NATIONAL PLANT A FLOWER DAY
Spring is just around the corner, and March 12th is the day to participate in National Plant a Flower Day. Each year this day is dedicated to the planting of flowers and looking forward to the spring season. Flower gardening has become a hobby for many, young and old, and National Plant a Flower Day is a start to the new season each year.
Marigolds and Daffodils are the flowers of March.
It’s good to know the zone you live in to determine which flowers grow as perennials (those that grow back every year) in your area and which are considered annuals (those that require planting every year). To find out more, check out this Plant Triage site for Hardiness Zones.
Seeds can be started inside and set in a sunny window. When the weather is nicer, move those plants outside. Keep the soil moist but not wet, and follow the seed package’s instructions for proper germination of the seedling. Those who can’t wait, get out those seed catalogs and start planning your next flower garden.
Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine to the soul. ~Luther Burbank, botanist (1849-1926)
Are you in a warmer climate? Then it’s time to get out the trowel and the garden gloves and start turning over some new soil. Sow some new seeds, bulbs, or plants and nurture those blossoms into a brilliant blaze for the whole neighborhood to enjoy.
HOW TO OBSERVE PLANT A FLOWER DAY
- Start a Flower Garden.
- Start with a potted garden. If you aren’t ready to tear up a patch of lawn, this is a good way to go. They do require more watering but less care overall.
- Select plants that grow well in your spot. Some plants grow well in the shade, and others prefer the sun. Others love both!
- Did you know gardeners who prefer perennial gardens have to thin their flower beds every couple of years? They also like to share the extra bulbs and seeds with those who are new to gardening, so if you know someone with a green thumb, get to know them better. You might get some free plants, advice, and a budding friendship!
- Local greenhouses stock plants that grow well in your area. Don’t be afraid to ask them questions and shop there frequently.
- Let’s all work together by planting a flower and helping make the world a more beautiful place. Use #PlantAFlowerDay to post on social media.
- Educators and families, visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for projects and ideas to help you Celebrate Every Day!
NATIONAL PLANT A FLOWER DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this spring-friendly holiday. In the meantime, we encourage you to keep planting flowers.
Q. What’s the difference between an annual, biennial, and perennial flower?
A. An annual flower blooms for one season and then dies. Some annual plants and flowers reseed themselves so there are blooms every year. An example of an annual flower is a zinnia. A biennial flower takes two years to grow from seed to plant before dying back. An example of a biennial plant is a hollyhock. A perennial flower is one that grows back every year when planted in a zone that supports the flower’s lifecycle. Irises are examples of perennial flowers.
Q. Do flowers in pots need more water?
A. Usually, yes. Pots dry out more quickly. They are exposed to air on all sides and are designed to drain excess water away to prevent root rot. When flowers are planted directly into the ground, their roots can access water stored in deeper soil.