planting. This handy list has the ideal pH listed for many common flowers. You can pick up a cheap soil pH testing kit from any good garden centre and test your own soil. This will give you an idea of what flowers will flourish in your garden and which ones won’t.
If the pH of your soil is not suitable for flowers, you can change it. If you want to increase the pH of your soil, you can add a liming material, like wood ash or limestone. You can also decrease the pH of the soil by adding aluminum or sulfur. It’s important that you make these additions to the soil and give it time to settle and then test it again before you plant anything. In some cases, you may need to leave it for a few seasons and start planting your flowers next year if you want to make sure that they are healthy.
Mistakes With Feeding
Feeding your flowers will make sure that they are healthy and have all of the right nutrients and you should notice a big improvement in the colour. However, if you feed them the wrong amount or use the wrong type of food, you can easily kill them. The three main ingredients in most plant foods are nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus, but the balance is incredibly important. All purposes fertilizers are usually ok for most flowers but some plants are sensitive to certain ingredients and can die if the levels are unbalanced. It’s important that you check what kind of fertilizers are best for specific flowers before you start feeding them.
The other big mistake that people make is thinking that more is always better, but that isn’t the case. It’s important that you fertilize the soil rather than the plants themselves but a lot of people think that filling bad soil with lots of fertilizer will bring it back to life.
If you find that your flowers always die a few weeks after you plant them, you’re probably making one of these common flower care mistakes.