I want to make my flowers bigger. I know I can pick off most buds for a bigger flower. How can I get a plant to then make bigger flowers from a seed? Will the flower seeds from the 'picked off' buds make bigger flowers? Or is there some other way to breed bigger flowers?
Bigger flowers come from not only disbudding the plant but the plant becoming more mature. The more developed the root system becomes the larger the flowers become, with the help of disbudding of course. If a plant produces a huge number of buds it is extremely difficult for the plant to get enought nutrients to each bud for the blooms to all be huge. The more established the root system though the more you can get. It is harder sometimes for container grown plants as the root system can only get so established before it may become root bound and go the other direction as to performance. Some of the Bloom Booster fertilizers will actually cause a problem with more foliage growth than big bloom production due to the high nitrogen content in them. Read up on the feeding, watering, sunlight and pH reguirements for the plants. If all is at its optimum level, then optimum performance is what you will get.
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We just recently bought a house with very neglected gardens. There are about 3 inches of dead leaves in all of the flower beds that are now blooming. What is the best way to clean out the leaves without harming the blooming flowers? There are far too many to remove by hand.
If the flowers are coming up through the leaves fine, I would actually just leave them there. They will add nutrients to the soil. You can cover the leaves with mulch for a "nicer" look, if you need to.
If the flowers are having trouble getting through the leaves, you can try a leaf blower. That is a good tool for moving large quantities of leaves without harming plants.
I have these flowers and I can't keep them alive. What do I do?
Check to make sure that they are getting enough water but that the soil is well draining and they are not in standing water. Also, check that you have them in the appropriate light conditions.
As I was planting flowers (annuals and perennials) in the garden this weekend, my husband was sprinkling peat moss in the flower beds with a shovel. Very often the peat moss would land directly on top of the new plantings. I asked him to avoid getting the dirt on top of the flowers, not only because it didn't look good but may also inhibit their growth (like clogging pores). He laughed at me and said the wind will blow the dirt away and the plants don't have pores. Could you let me know if there is any truth to what I may have been thinking, or are you laughing at me too?
Plants do have "pores" called stomatas. Peat moss is unlikely to clog them though. But it is not a good idea to cover the leaves of a plant as it can keep sunlight from reaching the plants leaves, which is how the plant creates energy to grow and flower. With indoor plants, dust often can keep a plant from performing at peak, and this would be similar. Fortunately, a quick wash down with water will wash the peat moss off.
Can I plant any flowers/shrubs or ground cover at the beginning of July? I live in Toronto. Is it better to wait till the fall?
This is dependent on your climate, though I think your area stays relatively cooler during summer than most places in the U.S. Generally, it is ok to plant flowers/shrubs during summer as long they receive adequate amounts of water while they establish themselves in their new location. You do not want the heat of summer to bake your new plantings. Oftentimes, however, it is preferred that plants be put in the ground in spring or fall to allow sensitive root systems to become established before the heat of summer or cold of winter.
A plant in our garden normally gives us pink flowers. This year, however, the flowers are black. Any ideas?
I would need to know the kind of flower to make a really good educated guess, but I can give you the general reasons.
First, if it is a plant that reseeds itself, it may have been pollinated by a black variety and you are seeing the offspring from that.
You may also have a sport, which is a plant who has a deformity essentially in its genetic code. These are rare though.
You may also have a plant that was a hybrid and it is reverting to its original form. This happens again on plants that reseed themselves.