Bedding Plant

Definition - What does Bedding Plant mean?

A bedding plant is any common fast-growing garden plant typically found in a nursery or garden center in mass quantities to plant in flowerbeds, specifically grown for the purpose of decorating and filling in garden spaces. Bedding plants can be annuals, biennials, or perennials and either vegetables or flowers. Because bedding plants are relatively inexpensive, they provide the gardener an opportunity for instant blooms and quick coverage.

They are also widely used in pots for decorating patios and decks.

In organic gardening, bedding plants can be grown effortlessly by using seeds from old plants, and are usually discarded after blossoming.

Bedding plants may also be known as patio plants.

MaximumYield explains Bedding Plant

Bedding plants are a delightful, inexpensive way to spice up a yard or patio with a splash of color.

Most often bedding plants are grown in four or six pack cellular trays and are sometimes known as patio plants because they may often be planted in pots, planters or containers and placed on a patio or deck.

Bedding plants are sensitive to cold and are not available until all threat of frost passes, usually February or March in southern areas and May in northern areas.

Begonia, petunias and pansies are all common bedding plants. Some bedding plants such as creeping phlox are an easy way to quickly produce a mass planting garden. Increasingly, succulents like hens and chicks are popular for a quick cover for rock gardens or for draping down a retaining wall.

Bedding plants come in many forms and are excellent for inexpensive large-scale single season plantings. It’s not unusual to see mass colorful displays of petunias or marigolds covering a hard to mow hillside or boulevard.

Bedding plants can be categorized into four main groups:

  1. Hardy annuals - Grown directly in the early season (e.g., poppy, sunflower, dianthus)
  2. Tender annual (perennial) plants - Planted as young plants after the frost melts (e.g., begonia, petunia, chrysanthemum, fuchsia)
  3. Hardy biennial plants - discarded after flowering (e.g., daisy, foxglove, cornflower, pansies)
  4. Corms or tubers - Planted each year and taken out once the plant naturally dies (e.g., narcissus, hyacinth, gladiolus)

Most bedding plants have a specific season in which they thrive and an off-season when they usually do not grow. However, certain plants such as petunias, impatiens, and geraniums can be placed in pots and their blooming season can be prolonged by keeping them in an indoor sunny environment.

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