When Do Flowers Bloom?

By Contributing Writer

  • Overview

    Every flower has its season to show off. Some get more than one season, while others are just around for a short time. Learning the different types of flowers and when they bloom enables gardeners to have a rainbow of color from early spring through fall. The catch is that they must understand the growing season for their location or zone. People in the north will have a different experience than those in the south as well as those who live in the desert, mountains and on the coasts.
  • Environment

    Environmental factors can have an impact on bloom time. For example, an unusually mild winter may confuse the plant. Also, flowers need bees for pollination. Depending on the health of the colonies in your area will affect your blooms. Some flowers need hours of sun, therefore, an extremely rainy season may halt or delay the blooms. Not enough rain is just as detrimental. The overall care of the plant, such as proper fertilization, will also have an effect on bloom time.
  • Spring Blooms

    Jonquils and daffodils peeking through the snow in late January or February is a welcome sight for those in cold climates. Following close behind in bloom time is the tulip; quite possibly the most popular spring flower. If a heavenly scent is what you desire, the Spring provides a real treat. From blossoms on fruit trees to lilacs or a potted hyacinth, you won't find sweeter scents.


  • Summer Blooms

    Just as the spring blossoms are giving their farewell for the year, a vast array of flowers are about to flaunt their beauty. Many of them will bloom to the first frost. Some will even survive until the frost is heavy. A few of the species to choose for their longevity are: begonia, astilbe, primrose, celosia, cosmos, pansy, liatris, purple coneflower and zinnia. With this assortment you'll enjoy pink, lavender, blue, red and white. You can find any color you're looking for. The key is to find a nursery or catalog that will help you decide which flowers grow best in your area. Then you can have a better idea of when they will bloom.
  • Special Considerations

    Just as elevation can affect the way you bake a cake it will have an effect on which flowers will grow. For example, when you start at the bottom of a mountain you may see certain flowers and notice they begin to thin out as you ascend. Eventually they will disappear and perhaps a new species will be thriving instead. Location really does make a difference. While people in the central part of the country will be looking for crocus to bloom, people in the desert will be watching for cactus blooms.
  • Availability

    Thanks to modern transportation, beautiful blooms are available year-round. People in northern states can receive flowers in the dead of winter--thanks to retailers who ship them in. Preservatives are used to help maintain the life of the plant. If you're looking for a specific flower or don't want to grow it yourself, check out your local florist.
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