For only a few dollars and one row in a sunny place, you can grow flowers to cut until the fall frost kills the plants. Annuals such as zinnias, marigolds, and small types of sunflowers are easy to grow for a full season of cut flowers for you to enjoy.

Buy seeds of flowers that will produce stems long enough for easy cutting and arranging. Review the package, and if the flowers are good for cutting, the package will say so. Choose colors that blend with each other. Many flowers come in an array of colors. You get to choose what best fits your home d├ęcor.

When the temperature is consistently 70 degrees or higher, it is time to plant the seeds in your deeply tilled soil. Sow seed according to the package directions. Once the seeds have germinated, thin the seedlings to several inches apart.

A cutting tip to remember: Cut so that the flower will grow again–above a leaflet if possible, so that every cut will hopefully produce two or more flower stalks. If you fertilize your flowers a couple of times and water regularly, you should have an almost constant bouquet from early summer until frost.

For long-lasting blooms, cut your flowers in the morning and place the stems in water immediately. Once they are indoors, remove the leaves from the lower third of the stems, re-cut the stems at an angle, and place them in a tall container until you are ready to arrange.

Beautiful bouquets to you-

Judy Pirtle, former Smith County Master Gardener
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

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