Growing your own flowers means you can enjoy seasonal posies and bunches of flowers at a fraction of the cost of shop-bought blooms – and of course, it's an eco-friendly way of growing cut flowers, too. It's very rewarding, and you only need a few square metres for blooms for many months of the year.
Discover how to grow cut flowers for every season.
Choose a site that gets a lot of sun – most cut flowers do best with lots of sunshine. Shelter is also important – strong winds can damage young seedlings and cause plants to topple. It also means they'll need watering more often.
Not sure where to start? Here's our yearly plan for growing cut flowers.
Order plug plants – useful if you don't want to sow half-hardy annuals or want to grow flowers that are tricky from seed. Order dahlia tubers and rooted chrysanthemum cuttings. You could also start to prepare the plot – weed it, dig it over, and spread a mulch of well-rotted manure or garden compost.
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Keep preparing the plot – weed, dig, incorporate organic matter and rake to a fine tilth. Pot up chrysanthemum cuttings and dahlia tubers and sow sweet peas. Near the end of the month, sow hardy annuals. Sow in rows – it's easier to spot weeds. Sow sweet peas in pots and start sowing half hardy annuals under cover.
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Get on top of weeds. Continue to sow hardy annuals and thin rows of those already sown. Keep them watered. You can also continue to sow half hardy annuals or prick out and pot on any that were sown last month. You can also sow sweet peas in pots. Also, put in plant supports for any plants likely to flop.
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Some flowers, such as dahlias and cosmos, will keep flowering until the first frosts. Once dahlia foliage has been blackened by frost, cut it off, then dig up the tubers and store in a cool, dry place. October is bulb-planting month – discover 10 bulbs for cut flowers. You can also sow sweet peas.
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