After properly mixing the right time-release plant nutrient with the medium and pouring it into the planter, tuck seeds or seedlings into the planting medium, add water - and decorative stones after seedlings are two to three inches high and have been thinned out - and you'll be pleasantly surprised at how quickly annuals burst into luxuriant bloom.

They only last a summer, of course, but as with vegetables, herbs and fruits, you can give annuals a big head start indoors on a sunny windowsill in early spring. When danger of frost is past, move planters outside and watch your flowers grow.

Do bear in mind that different flowers require different growing conditions. Some like lots and lots of direct sun: others prefer shadier spots. Annuals are thirsty, too, and may need frequent watering.

How to plant annuals
Growing annuals in planters is as easy as growing any other plant and methods of planting are no different. If you're planting started annuals from your local garden center or greenhouse, transplant them into the System like you would a regular houseplant.

To separate seedlings, gently shake the soil in which the roots are growing. As the soil loosens, the plants can be separated by gently pulling them apart. This gives the least amount of root damage.
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