Who doesn’t love a fresh, beautiful bouquet of flowers? What if you could grow your own flowers to use in bouquets and centerpieces around your home? Today I want to talk with you about how to grow an amazing cut flower garden.
Despite the small size of my garden, over the past few years, I have delightfully discovered that there are several types of long-stemmed flowers that grow well in containers. Since I only have room for containers on my balcony garden, I am only going to discuss flowers that can grow in containers, although most of these can grow in the ground as well.
Cut Flower Garden
Here are some plants that are great to grow in a cut flower garden and that can also grow in containers, for those of you who have small spaces like me:
Mini sunflowers-I grew these from seeds last year. They were really fun to watch grow, and grew pretty big despite their small size! Even though they are minis, these little sunflowers are just the right size for a bouquet. There are plenty of sunflower varieties available that also make great additions to a cut flower garden.
Zinnias-I just started growing these in pots, and they get tall enough to fit into a nice sized bouquet. Mine are about a foot and a half tall already, so the perfect size to be cut for a display.
Chrysanthemums-I have a few of these in several colors. Mums are pretty easy to grow and come in a variety of colors to choose from.
Mini Roses-Despite their size, mini roses can grow tall enough to use in bouquets and centerpieces. Watch out for their thorns!
Ranunculus-These rose like flowers also grow tall enough to use in bouquets. They make beautiful container plants as well!
Hydrangeas-Hydrangeas are great to add to bouquets since they add depth and dimension with their many bunches of flowers close together. They come in many colors to choose from as well.
Daisies–Daisies are used in bouquets and centerpieces all the time. They are inexpensive, easy to grow, and come in a variety of types and colors. They also grow well in pots.
There are other types of flowers that are great to grow in a cut flower garden, but I’m keeping this list short to only include flowers that I know of that can be grown in containers. There are other types of flowers that can grow in the ground for a larger cut flower garden.
Cut Flower Care
Here are several tips to successfully grow your own cut flowers. Be patient, since you may go through some trial and error before things go smoothly (like with my experience). I started by getting a small plant at a local garden store (my favorite is Home Depot). You can also start by growing from seeds.
Pick flowers as much as you can. Picking flowers are similar to pruning. The more you pick, the more flowers will grow back. If you have too many flowers to use as bouquets and centerpieces, give them away to friends and family. I’m sure they would appreciate them!
Use fertilizer to keep your plants blooming. I am currently using Miracle-Gro All Purpose Plant Food but would like to try organic fertilizer once I run out of the Miracle-Gro. So, if you have an organic alternative that works great, let me know!
Something else to consider is keeping the stems nice and tall. Flower stakes don’t cost much at all and can keep their stems from bending over due to the weight of the flowers.
If you have a large enough area, you can always grow your cut flowers in one area. I have mine in several pots but can move them around if I need to. Make sure the plants get enough water and sun as well.
Grow a Cut Flower Garden
Before you know it, you will have beautiful flowers to use in bouquets and centerpieces. How are you planning to grow your amazing cut flower garden? Or do you have one already? Let me know in the comments section below.
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