Flowers that have a single life-cycle of one year are called annual flowers. Once the growth season for these plants
comes to an end, they die and must be replanted the following year. Because their blooms last throughout the
season, annual flowers are often planted to add long-lasting, vibrant color to a garden.
To best care for annual flowers, gardeners will first want to ensure that they are planted in an environment that is suitable for the specific type of flower. Annuals, like all flowers, require the basics of watering and fertilizing. This will depend entirely on the needs of the flowers that are planted in the garden. Gardeners can use a general-
purpose fertilizer on their annuals. When fertilizing, following directions carefully will help gardeners avoid over-fertilization, which can kill the flowers or cause a decrease in blooms. Deadheading (aka cutting back) faded and dead flowers in your annual garden will help keep the flowers looking their best, encourage extra blooms, and prevent them from dropping seeds. Pinching is a way to improve the shape of annual plants. It is a pruning method that encourages the plant to branch out for fullness while keeping it from becoming overly tall. To pinch the plant, gardeners should use their fingers to “pinch” the tip of the stem off.