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:

 

Water

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

Fertilize

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

Deadhead

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

Cut back

  • 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

 

15% off hanging baskets

Part of our spring garden sale: May 18 – 24, 2018

 


Next up: Hydrangeas, What to do Now