Top Questions About Flower Gardening

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Questions About Flower Gardening

Asked by
Anonymous on
February 9, 2014

Q. Spring Flowers Coming Too Early

I live in NW PA. Today is Feb. 8 and my spring flowers are coming up early. How can I protect them from the rest of the winter?

Answered by
Nikki on
February 9, 2014
Certified Expert
A.

Most of your spring flowers, especially bulbs, are considered hardy and accustomed to these conditions. Although they sometimes pop up early under mild winter conditions, there's usually no need to worry if temps drop again. However, if the temperature drops and it makes you feel more at ease, you can cover them with a blanket at night but remove it during the day.

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Asked by
Pat Knapp on
July 27, 2014

Q. Should the spent blooms be removed or left to fall off?

The spent blooms often stay on for weeks so would like to remove them if possible.

Asked by
Anonymous on
November 7, 2014

Q. flower garden clean-up

Is it better cut back plants in the fall or spring? I live in southeast NE right on the border of zones 4 and 5. I also leave the fall leaves on my flower beds for protection against subzero temperatures. Am I doing any good or not?

Answered by
Nikki on
November 8, 2014
Certified Expert
A.

While many people prefer to clean up their gardens in the fall, others prefer to do so in spring. This is usually based on preference as well as your regional climate. I would say in your area, leaving some fall leaves in the beds overwinter would be a good idea, as it not only provides insulation during cold periods, but also will eventually break down in the soil.

Also, leaving growth on some of your plants may help with their continued survival over winter. All dead plants (like annuals) can be cleaned up and disposed of. Spring is often the best time for pruning chores (for most plants) but in warm areas can be done in fall as well. Here is an article that you may find helpful: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/projects/fall-garden-clean-up.htm

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Asked by
chrissieoakley on
April 7, 2015
South East England

Q. Lots of leaves

Although I deadhead when flowers die, I seem to get lots of leaves and hardly
any flowers. Why?

Answered by
shelley on
April 7, 2015
Certified Expert
A.

Please write back and let me know which plant it is you have. It would help me to better diagnose your problem. Some plant species are deadheaded different than others.

In the meantime, please review our article on deadheading flowers:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/fgen/deadheading-flowers.htm

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Asked by
joanjaramillo on
May 2, 2015
Central New Jersey

Q. Do they come back every year

I have a plant from last year and want to know if I have to replace it.

Answered by
shelley on
May 2, 2015
Certified Expert
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What plant are you referring to?

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Asked by
Catlovermejg123 on
May 11, 2015
Not sure of the zone but live in New York State

Q. will these flowers spread

If kept in the ground, will they spread so you will have more plants the following year? I love these flowers and and would like them to cover a 12 x 12 foot area.

Answered by
shelley on
May 11, 2015
Certified Expert
A.

It all depends what flower you are talking about - what kind of flower is it?

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Asked by
Anonymous on
June 22, 2015

Q. What do I do with the leftover stalks

What do I do with the leftover flower stalks?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
June 23, 2015
Certified Expert
A.

Flower stalks left over from spent flowers can simply be cut away from the plant (at the base) and disposed of or tossed into the compost pile.

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