Maintaining annual plants is a necessary but often-overlooked task. Annuals are plants that live for one year and then die, so they must be replanted each year. While it can be easy to forget to water and fertilize them, doing so is important if you want them to thrive. Here are some tips for maintaining your annual plants.
1. Deadhead Annual Flowers
When a flower starts to fade, it’s a good idea to cut it back. This will encourage your annual flowers to bloom again and it can prevent any unwanted seed from forming. It is important that you remove the entire flower from the stalk rather than just cutting of the petals. Once it has been removed, don’t throw away the original flower or you won’t get another blooming season from that plant. Simply place the stem in water until new buds have formed on either side of where the original flower was located.
2. Keep Fertilizer Handy
It is important to fertilize your annual plants at least once a month. You can buy premixed fertilizer for this purpose or mix up something yourself. Use a water-soluble fertilizer for best results. While it’s a good idea to fertilize your plants regularly, you should wait until the flowers have faded before you do so.
3. Clip Outgrown Growth
If you’ve planted annual plants in large containers, they may become top heavy and fall over as they grow taller. In order to prevent this from happening, trim down the plant when it gets too big or move it to a larger container. You can also use stakes when growing large plants that need to be staked up in order to keep them upright.
4. Prevent Insect Damage
Insects can be a problem for many types of annual plants and flowers, but if your annual plants are in pots it is a bit easier to prevent damage from them. One way you can do this is by using a pesticide that is safe for use on annual flowers and plants rather than a product designed for food crops. You should also try turning your pot over and removing any insects by hand before bringing the plant inside, as these pests will be less likely to spread to other parts of your home if they are contained in one area.
5. Bring Annuals Indoors
Annual plants or flowers that have already been planted outside or in large containers need to be brought indoors when fall arrives. It can be difficult to move very large pots, so consider buying them first and planting them out yourself rather than digging up the roots of an outdoor plant and transferring it to a pot that is difficult to move. Avoid leaving your annual plants out in cold weather and frost as this can kill them.
Annual plants are a great way to add color and life to your garden, but they need some special attention in order to thrive. In this article, we’ve outlined some simple maintenance tips that will help you keep your annual plants looking their best all season long. Follow these guidelines and you’ll be able to enjoy beautiful blooms all year round!