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

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 guy 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?

Submitted: 02:13PM, 16 Sep 2015
Answer: The answer to your question depends very much on what plants you are growing. Some plants are like you basil in that if you cut back the flowers they will grow new ones and you can keep going like that. Although need to keep in mind that you are allowing them to flower which in annual plants means they have started the process of dying and once they have flowered they will just die and there isn’t anything you can do about it. There are also perennial flowers like roses or hydrangeas which will flower every year, and just the flower and maybe some of the stalk will die but the plant will keep on growing. So as you can see the answer to your question depends very much on what you are growing.
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Answered: 05:19PM, 17 Sep 2015

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