The Q&A Archives: Flowers do not survive

Question: Each year, I attempt to plant flowers (annuals & full sunlight flowers) in our flower beds. Unfortunately, they never survive. After a few days they start drooping and eventually die. I water them as instructed, but I beleive my problem lies within the soil. Can you please tell me what I need to do to prepare my flower beds before planting? I would appreciate your feedback. I would love to show off

Answer: It sounds as though your soil needs a little help. While most gardeners plant on whatever soil type is available in the garden plot, you may improve your soil by bringing in topsoil or a soil mix, or by applying liberal amounts of organic materials such as animal manure, rotted leaves, or compost. Work organic matter into the soil to a depth of about 8" for annuals. Water the plants well after planting, then water deeply once or twice a week (depending upon weather). It is also important to choose plants based upon their exposure requirements; shade loving plants for shady spots and sun lovers for sunny spots.

Hope you have a beautiful flower garden this year!

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