How to Plant a Flower in Remembrance

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How to Plant a Flower in Remembrance
Plant a poppy flower in memory of a deceased veteran. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Planting a flower in remembrance is a way to honour a deceased loved one, recognise the anniversary of a tragic event, or to grieve while looking toward the future. Flowers offer beauty and vitality to their surroundings and can symbolise a person's spirit. While there are no rules for planting a flower to remember, some are traditionally associated with remembrance. Considering where and when you plant the flower is an important part of this process, and will give your flower the best chance to thrive.

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Things you need

  • Flower
  • Memorial flower bulb
  • Shovel
  • Watering Can
  • River rock or bench

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    Consider the person or event you are planting the flower in honour of. If you already have a meaningful place in mind to plant the flower, make a list of the growing conditions of the location. Will the flower be in partial shade? Does the soil have good drainage? You will need to choose a flower that can endure these growing conditions.

    If the type of flower you plant is more important than the planting location, decide if you will plant the person's favourite flower, or one that is symbolic. For instance, poppies are often planted on Veterans and Memorial Day to honour veterans.

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    Wait until the ground thaws. Grow your seed or plant in a container indoors until the ground is soft and the weather is warm enough to give it the best chance for survival.

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    Invite a close relative or friend to attend the planting, and consider offering memorial flower bulbs for them to plant. Sharing the experience will open up a dialogue. You can share stories of the deceased and let the occasion serve to bring people together.

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    Dig the plating hole with a small shovel. Young flowers do not require deep holes, and the process will give you time to reflect.

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    Place the flower in the hole and use your hands to push the dirt back in the hole.

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    Say something in the person's memory. Express why you are planting the flower, say a prayer or a poem, or read a memorial speech.

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    Refer to the flower's instructions provided by your nursery or gardening shop. Water the flower as instructed.

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    Identify that the flower is in remembrance of someone. You can have the person's name engraved on a river rock or bench with a verse or brief tribute. A hard-to-miss marker will keep the flower from being pulled or transplanted and call attention to your loved one when people stop to admire the flower.

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