The amateur gardener what you want is to have the more flowers the better in your garden. To do this you need two factors, which your plants produce a lot of flower and that it lasts the longer the better. Let’s see 11 tips that will help you to achieve this end.
1.- Cut the faded flowers.
Helps to divert the energy of the plant concentrated on the formation of the seeds to a new flowering. This works with the majority plants, although not all, find out before.
2.- Pinching the shoots higher.
Will cause the plant to develop side shoots that make the plant become more bushy and can flourish more when you do not waste energy growing upwards. This practice is also not suitable for all kinds of plants, once more will have to be reported before. Works very well with the plants of the genus Aster, petunias, zinnias, sweet pea and many more.
3.- Pinch the first flowers.
It is perhaps the technique more hard for the gardener who is waiting for the first flowers with longing. But it has its explanation, with this we managed to get the plant to increase the flow of sap and blossom more profusely. This practice works very well with the annual plants. We get in addition to increase the bloom by the side of the plant and not to focus on the top.
In the case of bushes of flower pruning is essential. Remove one-third of the aerial part of the plant works also with plants such as the foxglove, salvia and delphinium. The coreopsis and geraniums also can give us a second flowering if we can after the first.
The padding is a practice that prevents the emergence of weeds and helps to delay the evaporation of water from the soil. Depending on the material that we use for the mulch can insulate the roots and prevent them from excess heat in summer. Or, on the contrary, we can concentrate the heat if the plants need it. For the first case we use pine bark or similar, and for the second case gravel or stones.
6.- Planting staggered.
It consists in sowing seeds in small batches and in a successive manner with a separation of a week or two. This allows us to extend the time in which we will have flower in our garden. You can also combine crops with different flowering period with the same purpose.
7.- Care of the soil.
We tend to get a soil rich, fertile and well aerated. In addition we need to ensure that you can always count with a good drainage. There are to grow plants more suited to our type of soil. Lavender, periwinkle, bougainvillea and heléboro prefer a soil relatively low in nutrients. And we must not forget to analyze the pH of our soil to know him better and to know what crops will work best.
It is vital to water only when necessary. The maintenance of an optimal level of moisture in the soil ensures both the production of flowers as the longevity of the plant. Usually regaremos only when the soil is dry to a greater or lesser degree according to the type of plants.
Plants need food, but there are many ways to give it. One way is to add a layer of compost to the bottom of the plant. Alternatively, you can use a liquid fertilizer slightly diluted once a week. Another good idea is to spray a fertilizer, in powder, slow-release dissolves slowly. Fertilizers are balanced to work well for most plants. A formula high in phosphorus will help improve the flowering of your plants. In any case, it must always be restrained with the input of fertilisers as bad is the excess and the lack.
10.- Allow full vegetative development.
The plants bloom in the peak of vegetative development. A plant can not produce flower until you reach maturity. That is why it is crucial to use a fertilizer balanced especially at the beginning for the plants to develop fully and be prepared then to flourish with abundance. It will also help frenemos the development of new branches and leaves once the plant has reached maturity.
11.- Control of pests.
It is another of the fundamental factors for a good flowering. The plant should be full of health and not be affected by any pest. Slugs and aphids are feeding directly on tender shoots and flower buds thereby preventing the plant to flourish properly. It is best to use organic insecticides like neem oil, soap, potash and prepared natural.