For many green thumbs, the entire point of having outdoor flowering plants is to add a sea of colour to their gardens – but are there ways to encourage this?
Considering that many of us are spending more time at home than ever before, it should come as no surprise that a lot of us are trying our hands at gardening for the first time. From creating a veggie patch to finally building that new hedge, there’s a whole new generation that are cottoning onto the fact that not only does having a garden help our properties to look good, but that spending time in the great outdoors is simply good for our bodies and our brains.
When it comes to taking care of our garden, there are generally a few basics to follow, such as ensuring that they have enough water, allowing the right amount of sun, and keeping out any foreign invaders such as weeds and pests. However, for those gardeners who are fond of keeping their outdoor areas full of colour and a wide variety of different blooms, what are considered to be a few of the fundamentals when it comes to caring for outdoor flowering plants – particularly as we approach the warmer summer months?
How To Keep Outdoor Flowering Plants Happy
If you’re a fan of keeping outdoor flowering plants, then you most likely already know that their maintenance requirements are slightly more complex than ensuring they have enough water. If you’re able to keep them healthy and happy, then the reward is often colourful sets of blooms that not only look good, but will also last longer too – so what are a few of the basics?
The Right Hydration – Your water distribution has an enormous influence on the overall health of the plant. One example of this is that in summer, your flowers need to be watered at least once every day. Plants lose a lot of hydration during this season, and they can wither or have stunted growth if they are not getting enough of this liquid gold.
Don’t Forget To Fertilise – Even when growing in outdoor gardening beds or directly into the earth, domesticated plants rely on their keepers to ensure that they have access to the right types of nutrients. The best fertilisers for flowers are the water-soluble or liquid ones, but beware when introducing synthetic options as they can burn the plants.
Mulch Is King – Particularly over the upcoming summer, it’s important that your outdoor flowering plants are not just receiving water, but retaining it and distributing it accordingly. They’ll usually tell you if they’re thirsty if they start drooping or the leaves are falling off, but mulch stops the top of the soil drying out, keeps it moist, and can reduce watering by up to 60%.
Address Any Pests – Common garden pests that love nothing more than having a meal of your flowers include mites, aphids, whiteflies, and gnats. Thankfully, you can help to prevent an infestation via weed control and cleaning up any debris, with an organic product such as Bioweed offering a safer way to spray in case you want to bring your flowers inside your home.
Deadhead Your Flowers – As flowers inevitably shed their petals and begin the process of forming new seed heads again, the plant’s energy is focused on the development of new seeds as opposed to the existing flowers. The process of deadheading, or removing the existing blooms, channels the energy back into the flowers, resulting in another bloom cycle.
Pinch And Prune – The type of outdoor flowering plants that call your garden home will usually dictate the type of maintenance that they specifically require. Pruning is the process of cutting back the overgrown branches to control the growth of plants like roses, while pinching is the fine art of removing stem tips to encourage lateral growth and promote good shape.
Ultimately, the health of your soil often dictates the health of your plants. If your soil doesn’t have enough microbes or nutrients, you could be leaving your outdoor flowering plants open to pests, weeds, diseases and all kinds of mishaps that may affect their ability to produce the blooms. Thankfully, the team at Bioweed have yet another natural solution.
How To Optimise Your Soil With Nutrients
Do your plants – and yourself – a favour, and give them a head start by optimising your soil prior to planting. By adding a natural plant food like Biotic Booster, this will help your garden to:
- Provide essential nutrients and microbes
- Act as a liquid fertiliser to unlock your soil’s potential
- Drought proof your plants and lower water consumption
- Increase and speed up the germination process
- Assist in protecting your plants from pests and diseases
- Provide a natural solution that’s safe to use around your herbs, fruit and veggies
If you’re ready to take the leap into improving the health of your plants while minimising the use of chemical based fertilisers, then it may be time to try a plant food and plant probiotic. Our Ultimate Garden Health Pack includes our Biotic Booster, FP-60 Probiotic Spray, RE-250 Soil Energiser plant food and garden probiotics. In each concentrated bottle, millions of natural bacterias are waiting to find a new home in your garden.
Here at Bioweed, we specialise in environmentally friendly gardening products, including herbicides, plant food, plant probiotics, and natural alternatives to traditional gardening solutions. Should you have any questions about how to improve the sustainability of your garden, get in touch with us today.