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How Long Do Flowers Take To Grow?

There is nothing like a gorgeous spring garden to add beauty to your world. But most of us don’t have the time or lack the patience for flowers that grow for months before seeing results.

So, how long does it take flowers to grow?

It typically takes anywhere from two to three weeks for flowers to germinate. From seed to bloom, it can take about 50 days to bloom.

Time frames for average flowers can be anywhere from 75 to 90 days.

Below, we will compare slow-growing flowers to quick-growing flowers to ensure you buy flowers that fit your time limitations.

We will also discuss ways you can ensure you take advantage of flower growing season. 

Flowers that Grow Quickly 

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Fast-growing flowers around can be ready in as little as 50 from seed to bloom. Start seeds in the quick bloom category include the following flowers:

  • Phlox Drummondii 
  • Marigolds
  • Sunflowers
  • Morning Glory
  • Cornflowers

During the growing season, these flower seeds work quickly. If growing annuals (which are the seasonal-type of flower), expect them to leave and return soon. 

Because they grow quickly, these plants are considered pretty easy to grow. If you are a beginner at gardening, any of the flowers listed above will be a good start. 

Flowers that Grow in the Middle

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Average flowers are those you can grab from seed packets. They are the types of flowers from seed you that is the most standard.

As a result of their more extended germination period, you must keep the soil moist longer. 

Below are a few good examples:

  • Cosmos 
  • Calendula Officinalis
  • Nigella Damascena 
  • Poppies

Perennial flowers like lavender and hibiscus are two examples of this being in action. Longer blooms are not automatically more challenging.

You could say that these (and the next) beautiful blooms are well worth the rate. 

Some of these flowers are started indoors. In either case, be ready to bring these seeds indoors if you have a frosty day!

Flowers that Grow Slowly

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The slowest plant growth you can expect from flowers nears the 100-day mark. However, some flowering plants take an incredibly long time to grow. 

Below are a few examples of longer-lasting flowers (and plants with flowers):

  • Daylilies
  • Russian Sage
  • Hellebore
  • Sedum
  • Flowering shrubs 
  • Flowering trees
  • Flowering cactus

You won’t find these plants in garden centers typically because they take time to grow. As a result, they have fewer worries about the danger of frost because they last the long-haul into winter.

Pay attention to your spring frost date. 

Typically, long-lasting plants last a long time because of their survivability and cold hardiness. You can almost plant the seeds in any soil.

If you want a low-effort flower bed, a few of the examples above should work for you. 

Tips to Follow to Keep Your Flowers Alive

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To avoid too much repeat content, if you are looking to “beat the frost” and enjoy your flowers in a timely matter, this section isn’t for you.

Instead, we recommend you read our article on how to grow flowers faster

The “faster flower growth” article will provide you some good tips to keep plants healthy. This article section will focus more on keeping your flowers healthy in the long haul. 

Choose Flowers Suited to Your Zone

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has various hardiness zones that support a variety of flowers.

Following these zones ensures that your flowers and other plants can survive for your entire season. 

Create a Consistent Watering Schedule

Flowers aren’t known to have deep root systems. You will need to address watering regularly to ensure your plant roots do not get dry.

Stick your fingers in the dirt about an inch to see if it feels dry. Do this during the morning. If the soil feels dry, water your plants. 

Prune When Needed

Sometimes a grown leaf looks sad and dry, meaning that it won’t help your young plants get to the next stage. When you see any leaves that look abnormal, don’t be afraid to prune them.

Those leaves will grow back with relative speed.

Use Liquid Fertilizer

Whether you have a pot that includes potting soil and peat moss or a garden with organic matter, liquid fertilizer is incredibly handy with flowers.

The ground will absorb this feed quickly, given high-quality soil. For quick-growing annual flowers, this can be incredibly handy.

Make Sure Your Soil Drains

Overwatering your plants is another common issue with flowers. You prevent this issue by ensuring that you have a well-drained soil type. Sandy soils and loamy soils are good examples of this.

If you have it in a pot, make sure that your soil has a hole in the bottom of it. 

Final Thoughts

Many types of plants grow at many different rates. Those rates vary heavily depending on plant hardiness, type of plants, and the quality of care.

Your goal should be to provide healthy conditions for these plants to provide them the most exceptional growth rate. 

If you are looking for additional guidance to handle that “speed growing” tendency, check our article on fast-growing shrubs in zone seven

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