No wonder everyone wants to have a garden with colourful flowers where they can go with a book or a cup of coffee to relax. Sadly, not everyone is able to. Some are heartbroken because of the sudden demise of their baby flowers while others don’t know the basics of growing flowers.
However, with these easy growing flowers listed below, beginners can heave a sigh of relief. These 8 flowers are perfect for first-time gardeners (wishing to have cheerful blooms) since they neither need too much care nor effort.
Here are the flowers that are the best for beginners to plant -
List Of Easy Growing Flowers
Sunflower (“surajmukhi” in Hindi) is a flower that uniquely changes its position to face the sun rays. It symbolizes love and rightly so. Sunflowers in home gardens instantly add vivacity, making them high in demand. Its attractive blooms are usually large with its stems growing as high as 16 feet. However, if you buy dwarf sunflower seeds, you can grow them in containers as well. Since there’s no flower more vibrant and easier to grow than sunflower, here are certain tips you must know before planting them -
Tips To Grow Sunflowers
- Sunlight: Make sure the flower gets enough sunlight (6 to 8 hours).
- Soil: The soil must be loose and well-draining as this flower develops long tap-roots over time.
- Water: Early morning watering helps the plant dry off in the day to prevent fungal diseases.
- Harvest: Harvest before they are about to wilt which would be somewhere around 100-120 days after sowing.
Cosmos - with its bright blooms in colours of yellow, red, and orange - elevates the beauty of home gardens almost instantly. Because these flowers are easier to grow, they are popular among gardeners who have just stepped into this hobby or have time constraints. The best part about cosmos flowers is that they are flexible and can grow well in both raised beds and containers. They are perfect for borders and cutting gardens too. They have you spoilt for choice, quite literally! And the best part? You only have to scatter the cosmos seeds.
Tips To Grow Cosmos
- Sunlight: Cosmos need full sunlight to grow.
- Soil: Well-drained soil that is rich in organic matter is ideal for growing cosmos.
- Water: The moisture in the soil must be maintained for which watering lightly is important.
- Harvest: Pinch off mature flowers to promote continuous flowering or cut the blooms with a sudden stroke to use them in decoration.
Have a low maintenance garden? Don’t want to go into soil specifications? Don’t have enough time to tend to flowers? But, at the same time, do you have this urge of growing flowers? Marigold is your answer! An auspicious flower used in making garlands that are offered to deities in India, marigold comes in vibrant hues of maroon, orange, yellow, and red. It’s known as “gainda” in Hindi and is widely found in puja trays. Let’s understand how marigold seeds are to be planted.
Tips To Grow Marigold
- Sunlight: Full/partial sunlight works for marigold flowers.
- Soil: Marigold can be grown in a wide range of soils - sandy, loamy, etc.
- Water: Regular watering is needed.
- Harvest: Harvest once the flower attains its full size.
Zinnia flowers are as beautiful as their name. These bright flowers are ideal for novice gardeners because (1) they are heat and drought tolerant, (2) they don’t need much care, and (3) are super pleasing to the eyes which means the vivid colours in the garden would encourage the gardener’s interest by all means. There would be no disappointment since there is almost nothing that can go wrong while planting zinnia seeds. Besides, they are not just beautiful but effective in the sense that they are used in a lot of beauty products.
Tips To Grow Zinnia
- Sunlight: Full sunlight works best for zinnia.
- Soil: Hummus-rich, well-drained soil is ideal for growing zinnia.
- Water: About 1 inch of water per week is needed. Make sure the plant is well-watered but not water-logged.
- Harvest: While harvesting, cut above the leaf node to ensure continuous growth.
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Pretty petunias add mountains of colours to the garden beds and containers. Whichever place you decide to place them, petunias will make that area stand out. These flowers grow all around the year, making them available annually. The shape of the flower is trumpet-like and the colours it comes in a range from light pink to purple, blue, and red - all immensely unique and soothing. Growing them is super easy too! Let’s understand how.
Tips To Grow Petunia
- Sunlight: Full and partial sunlight both work for petunia flowers.
- Soil: You can sow petunia seeds in a variety of soil types as long as the soil is well-drained and doesn’t stay wet.
- Water: Since the soil must remain moist, regular watering is intended.
- Harvest: Cut the stem of the flower that is beginning to open but hasn't completely spread its petals and immediately place in it a vase filled with water.
Talk about a flower that’s appealing to look at, is used in dishes to give a wild flavour, cures health issues like spasms, and is an ingredient in some of the beauty products. Yes, calendula does it all. Though calendula flowers are mostly found in hues of yellow and orange, there are varieties that give pink and cream flowers. An annual flower, it’s usually grown during spring so it blooms in May through fall. It reblooms if the old blooms are dead-headed.
Tips To Grow Calendula
- Sunlight: Calendula grows well in full sun or partial shade.
- Soil: Well-drained soil rich in organic material works well for calendula.
- Water: Regular watering is suggested to keep the soil moist.
- Harvest: Once the flowers are mature (45 to 60 days), you can pluck them and use them for decorative purposes.
Portulaca flowers are also known as the sun rose or moss rose. These flowers bloom in a wide range of colours like orange, red, pink, yellow, and more to form a floral beauty. An annual flower, it can survive anywhere - be it in a flower bed, container, or border. These flowers can grow well even in old cracks where wind deposits soil. Hence, portulaca flowers are often used to beautify old structures and walkways.
Tips To Grow Portulaca
- Sunlight: Full sunlight is needed to grow portulaca flowers.
- Soil: Loose, sandy or loamy soil is perfect for portulaca.
- Water: Since these flowers are heat and drought tolerant, limited water is required.
- Harvest: Once the seed pods dry and turn pale, it’s time to harvest the flowers. They’ll be ready after 10-14 days of germination.
Nasturtium is a flower that is fully edible. They can literally be eaten and are, in fact, used in dishes to add a peppery flavour. Not just this, they are used as companion plants to lure aphids away from other plants. This makes them a power-packed flower variety that is not just beautiful but is also helpful. With its blooms in attractive hues of red, yellow, orange, and more, it makes gardens pleasing to the senses. Above all, it’s one of the flowers that can thrive really well on neglect. And if we talk about flexibility, they can bush, cascade, climb, and grow - all really well.
Tips To Grow Nasturtium
- Sunlight: Full or partial sunlight.
- Soil: Make sure the well-drained soil you use doesn’t have high nitrogen else the plant will bear more foliage than flowers.
- Water: Keep the soil moist by watering daily.
- Harvest: Collect the flowers once they bloom fully.
These are the 8 easiest flowers to grow which makes them perfect for beginners to pick and plant.
If you are a gardening enthusiast who wants to add colours to your garden, try growing some (or all) of these and don’t forget to share your experience with us.
Here’s wishing the budding gardener in you good luck!
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