Deployed in 2 calendar years
As a general rule, for combine biannual flowers These are sown in the summer of year 1 and bloom in the spring of year 2.
Its cultivation requires a bit of patience, but the results are worth it, as they provide an early spring flowering, magnificent in combination with the bulbous flowers.
This handy sheet will explain how plant, use and combine biannual flowers
💡 The biannual or biennial flowers
Annual flowers are sown in the winter or spring of year 1 and bloom in the same year, in late spring or summer.
Biennial flowers require more patience as they have a life cycle spanning two calendar years: sown in the summer of year 1, they develop a rosette of leaves in fall, but do not flower until the spring of year 2.
The advantage of biennials is that many will bloom early in the spring, unlike annuals, which will bloom later.
Some of the best known biannual flowers are: forget-me-nots, wallflowers, hollyhocks, pansies, daisies, primroses, lady’s julienne, pennyroyal, foxgloves, poet’s carnations …
To know: some biannuals are replanted alone in the garden, such as forget-me-not, foxglove, julienne, pennyroyal …
1 Get the biannual seeds
There are two ways to get biennial flower seeds:
- The easiest: get seed packets from a garden center.
- The most economical and respectful with the environment:
- Get your own seeds biennially, in your own garden or in a friend garden.
- Place the harvested seeds in small paper bags, in which you will be careful to write the name of the flower and the date of harvest.
- Store these bags in a closed metal box, to place it in a dry place.
2 Sowing biennially in the summer of year 1
- Plant your biennials indoors in trays, just like any indoor seedbed.
- When the plants are strong (4-5 weeks), transplant them into small containers.
- Keep your buckets until fall in a sunny but sheltered place.
3 Plant the biennial
- Place biannuals in fall of year 1, for example: forget-me-nots, daisies, pansies …
- Exception: place the yellow alelíErysimum cheiri) only in early spring of year 2, after having winterized them in pots located in a temperate place (greenhouse, garage).
- Install the biannual plants in full, well-loose soil, respecting the planting distances.
- After planting, water with a fine-headed watering can.
4 Ideas to combine biannual flowers
Combine biennial with bulbous plants
Combining certain biennial with bulbous flowers is one of the charms of the beginning of spring:
Combine biennial with each other
- Margaritas with forget-me-nots;
- Wallflower with thoughts;
- Primroses with daisies;
Combine biennial and perennial
- Aubrieta with daisies.
- Violets scented with daisies, etc.
✂ Material needed to plant biannual flowers
Apple watering can
€ 5 approx.
From 2.50 euros for 20
An average of 13 euros for 300g
Approximately 5 euros
From 2 euros
Egg cup containers
From € 6 for 50L