Happy Hanging Baskets
Plant care: First in a series
The only thing better than bringing home a beautiful new plant? Knowing how to care for it – so your investment brings you the longest amount of enjoyment possible.
First in a series on plant care, we thought a few tips on caring for flowering hanging baskets was in order. These blooming beauties are the perfect way to welcome spring to your porch, deck, or entryway. A properly cared for flowering basket can look beautiful all season long, and now through Thursday, May 24th, they’re 15% off!
Here are four essential steps for caring for your flowering, hanging basket:
Hydration is key – the #1 reason hanging baskets die out is from a lack of water.
- Hanging baskets require more water than most plants because they dry out faster, are subject to drying wind
- You know it’s time to water when the top soil layer is dry to the touch – and you want to add water until it streams from drainage holes below
- You can also tell by lifting yje pot from below – if it’s light, it needs water
- Water often and thoroughly. In the peak summer heat, this might mean 2x per day
Pro tip: Soaking
If necessary, a good soaking can revive a very dry plant. If water streams from drainage holes but soil remains dry, submerge pot in a bucket of water for up to 1 hour to rewet
Plants in a hanging basket get little to no nutrient value from the soil they’re planted in. So, fertilizer is needed to keep them healthy and full.
- Frequent watering means nutrients leave soil quickly
- Feed plants with liquid fertilizer OR a dry, slow-release fertilizer (not both)
- Follow individual directions for frequency
- Feed when moist, never when wilting
Deadheading is essential when it comes to prolonging the life of your hanging baskets.
- The purpose of a plant that produces flowers is to make seeds and reproduce, so when a flower dries up and seeds are generated – it’s life cycle is over
- When this happens, remove dead blooms by pinching off at the stem
- By removing spent flowers regularly before they can go to seed, the plant is forced into making new flowers…and your basket remains lush
- If plants become leggy or straggly, don’t be afraid to cut them back
- Even with hanging flowering baskets, cutting back when needed will produce denser new growth