An everlasting flower is actually an annual flower. The reason they are considered everlasting is because annual flowers continue to return year after year. Even though the stems, leaves and flowers might not be seen during the winter, the plant is still alive underneath the soil either in the form of a root system or seeds. Once spring returns, the annual everlasting flowers reappear seemingly miraculously. To ensure this takes place, you need to take proper care of the everlasting flowers in your garden.
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Research the type of everlasting flowers you want to grow very carefully. All annuals are not created equal, and each one has its own conditions and tendencies that will need to be accounted for.
Start growing your annual from seed indoors if recommended. Some will grow better in the ground if you start in a controlled indoor environment with artificial grow lights.
Test the pH level of your soil. Most annual flowers grow best in soil with a pH level between 6.3 and 6.7. Well drained soil is also a plus for most everlasting flowers.
Transplant your annual flowers into the ground if you started them indoors or purchased a plant, rather than seeds. Choose an area of your yard that gets the recommended amount of sunshine and shade for your annual, and space them apart as needed for their root systems.
Use a granular and organic slow-release fertiliser for your everlasting flowers and introduce it to the soil when you plant the flowers.
Remove fading and wilting flowers from your annuals. This helps the other flowers to blossom more quickly and fully.
Water your everlasting flowers often because most have shallow roots. Water at the base of the stem, not overhead, to prevent stains and fungus growth.
Cover annual flowers during periods of frost in the early spring if they require it. Most hardy annuals can withstand frost, but some half-hardy and most tender annuals cannot. If they are frosted over in the spring, they are likely to die before they can bloom.
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