Your wedding is going to be dreamy, and all the little details are coming together. But what about your flowers? Going to the florist can be pretty expensive, so why not save a little money by growing your own instead? Learn the basics of what you need to know for such an undertaking and what things to consider beforehand.
Benefits of Growing Your Own Flowers
There are a number of benefits that can be had from growing your own wedding flowers. There is, of course, the fact that you’ll be saving money on your wedding budget by not having to rely on a florist for your flowers, but there are some others you may not have thought about.
First of all, you will get the specific flowers that you want, exactly as you want them to look. There will be no need to limit to your choices to only the varieties and bloom colors your florist carries. You’ll also be able to pick out the best blooms of the bunch. You can skip over any with blemishes or damage and only select the freshest, most beautiful flowers to be in your bouquet and table arrangements. In addition, you’ll have the enjoyment of knowing that every flower at your wedding is one you tended to, like the love you’ll share with your other half.
You need to consider the timing of your wedding when choosing to grow your own blossoms. Depending on the flowers you’d like to have in your bouquet and arrangements, you may need about one to three years to prepare. Roses are a very popular wedding flower, but rose bushes take a while to grow to the point where you can get blooms for your bouquet. The same is true for hydrangeas and some other perennial flowers. Annual flowers are better choice if you want to cut down your time to one growing season, but you may have to start your flowers indoors to ensure that they will bloom in time for your big day. Seed packets and other informational guides are a great source for details on how long it may take some plants to provide you with the blooms you’re looking to have for your wedding.
Prepare for When Disaster Strikes
Always plant more flowers than what you estimate you’ll need for your wedding. Disaster could strike at any moment, making your flowers unviable for your big day. Deer and rabbits may make a lunch out of them, or an insect invader or disease could take over the garden. A late frost or other freak weather event could pose problems, too. Overplanting will help you be prepared for any number of problems.
Popular Wedding Flowers
Roses are probably the most popular flower for weddings. There are so many different varieties for you to choose from it is easy to match almost any wedding colors, but growing them on your own is going to take some time investment on your part. You’ll want to ensure that your rose bushes get at least six hours of sun, are in well-draining soil that is nutrient-rich, and are kept watered. Roses can be a very intimidating flower to grow so be sure to read up on the best ways to keep these bushes happy. The rewards you’ll reap from growing them will last years past your wedding date.
Calla lilies are beautiful white plants that smell divine and make for a striking bouquet. They grow from a bulb, which can produce several flowers, and typically bloom from spring to fall when grown indoors. When grown outdoors, they will usually bloom from June to July.
These lilies love moisture, soil that is a little under neutral towards the acidic side of 6.0 to 6.5 pH, and plenty of sunlight. If you are thinking of growing these indoors, however, you’ll want to note that these lilies are toxic to pets.
Tulips are another bulb that can grow into a stunning blossom perfect for wedding arrangements or carrying with you down the aisle. One thing to keep in mind with tulip bulbs is that you only get one blossom per bulb, so you may have to plant a great deal to get to the target number of flowers for your wedding. Tulip varieties have a variety of blooming periods as well, from early spring to early summer, so you’ll want to choose one that will best fit when your wedding will occur. Growing tulips indoors may be an option for weddings at other times.
Sweet peas have a beautiful fragrance and appearance perfect for both bouquets and centerpieces. As annuals, they typically bloom from early spring to early summer, but you can find some varieties that are perennials. They can be hard to germinate for some, but once they get growing, they are relatively hardy. One tip to get them to germinate is to soak the seeds for about 24 hours, and then nick the seed with a file to help it grow.
Growing your own wedding flowers can add a perfect touch to your already blissful wedding plans. A little forethought about planting can go a long way for having beautiful blooms that you grew just for your special day.