There’s something very special about a bouquet of your own home-grown cut flowers, whether it’s for your own arrangements or as a beautiful gift with a personal touch. Cut flowers are often easy to grow from seed, and here are a few of our favourites.
Sweet peas make fabulous cut flowers filling the room with their heady fragrance. They can be sown in pots in a greenhouse in early spring, or directly outdoors in mid-spring. Train the seedlings up a trellis or support canes. Pinch off the growing tips to produce bushy plants, and feed and water regularly. Pick the flowers frequently.
Cosmos will flower for months from summer well into autumn, and regular picking or deadheading will ensure a long flowering season. The big, colourful daisy-like flowers and fern-like foliage add a touch of softness to flower arrangements. Sow cosmos indoors in pots or seed trays in early spring and plant outside once the frost is over.
Also known as Mexican sunflowers, these gorgeous bright orange flowers make a big impact both in the garden and in flower arrangements. With long stems, they’re perfect for cutting, and regular picking will keep the plants flowering longer. Sow the seeds indoors in March or April in pots in a propagator or on a sunny windowsill. Plant outside once the frost is over.
Dahlias make fabulous cut flowers adding spectacular impact to bouquets and arrangements. Start dahlia tubers indoors in pots in early spring and plant outside in summer. Feed and water regularly. Stake the larger varieties to stop them flopping over. Regular picking will keep the plants flowering well into autumn.
Growing your own cut flowers is very rewarding and you’ll find a fantastic range of flower seeds and seedlings in our centre. Visit us today to start growing your own bouquets!