6 February Flowers You Should Be Planting Right Now
February is the time for you to focus on romance – and your garden.
Whether your garden is going to be big or you're keeping it small, here are some February flowers you can plant to start off the season.
Since lilies are grown from bulbs, you'll need to plant them in large pots. The bulbs will need to be kept indoors or in a warmer environment until they're almost ready to bloom, then you can move them outdoors.
Some lilies can grow to be a couple of feet tall and be relatively heavy. To make sure they stay upright, you'll need to tie them to dowels that are firmly staked into the soil.
Like lilies, agapanthus begin as bulbs. They need to be planted in a large pot indoors before you move them outside. Once they've grown a few inches out of the soil, you can move them outside.
Make sure you water them when needed, but don't drown them. You'll know they need more water when the top one to two inches of soil are beginning to dry. As long as you keep the soil watered correctly, agapanthus are extremely easy to maintain.
Instead of buying a tray of delphinium starts, you can get the seeds for a lot cheaper and germinate them yourself. You can start them in a seed tray and keep them indoors, just make sure they're somewhere that has a temperature of 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit and don't receive direct sunlight.
Water them daily and in just over a month's time, you'll have one-inch seedlings. You can then transplant the seedlings from the tray to pots and place them outdoors if you'd like.
Like delphinium, you can start heliotrope seeds and have them ready to pot in about a month. The care they require is similar to that of delphinium – temperatures between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit and daily watering.
But, heliotrope needs more light, so make sure you keep it near a window that allows for a few hours of sunlight each day. Your seeds will take about six weeks to germinate fully, then you can transplant them to a new pot.
These will need at least a month and a half of indoor care before they're ready to be potted, but they're very easy to start. You don't even need to cover them with a top layer of soil – just scatter the seeds on top of seedling compost and make sure they get plenty of water, warmth and sunlight each day.
When they're around one or two inches tall, move the seedlings into a pot or plant them outside. Make sure they're planted or their pot is kept in an area that gets at least partial sunlight each day.
6. Felicia heterophylla
Also known as "blue daisies," the seeds for felicia heterophylla need the same germination conditions as heliotrope. They need indoor care for six to eight weeks, then you can move them from the seed tray to a pot or directly into the ground.
They need some sunlight during germination, but full sunlight once they begin to bloom, so make sure you have an accommodating place for them once they're ready to be planted.