Flower Gardening

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  1. Bigger Flowers
  2. Type of Garden
  3. Leaf Removal
  4. Dying Flowers
  5. Growing Flowers
  6. Care Of Plants After Blooming
  7. Flower Bed
Asked by Anonymous on April 15, 2011
Bigger Flowers

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?

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roseman

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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Asked by Anonymous on May 3, 2011
Type of Garden

What type of flowers are used in a English garden?

Asked by Anonymous on May 4, 2011
Leaf Removal

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.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

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.

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Asked by blossom101 on May 30, 2011
Dying Flowers

I have these flowers and I can’t keep them alive. What do I do?

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

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.

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Asked by Anonymous on August 17, 2011
Growing Flowers

Can someone please help me to learn to grow flowers in my garden in Chandigarh in northwest India?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
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Asked by Anonymous on September 4, 2011
Care of Plants After Blooming

How do you care for the plants after they have bloomed and fall is setting in?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Once flowers have faded, you can cut the spent blooms. If you live in a cold climate, you'll need to dig up and store bulbs for winter, as well as any other tender plant. Otherwise, a bit of fall cleaning is all you need to do, watering plants as necessary. Hardy plants will eventually go dormant and won't require any special care.

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moosmom

what kind of plants are they?

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Asked by Anonymous on September 9, 2011
Flower Bed

I want to have a flower bed going along my trailer but we have a lot of grass. We were going to lay down some plastic and then cut a hole in the plastic and put the plant in there, but did we need to dig the grass up first before we put the plastic down?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

No, you don't have to. The grass will die off and help fertilize the flowers that you plant. This article should help you with starting your flower bed. http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/starting/how-to-build-a-flower-bed-starting-a-flower-bed-from-scratch.htm

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