Learn what the difference is between annual and perennial plants on this quick podcast.
What is the difference between annual and perennial plants?
In this podcast, you’ll learn how to tell the difference between annual and perennial plants.
What You’ll Learn:
- The difference between annual and perennial plants.
- Examples of different plants that are annuals or perennials and where you can buy them.
- Resources and links for more information.
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What’s the Difference Between Annuals and Perennials?
A question we get from new gardeners a lot is what is the difference between annual plants and perennial plants? It can be confusing if you don’t know so here it is.
- An annual plant is one that germinates from seed, grows and flowers, producing seed for next year, and finally withers and fully dies. This happens over or within one calendar year.
- A perennial plant is one that germinates from seed, grows and flowers to then produce seed, just like the annual plant, but doesn’t fully die. A perennial will slow down growth, go dormant, or even die down to the ground, but will regrow from the same plant roots and tissues it grew the previous year.
The difference is annuals grow for one year and perennials keep coming back year after year.
Annual Plant Examples
Popular examples of commonly grown annual plants for your garden:
- Wax Begonia
- New Guinea Impatiens
- and, of course, Zinnia
Perennial Plant Examples
Popular examples of commonly grown perennial plants for your garden:
And, if you have any specific questions on differences between annual and perennial plants, we are here to help, so please email us.
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