The #cutflowergrowalong is a bit of fun, a little experiment and some encouragement for people to grow flowers for cutting.

In order to make it as space inclusive as possible, I’m going to grow flowers for cutting in a 1m square bed. It would be great if you could join me so that together we can see just what is possible to grow for the vase in a small space.

If you don’t have a garden, you can use plant pots, buckets, old compost bags turned inside out etc. Just be sure that whatever containers you choose, that they have some holes in the bottom for drainage. Nobody wants soggy bottoms!

Your growing patch needs to get plenty of sunshine so choose a spot that gets at least 6 hours of sunlight during the day. A plot in the shade will result in spindly plants that don’t thrive. Some shelter from the wind will help too, particularly if you are on an exposed site.

For the #cutflowergrowalong, I’ll be growing hardy and half-hardy annual flowers. Annuals are plants that are sown, grow, flower and set seed all in the same year. Hardy annuals can be sown straight into the garden when the soil and weather conditions allow it. Half hardy annuals need a little more pampering so need to be sown indoors first where there is some warmth. If you don’t have space indoors to raise and pot on seedlings, just choose hardy annuals for your cut flower bed – there’s loads to choose from.

The last anticipated frost date for my area is the second week in May. If you don’t know the last frost date for your area you can find it here

Knowing when your last frost date is, helps if you are sowing seeds indoors because you can time your sowings so that you have seedlings or young plants ready to go. Check your seed packets for germination times.

So how to choose your seeds? First of all, it will be a personal choice. There is no right or wrong here. If you love big bold clashing colours – choose those. If you prefer dainty delicate pastels, then go for those.

I’ve gone for 9 different flowers, which allows them about a foot square of space each. I chose them based on seeds that I already had.

Here’s my list:

Calendula ‘Art Shades’

Love in a Mist ‘Persian Jewel Mixed’

Gypsophilia elegans

Sunflower ‘Valentine’

Cosmos bipinnatus ‘Dazzler’

Aster ‘Pom Pom’ mixed.

Cornflower ‘Classic Romantic’

Larkspur ‘Hyacinth Dwarf’

Sweet Pea ‘Blu Blood’

I’ll share more about each one on my social media posts on Instagram and Facebook.

My seeds have been bought from Higgledy Garden, Chilterns Seeds, B&Q and Morrison’s.

Once you have decided which seeds to sow, check how tall each plant is expected to grow. It should tell you on the seed packet. Then make yourself a little plan with the taller varieties at the back of the plot and the smaller varieties at the front. This will prevent taller varieties from putting the shorter ones in the shade.

As most seed packets contain more seeds than you need, why not find a few seed buddies and swap seeds? You could each buy a pack of seeds or two then share the contents between you.

I can’t wait to see what you grow 😊

Please use the hashtag #cutflowergrowalong so that we can all follow and share each other’s progress.

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