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Want to learn more about planting flowers but have no idea where to start? No worries, this list of simple and easy flowers to take care of will help any beginner looking to grow some excitement into their life.

The first easy flower to take care of are Daisies.

Daisy’s simple but sensational appearance will brighten the moods of anyone who comes across them. (Ronin McCracken ’26)

When outside, you’ll want a location with at least some sun as long as it’s not too hot. While planting the seeds, place right on the soil uncovered as they need as much sun to start growing. They should be watered regularly and put in wet soil as Daisies can’t live in drought tolerant soil. If placed in poor/rocky soil, you’ll want to give the flowers a slow releasing fertilizer in early spring. They also can’t handle excessive heat and prefer cooler temperatures or at least some shade. If starting out inside, do the same but in a pot at room temperature. Then place them outside as soon as the soil is workable. In both cases the seeds should begin to sprout in two to three weeks.

Second are Marigolds, they do great with lots of sun for at least six hours and do well in most soil as long as it’s well drained.

Marigolds explosive beauty make a great addition to any garden looking to fire up their variety in eye-catching plants.

They also will bloom longer with light shade during summer. They can work with most soil types and are resistant to extreme heat and drought. Plant the seeds a quarter inch deep and an inch apart from other seeds. Leave them fully covered in soil. Water them regularly for about a couple of weeks until they are well grown and can do better on their own. Let the soil dry a little bit before watering again and water at the base and not the top to prevent powdery mildew problems. They can also create a substance called alpha-terthienyl which protects itself from parasites which makes it a good garden plant.


Next are Petunias, like Marigolds, they also benefit from an abundance of sunlight. However, when it’s extra hot they can benefit from being planted somewhere with shade.

Petunia’s are a great choice for anyone hoping to add more color to their garden as they come in almost every color of the rainbow, suitable for any occasion. (Ronin McCracken ’26)


Moist soil is the best soil for Petunias, but don’t use too much water and have the soil have lots of organic matter. First, grow these inside in a pot or seed tray with seed starting mix. Then put them somewhere they will get lots of sunlight and cover them with plastic wrap so they stay moist. Once the seeds have started to grow after seven to ten days and have grown their second set of leaves, then they can be put into a larger area like a garden.

Now onto Cornflowers, most commonly referred to as Bachelor’s buttons.

Bachelor’s button/Cornflower may be small but their bright colors will stand out wherever they are planted. (Ronin McCracken ’26)

They like soil with good drainage but can live in poor soil. They should also get at least six hours of sunlight each day; however, during extra hot seasons they should be planted with some shade which will let them bloom longer. The seeds can be planted in early spring and for extra warm years even in the fall. Outside, make sure to remove any weeds, use some compost and rake the soil smoothly, plant the seeds a quarter inch deep and two inches from other seeds. Finally, water the seeds until they start to sprout.

Last but not least, Sunflowers.

Sunflowers’ radiant looks will outshine the competition and keep the garden sunny and happy.
(Ronin McCracken ’26)

Also called Helianthus and like their name suggests, do the best with full sun and like to be planted in moist fertile soil that’s well-drained. For taller Sunflowers, they should be put in locations with little wind to protect them. Plant the seeds an inch deep and separate seeds at least six inches and more depending how big the sunflower will grow. Water them for 20 days after they flower to increase root growth which is really important for taller ones. Sunflowers are also heat and drought resistant, heat tolerant and fast growing which will make sure they stay prevalent wherever they are planted.

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Ronin McCracken ’26
Ronin McCracken ’26, Staff Writer
Drawing. Painting. Printmaking. Photography. After a summer spent unleashing his creativity through every possible medium, Ronin McCracken ’26 is ready to take on a brand new one: journalism. As a first year staff writer for The Tower, McCracken isn’t sure what he wants to write just yet, but he’s looking forward to voicing his thoughts in opinion stories in the coming year. “If I see a story that I like, I’ll just try to do that the best I can,” McCracken said. When he isn’t making art or chasing down his next big story, McCracken can be found with a controller in hand, fighting his way out of yet another Mortal Kombat chapter beside his closest friends. An avid gamer for many years, McCracken said he can hardly remember a time without a console. “I remember having a Wii when I was really little,” McCracken said. “We still have it, but it’s not even usable anymore. That was probably the first time I ever played a video game--I don’t even know how young.”

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