When to sow?
Annual flowers are ideal when sown in spring to flower in summer and autumn. In warmer regions they can be sown in autumn to flower in the spring of the following year. Avoid planting in winter or frost, as this poses a risk to the plants.
Annual flowers do not need much care, they can be quite healthy and beautiful with very little care. This can be very simple, but necessary. The flowers will smell and bloom much longer if they are properly watered, fertilised and pruned.
Like all plants, they first need water to grow and flower properly. If your plant is thirsty, it will not look beautiful. This type of annual plant needs plenty of watering for two important reasons:
- Their roots are shallow and have little ability to forage for water.
- They are grown mainly for their flowers and a flowering plant needs a lot of water.
They need frequent and deep watering, especially during the flowering and growing phase. Ample watering means that the soil must be constantly moist. If your plant suffers from a lack of water, it will get into a stress situation. The ideal time to water your plants is in the afternoon or evening during a light rain shower.