Anyone who takes on gardening will tell you that it is among the most wonderful pursuits in their lives!
Think about it, is there anything better than putting your hands in the soil and watching life grow right in your yard?
But if your cherished buds aren’t growing into lush blooms, then you may be neglecting a few important factors that are vital to growing a full, amazing garden.
Don’t worry; even the most experienced gardeners slip up in ways they don’t even recognize.
Let’s explore six of the most common missteps people make in flower gardening. But we won’t stop at the challenges. We’ll check out six simple fixes you can do to resolve them!
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Many flower lovers take the importance of seasons for granted. For example, it’s easy to get excited planting spring flowers early right as winter starts to clear.
But if you don’t have a greenhouse, there’s a great chance they’ll be left open to frost from spring thaw. This could ruin– or worse, even kill– those gentle buds.
On the other hand, planting spring flowers too late leaves them open to rising heat. This could inhibit their growth and keep them from blossoming.
How to fix it
Follow a flower calendar that corresponds to your local area. Stick to it and plant flowers at the advised times.
Don’t hesitate to ask fellow gardeners about the correct time to plant particular blooms in your area. You can also contact your local extension service for inquiries about weather issues and gardening pointers.
Too much or too little watering
Most gardeners love to water their plants. It’s a routine that helps you feel connected to your plants. It also provides the chance for you to inspect if they have any issues or diseases.
But your act of love could be damaging to them! Over-watering your plants keeps them from being able to access oxygen, which in simple terms means they’re drowning. It also causes root rot, stunted growth, and other health problems.
Under-watering can also be a huge concern! Certain blooms need moisture that go down deeper into the roots. Signs of under-watering include slow growth, and shedding leaves or flowers.
How to fix it
Look up the particular watering needs of each plant you have. Blooms like yarrows, lavenders, lantanas, and russian sages don’t need a great deal of water. By comparison, cannas, elephant’s ears, callas, and turtleheads, absolutely love wet feet.
To make things much easier for you, group the plants with the same needs together. This also decreases your chances of over- or under-watering your plants.
If you only have a tiny garden or a few plants, hand watering is certainly the way to go. But if you have plants that need a lot of water, an irrigation system can be a huge help for watering deeper! This would encourage better growth with a lot less hassle for you.
Not paying enough attention to soil issues
Every gardener’s slogan should be: care for your soil! It’s the base of any plant’s health and growth, so it also calls for a lot of attention and upkeep.
When soil is rough and low in quality, it can have serious repercussions on how successfully your flowers flourish. Another factor to consider is whether the soil in your garden is suitable for the variety of blooms you want to grow.
How to fix it
Testing your soil is the very first step. Soil tests will give you necessary information on its pH level and nutritional composition. It helps you find nutrient deficiencies. It also lets you find out whether your soil is compatible with the flower types of your choice.
You can do this by reaching out to your trusted nursery or sending it out to a lab. There are also home kits you can buy for soil testing.
The next step is to get your soil healthy. One of the quickest ways to do this is by composting!
Compost is organic material that produces healthy soil by enhancing its texture and packing it with nutrients.
You can buy compost, but it’s easy to make at home! Compost is generally made up of leaves, clippings, manure, hay, straw, and other organic matter. Take note of the correct composting techniques and soil-to-compost ratios for specific buds.
Planting in the wrong location
Much like in real estate, “location, location, location” is the trick to flower gardening! Your flowers’ growth, health, and bloom depend a lot on where you plant them.
Providing too much or too little sunlight can cause pest infestations, heat damage, health issues, and other undesirable effects.
Another problem is falling for an out-of-state plant and buying it, only to learn that it just won’t grow in your home town’s environment!
How to fix it
If you’re unsure about how much light your plant needs, head to your nearby nursery and see where it’s planted. Sun-loving plants may be in much brighter areas than those that favor shade.
Figure out how much light your plant needs and, if possible, how much light your home is facing. It can help you place your plants in the best possible area where they’ll get the ideal amount of light they need.
As tempting as it is, try to keep from buying plants that aren’t within your area. Get in touch with local gardening professionals about the blooms that grow best in your area. You can also look around your local botanical gardens for inspiration on what other plants you can grow.
Wrong pruning techniques
Pruning is among the most important things your blossoming buds need. They keep flowers free from dead or diseased wood and encourage them to bloom healthily and wonderfully.
But this gardening task can be challenging. This is why some gardeners often take on the wrong techniques!
The first is pruning too much. Some flowering plants produce flowers on old branches or have inactive buds that bloom much later. Cutting all old branches off won’t allow them to bloom well.
Next is pruning prematurely. Flowering plants that open late in their growing season should be trimmed when they go into dormancy. If you prune too early, they may yield new shoots that are vulnerable to frost damage.
Last on the list is not pruning enough. It’s essential to prune dead branches. They suck up all the energy from your plant, which can affect its health and bloom production.
How to fix it
Study the blooming pattern of your plant and create a pruning timetable based on what you learn. If you have various flowering plants or shrubs, this schedule will most likely change according to their specific needs.
Take time to learn about and use the right pruning techniques for each plant you have!
Giving up easily
There may be times when you’ll consider if it’s time to nip your gardening dreams in the bud. When you keep seeing dead or wilting flowers in your browning backyard, it can get very frustrating.
How to fix it
Remember what draws you to gardening in the first place. Whether it’s the exercise, the peace of mind, the stress release, or all the above, there’s a reason why you keep doing it. Going back to square one is part of the process that gives you those wonderful experiences.
Keep trying and keep studying! It doesn’t always go right, but when it does, it’ll be worth it! With patience, dedication, and care, you can achieve the garden of your dreams over time.