How You Can Safely Transplant Your Annuals

How You Can Safely Transplant Your Annuals
by Kent Higgins

Any plant that must be replaced every year and only has flowers one time, is an annual. Annuals are grown from seeds and the major advantage of an annual is the lower cost. Thousands of plants may be grown from just one seed packet.

Being decorative, annuals provide some very wonderful flowers for cutting.

The season for their bloom can be long, as well. The chief advantage is that the late day the bloom. If they are used alone or along a border, for a good part of the season will pass and you will still have color.

Annuals can also be used as a filler in between shrubbery and set some distance apart. This is so the shrubs can grow and not appear to stark.

To grow annuals, of course will be dependant upon which class they are a member of. The heartier flowers such as a larkspur or cornflower, can be planted in the late fall. The ground must be prepped just the same way it is in the spring time. Fall planting is advantageous because it gives you a leg up on spring planting. Certain other types of hearty annuals can also be sown in the spring time as soon as the ground thaws and warms up enough.

It is good to start some of the less hearty plants in seedling pots, or in a cold frame, you can start as early as March. These plants can not be placed out of doors until the danger of frost has passed. Outdoor planting must only be done after careful and complete soil preparation has been done. The flower bed must be pulverized and raked after it has been prepped and before planting, so all the lumps can be eliminated.

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Seeds can be sowed broadcast in the part of the patch you select. Then they need to be lightly covered with soil. The soil should be gently stamped after is completely covered. The patch will need to be IDd with a stake and some sort of simple sign. Flower seeds need to be planted near the surface and in no instance should seeds be put more than one inch deep. The seeds from larger plants have strong growth potential (think sunflowers), need to be planted in mounds spaced about 2-4 feet apart.

Foliage plants are planted by color. But several people plant their outdoor annuals in rows, because it is easier when the garden is to be used for cuttings. To accomplish this, dig a shallow trench in the soil no more than an inch deep using a trowel or your fingers. Place the seeds in the trench and sow more seeds than you think you actually need and them trim out the rows after plants begin to grow. Thinning is most often required and is good for annual crops, because it makes each plant have sufficient room to grow.

One of the most shocking things one can do is transplant a plant, unless it is carefully done, the plant may be killed. It is a great idea to expose coldframes and potted seeds to the outdoors prior to transplanting, this prevents shock. All the soil in the coldframe or pot can then be used when its time to transplant.

The best time to transplant is when its cloudy and damp outside. If the soil is a bit dry, then simply watering before and after transplanting will suffice. If doing the transplant on a sunny day, then you will need to provide shade for the new transplanted plants. As soon as the plants have been established, the protective coverings can then be removed.

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