Posted By: Rebecca van der Zalm in Hanging Baskets
We have a huge variety and selection of Hanging Baskets at our Nursery and May is the perfect time of year to welcome these to your home. As you pick your perfect baskets for your home, remember that there are a couple of tips to keeping them looking great all season long.
First pick the biggest hanging baskets you can. Small baskets are more prone to drying out or running out of nutrients because they only have a small amount of soil. Bigger baskets look better! The basket should also match the scale of your home.
Right Plant – Right Place
Most baskets are designed for a specific amount of sunlight. Pick your baskets to match your environment. Baskets with lots of shade lovers like coleus or fuchsias need less sun. Other types of flowers like petunias will thrive in the full sun.
Moss baskets tend to dry out the fastest, wood and plastic baskets hold the water a little longer. When watering, avoid getting the foliage wet. Wet foliage can cause mold, disease and pest infestations. Instead, put your watering wand as close to the soil as possible. Water the basket thoroughly. You should see water coming out the bottom of the basket in a steady stream. You can check whether your basket needs water by giving it a little lift. A heavy basket indicates lots of water, while a light basket will need a drink. Most baskets will need to be watered at least once a day depending on the weather and temperature.
Most baskets had fertilizer included in the soil when they started growing. By the time you purchase them, that fertilizer may already have been exhausted. Add a slow release Hanging Basket Food like our GardenPro 14-14-14 to your baskets as a long term food supply. This should give you blooms all season long, probably up to the first frosts. However, most annuals will stop blooming when they run out of food. The second thing you should do is to use a water soluble All Purpose 20-20-20 fertilizer and mix it into your watering can. Apply this on every third watering. You won’t believe the difference it makes!
Many annuals in your basket will look better if you ‘deadhead’. That is, removing the spent flowers. Some of these plants will also tend to stretch of get ‘leggy’. They can benefit from being cut back and then allowing them to rejuvenate and regrow. You may also find it beneficial to occasionally spin or re-orient your baskets so that all sides get the same amount of sunlight.
Hope these hanging basket tips help you enjoy your purchase even more! If you have any questions about your hanging baskets, please call or visit Arts Nursery and we would be happy to help!
For more information, check out our Manager Shelley's own blog for more tips on reviving hanging baskets during the hot summer months.