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A really stupid question...

nothingswrong | Feb 25, 2015 12:46 AM

Okay, a BUNCH of really stupid questions...

How do you keep flowers alive outdoors? Do you need to trim them a certain way?

I know how to care for my herbs and veggies just fine. I sprout my own seeds, transplant, and they thrive outdoors until it gets cold or I pull them up.

I recall learning how to trim basil; before I figured that one out, my plants would flower and then shrivel up and die in their containers. Now I keep them trimmed and seedless and they last for years.

It recently occurred to me that all of the flowers I've bought or sewn have done the same thing. I'm a "figure it out as you go along" type gal so I'm not sure if I'm missing something here.

The reason I'm so concerned is this year I have gone to painstaking efforts to sprout about 2 dozen types of exotic-ish flowers. I babied the seedlings inside and they've been outside now for about 3 weeks. They are all doing amazing. Most of them are good vase flowers, but I'm already worried about only getting a couple flowers from each plant and then them dying.

Is that how it goes? Or is there something I can do to keep them producing, or at least alive, so that they'll produce again?

Thanks in advance, and sorry for all my ignorance on the subject.

For reference, I'm in SoCal. I don't know which flowers are perennials or annuals or all that. I don't even really understand what that means TBH.

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