• Question: How do you plant flowers?

    Asked by anon-349307 on 7 Mar 2023.
    • Photo: Laura Vickers

      Laura Vickers answered on 7 Mar 2023:

      Once a flower is pollinated it dies and usually forms then a seed pod. Let this process occur and let this dry fully, then you can harvest the seeds, and then it can be planted. Depending on the species of plant it may need a little bit of cold treatment to germinate. But usually moisture, a good temperature and darkness and the seeds will germinate.

    • Photo: Liz Barron-Majerik

      Liz Barron-Majerik answered on 7 Mar 2023:

      Flowering plants normally have a seed that you can plant, and then it will grow from that. When conditions are right – it should then flower for you!

    • Photo: Phil Howell

      Phil Howell answered on 7 Mar 2023:

      Usually by covering a seed with a little bit of soil or compost, then giving it water (but not too much) and putting it somewhere light and warm, carefully checking it from time to time until the leaves start to grow. When the seedling is big enough it can move into a bigger pot, or even into the soil outside. When the plant is big enough it will flower, if the conditions are right!

      Some plants like daffodils and snowdrops we usually grow by planting bulbs instead of seeds, or for potato plants we would plant potatoes themselves. As you’ll find out if you become a gardener, different plants use different tricks to grow well!

    • Photo: Sam Mugford

      Sam Mugford answered on 7 Mar 2023:

      Usually you would put a seed in some soil, with some water and leave it alone to do its thing.

      In the lab sometimes we need to grow the plants so we can see their roots, so instead of soil we plant them in agar gel. Thats a see-through jelly made from seaweed extract. We can add all the nutrients the plants need and watch them grow, roots and all.

    • Photo: Andrew Wood

      Andrew Wood answered on 9 Mar 2023:

      Plants of all sorts can be planted as a dormant stage of the plant – a seed, tuber, or bulb, by digging a small hole and placing them ~4cm below the surface. Alternatively you can buy small plants and do the same, or you can take a cutting. This cutting is where you take a part of a plant and then put it in water and in a few weeks roots will start growing from it. After this you can put it in soil and watch it grow more!