Can You Compost Flowers? (Answered)

by Alex Kountry
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Yes, without a doubt! Flowers can be composted. When making compost, several flowers and their plant components can be used.

Greens such as recently cut flowers, other fresh yard trash, and kitchen scraps rich in nitrogen are combined with browns such as dried flowers to make compost, an organic soil enrichment.

Compost can benefit from both fresh and cut flowers.

A few flower trimmings should be avoided because they are toxic or take a long time to decay, making them dangerous to the soil.

Can You Compost Flowers?

Can You Compost Flowers

You can combine garden and kitchen wastes, freshly cut flowers, and fresh yard waste with dried flowers and dried leaves to make compost for enriching the soil with organic matter.

When it comes to compost, it’s best to think of fresh flowers as “green” and dried flowers as “brown.”

Compost can benefit from both fresh and cut flowers.

Make sure to detach the ribbons and wires from the flowers before putting them in the compost pile since these should not be thrown in there.

To speed up the breakdown process, you can either shred them into smaller pieces or leave them as they are.

Can You Put Dead Flowers In A Compost Bin?

It’s fine to add dead plants to your compost. Compost piles love the carbon-rich remains of dead plants, such as flowers and leaves.

Because of this, they should be composted in the majority of cases.

Even if you don’t consider dead flowers to be “green” in the composting process, they can still be included.

This is because a “green” element remains in them even after they’ve been dried up since they’re still alive.

Thus, dead flowers are a well-balanced addition to every bouquet.

This means that if you put dead flowers in a compost heap, pile, or bin, they would decompose independently.

So when it comes to the genuine meaning of the phrase “organic,” dead flowers are compostable.

A compost pile, pile, or bin can be used to transform dead flowers into compost. It’s an option, but it’s not required to shred them into tiny pieces, so they degrade more quickly.

In addition to dead flowers, you may want to add water and hydrated white lime to the mil.

This is only necessary if you’ve loaded in a significant quantity of dead flowers that are very dried.

When composting, acids are formed, and this deacidification agent is employed to neutralize them.

Garbage can decompose in the garden without the need for white lime.

There is a chance that the blooms’ high acidity levels will delay the process. Hydrated white lime is your best bet if you’re composting ‘green’ kitchen waste.

There’s no doubt that dead flowers will decompose in a compost bin just like any other food.

Here is an article I wrote on is composting good for the environment

Can I Compost My Dead Tomato Plants?

Tomato plants can be composted as long as there is no bacterial infection on the plants.

For example, plants infected with spotted wilt or curly top virus will not live long on a composted tomato carcass.

Composting dead plant material is best done by breaking it into smaller bits. Managing a compost pile is critical to decomposition.

How To Compost Flowers?

Flowers may be composted in a matter of minutes. Compost bins, tumblers, heaps, and piles can all be used to compost flowers, but there are a few basic practices to keep in mind.

Step-by-step instructions for composting flowers are provided here:

  • Smaller portions of the flowers can be cut: Make smaller portions of the flower bud and the foliage by slicing them. It is possible to increase surface area and make it easier for decomposers like bacteria and earthworms to decompose the material by cutting it into smaller pieces.
  • Get rid of anything that isn’t compostable from the flowers: weed out the trash. Thorns and flower bulbs are two examples of biodegradable materials that can be used. The thorns of flowers, such as rose thorns, can be dissolved. However, this process takes time. They can also lower the compost’s pH.
  • The flowers should be mixed with other compostable items, such as grass clippings, coffee grinds, vegetables and fruits if you are composting fresh flowers. Dried flowers can be composted if mixed with brown biodegradable items such as shredded cardboard, newspapers, and chopped wood.
  • Add the blooms to your garden compost. Composting is the final step after the flowers and greens or browns have been mixed. Alternate layers of brown and green compostable materials when adding the compostables.
  • Add a small amount of water between the compost layers. Using a modest amount of water can speed up the composting process by increasing the amount of moisture and heat in the compost.
  • It’s important to start turning the compost within two to three weeks of putting all of your biodegradable stuff into the container. By raising the heat and microbial activity of the decomposers, this turning can aid in the decomposition of flowers and other biodegradable materials. Compost should be turned in at least twice a week.

What Plants Should Not Be Composted?

Not all flowers should be composted. In addition, there are some exemptions that should be avoided, as they are difficult to degrade or contain substances that may represent a threat to the soil.

  • Do not compost anything that could potentially be contaminated. For example, do not throw away sick flowers in the trash. Through the composting process, they could spread the disease to your garden and other plants, including flowers.
  • Avoid thorny rose stems, bulbs, blooms that have been sprayed with hazardous pesticides, and certain poisonous plants in your compost piles. Decomposition can take up to two years for bulbs, corms, and tubers because of the thorny stems and other abrasive materials.
  • Herbicide-sprayed flowers also pose an issue in that they may transfer the herbicide to other crops, rendering it lethal to those plants and even to humans who eat it.
  • Commercial flowers, such as those that come in tiny packages with bouquets, should be avoided due to their exposure to feeding. A biocide is often included in these meals to kill bacteria and protect the flowers simultaneously. Unfortunately, the same fate may befall your compost’s beneficial microorganisms if you’re not careful.

However, you can add basic homemade feeds or preservatives like sugar or lemonade to the compost pile without any issues whatsoever.

Not only that, but it’s also possible to compost the vase water left over after cutting flowers!

It’s important to check that the flowers haven’t been fed or preservatives excessively.

Also check out this article on composting garlic

Can You Compost Dry Leaves?

Composting dead and dry leaves is a good idea.

Dry leaves carry very little nutrients that plants require in order to thrive.

On the other hand, dry leaf compost can be quite beneficial when used in large quantities in conjunction with green plant material.

When it comes to composting, dried leaves are a great carbon source.

These things are “brown” composting materials, including branches, twigs, and even paper.

A shredder, a lawnmower, or a chipper can be used to quickly break down your dry leaves for composting into tiny bits.

Composting also necessitates the addition of nitrogen-rich ‘green’ materials.

Adding fresh grass, leaves, or even flowers to a pile of dried leaves is a great way to boost composting.

Then, for a few days, hydrate, aerate, and turn the mixture regularly for a few days.

Because the microorganisms that break down organic waste need oxygen for their biological operations, dry leaves give carbon to the composting process and help keep the compost pile aerated.

The carbon to nitrogen ratio should be roughly 30 parts dry matter to one part nitrogen by weight.

Hence a lot of dried leaves are needed.

Can You Compost Tulips?

Tulips can be composted, although it’s a bit of a challenge.

Each year, the tulip species grows and forms larger clusters. So even if you remove the tulips, they will almost certainly re-grow.

Put them in the compost bin with the bulb.

It’s a generalization, but it doesn’t rule out the possibility of exceptions.

For example, flowers, leaves, and stems will likely disintegrate if placed in a compost pile by themselves.

On the other hand, it is possible that if the bulb is still in the composting bin or the garden, it will bloom.


When making compost, several flowers and their plant components can be used. Greens such as recently cut flowers, other fresh yard trash, and kitchen scraps rich in nitrogen are combined with browns such as dried flowers to make compost, an organic soil enrichment. Compost can benefit from both fresh and cut flowers. However, a few flower trimmings should be avoided because they are toxic or take a long time to decay, making them dangerous to the soil.

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Alex Kountry

Alex Kountry is the founder of HayFarmGuy and has been a backyard farmer for over 10 years. Since then he has decided to write helpful articles that will help you become a better backyard farmer and know what to do. He also loves to play tennis and read books


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