Living in the city with a limited garden space creates a challenge for most urban gardening enthusiasts. But having a small garden doesn’t mean that you can’t create your dream flower garden. Fortunately, many flowers grow well in containers which makes it easier for the urban gardener to move them around. A flower garden typically requires far less maintenance than a vegetable garden. Once the blooming period starts, it becomes a great source of relief from that urban stress. Read More
Three months after my post about Growing Zinnias in the Urban Tropics , my zinnia flowers are still doing great. I have planted a few more seeds of white zinnias which had just started to bloom last week despite the recent heavy rains in Manila.
One important lesson I learned is to use a bigger container or pot, of at least 12 inches in depth. Zinnias are vines, so they tend to grow continuously. They don’t like to be disturbed, especially when they have already established their roots. So it’s best to plant them in a larger container from the start.
The heavy rains had taken their toll on some of the flowers which had started to rot prematurely. It helps to trim off the flowers once their color starts to fade. This practice is called “deadheading. It allows the plant to focus on producing new flower buds and stems. Zinnias are also perfect as cut flowers, as their color tends to stay vibrant for several days.
I also made the mistake of planting too many seeds in one container. Ideally, they should be planted at least 6 inches apart in order to allow their roots and branches to spread out. For this, I had to sacrifice some of the plants so the others can better thrive. The stems can be replanted as cuttings in separate containers, similar to the propagation of herbs.
Last week, my marigolds started to bloom. I would consider these flowers late bloomers though. The seed packet stated that the plants should start blooming in about 60 days. Two months had passed and the plants were nowhere within blossoming stage. So what went wrong? Read More
These are my first zinnia blooms. I never thought zinnias can grow this lovely under our tropical weather here in Manila. Both the pink and corral zinnia varieties have grown so well and have blossomed generously. Read More
Celosias were my first foray into flowering plants. I was a little skeptical at first. Can I really grow flowers under this scorching summer heat in Manila? I have always thought that beautiful flowers can only thrive in cold places. Nonetheless, I bought two packets of celosia seeds, one is a pink elongated cone variety and the other, a red-orange crested variety. Two months later, the flowers began to bloom. To my pleasant surprise, they have become a lovely addition to my little urban garden!