Bright, colourful plants add beauty and vibrancy to the place where they are potted. Their natural beauty makes the surrounding environment a sight to behold. But, only if you take proper care of your flowering plants. If you do not take care of them, they will dry and shrivel, making the place look bleak and deserted.
So, here we have summed up some of the care-tips for flowering plants in India. Give them your due attention, and they shall look after your place
- Water Plants Thoroughly: It’s summers. As you need water to keep yourself hydrated, so do the plants. Also, plants lose a lot of water during this season as compared to the winter months, and they can have stunted growth if not watered properly. Water your plants thoroughly at least once every day. However, do not allow them to stay in the water, keep the soil moist. The water requirements will also depend on the type of flowering plant. Some may be able to survive with minimal watering.
- Apply Appropriate Fertilizer: If you have flowering plants in your garden, then you need to fertilize it frequently because the garden soil loses fertility with time. Always keep a check on the signs of low fertility and apply fertilizers immediately. Then, for the flowering plants; the best fertilizer is water-soluble or liquid fertilizer. Always buy water-soluble or liquid fertilizer from a reputed brand and follow their instructions to fertilize the plants. Fertilizing the plant highly or inadequately, using wrong techniques of fertilizing, etc. can do more harm than good. Why only soluble fertilizer? It is packed with several nutrients that continue to work even after several months of application. Most importantly, choose organic and natural fertilizers.
- Remove Weeds: Weed is a plant in the wrong place. Weed plants also eat up the nutrients of the parent plant. Remove weeds regularly from the garden or plant pot. If you are growing flowers in vases, you can simply uproot the weed. But, if you have a garden, then you would need tools like a hoe and pick.
- Mulch Your Flowers: Mulching is done to retain soil moisture. It is recommended with a place with water scarcity. Mulching has other benefits like controlling weeds and regulating soil temperature. Now, how to do it? Cover the soil with natural and synthetic material like leaves, coconut shells, grass, wood, polythene papers, etc.
- Give Your Plants Enough Sunlight: Sunlight is the source of energy for the plant. So, flowering plants need enough sunlight, and make sure you provide them with that. Sunlight requirement differs from plant to plant. So, know beforehand the ideal sunlight requirement of each flowering plant you nurture. Some need hours of sunlight while others can do best in a shady place.
- Pinch and Prune Your Plants: In the world of plant care, pinching is the process of removing stem tips to encourage plant growth. On the other hand, pruning is cutting off overgrown branches, yellow leaves to control the growth of plants
- Thin and Cull Your Plants: Thinking is a garden term for removing excess plants creating room for the growth of the remaining plants. If your garden lacks space and resources for enough plants, carry out this process. Culling is the process of removing undesirable plants (weak, dead, infected plants).
Along with these seven steps, protect your plants from diseases, remove dead plants, and replace soil to keep them blooming and growing.