How to Grow a Thriving Flower Garden
Flowers brighten up any space.
Plant them in an in-ground garden bed, create a beautiful container garden, or keep flowering houseplants in your room for extra color or fragrance.
Flowering plants need the right soil and conditions to, well…flower.
Let’s explore what goes into the best soil and care for flowers:
1. Indoor Soil for Flowers
Healthy soil for indoor flowering plants should have:
Sufficient plant nutrients: Organic matter, microbes, and nutrients (like phosphorus and nitrogen) supply plant food for plants to grow and produce beautiful flowers.
You could add fertilizer to enrich plant soil, but synthetic fertilizer can harm the soil pH level and microbes. Bone meal or worm castings are good sources of plant nutrients if you prefer an eco-friendly and organic fertilizer.
Good structure: Poor soil may compact over time, limiting airflow around the roots. Use potting soil with soil amendments like biochar, orchid bark, mulch, or earthworm castings, which enhance structure and aeration.
Proper drainage: Use well-draining soil to avoid root rot from excessive moisture. However, it shouldn’t drain too quickly, or the plants won’t be able to absorb water.
For a potted plant, use a nutrient-rich growing medium like Rosy’s indoor potting soil — it’s well-formulated for planting flowers.
2. Outdoor Soil for Flowers
Generally, you may find four types of soil (native soil) in your garden:
Silty soil: Silt soil can be relatively good soil for outdoor flower beds. It may have good organic matter and moisture retention but could compact when wet.
Clay soil: Clay soil is generally considered poor soil because it’s slow-draining.
Sandy soil: Sandy soil tends to have poor moisture and nutrient retention.
Loam soil: Loam is a mixture of silty, clay, and sandy soil. It’s usually good soil, though it may contain rocks.
Depending on the soil type, decide whether you need to supplement the native soil with store-bought topsoil.
How does that work?
You can purchase bagged soil (garden soil) at a garden center or online retailer.
Usually, bagged soils are enriched with compost and can improve the soil in an in-ground flower bed or vegetable garden plot.
Mix our Rosy soil with the existing soil in your in-ground flower bed or vegetable garden plot. This will improve the soil characteristics to support flowering plant growth.
3. Light, Watering & General Care
Follow our handy tips to give your flowers the best possible care:
- Research your flowering plants before planting to determine what kind of light they need – bright sunlight, indirect light, partial shade, etc.
- Water your flowers in the early morning or evening so that the sun doesn’t evaporate the moisture before the plants can absorb it.
- Water the soil only when the top 1-2 inches are dry to avoid overwatering.
- Feel free to pick your flowers as they bloom. Remove the spent flower heads or brown foliage to encourage new growth.